Heidi Cruz assures South Carolina voters that her husband is a theocrat

The slightly more secular electorate in New Hampshire allowed us a temporary reprieve from Ted Cruz’s repeated pledges to utterly destroy the atheist Taliban. Now that the Republican race has turned to South Carolina — a state where 47 percent of Republicans are Evangelical Protestants — we should expect some more holy fireworks from the Cruz campaign.

And yesterday, in an appearance on a local radio station, Cruz’s wife, Heidi, delivered.

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Said Cruz:

Heidi Cruz, via Wikimedia Commons

Heidi Cruz, via Wikimedia Commons

We are at a cultural crossroads in our country, and if we can be in this race to show this country the face of the God that we serve — this Christian God that we serve is the foundation of our country, our country was built on Judeo-Christian values, we are a nation of freedom of religion, but the God of Christianity is the God of freedom, of individual liberty, of choice and of consequence.

At least Cruz went out of her way to say that America serves a Christian God, making her scratching “Judeo-Christian” on her rhetorical chalkboard ring even more hollow. Even more interesting is the notion, in her telling, that freedom of religion is actually a Christian concept. Checkmate, atheists!

But of course, she wasn’t done:

I think that’s something that this country really needs to be reminded of, is that Christians are loving people, are nonjudgmental people, but there is right and wrong, we have a country of law and order, there are consequences to actions and we must all live peaceably in our own faiths under the Constitution. And Ted is uniquely able to deliver on that combination of the law and religion.

Thomas Jefferson envisioned a wall of separation between Church and State. Ted Cruz envisions that wall being torn down entirely. He’s not judging, he just thinks people who disagree are wrong and bad.


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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