Texas politicians like U.S. Senator (and Republican presidential candidate) Ted Cruz have been leaders of the effort to — as they call it — “defund” Planned Parenthood because that organization provides abortion care services (although not with federal dollars). In other words, they want to end Medicaid and other government payments for reproductive health care services — like “well-woman” checkups, STD treatments, cancer screenings and birth control — that Planned Parenthood clinics provide to millions of women (and men) across the country.
Sen. Cruz and other religious-righters have even insisted that congressional Republicans should shut down the government rather than allow that health care funding to continue.
But a review of national polling shows they are seriously out of touch with the desires of most Americans on this issue. Most Americans strongly oppose cutting off funding for health care services at Planned Parenthood clinics. An even larger majority opposes shutting down the federal government as a means to that end. Here are some of the poll results:
Suffolk University/USA Today. Sept. 24-28, 2015. N=1,000 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3. “Do you think all federal funding for Planned Parenthood should be cut off: yes or no?” Yes: 29% No: 65% Unsure: 6%
It’s a political marriage, at any rate.
David Barton, the religious right’s favorite phony historian and political propagandist, is taking over leadership of the super-PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate and Texas senator Ted Cruz. According to the Bloomberg news service, Keep the Promise PAC is the umbrella organization for a group of related pro-Cruz political committees that raised $38 million in the first half of the year.
Barton is one of the most politically influential far-right, Christian evangelicals in America. He served for a decade as vice chairman of the Texas Republican Party and in 2004 helped the Republican National Committee recruit conservative evangelicals to support President George W. Bush’s re-election.
Barton and his WallBuilders’ organization, which is based in Aledo near Fort Worth, argue that separation of church and state is a “myth” and that the nation’s founders intended to create a distinctly Christian nation with its government and laws based on the Bible (or at least a fundamentalist Christian reading of the Bible).
Barton also is a self-styled historian, but his undergraduate work was in religious education. His collection of historical documents impresses some folks, his ability to critically analyze and accurately interpret such documents much less so. Three years ago, for example, Thomas Nelson… Read More
When it comes to Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk now in jail for refusing to federal obey a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even some of the folks at Fox News are getting it right. Here is commentator Gregg Jarrett speaking in a Fox News panel discussion he hosted on Monday:
“When she took the job she swore to uphold the law. We rely on government officials to do that. They can’t just pick and choose what laws they like and which ones they don’t. If they were allowed to do that, wouldn’t that lead to chaos, anarchy and so forth?”
Speaking on the same program, criminal defense attorney Sharon Liko dismissed the argument by a lawyer for Davis that the Supreme Court doesn’t have the constitutional authority to enforce its ruling on same-sex marriages:
“It’s just a ridiculously stupid statement. The Supreme Court does just that. They determine the constitutionality of issues; they resolve these kinds of disputes.”
(We should note that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president, has filed a proposed constitutional amendment and separate legislation that would roll back the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of the… Read More
Earlier today we saw this piece in the Dallas Morning News that observed how Sen. Ted Cruz had taken a more measured tone than his Republican presidential rivals on the case of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk still refusing to obey the law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
But that was before Davis was held in contempt and jailed by a federal judge this morning. And now Cruz seems to be madder than his dad Rafael Cruz always seems to be. Cruz’s statement following the contempt finding:
Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America.
No, Sen. Cruz, Davis was held in contempt and jailed not for her faith, but for her refusal to obey multiple court orders telling her to do, you know, the job she’s collecting a paycheck to do. A paycheck, by the way, that doesn’t bounce thanks to the taxes paid by some of the same people Davis is discriminating against.
But anyway, Cruz continued:
Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians… Read More
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (speaking in a recorded message) and his father Rafael warned about religious persecution, homosexual domination of pulpits, and churches forced to hire pedophiles at a gather of about 1,000 pastors and their spouses in Austin this week, according to one of the attendees of the Texas Renewal Project event.
The Texas Renewal Project — launched in 2005 as the Texas Restoration Project — provides free lodging and meals for attendees who come to listen to select politicians and religious-right leaders demand that Christians assert control over American government. (Not just any Christians, mind you. They’re talking about fundamentalist Christians with a particular right-wing political view.) The funding source is unknown, but major campaign donors to then-Gov. Rick Perry paid for the six events in 2005. All of those events featured speeches by Perry in the run-up to his re-election race the next year.
In addition to Abbott and the Cruzes, this week’s event featured former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Huckabee and Ted Cruz are both seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2016. David Barton, the phony historian and head of Texas-based WallBuilders, was among the religious-right leaders who spoke.
You… Read More