Ted Cruz, Anointed King of Republicans?

Republican politics has been in a long-standing illicit affair with religion. Parachurch moral watchdog groups, Bible-banging Baptists and fertility-venerating Catholics all seek to use political means to enforce their peculiar views of human sexuality. Calvinistic theonomists want to impose Old Testament laws (including the death penalty for blasphemy and homosexuality).  In other words, a sort of unholy offspring of the good old days of the 1950's, married to an Iranian theocracy.

As former evangelical Frank Schaeffer explains, the Religious Right and their desire to ‘take back America’ and create a nation governed by ‘God’s laws’ finds its roots in the thinking of Rousas J. Rushdoony:

Palin-esque, spiritual-warfare obsessed Pentecostals are aroused by the idea of End-time warfare and destruction. Because they believe their interpretations of the Bible provide a road-map of events that will result in the battle of Armageddon, and usher in the return of Jesus to the planet, they are suspicious of attempts to establish peace in the Middle East. They positively salivate when conflict involving Israel escalates because they think this means that they will be meeting their precious Jesus shortly.

Politicians who hold these views are unfit for office because they have a conflict of interest. Their beliefs are opposed to peaceful conflict resolution, because they claim to have knowledge of how future events will transpire and to oppose war would be to resist the will of their god. While this might qualify them for a mental evaluation, it certainly is not in the best interests of the United States (or indeed, the world as a whole) to have these people in positions of power. While the Bible most decidedly not an inspired record of future events, the beliefs of Evangelicals about “End-times” could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Fundamentalist Christian extremists are continually seeking to exert power over the American people, through political means. They are a disease seeking a weak point where they can obtain ingress to the body politic – looking to spread infection. We must be vigilant - which brings us to Ted Cruz, the darling of the Tea Party.

Ted Cruz is a product of the wing of American Christianity which thinks that Christians need to take over the country and impose biblical law. His father, pastor Rafael Cruz has preached that his son is one of the Christians who are ‘anointed as kings’ to take control of our society. When this happens, there will be a ‘transfer of wealth’ from the ‘wicked’ to the ‘righteous’. And here I was, thinking that Conservatives were opposed to wealth redistribution. You can watch excerpts from the message in this video:

These are people with crazy, dangerous beliefs. They feel that they have a special mission given them by their Invisible Friend, and they are charged with enforcing it in whatever way possible. The U.S. government is just a means to their ends. Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz… to name a few.

And the REALLY ironic thing? Most of these same people talk endlessly about the dangers of Muslims imposing Sharia law on U.S. citizens. Why? Because nationalizing religious law is bad thing of course - when it is someone else’s religion. We unbelievers think that it is ALWAYS a bad idea.

Written by J. M. Green