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Ted Cruz Fear-Mongering: Dems Plan on Repealing the First Amendment This Year

This week, Ted Cruz joined in on the fear-mongering at a conservative conference by announcing that Democrats plan to repeal the First Amendment in order to silence pastors and restrict religious liberties.

“They don’t like it when pastors in their community stand up and speak the truth,” the younger Cruz warned a  room full of conservative pastors gathered at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall conference during his introduction to his dad’s remarks.

He then told a shocked audience that if they did not speak up now, soon their abilities to speak freely would be taken away by Senate Democrats.

“When you think it can’t get any worse, it does,” Cruz preached to audible gasps in the room. “This year, I’m sorry to tell you, the United States Senate is going to be voting on a constitutional amendment to repeal the First Amendment.”

He then called out the Democratic New York Senator who the Republican claimed was responsible for denying the good Christian men in the room their rights to say what they wish.

“Sen. Chuck Schumer has announced the Senate Democrats are scheduling a vote on a constitutional amendment to give Congress the authority to regulate political speech, because elected officials have decided they don’t like it when the citizenry has the temerity to criticize what they’ve done,” he claimed.

As it turns out, Cruz is partially right. Schumer is backing a measure, Senate Joint Resolution 19, that would propose an amendment to the Constitution relating to campaign contributions and expenditures. No where in the proposed resolution, though, does it say anything suggesting that the measure would infringe on freedom of speech or religious liberties.

Cruz, however, demanded that is exactly the point. While the Dem-backed  measure points out that the new amendment cannot infringe on the freedom of the press it does not specifically mention potential infringement on individual’s right to free speech or religious liberty.  Therefore, the Tea Party darling told the room of pastors,  the only logical conclusion must be that the bill is aimed at targeting conservative Christian pastors who want to speak their mind.

“What it says is that politicians in Washington have unlimited constitutional authority to muzzle each and every one of you if you’re saying things the government finds inconvenient,” Cruz said, deciphering the ‘real’ meaning of the campaign expenditure resolution for his conservative choir.

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