February 12, 2016 - Friday
The Gripes of Wrath
Donald Trump isn't the only one being told to watch his language. Apparently, the Left is just as offended by the Cruzes' use of the f-word: faith. In a bizarre twist, liberals are bashing Ted's wife, Heidi, for daring to talk about their family's Christianity in a radio interview this week. Of all the things to attack the Cruzes for, their religion seems like a stretch. The son of a pastor, Senator Cruz has made faith a cornerstone of his campaign since Day 1. In fact, it would probably more be shocking if he and Heidi didn't talk about their religious convictions to the press.
Unfortunately, this administration has created such an environment of hostility toward religion that liberals erupt any time someone mentions God. "We are at a cultural crossroads in our country," Heidi told South Carolina radio host Vince Coakley, "and if we can be in this race to show this country the face of the God that we serve -- this Christian God that we serve is the foundation of our country, our country was built on Judeo-Christian values, we are a nation of freedom of religion, but the God of Christianity is the God of freedom, of individual liberty, of choice and of consequence." She went on to say how Americans need to be reminded that "Christians are loving people, are nonjudgmental people, but there is right and wrong, we have a country of law and order, there are consequences to actions and we must all live peaceably in our own faiths under the Constitution. And Ted is uniquely able to deliver on that combination of the law and religion."
On a scale from zero to Donald Trump, Heidi's comments are hardly the stuff of controversy. Especially not now, when Americans are hungry for leaders bold enough to talk about their values publicly. While the Left may think candidates who talk about their faith are extreme, voters do not. The only extremists are liberals who can't stand the mere mention of religion. "Heidi Cruz Bizarrely Rants about How Ted Will Show America 'The Face of God," Mediate wrote. Former Obama worker Joe Green complained, "Thomas Jefferson envisioned a wall of separation between Church and State. Ted Cruz envisions that wall being torn down entirely. He's not judging, he just thinks people who disagree are wrong and bad."
Of course, there was no mention of the fact that seven days ago, Joe's former employer gave a lengthy speech about his faith at the National Prayer Breakfast. I suppose President Obama wants to tear down Jefferson's imaginary wall too? It may come as a surprise to Joe and friends, but the same president the Left is so fond of invoking held the same position as Ted and Heidi Cruz: that faith is critical to the country's survival. In fact, Jefferson couldn't be more clear, praying as governor of Virginia that God would "establish the independence of these United States upon the basis of religion and virtue." Yet today, the mere mention of faith makes liberals apoplectic.
The absurdity of this controversy wasn't lost on Fox News's Megyn Kelly, who is as frustrated by the Left's intolerance as the rest of America. "It is literally now at the point in our country where our children have to go do practice drills where they hide inside the bathrooms at their preschools because they might get shot. But if their teacher says a prayer when they're in there, she can get fired." Has it ever occurred to anyone that if prayers were more prevalent, shooters might not be? Or if more presidents bowed a knee to God, we might have more unity?
America was founded by men fleeing religious persecution. Four hundred years later, they can't even run for president without facing it. But, as Ted told David Brody yesterday, he isn't backing down. "I'm not running to be 'Pastor-In-Chief'... I am a Christian and the Word says if you are ashamed of Jesus He will be ashamed of you. I don't intend to have that conversation with my maker. It is an integral part of who I am in my faith."
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