No, Todd Starnes, American Christians don’t need Ted Cruz in order to sleep soundly at night.

Dear Todd Starnes:

You certainly do have chutzpah. That is the nicest thing that I can say about your recent screed in which you link the survival of Christianity in America to a Cruz presidency.

Here is what you say about Ted Cruz’s so-called “religious liberty council”: “It’s a faith-based Justice League. And if Cruz follows their suggestions, American Christians will be able to sleep soundly at night.”

It would be reasonable for a person to read your claim and then ask you,

Seriously, Todd?

Do you really believe that the survival of Christianity in America depends on politics? Whatever happened to God?

Perhaps I should clarify that last question: Whatever happened to the God of the Bible?

The deity I am talking about is omnipotent and sovereign. The Bible describes him as being able to do anything that he wants whenever he wants despite anything decided by men.

Then again, you don’t actually believe in the God of the Bible. Instead, you believe in a fictional wimpy God who relinquished his sovereignty over his creation in order to get Humans to love him.

Your God isn’t the God who told Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.”

Your God isn’t the God who “stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia” so that he would end the Babylonian exile of the Jews and enable them to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.

Your God isn’t the God who makes out of the same lump of clay “one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use”.

Tell me something, Todd. Just how did the Christian faith survive in the ancient Roman Empire prior to the rule of Constantine the Great? Back then, Christians had legitimate reasons to believe that they would be imprisoned, tortured and executed for their faith. Do you expect American Christians to experience the same things if Ted Cruz isn’t elected POTUS?

Granted, there are legitimate reasons to be concerned about how the government deals with people of faith who object to doing certain things because of their faith. Still, it is going too far to claim that Ted Cruz alone would be a protector of religious liberty.

Let’s cut to the chase. You aren’t wanting Ted Cruz to be elected POTUS so that he can save Christianity in America. Instead, you want him to be elected because you believe that he will help establish a theocracy of your liking.

Face it, Todd. In order for you to get what you want, freedom of religion in America would have to be eliminated, because that freedom contains within it the freedom to not conform to any religious teachings.

Yes, I understand that you are not a reporter. Instead, you are a commentator with a particular religious agenda. In case you have forgotten, your pursuit of that agenda is what got you fired from your job at the Baptist Press, because an objective reporter would not have deliberately misquoted a government official in order to make that official appear to be sympathetic to a religious cause.

I will admit, though, that it takes talent to get fired from the Baptist Press for promoting a religious agenda that is generally favored by the Southern Baptist Convention.

So, Todd, what is really behind your infatuation with Ted Cruz? Could it be his link to a theology known as Seven Mountains Dominionism?

Todd, if you believe that all American Christians agree with that theology, then I have some real estate to sell you.

Then again, one doesn’t have to be a Christian in order to believe in such theology. After all, Glenn Beck believes in it, too.

Todd, this will probably be the last time that I respond in public to your rantings, because the next time that the Fox News website publishes one of your rants, I will exercise one of my most cherished freedoms . . .

By the way, I will be able to sleep soundly at night no matter who is elected the next POTUS, because I actually believe in the God of the Bible. As the Psalmist says, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

(Cross-posted @ The Moderate Voice)

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  • jim_m

    You should move the “freedom to ignore” grapgic to the top of your post.

  • Scalia

    As I stated previously, you have no business asking the questions you do without defining the parameters of the determinism you appear to espouse. Moreover, you’re one to talk about chutzpah when you rarely answer legitimate questions, but you fire a myriad of them without seeing the irony of the same. You also don’t see the inconsistency of your approach. Since God is able to take care of Himself and His business, why did you write this post? Why are your undies getting twisted over something God is able to take care of?

    • Commander_Chico

      This is political dialogue, even if religion is being exploited.

      • Scalia

        Chico, who said it wasn’t political dialog? If it’s in the context of religion, my criticism of David’s post is relevant.

    • Wild_Willie

      Christianity survived Obama, the plague, the inquisition, Civil War, WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam…need I go on? Your premise and Todd’s mean little. “If you hush us up, the rocks themselves will proclaim Hosanna!” ww

      • Scalia

        WW, I’m not quite certain what you’re getting at. Christ said, “Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” I most certainly believe that. I am criticizing David’s logic. He hasn’t thought this through, and that’s why he continues to render himself incoherent.

        • Wild_Willie

          I totally agree. What needs to be said it is a fool’s folly to state Christ is on a ‘side’. He is and always will be no respecter of people. (personality) ww

  • Vagabond661

    I think the issue is the persecution of Christians which we are already seeing here in the USA by the Looney Left.

    Using your logic and Biblical references, you should tell Israel they have nothing to fear from Iran.

    • yetanotherjohn

      Actually, read the old testament on what happened when ancient Israel relied on the strength of men rather than God. The question is who do you trust. Christian persecution has been much heavier in the past (including Christian persecution of Christians) but always a remnant has remained.
      We are now entering a period when church requires a commitment and moving against the flow of those around you vs going with the flow. That is not necessarily a terrible thing.

      • There was a reason our Founding Fathers defined Rights as held by individuals and descending from The Creator, and made the principle Duty of our Constitutional Republic the Defense of those God Given Rights.

  • Commander_Chico

    Cruz’s multiple mistresses is a breaking story.

    Chico has no problem w that in itself but Bible beater holy man Cruz is a hypocrite.

    • Scalia

      Proof, please?

      • pennywit

        Carpenter is COMPLETELY out of line to blame the tabloid reports on Donald Trump supporters.

        I’m sure the Trump campaign is smart enough to maintain plausible deniability.

        • Scalia

          Carpenter was speaking to a Trump supporter and told her, as quoted above, that she should be ashamed for spreading that rumor, and every Trump supporter should be held accountable for spreading that kind of garbage. No responsible person would repeat such a rumor unless it were motivated by evil intent. That intent is to politically hurt a candidate in the middle of an election.

          • pennywit

            Do you play Dungeons & Dragons?

          • Scalia

            In the rapidly diminishing hope that you have something substantive to say, I’ll take your question seriously and say no. Now, what does that have to do with what we’re talking about?

          • pennywit

            You forgot to cast Detect Sarcasm.

          • Scalia

            I don’t recall ever interacting with you, except here, so I had no way of knowing, given what you wrote, that you were employing sarcasm.

          • pennywit

            Hence, you need the spell.

          • jim_m

            Clearly you have correctly valued your intelligence with your profile name.

          • I think it’s over valued by 100%.

          • pennywit

            You guys are the world’s worst Lollipop Guild, ever.

          • Scalia

            Meaning what?

          • pennywit

            Jim_M and Rodney G. Graves are sort of the welcome committee. You haven’t officially shown up at Wizbang until they greet you with a personal insult. Kind of a crazy funhouse mirror version of the Lollipop Guild.

          • Scalia

            Your account is quite new, so unless you’re a regular going by another name, you don’t know that much about Rodney or Jim.

            While I’m all for polite dialog, you kinda invited a negative reaction with your very odd Dungeons and Dragons tangent.

          • You are already the fifth most useless commenter on this blog.

          • jim_m

            And we just crushed your Lilliputian sized wit.

          • Jwb10001

            Every time someone gets close to Drumph in the polls NE trots out some BS hit job. Best to just ignore it. Donald Drumph is an admitted adulterer has no room to spread this sort of thing about Cruz, it should blow up in his face.

          • Scalia

            True enough, but I won’t tolerate it here. Without proof, that constitutes slander, and I don’t want Wizbang to be associated with that.

          • Jwb10001

            It’s very typical of where Drumph has drug the national conversation. Maybe once he’s destroyed the republican party something good will rise from the ashes.

          • Commander_Chico
          • Jwb10001

            Not proof of anything, cleverly worded to fool the rubes. Please continue to wallow in the cesspool that your butt buddy has turned our politics into.

          • Scalia

            For those who read this thread, Chico deleted the post which reads, “This comment was deleted.” I had edited his post because he was asked for proof of his insistence that Cruz is an adulterer and rather than provide proof, he offered a link to a website that was nothing but rumor-mongering. The following is my edit:

            [Moderator-Scalia]

            The text of this post has been deleted. As the linked article itself attests:

            Did Ted Cruz cheat on his wife with five mistresses? Perhaps we will never know.

            There are a lot of allegations, but no proof. This is nothing but rumor-mongering. All similar posts by Chico along this line will be deleted.

          • Just ban the ass already.

          • pennywit

            It looks like several campaigns have been peddling the rumors for a while.

            http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/03/25/ted-cruz-affair-rumors-peddled-by-marco-rubio-s-allies.html

          • Commander_Chico

            I provide proof, and you censor it. Stalinist.

          • Scalia

            I’ve left your other comments on board. If you had posted that there are allegations of infidelity and provided a link, I would have allowed it to remain.

            I asked for proof, but the website you offered, as I quoted, does not allege proof; it merely regurgitates rumors. Even they don’t assert that they’ve proved infidelity. In fact, they specifically disclaim that. You’re taking those rumors and asserting on this blog that they are true. You are thus slandering Ted Cruz. I will not allow that here. I asked you for proof and you failed to provide it.

            If you want to extol the virtues of the National Enquirer (as you have done), that’s fine. Yes, they’ve been right about other cases of infidelity, but they’ve been wrong about a lot of things too. Your liberty does not entail slander. If you want to slander others, start your own blog and slander away, but you won’t do that on Wizbang so long as I have a say in the matter.

          • Jwb10001

            No you didn’t all you provided was a link that named the people it DID NOT confirm the affairs. Stop being such a dick.

          • More of a dildo…

          • Indeed.

        • Jwb10001

          Dude the CEO of National Enquirer IS A TRUMP SUPPORTER.

          • pennywit

            Hence my second sentence ….

      • Commander_Chico
    • Jwb10001

      Breaking story that no one else would touch, but since Drumph and the CEO of NE are butt buddies I guess they decided to pick it up. Trump better back off his claim to want to change the libel laws or his buddy at NE might get a little of the Drumph treatment from Cruz. But you continue to spread the rumor, because it’s right up your alley.

      • Commander_Chico

        NE got Pulitzer Prize nomination for breaking John Edwards affair story. Also broke Tiger Woods whoremaster story.

        • Jwb10001

          And they said that Clinton would be dead in 5 months, 6 months ago. But hey you’re a true believer (not really I know you’re lying because you want to see the Republican party destroyed) so you keep spreading the hate and the lies and the sleaze. DRUMPH BABY!

          • Commander_Chico

            NE is a national publication subject to libel laws. They were nominated for Pulitzer Prize for John Edwards affair story.

            They have named Cruz’s fuck buddies.

          • Jwb10001

            You know better than that, it’s nearly impossible for a public figure to win a libel suite. But hey who cares at this point Hilary Clinton is going to be the next president of the US, the dems will win back the senate and you’ll have your 1 party paradise. Thanks for nothing.

          • jim_m

            Tell that to Hulk Hogan.

          • Jwb10001

            I know there is some legal jeopardy here but you can bet they have fudged the wording, just like the wiggle words used in Chico’s “Wash Post Confirmation” story. It will be really hard for Cruz to win, might be easier for the women to sue.

          • Scalia

            Two of the women the NE named are Katrina Pierson (Trump’s spokesperson) and Amanda Carpenter. As I quoted HERE, Carpenter flatly denies the allegation.

            Katrina Pierson also denies the story:

            What’s worse? People who actually believe the trash in tabloids, or the ones who know it’s false &spread it anyway? #stupidity on all levels.

            [O]f course the National Enquirer story is 100% FALSE!!! I only speak to myself, however.

            That’s enough, Chico.

    • Jwb10001

      Here’s a NE story that’s right up your alley, wonder why anyone would ever question a story in NE:

      In a bombshell world exclusive, The National ENQUIRER has learned that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death was a highly planned “political assassination” orchestrated by the CIA and carried out by a $2,000-a-night hooker! A top Washington, D.C. source said the Feb. 13 death of the 79-year-old jurist at a remote Texas ranch just 15 miles from Mexico was part of a “shocking conspiracy that tracks back to the CIA and the White House!”

  • pennywit

    1) Todd Starnes earns his hits (and his money) by constantly hyping stories, including this one, that he thinks point to mistreatment of Christians. In my experience, his stories are maybe 25 percent true.

    2) You may believe that God has plans for the world. But God also made you the steward of his creation. Indifference or “trust to God’s plan” is not good stewardship.

  • fustian24

    This whole mistress thing is fascinating.

    If this can be made to stick, Ted’s political career is over. What would be a resume enhancer for a democrat is death for a conservative republican. Particularly an evangelical one.

    Note I said that “if it can be made to stick”. It does not have to actually be true for Cruz to be crucified over this.

    So far the only “proof” I’ve heard is that there is some video of Cruz leaving a restaurant with one of the women and that they shared a hotel and were videoed leaving the hotel together.

    By that standard I have had a number of affairs myself. When on the road with female colleagues, we often stay at the same hotel and we eat together. I always felt it was my gentlemanly duty to ensure that female colleagues were not wandering around alone in unfamiliar surroundings. If this is all they have, I don’t expect it means what they say it means.

    If Cruz beats this back, I suspect it will help him because it suggests that bad people are willing to do almost anything to get him out of the race and it will tend to make him immune to later charges.

    A further rumor is that this info has been pushed for a while by the Rubio camp (presumably from back in the days when he was viewed as the great GOPe hope). Nobody serious in the journalism world was willing to touch this because of the lack of substantive evidence.

    But now a Trump friend that runs the Enquirer goes with it.

    One can imagine a Trump camp that is worried that Cruz will do well enough to deny Trump the outright win. That camp knows that there is every likelihood that a brokered convention will not go Trump’s way. I cannot help suspecting that Trump was at least aware this was going to happen and that he supported it.

    If it starts to be believed that Trump or his people are behind this, it has the potential to hurt Trump badly, although not enough to deny him the vast majority of delegates going into the convention. I think it is too late for Cruz almost no matter what. I don’t think he can win outright and in a brokered convention, the GOPe will go with somebody closer to their black little hearts.

    My prediction is still that Trump gets the nomination and is roundly defeated by Hillary in the general. She’s already polling well ahead of him and her press has not really started in on Trump yet. I suspect by election time it will be Hillary +20 or better.

    • pennywit

      You can bet that Monica Lewinsky won’t vote for Hillary. The last Clinton administration left a bad taste in her mouth.

  • Mjolnir

    Starnes might be a bit over-dramatic, but the fact is that Cruz is the only major presidential contender remaining who has declared strong support for the 1st Amendment.
    Democrats? of course not. Donnie? Yeah, right.