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Rafael Cruz: Separation of Church and State Means the Church Should Influence Government As Much As Possible

The outspoken father of Senator Ted Cruz is at it again, this time convincing local pastors that they are not doing their jobs properly unless they are using their pulpits to influence politics and the media.

Rewriting history, Rafael Cruz first insisted during a recent speech that Jefferson was really talking about a “one-way wall” when he coined the phrase separation of church and state, a phrase fellow Republican crony Louis Gohmert also recently touched upon in his own revisionist spiel.

In Gohmert’s version, he discerned that the fact Jefferson prayed with other legislators at Statuary Hall and must have meant that Jefferson intended church interference in government all along (just not the other way around).

“It was to be a one-way wall, where the state would not dictate to the church,” the fellow Texas GOPer stressed in a recent promo filmed at the location of Jefferson’s prayer. “But the church would certainly play a role in the state.”

In his take on the topic, Cruz elaborated on Gohmert’s exegesis to say that just because the founder father penned  ‘the separation of church AND state’ “it is absolutely obvious” that Jefferson only meant to prevent government from the free exercise of religion and “in no way, shape or form” does the phrase prevent “the church from having an influence on every area of society, as we should.”

He then continued that pastors must step up to their full duties as Christian leaders by exerting influence over every aspect of American life as much as possible.

“The church should be influencing the media, should be influencing arts and entertainment, sports, education, business and, yes, government,” he preached to the room of conservatives gathered for the Family Research Council Watchman of the Wall conference.

He then said that the reason that crime rates were up, teens were getting pregnant and traditional family values were being challenged was because pastors were not preaching loud enough in the political arena and imposing their Christian ways and instead remaining sinfully silent.

“The question is, how long are we going to remain silent?” the elder Cruz preached on to the conservative choir. “But the more important question is, will God hold us accountable for our silence?”

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