Evangelical pastor Rafael Cruz, father of shutdown dramatist Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), served up a stemwinder this week, laying out God’s positions on the death penalty, guns in schools, gay marriage, communism and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), all in an impassioned 45 minutes.
The Cuban-American creationist quoted Bible verses that he said described God’s hardline position on capital punishment. “You know, the Bible is so clear,” he said. “Go to Genesis chapter nine and you will find the death penalty clearly stated in Genesis chapter nine … God ordains the death penalty!”
He brushed off “all these people that want to come home with their violins to tell you, ‘Oh, we need to show mercy,’” declaring that the death penalty rightly shows no mercy.
On the subject of mass shootings on school campuses, Cruz blamed Democrats who have lobbied for gun control in response to the atrocities.
“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,” Cruz said, amid exclamations of “Amen!” and “Exactly!” from the audience.
“You want to eliminate school massacres? Have the teachers carry [guns]! … How stupid can you be?” Cruz said. An audience member answered, “It’s doggone stupid!”
Not content to let House Republicans monopolize unconstitutional legislation, Louisiana State Representative Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe) recently filed HB 660, which she’d like to be known as “The Parental Choice Historical Prayer and Pledge Act.”
If passed, Jackson’s bill would allow and encourage public schools to begin each school day with the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer. In fact, it’d mandate BESE to establish a Lord’s Prayer policy. Quoting:
A. The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, or “state board”, shall establish a policy and develop procedures to allow public school students to participate in the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer and the “Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag” at the commencement of each school day. Such policy and procedures shall include but not be limited to provisions for the following:
(1) Student participation in the recitation of the prayer and pledge shall be voluntary.
(2) Students shall be reminded that the Lord’s Prayer is the prayer that the pilgrim fathers recited when they came to America in search for freedom.
(3) Students shall be informed that these exercises are not meant to influence an individual’s personal religious beliefs in any manner.
(4) The recitations shall be conducted so that students learn of America’s great freedoms, including the freedom of religion symbolized by the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer.
B. The state board shall develop a program of instruction for public schools with regard to the pilgrim fathers.
She seems to be almost a Democratic version of Bachmann and Palin…
Ms. Jackson attributes her accomplishments to not just having a dream, but having a dream that lines up with God’s plan for her life. She believes her footsteps are ordered by God and everyday Ms. Jackson works to allow God to guide her in the process of realizing her dream. Her family worships at Riverside Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe, LA.
FWIW, I used to date a girl from Monroe, LA. Didn’t work out, but fun while it lasted.
Seriously. Zimmerman claims it’s all God’s fault.
An openly gay state representative was silenced by his colleagues on the Pennsylvania House floor Thursday when he tried to comment on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
State Rep. Brian Sims’ (D) remarks during a part of the House session where representatives are allowed to speak openly were cut off almost immediately by a procedural maneuver. State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R) objected to the remarks on the grounds that Sims was speaking out “against God’s law.”
“I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God’s law,” Metcalfe said, as quoted by WHYY-FM.
“Now, when you die and get to the, get to the, uh, to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not gonna ask you much about what you did about keeping government small, but he’s going to ask you what you did for the poor,” Kasich said. “Better have a good answer.”
A group of civil rights organizations and legal ethicists filed a complaint of misconduct against a senior federal judge on Tuesday, alleging that recent remarks of hers showed bias against minority groups and an inappropriate religious belief in the death penalty.
The complaint, against Judge Edith H. Jones of Houston, who sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, asserts that at a speech at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in February she said that blacks and Hispanics were more prone than others to commit violent crimes and that a death sentence was a service to defendants because it allowed them to make peace with God.
The complaint is signed by representatives of, among others, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Texas Civil Rights Project and the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program and cites a number of people who attended the lecture.
A spokesman for the law school, Steven Barnes, said that the Federalist Society, the conservative group that hosted the speech, did not record it and that there appeared to be no transcript
The murder was committed during a sect ritual intended to eliminate the Antichrist, believed by the leader of a sect to be the three-day-old Chile baby.
Ramon Gustavo Castillo Gaete (35) believed that the world was about to end on December 21, 2012 and that the sacrifice was the only solution to save it. The baby was therefore taken to a hill in Colliguay, near Valparaiso, on November 21, 2013, and thrown into a bonfire.
Castillo Gaete is allegedly the father of the baby; he convinced the mother, Natalia Guerra (35), also member of the sect, to hand over the newborn for the sacrifice.
The 35-year-old man formed the 12-member sect in 2005, and had sexual relations with the five woman members. He was considered a god by the group and was called “Antares from the Light”.
One day, one of the women accidentally got pregnant. As Casttillo Gaete was a god, thought the ring, he couldn’t have any children except for the “antichrist”, an evil opponent of the “savior”, who they considered the ideal model for humanity.
During her pregnancy, the mother was held in a house in the Andes and fed every two days.
The baby was born in a clinic of Vina del Mar but had never been officially registered, reported Miguel Ampuero, vice-chief of the Chilean Investigative Police (PDI). She was withdrawn by force from the hospital one day after her birth. The murder occurred two days later.
“The newborn was naked. They strapped tape around her mouth to keep her from screaming. Then they placed her on a board. After calling on the spirits they threw her on the bonfire alive,” said the investigator.
Police in Chile have arrested four people accused of burning a newborn baby to death in a “healing ritual”.
Those arrested include the mother of the child, and the suspects are said to be members of a religious sect.
The three-day old baby was thrown into a bonfire in November in the town of Colliguay because the group reportedly considered it an antichrist.
Their alleged leader, Ramon Gustavo Castillo Gaete, has been on the run since February.
Mr Castillo Gaete, who was known as “Antares from the Light”, considered himself a god and believed the world was about to end on 21 December 2012, authorities say.
He is thought to be the father of the murdered baby.