On Sunday, The clergy member and father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz gave a 45-minute sermon that blended politics and religion. Although a good number of Americans may disagree, mixing the two isn't a criminal offense. However, it is illegal in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) if the elder Cruz and his holy institution claim a tax break for any associated income.
God Supports the Electric Chair
According to the Evangelical pastor Rafael Cruz, "Go to Genesis chapter nine and you will find the death penalty clearly stated in Genesis chapter nine ... God ordains the death penalty!"
It's interesting how the Bible for his religion is both pro-life and pro-death. If God were merciful, then why would God ordain the death penalty? Coincidentally, Cruz mentions this in Texas, where his son is senator and is a state that sanctions the death penalty. Nevertheless, Texas is one of the leading states in executing prisoners. In Texas, it's clear the majority of the population, despite politics, support the flawed criminal penalty.
Children Are Shot in School Because of Democrats Who Want Gun Control
Say what? Did President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, or Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren go into Sandy Hook Elementary School and kill 20 innocent children and 6 adults? No, it was one individual suffering from a psychosis, Adam Lanza. Still, Cruz included in his sermon, "Look at all the massacres that we've had in the last year or two that the left is using to try to tell us that we need to control guns. Every one of those was in a gun-free zone."
The "Evil Tyrant" and "King", President Barack Obama
Of course, there can't be a Republican event without the mention of the president, or as the Tea Party supporters like to refer to him as, the evil emperor. Apparently, Darth Vader doesn't hold a candle to the evil man who wants all Americans to have affordable health care and be safe from the gun nuts of America. Just this past Halloween, Cruz gave another speech advising the America leader to "go back to Kenya."
Because It's Not a Sermon
Yes, the crowd responded to the pastor as any person of faith would, exclaiming, "Amen!" to the sermon. Unfortunately, a gun rights advocacy group sponsored the speech by the pastor. Because the speech took place away from a religious institution, the IRS wouldn't consider this a conflict. However, the elder Cruz won't get a tax break on any amount he received for speaking. It's easier to conceive the pastor's compensation went to his son's campaign, which more than likely provides everyone with cushy tax breaks.
Politics and religion need a clear division. The two groups can't blur the line and for fairness, the IRS needs to do a better job in monitoring the activities of religious affiliations and any political activity. This isn't to harm the charitable institutions, but instead to ensure no one is abusing the laws for personal gain.
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© Christine M. Dantz 2013