Rafael Cruz warns that the next fight for the LGBT movement will be legalized pedophilia

Rafael Cruz, Ted Cruz’s crazy uncle you try to ignore at Thanksgiving dad, told Buzzfeed earlier today that, now that marriage equality is the law of the land, the next fight for the LGBT movement will be legalized pedophilia.

“I think that’s the next thing that they’re going to push, to try to legalize pedophiles,” said Cruz, “Pedophilia, you have all these laws to forget about — we have laws on the books about statutory rape. You have to basically throw away the statutory rape laws to legalize pedophilia.”

Here is video of the exchange. Note the staffer who tries to cut off the question when they realize Cruz is going off the rails:

That legalized pedophilia is next on the docket for the LGBT movement is news to me. I thought the next fight for the LGBT movement was nationwide protections against housing and hiring discrimination. But I guess I was wrong, since no one knows what gays and lesbians really want better than this guy.

Cruz’s comments came after he spoke at a plenary panel on “Marriage and the Family” at the ninth World Congress of Families, a gathering of social conservatives currently taking place in Salt Lake City. However, he was asked about the LGBT community’s supposed affinity for pedophilia during the panel itself. From Buzzfeed:

Rafael Cruz, via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Rafael Cruz, via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

“Can you comment or include in your presentation the damage that is being done by the LGBT and what they have done to partner with the pedophilia and the 3 million children a year that are victimized by them?” asked the man, who identified himself as Pastor Martin of Dayton, Ohio, with a group called Protect the Innocents.

Cruz responded by warning of what he said was the danger of nondiscrimination laws such as one enacted in Houston in 2014. Opponents succeeded in getting it put to voters in a referendum which will be held next Tuesday.

Cruz’s comments were so far out there that even the World Congress of Families distanced themselves from them in a statement, saying through a spokeswoman that, “While Pastor Cruz’s remarks may represent his opinions, they are not those of the World Congress of Families. Collectively, the World Congress of Families’ agenda advocates for life and the natural family in a civil, constructive and transparent way.”

Somehow I doubt Ted Cruz gets asked about this at tonight’s debate.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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  • Butch1

    This pseudo-reverent has never studied at any seminary yet, he claims to be a “professor” and thumps his bible with the best of them. He belongs to the Dominionist sect that has it out for gays. If they had their way, they would reverse all the laws and rights we have won; make even being gay illegal so that we could be rounded up and put in camps for our own “final solution” just like it asks for in his bible. Stone us to death. This person and his son would like to see us removed from the face of the earth and never waste a moment preaching something ugly about us.

    Perhaps he and his family should be deported back to Cuba. Enough with these fake religious, self-righteous finger pointing fools who have nothing in their hearts, but hatred for us gays. They are a blight on this country.

  • Butch1

    I cannot and will not.

  • Butch1

    Another bunch of simpletons living off the government and decided to sell themselves to “TV-land so people could watch their fake life. The mother is essentially a “puppy-mill” with a husband who should have been neutered long ago. Having a pedophile son didn’t help matters and trying to “pray” it away certainly didn’t either. When you have such strict rules in a family with a patriarchal structure and a dummy at the head, things are going to fall apart.

  • Butch1

    He knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s a fraud.

  • Butch1

    Yes, to all three.

  • Butch1

    Raphael is one immigrant who they never should have let into the country. I have a suspicion that the reason he decided to go to Canada the first time to become a citizen was to avoid the draft and go to Vietnam. When he was finally safe from harm’s way, he came back to Texas. He and his spawn have been nothing but trouble to this country ever since they decided to stay here.

  • 2karmanot

    exactly so

  • The_Fixer

    Thanks to the moderators for removing the post that tried to legitimize pedophilia by Empirical1. It appeared to be someone who advocates such activity, like they do at NAMBLA. I had a response all written and ready to go, but it turns out that it was not needed.

    We do not need people advocating such activity here, we have been fighting against that perception for longer than I have been alive and I suspect that if the moderators hadn’t removed the post, it would be used against us.

  • dommyluc

    Hey, Raffy Baby! Hate to break your bubble, but there’s already a movement that accepts pedophilia as the norm. It’s called the fucking CATHOLIC CHURCH!

  • mf_roe

    It is essentially aggravated rape, usually charged as “statutory rape” and disgustingly usually pleaded down to a lesser charge.

  • There’s a phenomenon among psychics in which they start to believe, after years of successfully conning people with “cold readings” that they really are psychic. Never underestimate the ability of people to start believing their own bullshit.

  • The right cannot grasp the concept of consent. Sex with children is always wrong because they cannot consent. We also don’t let them sign contracts. That is not going to change and has nothing to do with orientation or identity.

  • Indigo

    A couple of days later, I’m still scratching my head about his comments. Is he stupid? Uninformed? or just plain Hateful? I’m coming around to the thought that he made a deliberately hateful remark for the sake of saying something hateful. I’m not sure how that fits into Jesus’ teachings but there it is.

  • WildwoodGuy

    Here is an interesting quotation I just ran across in my rereading of Frank Herbert’s Dune: How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him. ~”The Collected Sayings of Muad’ Dib” by the Princess Irulan

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  • Kafir istani

    Either these people ( Cruz clan ) are will fully ignorant or they are knowingly bearing false witness to there L.G.B.T. I.Q. brother’s and sister’s . Some times it seems like these people do not even view homosexual people as human’s .Some christian bigot was trying to get a law passed were by any person could shoot a homo in the head ( or but them down by other means ) another bigot has stated that the right to enjoy life does not include homosexuals .This right ( according to said wing nut ) only applies to heterosexual people ( + homos but only if they act as heteros – thus homos can not be happy = being them selves ) we have muslims murdering homos not after some case were they have been proven guilty of doing gay stuff – but simply on there being homosexual human beings . We have some saying homos have no right to compare there fight for rights with that of African American’s ‘ who while sectioned off at the back at least had a place to be them selves = homos had to hide – not because they knew they were sin full – but because of the bigotry that christianity forced on them then ( and islam forces on muslim homos today – on penalty of death ) .And still it goes on and on = wake up people

  • crazymonkeylady

    Senile old fart!

  • Oh, I imagine Rafael Cruz would fit right in at the Family Research Council or one of these other many anti-gay hate groups: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_organizations_designated_by_the_Southern_Poverty_Law_Center_as_hate_groups#Anti-LGBT

  • mf_roe

    Watching the Debate?

  • 2patricius2

    Maybe he should address his concerns to the Duggar family.

  • judybrowni

    Oh go fuck yourself, Cruz.

  • Doug105

    Too much for most sane people to handle, and I make no such claim.

  • Nicholas A Kocal

    Considering how many republicans defend David Koresh of Waco fame (a known pedophile) and cover up for pedophile priests, it would be republicans that push for this type of bill.

  • mf_roe

    Just search “Republican Scandals 2015” 101,000,000 results

  • Doug105

    As I said and old not updated list, Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert isn’t even on it.

  • Knottwhole

    Some are just born squirrel nuts.

  • Knottwhole

    The “Greazy” doesn’t fall to far from the tree.

  • Zorba

    Not to mention current Senator, and Louisiana gubernatorial candidate David Vitter. Good old “family values” Republican who frequented prostitutes, and reportedly had a diaper-wearing fetish.

  • Don Chandler

    Sounds like Ted talking.

  • mf_roe

    Documenting repug hypocrisy is a labor beyond even Hercules. Give yourself a break, list their positive accomplishments.

  • Doug105

    By the way, i saw some other lists that even took it down to the local level and give it up because I don’t have the willpower nor the stomach(Nor the writing skills) to go through all of it. Should someone decide to carry on and make a story out of it I will be only to happy to use for future reference.

  • keirmeister

    Funny, ’cause traditionally the only groups OK with pedophilia are the religious fundamentalist ones.

  • Doug105

    Here, don’t worry you’re covered.

  • Doug105

    Hasn’t been updated in a while now.

  • Doug105

    A compiled list of republican sex crimes or good ole hypocrisy
    (Note this came from two lists and I’ve never got around to narrowing it down, I have found no comparable list for the democrats, but haven’t looked in a while.)

    Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.

    Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.

    Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15 year old girl.

    Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.

    Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.

    Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to sexual relations with a juvenile

    Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.

    Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.

    Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.

    Republican anti-gay activist Earl “Butch” Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.

    Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15-year old girl.

    Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen Sr., was charged with rape for allegedly paying a 15-year old girl for sex. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women.

    REPUBLICAN Otis O’Neal Horsley (born 1944) is an American political figure of the far REPUBLICAN right. He is the author of christiangallery.com, a website devoted to his advocacy of militant anti-abortion, secessionist, and anti-gay views admitted to Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.engaging in homosexual and bestiality sex, including having sex with a MULE!

    Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a “good military man” and “church goer,” was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

    Republican director of the “Young Republican Federation” Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.

    Republican operative Jack Burkmana former lobbyist for “Family Research Council” The council and Mr. Burkmana support and donate money to the Bush

    administration and the GOP.

    A former college administrator, a former Christian bookstore owner and a former policeman admitted to sexual misconduct with a teenage boy.They were among five men arrested in March as part of an ongoing investigation of men who meet boys through Internet chat rooms, authorities said.William Gillin, 53, republican and Paul Skiles, 63, republican, both of Johnstown, pleaded guilty yesterday to corruption of minors, indecent assault and unlawful communications with minors. Mr. Gillin is the former alumni relations director at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Mr. Skiles owned the now-closed B&K Christian Bookstore in Richland Township.Some of the incidents occurred when the boy was 16, prosecutors said. He is now 17.

    Donald Lukens, Republican Congressman, was found guilty of having sex with a minor – a girl he was accused of sleeping with since she was 13

    Jim Wesr, Spokane Mayor. Supported a bill, which failed, would have barred gays and lesbians from working in schools, day-care centers and some state agencies. Voted to bar the state from distributing pamphlets telling people how to protect themselves from AIDS. Proposed that “any touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of a person” among teens be criminalized. Had a sexual affair with an 18 year old boy

    Stephen White, Republican preacher. Was arrested after allegedly offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.

    Nicholas Morency, Republican anti-abortion activist, pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor

    Jeffrey Patti, Republican Committee Chairman, was arrested for distributing what experts call “some of the most offensive material in the child pornography world” – a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped. Daily Record News Article

    John Paulk, lied about prowling for gay sex while running a fundamentalist group to cure gays.

    Harvey Pitt, SEC Chief under George W. Bush until he was forced to resign in 2002. Worked for New Frontier Media, a firm which distributed teen sex videos.

    Mark Pazuhanich, Republican judge, pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

    George Roche III, carried on a 19 year affair with his son’s wife, while serving as president of Hillsdale College, which “emphasizes the importance of the common moral truths that bind all Americans, while recognizing the importance of religion for the maintenance of a free society.”

    Beverly Russell, County Chairman of the Christian Coalition, sexually molested his step-daughter, Susan Smith, who later drowned her two children.

    Jack Ryan, 2004 Republican nominee for US Senate from Illinois, pressured his wive, actress Jeri Ryan, to have sex with other men. Tricked her into visiting sex clubs, where he asked her to have sex with him while others watched.

    Joe Scarborough, former Republican Congressman, currently a conservative talk show host. Resigned his congressional seat abruptly to spend more time with his family, amidst allegations of an affair. His intern, Lori Klausutis, was soon after found dead in his office. The medical examiner, who had his license revoked in Missouri for falsifying information in an autopsy report, and suspended in florida for six years, ruled the case an accident, after giving conflicting information about her injuries. He said he lied about them because “The last thing we wanted was 40 questions about a head injury.”

    Ed Schrock, two-term republican congressman, with a 92% approval rating from the Christian Coalition. Cosponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment, consistently opposed gay rights. Married, with wife and kids. Withdrew his candidacy for a third term after tapes of him soliciting for gay sex were circulated.

    Dr. Laura Schlessinger, right wing conservative radio host. Promotes family values, estranged from her mother, opposes birth control, has had her tubes tied, espouses saving oneself for marriage, admits to having had sex before she was married, opposes adultery, has committed adultery while she was married, and has slept with a married man, opposes divorce, is divorced and remarried, has posed for nude photos which are available online.

    Jean Schmidt, OH-2, though not herself implicated, employed a campaign manager (Joe Braun) in her 2005 election who once wrote an article condemning gay men for running sex ad profiles, and who was then accused of running his own sex profile on Collarme, an S&M sex site. The profile called for “submissives” to wear only a collar and handcuffs and to have hot wax dripped on them

    John Scmitz, right-wing republican congressman, who had had his committee chairship taken away from him in the California State Senate after issuing a press release attacking Jews, feminists and gays. Forced out of office in 1982 for having an adulterous affair and fathering two children out of wedlock with one of his students. He was caught because his baby was admitted to hospital for having hair tied so tightly around his penis that it was almost severed. His daughter, Mary Kay LeTourneau, was convicted of having an adulterous affair with one of her students, and giving birth to two of his children

    Jimmy Swaggart, televangelist, said during a sermon “I’m trying to find the correct name for it … this utter absolute, asinine, idiotic stupidity of men marrying men. … I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I’m gonna be blunt and plain; if one ever looks at me like that, I’m gonna kill him and tell God he died.” Had an affair with a prostitute.

    Randall Terry, Right to Life activist, founder of Operation Rescue, involved in the Terri Schiavo protests. Once imprisoned for sending former President Bill Clinton an aborted fetus. His son Jamiel is gay; his daughter Tila had sex outside of marriage, became pregnant, had a miscarriage – she is no longer welcome in his home; his daughter Ebony had 2 children outside of wedlock and became Muslim. He has campaigned against infidelity and birth control, gays and unwed mothers. Terry himself was censured by his church after committing adultery.

    Strom Thurmond, republican senator and racist, raped and impregnanted a 15-year old African American maid

  • mf_roe

    Only as a sacrament administer by clergy..

  • mf_roe

    Careful, equating various “closeted” behaviors invites many problems

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    These right wingers think about pedophilia a whole heck of a lot. I wonder why?

  • nicho

    Well, with the weight of the Catholic Church behind it, legalized pedophilia might just pass.

  • Bill_Perdue

    We’re not interested, and in any case the roman cult has a lock on pedophilia. We have more adult tastes.

  • mf_roe

    Fuck it, my puppy mill investment just went south.

  • Indigo

    So many choices . . .

  • mf_roe

    Which end? The Rapture? Jesus the Sequel? Armageddon? or the sun burning out?

  • Indigo

    Okay . . . and when is the End of the World again? I keep forgetting.

  • MoonDragon

    Isn’t schizophrenia inherited?

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