Ted Cruz endorses theocratic plan to “fix” black culture with more Jesus, less Beyoncé

One week after Ted Cruz promised that he and his fellow Republicans weren’t the “condom police,” Ted Cruz’s national director for faith and Christian supremacy religious liberty, Buddy Pilgrim, endorsed Tea Party pastor and former Republican candidate for Virginia Lieutenant Governor E.W. Jackson. In endorsing Jackson, who has said that President Obama is Muslim, that Democrats are worse than the KKK and that gay people are pedophiles, Pilgrim specifically cited Cruz’s support for Jackson’s plan to “rescue America’s inner cities” from the “new epidemic of black on black violence and murder.”

Said Pilgrim, quoted by Kira Lerner of ThinkProgress, “I know that if Senator Cruz were to become president of this country… he’d work with Bishop Jackson and other ministers like you to help create an environment where these kind of faith and business sector solutions can be implemented.”

Using the government to help “create an environment” for “faith and business sector solutions”? Lord save me, that sounds ominous.

Jackson’s plan, entitled “Project Awakening,” would, among other things, forcibly remove children from homes that he deems to be “dysfunctional.” Far beyond the scope of Child Protective Services’ traditional mandate, Jackson’s definition of a “dysfunctional” home seems to be any home where the mother is single, black and poor. As Lerner notes, “Research actually shows that in cities with a large number of single mothers, families with both parents experience the same level of low upward mobility as single-mother households.”

Project Awakening also bemoans the sexually permissive themes in pop culture, re-hashing tired tropes about how female performers are destroying America, reading: “In a world where Beyoncé shakes her ‘bootie’ and Miley twerks, it is difficult to imagine a culture of sexual responsibility, let alone abstinence.” As it continues, “Young ladies need help to break the pattern of sexual exploitation that reeks [sic] havoc on their lives…Ultimately, the absence of a caring father causes girls to go looking for love in all the wrong places.” So I guess we can add “daddy issues” to the list of liberal scourges Cruz, by way of Jackson, plans on addressing as president.

It’s unclear exactly what policies Jackson is proposing the government implement to remedy this problem and create “a culture of sexual responsibility,”  but chances are they would be fifty shades of repressive. One could even venture as far as to say that Jackson is hoping a Cruz administration creates some version of that “condom police” force that Cruz has pinkie-sworn he had no interest in.

As Lerner adds, not only do Jackson and Cruz’s views line up on issues of the state’s role in enforcing conservative Christian sexual morality, they also match up on how they feel about racial equality more generally:

Jackson and Cruz share the belief that the media and the Black Lives Matter movement have irresponsibly shifted the focus to violence by law enforcement from what they claim is the bigger threat. Cruz claims the movement is “literally suggesting and embracing and celebrating the murder of police officers,” and Jackson says that “for every black person who is killed by a police officer, seventy are killed by someone in their own neighborhood.”

Many of the pastors who stood alongside Jackson, also members of his group, Staying True To America’s National Destiny (STAND), repeated the claim that the murder of black babies in abortion clinics is worse than any violence perpetrated by police.

Apparently, Ted Cruz was the only presidential candidate willing to go anywhere near Jackson and his toxic views. As Jackson said in receiving Pilgrim’s endorsement, “We reached out to every candidate that we could. Only one has expressed interest, support, and enthusiasm for doing something about this problem. He has a representative here today. That candidate is Senator Ted Cruz.”

This would be in keeping with Cruz’s affinity for bear-hugging religious conservatives who stand for the exact opposite of religious liberty. Cruz was one of only three presidential candidates to attend a religious “liberty” conference put together by Kevin Swanson — a pastor who has explicitly called for killing gays in public (after they’ve been given a chance to repent for their sins, of course). At the conference, Cruz said that people who don’t believe in God are unfit to serve as president.

Once again, when Ted Cruz says he’s big on “religious liberty,” he means he’ll fight like hell for your freedom to practice his — and E.W. Jackson’s — religion.

UPDATE: Well this seems relevant. Ted Cruz voted against a non-binding resolution in a Senate committee session earlier today that rejected calls for a Donald Trump-style ban on Muslim entry to the United States. Only three other Republican senators voted against the resolution, which passed 16-4.


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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21 Responses to “Ted Cruz endorses theocratic plan to “fix” black culture with more Jesus, less Beyoncé”

  1. Mike Wegner says:

    LBJ screwed up black lives

  2. woodroad34 says:

    I have conservative friends who tell me to stop being a one note voter. And I have to remind them that someone like Ted Cruz, who’s so over-the-top Mel Gibson crazy religious, will make all of his decisions based on that delusional type thinking: economics, diplomacy, infrastructure, and american society in general. That great sucking sound you’ll hear will be Ted Cruz’s a-moral black hole sucking America into it.

  3. Butch1 says:

    This is worth repeating once again: This man is quite serious about changing this country into a theocracy. We thought Geo. Bush didn’t have a chance at becoming the president, well as we come closer to next year’s November election, Cruz grows in popularity in the republican party. He impresses the dim-witted or is it scares them into believing that with more prayer and “morals” they will be safer from the “boogeyman” and that with the help from “selected ministers” and their henchmen roaming our streets keeping them “safe” and checking that we are following the moral laws laid out by this “fine group of christian men,” God will protect this country once again.

    Of course the dim-witted buy into this nonsense from this carnival barker, but in the process we all will lose our rights and these Sharia Law hooligans will be just like the Taliban’s running around putting the law into their own hands. This is an evil man and we already know what he thinks of gays. We will be the first on his moral list to clean up. If you think I’m over reacting read your history Circa 1939.

  4. Steve Karper says:

    Also its obvious he’s a racist – fix black culture. The people who screwed up black lives are the southern baptists now renamed evangelicals, the slavers and segregationists, is father was one of those garbage spouting preachers. the rotten piece of poop didnt fall far from the rotting pile of feces – his father in canada

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  6. woodroad34 says:

    Ah, yes….more liberal viewpoints being thrust on all of society. Oh! Waitaminnit!….he’s a right-wing, theocratic nut job foisting his religious beliefs on the rest of us.

  7. DesertSun59 says:

    The solution to everything that ills America – to all evangelicals – is a tent revival. At all times and in all elections they call for a ‘revival’ of some sort. This is no different from that.

  8. Skye Winspur says:

    I think Rachel Maddow is doing a decent job of scrutinizing all the candidates, considering the limitations of her show. I’m not sure that the TV media have ever been that good at background-checking candidates – Ronald Reagan got through their gauntlet, after all. This is where literacy and critical thinking skills among the general populace (should) come into play.

  9. JaneE says:

    “for every black person who is killed by a police officer, seventy are killed by someone in their own neighborhood”

    In civilized countries, police officers arrest suspects, they don’t kill them. And in America, blacks are far more likely to be killed by police than whites. Especially blacks who commit misdemeanors. How do you explain a black with a toy gun being killed when whites with real assault rifles aren’t even stopped, except by racist policing?

  10. Butch1 says:

    Yes, they need to realize that the Dominion religion expresses the wish to change this country into a Theocracy. How is it that We know it and they seems to skip over that fact and never question him on it? It’s quite important especially if this weasel ever gets close to the White House.

    I realize there are six conservative owned corporations that run our news stations which include radio and television. If they control the news being dispensed AND the questions that are asked, it may explain why our reporters are acting like bump on logs when it comes to real news, but will act like “town-criers” when the government wants to dispense information to the public or the six conservative owners want something to be relayed or quashed.

    I have been watching the RT channel and now that they have been reporting accurate information which has embarrassed our Washington DC elite (reporters) and administration, they don’t outright deny the information outside of saying “that’s preposterous” only to have it proven correct down the road, but they attack the reporters from RT and the station because it is supported by Russia. Big deal; who supports the six stations in the US? And who’s propaganda are they pushing here? Much of the time it is disinformation to keep us in the dark! I thought it was quite hilarious for them to point fingers when all the evidence RT was presenting revealed that they were lying to us. The other reporters were silent as usual.

  11. Butch1 says:

    I also see Afghanistan and Iran and ISIS in this poor excuse of a man.

  12. Butch1 says:

    This “Theocracy” he would try and create would be not unlike having our country turn into a version of Afghanistan and having the Christian Taliban’s appointed religious-hooligans roaming the streets watching for people to break what they consider the “christian-rules” set up by Ted Cruz and his selected “bishops” and either “justice” would be swift on the streets or the unfortunate victim would be dragged after beaten, in front of a tribunal of religious charlatans judging your fate. The question is will they be following a version of the christian sharia law or what?

    We already know that in a Cruz presidency, he will do his best to make homosexuality illegal once again. If he can pull that off, we all will be rounded up and our fate will be sealed. This evil man is no different than Hitler or any other extreme fundamental theocracy if he can rise to that position.

    This is why he has to be exposed for what he truly is and our Lame Scream Media won’t go there.

  13. The_Fixer says:

    Ah yes, you are correct. I was misreading that, which is what I get when in a hurry.

    Yes. I am certain that the real statistics are different that what they present, and they really should have no bearing on a cop performing their job they way that they are supposed to perform it.

    Funny thing, all of the Republican Presidential candidates seem to forget that they can’t enact policy by decree, and that Congress has a role in this. Pretty shallow thinking, but that’s par for the course with these idiots.

  14. Baal says:

    Jesus is not bootylicious. I for one prefer things the way they are.

  15. nicho says:

    If we took children away from dysfunctional homes, all of the Bush spawn would have been removed. Same with the Cheney coven.

  16. Don Chandler says:

    He is badness.

  17. Don Chandler says:

    I had to read twice but it’s ““for every black person who is killed by a police officer, seventy [Black People] are killed by someone in their own neighborhood.” I don’t know what the real stats are. I also think that stats like this are irrelevant as a cop is suppose to do their job correctly without such statistical considerations.

    ON the removal of children bit, there was a case recently where a judge arbitrarily removed a child from the custody of the lesbian parents in Salt Lake City. It was an illegal act, I believe, and the judge reversed his ruling…probably after being kicked in the butt by legal authorities [sic]. But such a legislation supported by Jackson and Cruz is likely to give more power to Judges to act arbitrarily.

  18. AnitaMann says:

    Most punchable face in the Senate.

  19. 2karmanot says:

    ” to help create an environment where these kind of faith and business sector solutions can be implemented.” “Arbeit macht frei”

  20. The_Fixer says:

    I gave this a quick read, as I am on a break and have to get back to it soon.

    Two things jump out at me. First, the removal of children from homes headed by single parents because they don’t meet a moral standard. Even if one thinks that this is a good idea, how can it possibly be implemented? Cases will be tied up in the courts for quite some time, and what are you going to do with all of those kids? There’s a crying need for foster parents right now, overloading the system with even more children. On this fact alone, this is a stupid idea.

    Second, the idea that there are 70 cops killed for every one person that they kill is imaginary, I’m sure. It would be interesting to get a citation on that. I’m sure it doesn’t exist, but he should be made to produce a source for that statistic.

    That also sounds suspiciously like justification for police killing people – “So what, more cops are killed by black people than cops kill, so cops are justified killing black people.” That’s quite a leap and ignores a lot of detail.

    No wonder they say that Everybody Hates Cruz – he’s supremely qualified to be the object of ones hatred. It’s things like this that makes him credentialed.

  21. Sally says:

    I wish the media would get to work and report on Cruz and his daddy and their repressive religious views. They truly want to take over this democracy and make it their own religious playground. They are not abiding by the US Constitution, which is never superseded by a biblical law. Never. Does he have to overcome Trump before there is any scrutiny of this Seven Mountains garbage?

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