By Matthew E. Milliken
March 22, 2016
A review of statements
that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
has made about religious liberty:
“The Pilgrims risked everything so that they could worship the Lord with all their hearts, minds, souls, and strength. The founders enshrined this right to live according to our faith in the First Amendment, and we must continue to celebrate and safeguard citizens’ God-given rights.
“As we have witnessed an unprecedented attack on citizens’ first freedoms, Ted Cruz continues to champion Americans’ religious liberty.
“As a presidential candidate, Ted Cruz has hosted two national religious liberties rallies and has brought together Christians who have been persecuted for their beliefs so that people across the country can listen to their stories and stand united for our first freedom.
“On day one, a President Cruz will instruct the Department of Justice, the IRS and every other federal agency that the persecution of religious liberty ends today.”
— Ted Cruz presidential campaign website, undated
“The right to religious liberty, as enshrined in the First Amendment, remains under an incredible assault by this administration on a variety of fronts.”
— Ted Cruz, June 30, 2014
“President John F. Kennedy, in an historic speech to the nation, said — quote — ‘I would not look with favor upon a president working to subvert the First Amendment’s guarantees of religious liberty.’ … [W]here are the Kennedys today?”
— Ted Cruz, July 16, 2014
“[L]ast night I had dinner with an Israeli friend of mine…. He said, ‘America begins with the fundamental premise of religious liberty. It is the very first thing in the Bill of Rights. It is the very first freedom upon which all our other liberties are built.’”
— Ted Cruz, Sept. 26, 2014
“There was a time, not too long ago, when defending religious liberty enjoyed strong bipartisan support. Alas, today we are facing a concerted assault on the First Amendment, on the right of every American to seek out and worship God according to the dictates of his or her conscience. Governor Pence is holding the line to protect religious liberty in the Hoosier State. Indiana is giving voice to millions of courageous conservatives across this country who are deeply concerned about the ongoing attacks upon our personal liberties.”
— Ted Cruz, March 30, 2015
“Ask any candidate…. When have you stood and fought to defend the First Amendment – free speech, and especially, especially, especially religious liberty? ….
“The third thing I intend to do on Jan. 20, 2017, is instruct the Department of Justice and the IRS and every agency of the federal government that you will cease today persecuting religious liberty in this country. The Little Sisters of the Poor, the Catholic charity persecuted for standing for their religious faith, instead of receiving a legal summons from the Obama Justice Department will receive a notice in the mail that the case against them has been dismissed.”
— Ted Cruz, Aug. 8, 2015
“If we cannot worship God, if we cannot live according to our faith …. all other liberties fade away.”
— Ted Cruz, Aug. 21, 2015
“I have pledged if I’m elected president … on the first day in office I will instruct every federal agency that the persecution of religious liberty ends that day…”
— Ted Cruz, Sept. 22, 2015
“Our campaign believes that people of faith voting their values can change America for the better overnight. That is why we are dedicating the time and resources to reach people of faith and let them know that they have a candidate who will fight for them.”
— Ted Cruz, Oct. 14, 2015
“The right to freely worship the Lord God Almighty with all our hearts, minds and soul is fundamental to who we are as a nation. Yet today we face an unprecedented attack on our First Freedom from an aggressive secular state that seeks to push faith out of the public square entirely.”
— Ted Cruz, Jan. 16, 2016
“It is time for our liberties to be respected in Washington. The right to religious liberty built America, and denying that right is both un-American and morally wrong.
“Religious liberty is the top issue for Americans of faith in this election. People of faith must be free to live according to their convictions without being second-guessed or shut down by the federal government.”
— Ted Cruz, Feb. 29, 2016
“We will … redouble our efforts to make sure it [a terror attack such as the one in Brussels] does not happen here. …. We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”
— Ted Cruz, March 22, 2016