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October 24, 2013

Ted Cruz’s Reverend Wright is His Father!

Chris Hayes recently wrote on Truthdig.com that “U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz—whose father is Rafael Cruz, a rabid right-wing Christian preacher and the director of the Purifying Fire International ministry—and legions of the senator’s wealthy supporters, some of whom orchestrated the shutdown, are rooted in a radical Christian ideology known as Dominionism or Christian Reconstructionism. This ideology calls on anointed “Christian” leaders to take over the state and make the goals and laws of the nation “biblical.” It seeks to reduce government to organizing little more than defense, internal security and the protection of property rights. It fuses with the Christian religion the iconography and language of American imperialism and nationalism, along with the cruelest aspects of corporate capitalism. The intellectual and moral hollowness of the ideology, its flagrant distortion and misuse of the Bible, the contradictions that abound within it—its leaders champion small government and a large military, as if the military is not part of government—and its laughable pseudoscience are impervious to reason and fact. And that is why the movement is dangerous.”

Wikipedia has this to say about Dominionism “Dominionism (sometimes used interchangeably with Christian Reconstructionism and theonomy, see below) is a political and religious philosophy that seeks to make the United States government a Christian theocracy. (Most Dominionists try to avoid using this name. Regardless, it is usually applied to any Christian movement with these explicit or implicit goals.)

“Dominionists believe that the civil laws laid down by the Old Testament (as distinct from the moral laws such as the Ten Commandments) should be enforced by reforming the U.S. legal system along theocratic lines, which would entail a substantial increase in the use of capital punishment. They also believe that that biblical injunctions regarding slavery should be followed.”

These people don’t want to post the Ten Commandments in courtrooms, they want to bring back slavery (as recommended by the Bible, of course, which has regulations involving slavery and God directing the enslaving of men, women, and children, but no injunctions that I can find).

Conservatives railed against President Obama because of his association with Reverend Wright. I just gotta hope Ted Cruz runs for President to see if he will disavow his own father.

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12 Comments »

  1. Now that will be fun! Although, the media up there has proven itself to be quite pathetic in dealing with such matters.

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    Comment by john zande — October 24, 2013 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

    • What am I talking about…. the media here is worse! 😦

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      Comment by john zande — October 24, 2013 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

      • Media, schmedia … what we need are some real journalists and I wonder where they will come from when the current crop, miniscule as it is, either loses their jobs or die off.

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        Comment by stephenpruis — October 24, 2013 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

        • Certainly not CNN. I nearly choked the other night seeing Ann Coulter on, as a talking head!

          Isn’t Jeff Bezo’s starting a new “independent” paper or something?

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          Comment by john zande — October 24, 2013 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

          • Believe it, if and only when you see it. What has AC done that she gets so much air time. She seems to be another self-promoting blowhard like Rush Limbaugh (college dropout pill head, sure he’s qualified to comment on the most subtle issues of our politics).

            PS We’ve moved (again)! Just change the Apt # from 28C to 17A (110 feet down and about 30 feet east). Effective Date: October 1, 2013

            *Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.* ************** Steve Ruis

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            Comment by stephenpruis — October 24, 2013 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

            • Better view?

              Hey, did you know Chicago is a bit of a hub for secular humanist Jews? Yes, you heard that right, atheist Rabbis! How cool is that 🙂

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              Comment by john zande — October 25, 2013 @ 5:24 am | Reply

              • Chicago is about as diverse a city as I am aware of. We have more poles than any city save Warsaw. We have a Hispanic Heritage Museum. We have many different Black Africans and Black Caribbeans, scads of other eastern Euros and when the U.S Played El Salvador in a soccer/football match a couple of years ago there were people driving around the city with ES flag’s flapping beside their cars.

                And secular Rabbis? I believe! Rabbis are teachers, are they not, and if they discover the truth, the teach it (unlike certain other relgious we could name). In the endlessly fascinating history of “us,” it always seems ironic to me that the religious invented the secular (never would have happened under Islam, though).

                Cheers, mate!

                PS We’ve moved (again)! Just change the Apt # from 28C to 17A (110 feet down and about 30 feet east). Effective Date: October 1, 2013

                *Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.* ************** Steve Ruis

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                Comment by stephenpruis — October 25, 2013 @ 7:30 am | Reply

  2. As if he wasn’t crazy enough with his Tea Party brand. Dominionism = American Taliban

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    Comment by lbwoodgate — October 24, 2013 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  3. Michele Bachmann is a dominionist, and that did not stop her from running. And Ted, even if not dominionist himself like his father, is not that far from him ideologically. So I would not expect Cruz to denounce his father – if Ted is going to lose, it wouldn’t be because of his father.
    By the way, here’s a fun fact about Rafael Cruz: did you know for all his patriotism, he became a US citizen a mere 48 years after he came to the US?

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    Comment by List of X — October 29, 2013 @ 12:02 am | Reply

    • Well, Reverend Wright didn’t cost Mr. Obama the presidency, so I don’t expect Cruz’s father to do so, but it might raise some hell with the religious base of the gOP (or more frighteningly, not).

      PS We’ve moved (again)! Just change the Apt # from 28C to 17A (110 feet down and about 30 feet east). Effective Date: October 1, 2013

      *Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.* ************** Steve Ruis

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      Comment by stephenpruis — October 29, 2013 @ 8:55 am | Reply

      • It won’t raise hell with conservatives. If anything, I expect Cruz Junior to parade his father as some sort of secret weapon.

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        Comment by List of X — October 29, 2013 @ 11:38 pm | Reply

        • Probably right, but I don’t think that will sell across the board.

          PS We’ve moved (again)! Just change the Apt # from 28C to 17A (110 feet down and about 30 feet east). Effective Date: October 1, 2013

          *Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.* ************** Steve Ruis

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          Comment by stephenpruis — October 30, 2013 @ 8:20 am | Reply


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