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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47 Responses to “Heidi Cruz assures South Carolina voters that her husband is a theocrat”

  1. Butch1 says:

    Yes, we know that, Heidi. Your husband has no business near the White House, let alone, in it. We live in a democratic-republic and we do not want your weasel husband tampering with our Constitution and trying to change it into a theocracy. We know that YOUR religion’s main theme is to change this country’s Constitution into a Theocracy, but we aren’t going to let extremists like you, your husband or his pseudo minister father get their hands on our Constitution. If they and you do not like it, Well, all of you can either go back to Canada or to Cuba. I doubt if Trudeau or Castro would have you. Your combined families are nothing but religious trouble makers.

  2. cambridgemac says:

    Yes Nixon did that – and it was George HW Bush who did the actual dirty work in Paris.

  3. angryspittle says:

    Does any body else foresee Heidi Cruz, sometime in the future, run screaming from her marriage to this stinky little creep?

  4. Cackalaquiano says:

    “The fundie Christians are finished as a political force.”
    I wish this were true, but I don’t think so yet. Their numbers may be dwindling, but regular folks aren’t voting, and the fundies are. All that matters in politics is who wins, and that’s about who turns up. Please let me be wrong in my pessimism.

  5. Rick B says:

    I have heard that Richard Nixon messed up the Vietnam peace negotiations in 1968 by promising the North Vietnamese a better deal if they would refuse to accept what LBJ offered and he was elected President. Years later the deal Nixon finally accepted was essentially the same one that LBJ had offered in 1968.

  6. Rick B says:

    The porn actress debacle was further proof that authoritarian religious “leaders” cannot manage a modern organization.

    Bureaucracy exists because the human mind is quite limited and cannot deal with large problems that have more than five to seven variables. How do you “solve” homelessness, poverty or a financial depression?

    The authoritarian has to simplify the problem by choosing a single enemy to attack and ignoring the rest. Even modern wars cannot be simplified that way. Bureaucracy organizes groups of specialists to deal with different parts of the problem, and the leader has to coordinate the actions of the many departments.

    Ted Cruz, like Pat Robertson (who ran for President in 1988 and won Iowa but lost in New Hampshire) always has to go after a single major enemy. It’s the fundamentalist way. The christian so-called historian David Barton has made his career from writing propagandized christian “history” which reduces the complications for the true believers by making it all about us Christians vs. them.

  7. rwlorenz says:

    It is sort of a law of the jungle mentality. Make as much money as fast as possible or somebody else will. If you crash the entire system, well, those are the breaks.

  8. rwlorenz says:

    Guaranteed that Tehran Tom and the others have plausible deniability.

  9. rwlorenz says:

    A combination of law and religion she says. The zero percent chance of me ever voting for Cruz for any office just went down.

  10. John says:

    The biggest crisis this country faces is the oppression coming from people like them.

  11. emjayay says:

    Well, it’s been fought over on occasion in other places in the past.

  12. emjayay says:

    The Faithful are often irony and humor averse, as we can see.

  13. emjayay says:


  14. Moderator4 says:

    Console yourself with the fact that he is unable to respond to all the responses to his comments. There would be a certain amount of frustration on his part. ;)

  15. 2karmanot says:

    “—become one flesh. In other words” Cruz has man-boobs?

  16. 2karmanot says:

    Ah, but he was fun Mod…still, you da boss :-)

  17. 2karmanot says:

    If Jeebus is that least 9″ I will bow and do the tongue thing. Why, praise the lard, it is!

  18. 2patricius2 says:


  19. Ol' Hippy says:

    I guess this had to happen some day, the hopelessly deluded would try to run the country into the abyss of no return. These people won’t be satisfied until we think belief in myths and fairy tails can solve REAL problems created by real people in the real world. It would be enlightening to hear that they would be open to leave the god talk at church and concentrate on concrete solutions to serious real world crisis’s. If not, let someone put the nation 1st instead of delusional beliefs steeped in obscure pasts.

  20. The_Fixer says:

    Prove it.

    You can’t

    Case closed.

  21. nicho says:

    Ted Cruz — so religious that his campaign hires a porn actress to represent a Cruz voters in an ad.


  22. nicho says:

    No election? They have pills for that

  23. Don Chandler says:

    Sounds like Sauron.

  24. crazymonkeylady says:

    If Allah doesn’t behead him first. Hail Zeus!

  25. crazymonkeylady says:

    Feel free to delude yourself as much as you like. It is just a fairy tale.

  26. Moderator4 says:

    He will have to find comfort on another blog. He is out of here.

  27. FLL says:

    Oh dear Baby Jesus, is this ever off-topic (unless Ted Cruz was one of the Republicans who was involved in this scheme, which is not inconceivable). Here is today’s headline from Talking Points Memo:

    Report: Iranian Official Says GOPers Tried To Stall Prisoner Swap For 2016 Election

    As I understand, the Supreme National Security Council is Iran’s equivalent of the U.S. Department of Defense, and Ali Shamkhani, the secretary, is the equivalent of the U.S. Secretary of Defense. Here is the link:

  28. BeccaM says:


  29. Moderator3 says:

    Please don’t feed the trolls. I had to put this one out for the night.

  30. des111168 says:

    Yes, because an organization that want to make money also wants to kill the very engine that creates wealth. Brilliant.

  31. BeccaM says:

    May your delusions continue to give you comfort.

  32. BeccaM says:

    Help yourself. We have lots.

  33. John Garvin says:

    I forgot to mention of those in heaven, those on earth and those under the earth. No everyone will bow. Jesus will rule this world one day and He will not have an election.

  34. nicho says:

    What nonsense.

  35. KTM450SXF says:

    Oy, vey!

    A) Where Cruz stands is NOT the same thing as where his wife stands, you idiot.
    B) And we are to take the word of ww.au.org?

    Logic fail, little girl.

  36. BeccaM says:

    Ted Cruz can speak for himself and he speaks very clearly.


    Cruz scores 100% Americans United for the Separation of Church and State Scoring system for 2014: Ranges from 0% (supports separation of church & state) to 100% (opposed to separation of church & state).

    About the AU (from their website, http://www.au.org):Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) is a religious liberty watchdog group. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom. AU is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.

    Fact fail, anonymous Disqus git.

  37. BeccaM says:

    No, it’s not. And no we won’t. Quit trying to ram your religious beliefs down everybody else’s throats.

  38. John Garvin says:

    Ted Cruz is not your problem. Here is your problem At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. That day is coming.

  39. KTM450SXF says:

    Oh, my. Mikey thinks he understands Christian theology. He argues that becoming one flesh is, what literal? Like Catholic transubstantiation? Or so very meaningfully metaphorical that she speaks and it’s bind on him?

    Wow. Just wow.

  40. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    You have it backwards. If you’re a Bible believer, than you know that a man and a woman become one flesh. In other words, they become one person. Whatever Mrs. Cruz says, Mr. Cruz is also saying. That’s from the whacky, non-lib world, toots.

  41. KTM450SXF says:

    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.

    Um, where’d he say that Jonny Boy? Or in whacky lib-world, does a wife speak entirely on her husband’s behalf and whatever she said is binding upon him?

    Moreover, it takes quite a logical contortionist to get to demolishing said separation by simply saying, “Hey, I’m religious and the morality of my religion motivates me. At the same time, we are a country of laws, laws that I intend to abide by and enforce.”

    Logical fail, Jonny Boy, but you’re a lib so it’s understandable.

  42. douglas01 says:

    Heidi Cruz works for Goldman Sachs and I can guarantee you Goldman Sachs doesn’t give a rats ass about god, all they care about is MONEY and wrecking the economy.

  43. John Smith says:

    He presents “the face of the God” or is it more like the “Butt Cheeks of God”. If the old bastard is invisible, how can you tell?

  44. Texon says:

    “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.” So why then does Teddy Munster continue to ignite the hate and fear of these good “christians” ?

  45. TheNaturalist says:

    Finally, they eliminate the pretense of a universal “God” that at least all theists can agree on and say it as they mean it: the “Christian God.” So when they want god and prayer back in school, they mean a Christian god and Christian prayer.
    So the next fight will be over which version of Christianity should the government pick as its favorite?

  46. FLL says:

    The average of all polls show Trump with about 36% in the South Carolina primary and Cruz with 19.7%. If the fundamentalist Christian candidate cannot win in South Carolina, then where in the wild world of sports can he win? Too bad, Heidi. The fundie Christians are finished as a political force. They don’t have a pot to piss in.

  47. 2karmanot says:

    STFU cupcake! NEXT!

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