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Ted Cruz Uses Half-Truths to Brag About His Victory over the Atheists

On Wednesday Sen. Ted Cruz told a group of students at Liberty University that their religious liberties were under attack and he was just the man to lead the crusade against the atheist insurgents.

“These are troubled times,” Cruz told the students at the evangelical college founded by Jerry Falwell, warning them that Christianity was in peril and they needed leaders to commit to the fight.

Skirting over facts, he then bragged about how he had dared to take down a ‘homeless atheist’ who questioned the presence of a 10 Commandments monument in his home state, Texas.

“It’s been there since 1961, until an individual plaintiff – an atheist, a homeless man – filed a lawsuit seeking to tear down that monument,” Cruz told the Liberty University crowd.

“I was honored to defend that monument, we went all the way to the Supreme Court,” he said, skipping over the unsavory part where the then-Bush aide Cruz tapped his former boss, Judge William Renquist, and helped author the justice’s written decision.

That decision erroneously suggested that the 10 Commandments were embedded in US courts since, “Moses has stood, holding two tablets that reveal portions of the Ten Commandments written in Hebrew, among other lawgivers in the south frieze. ”

Unfortunately, what Rehnquist and Cruz failed to realize is that what is actually written on the stone tablets of Moses on the frieze  are instructions that the Israelites shall commit adultery, murder and other assorted sins, making their argument not only spurious but also a bit blasphemous to boot.

Undeterred by reality, now or then, however, Cruz then shared with the future young leaders of the Religious Right how he had also done his patriotic and religious duty by fending off another atheist who sought to have the words ‘one nation under God’ removed from the Pledge of Allegiance.

“You’ll remember in California, another atheist filed a lawsuit seeking to strike down the Pledge of Allegiance and the federal court ordered the Pledge of Allegiance struck down,” Cruz said. “We went to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of all 50 states, defending the words,’ one nation under God,’ and we won.”

Once again, though, Cruz overlooked the fact that in the 2004 case no one actually won. The case, which had been brought by a father on behalf of his child, was thrown out because he did not have custody of the minor and thus could not presume to speak on her behalf in court.

These little details are, of course,  hardly important when you are convinced a war is at hand. “Religious liberty – the very first liberty in the bill of rights, the very first protection we have – has never been more imperiled than it is right now,” Cruz told the students, reminding them of the importance of his Supreme Court victories against the atheist cause.

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