Religion is always a sensitive subject to opine about in a commentary because invariably the topic will offend someone or some specific group; as it should in America. In fact, if America was true to its Constitution, and the Founding Fathers’ intent, there is really no reason whatsoever to discuss politics in the same breath as religion.
However, America has not been remotely true to its Founding as a secular representative democracy for over thirty years and it is only getting much, much worse. This is particularly true since a conservative man-turned-god Ronald Reagan unleashed angry evangelical theocrats on the government to fulfill extremist-conservative Barry Goldwater’s prescient prediction decades ago.
“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the Republican party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”
If there is only one thing Americans should be aware of about the tax-exempt religious right besides its inherent fear, hate, racism, and violent tendencies, it is that they control the Republican party. They also damn sure vote in droves if they have a righteous “man-god“ to champion their theocratic cause. Although all but one Republican presidential aspirant claims their evangelical bona fides warrant Christ’s blessing to transform America into a biblical theocracy, one candidate intends to awaken and resurrect the biblical Messiah’s body to hasten his ascendance into the White House. Seriously, it is a frightening concept.
Although Donald Trump’s arrogance, narcissism, racism, and fascism appeal to the religious right’s worldview, another narcissistic fascist is appealing to the righteous, and a phalanx of evangelical clergy, around the nation to “Christianize” the Republican primary. The latest announcement from Cuban-Canadian immigrant Senator Raphael Cruz (R-TP) is that his latest campaign crusade is going godly and resurrecting, or “awakening and energizing, the body of Jesus Christ to win the nomination and the White House.”
Actually, Cruz went much farther than promising to resurrect the body of Jesus Christ. He announced that his campaign has already enlisted a couple of hundred tax-exempt Christian preachers, in 99 Iowa and 46 South Carolina counties, to do god’s work and create a Taliban-modeled theocracy. Part and parcel of Cruz’s evangelical campaign is tasking the tax-exempt evangelical clergy to spread out across the land to enlist many, many other Christian preachers and pastors after they do as their newly anointed messiah commanded.
Texas Ted told his newly anointed ‘onward Christian soldiers’ to “get ready, strap on the full armor of God, get ready for the attacks that are coming. Come the month of January we ain’t seen nothing yet.”
According to Texas Ted’s “armor of god” reference, he and his acolytes believe a primary election is a biblical spiritual war he is energizing the body of Christ to win; it is a blatant example of a maniac with a Messiah complex. These kind of “savior-types” are dangerous enough leading small deluded groups of acolytes, but Americans should take heed of a major Republican in the running for the nomination with a serious psychological condition. Cruz is a psychotic because he knows for a fact that, whether he believes he can wake Jesus and energize his body or not, there is nothing in his bible about tax-exempt Christian clergy donning god’s armor for a Republican presidential primary campaign.
Americans should be appalled at a blatant crusade by a Republican’s announcement that he marshaled hundreds of tax-exempt Christian preachers to ‘awaken Jesus Christ” into the body of a Cuban-Canadian immigrant’s campaign for the White House. The last time, 2004, the evangelical fanatics impacted a presidential election it sent the rest of the world into brain-spasms at just how incredibly stupid Americans can be when they are frightened and presented with a modern messianic savior. After evangelical favorite George W. Bush was re-elected after claiming his Christian crusade in Iraq was “mission accomplished,” newspapers around the world were dumbfounded.
For example, Germany’s most popular newsweekly, Der Spiegel, made a major statement with only an image of the statue of liberty on its cover blindfolded by an American flag. The British paper Daily Mirror posed the question, “How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?” And “the bastion of religious expertise,” Pravda, wrote that Bush’s reelection demonstrated what a few Americans already knew; “The Christian fundamentalists of America are the mirror image of the Taliban, both of which insult and deny their Gods.”
Americans should not underestimate Christian crusader Cruz and his spiritually-armored preachers’ concerted efforts as a wrong maneuver. Quite the contrary. The immigrant senator and “daddy anointed messiah” told his followers that “If Christians and people of faith come out and vote our values- we will win and we will turn the country around.”
There is a great deal of validity to what Cruz said because those terrifying people of faith always vote and they always vote their extremist values. Although it is still questionable whether they have enough armored crusaders to turn the country around into a Taliban-like theocracy, they have done one Hell of a lot of damage in the states, in Congress, and at the Supreme Court.
What is telling about Cruz’s announcement is that this may be the first time a Republican candidate is openly tapping in to the tax-exempt clergy-cheat “pulpit freedom Sunday” movement. The event is typically a well-orchestrated “campaign from the pulpit” ploy to dare the government to revoke evangelical preachers’ tax-exempt status. With Cruz openly announcing the addition of a couple of hundred preachers to his campaign to enlist hundreds more preachers, it is difficult to imagine the “righteous vote” not being frighteningly substantial.
No-one enjoys talking, or thinking, and certainly not caring about another person’s religion; life is too short and religion is just too boring. However, despite reports, surveys, and polls claiming religion is on the decline, a very small percentage of the faithful, about 14 percent, are successfully forcing their religion on the nation because Americans are too cowardly to talk about religion as tyranny in a representative secular democracy.
Ted Cruz is not afraid to talk about religion and with a small army of tax-exempt evangelical preachers overseeing a frightened captive audience once a week, Americans horrified at being lorded over by a severe evangelical theocracy had better start caring about a leading religious politician with a messiah complex.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.