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Ted Cruz: We’ve Never Seen an Administration With Such Hostility Toward Religious Faith as Obama’s

Ted Cruz, making his fourth trip to Iowa in the last eight months as he slowly begins to campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination, told an audience at the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators’ state capitol lobbying day that there has never been a president with more hostility toward religious faith as Obama.

“There is no liberty more important than religious liberty,” Cruz said. “This nation was founded by men and women fleeing religious oppression and coming here seeking the freedom to seek out our lord God almighty with all of our hearts, minds and souls, free of the government getting in the way.”

“We have never seen an administration with such hostility toward religious faith,” Cruz added. He pointed to the IRS forcing religious groups to divulge more information to keep their tax-exempt status under the Obama administration as an example.

Iowa holds the nation’s first caucus and gaining the support of home school supporters has been a key piece to victory for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum when they won the Iowa caucus in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Of course, neither went on to win the party’s nomination with many saying they had painted themselves into too much of a corner to please the base and were not “general election” candidates.

Cruz is clearly trying to build a platform that’s different from fellow Tea Party favorite Rand Paul’s. Paul, a staunch libertarian, won big at the Conservative Political Action Convention, winning the CPAC straw poll by a landslide. Cruz finished second but more than 20 points behind Paul and will now try to appease the party’s religious wing in hopes of building a coalition of voters.

Of course, Cruz will have to learn from the lessons of Huckabee and Santorum and not paint himself into so much of a far right corner to win primaries that he stops being a viable general election candidate. Not that he isn’t that far right to begin with.

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  • Joseph Davis

    Ted Cruz is a crackpot. His claims that Obama is hostile to religious faith is beyond wrong and the fact that he could be running for, and could possibly win, the Republican Party Nomination, is beyond unconstitutional.

  • andacar

    Cruz seems to be William Jennings Bryan all over again, though without the intelligence and charisma, and with a healthy dose of cynical narcissism thrown in.

  • Patrick Nance

    Really? The President regularly attend church and is a Christian. Besides it is none of anyone’s business… let alone Ted “Whackjob” Cruz.

  • Dewenda Cooper

    How can these conservatives and teabagger sprout religion when they don’t give a damn about the poor! Jesus is about love and compassion not racism and lies. There’s nothing wrong with being wealthy but it’s wrong when you look down on a class of people who have been caught in a cycle of oppression that still lingers today. Thank God many are finding their way out but there are many still being oppressed. And if you say they have the same opportunities, yes some do but many don’t. Ted Cruz and his cohorts claim to be Christians…. I think not! They use the cover of Jesus to insight people like them! Shame on them. If they had their way every woman would be back in the stone ages and immigrants would be deported. Their hate grows deep people don’t be fooled.
    P.S. Ted Cruz you’re not that far up the totem pole! Cruz ha!

  • 2Smart2bGOP

    I’m trying to recall even one single incidence of hostility towards any faith, except for Muslim, of course, (because, ‘Murica.) Who has been denied their right to worship as they choose? And btw, “worship” is NOT synonymous with “discriminate.”

  • msaxie

    No, The Obama Administration is not anti-religion. We are following our constitution to keep religion out of our government. At the moment, Christianiy is the popular religion in America. Some day the popular religion might be Hindu, Muslum or Jack Sprat. If religion is allowed in our legislation our governing bodies could some day choose to have a non-Christian state religion.

  • Georgene Summers

    Religion is a choice and shouldn’t be forced by the religious zealots that are part of this anti government anti choice revolution known as the Tea Party. Cruz is a crackpot…I have never ever seen or heard our President being disrespectful to any religion. He is a Christian.

  • connlyfox

    Ted Cruz is a wacka doodle plain and simple, does not know front from back or a thing about the subject. Reminds me of Wackerscooter here in Wisconsin and reads of his Koch scripts and memorizes them so bad that he can say nothing else.

  • VALERIE MARTIN

    WoW!
    This is gonna be GREAT!
    I can’t wait!
    I thought the GOP, Republican, & T-Bagger
    debates were hilarious in 2012 but these
    are gonna be even BETTER!!!!
    🙂