What's wrong with American Christianity Part 1001, courtesy of Right Wing Watch:
As we noted yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz was scheduled to stop by the headquarters of the American Family Association, an anti-gay hate group, during a campaign swing through Tupelo, Mississippi, this morning for an interview with AFA president Tim Wildmon. Cruz indeed stopped by and told Wildmon that the key to saving America was to mobilize conservative Christians to vote.
"Nothing is more important in the next 18 months than that the body of Christ rise up and that Christians stand up, that pastors stand up and lead," Cruz proclaimed. "In this last election, 54 million evangelical Christians stayed home ... If we can simply bring Christians to the polls — is it any wonder we have the government we have, we have the leaders we have if believers stay home and leave electing our leaders to unbelievers. We get exactly what we deserve and nothing is more important that having people of faith stand up and just vote our values, vote biblical values and that's how we turn the country around."
As a lot of us know, the American Family Association is considered by the Southern Poverty Law Center to be a hate group because of the nasty and inaccurate things it says about the lgbt community. Most specifically because some very ugly venom coming from the mouth of AFA employee Bryan Fischer, which you can read about here or at the tweet below which I took the liberty of creating to commemorate Ted Cruz's visit:
@SenTedCruz just talked about Biblical values with a group which employs THIS GUY http://t.co/ekhANAN85Q #LGBT #gay pic.twitter.com/XAmS2LK27z— Holy Bullies (@holybullies) August 11, 2015
I think there is something seriously wrong with talking about "Biblical values" with a group known for bearing false witness and vicious lies. Of course I also think there is something wrong if Cruz gets away with it. And that is something the lgbt community should blame on ourselves.
Some of us are always talking about "taking to the streets," when it looks as if a situation has progressed to a "do-or-die" point. Has it ever occurred to us that if we get ahead of said situation (like this one with Cruz waving his hypocrisy around like a white banner), we could get more progress out of it than we would if we waited until it created serious problems.