Ted Cruz Goes On Unhinged Rant Following the Arrest of Kim Davis

cruz-same-sex-marriageNaturally the conservative response to Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis being put in jail for refusing to uphold her sworn oath to abide by the laws of the Constitution has been swift and absurd. All day my Facebook feed was filled with conservative friends and family members pointing to this as an example of the “criminalization of Christianity.” To honestly believe that Ms. Davis being put in jail for defying court orders to do her job is an “attack on Christianity” is a level of stupidity that simply cannot be reasoned with.


That being said, of all the responses I saw, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s response to her arrest topped them all. In one fairly lengthy rant he managed to:

  • Call her arrest the criminalization of Christianity.
  • Suggest she’s not breaking any laws because the Supreme Court didn’t have the right to legalize same-sex marriage.
  • Call liberals hypocrites for not calling for the arrest of the mayor of San Fransisco over the death of an American at the hands of an illegal immigrant.
  • Call for President Obama’s resignation.
  • Claim this is a motive to prevent Christians from serving in public office.

I’ll run through a few excerpts from his response, then provide my thoughts on why Cruz is an absolute idiot.

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.

Actually, she was arrested for violating her sworn oath to uphold our nation’s laws as a public servant by unlawfully (and unconstitutionally) refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Why she refused to do so had nothing to do with her being put in jail. She could have been an atheist who simply didn’t think gay people should get married and she would have still been put in jail for disobeying court orders to do her job. This isn’t about religion, this is about law.

I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to chose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court decision.

Actually, the Obama administration has almost nothing to do with this. It was the Supreme Court that ruled bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, thus legalizing gay marriage in the United States. This “lawless court decision,” as Cruz so ignorantly put it,  is 100 percent lawful according to Article Three of the United States Constitution.

Where is the call for President Obama to resign for ignoring and defying our immigration laws, our welfare reform laws, and even his own Obamacare?

Actually, millions of conservatives have called for President Obama to resign and believe he should be impeached. The reason why he hasn’t been impeached, even though Republicans control both the House and the Senate, is because there’s no legal ground on which to impeach him.

Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office. That is the consequence of their position. Or, if Christians do serve in pubic office, they must disregard their religious faith–or be sent to jail.

Wrong again. I will repeat, her faith has absolutely nothing to do with why she was put in jail. As a public official who swore to uphold the laws of the State of Kentucky, which are bound by the Constitution, she refused to do the job to which she was elected – in direct violation of a Supreme Court ruling. She was arrested because she broke the law, not because she’s a Christian. Like I said before, the reason why she won’t issue marriage licenses to gay couples does not matter. All that matters is that she refuses to obey the law.

Kim Davis should not be in jail. We are a country founded on Judeo-Christian values, founded by those fleeing religious oppression and seeking a land where we could worship God and live according to our faith, without being imprisoned for doing so.

No one is stopping her from worshipping God or living according to her faith. But she didn’t choose to work for a church or religious organization, she chose to be a government official.


In this country, to preserve the right for Americans to avoid having someone’s faith forced upon them, there’s a strict separation of church and state. But as I’ve pointed out repeatedly in this article, why she refuses to abide by our nation’s laws is not important. The only thing that matters is she, as an elected public official who is bound by the laws of our Constitution, refuses to obey the law.

The bottom line is, Ms. Davis doesn’t have a legal leg on which to stand. If she doesn’t want to do her job in accordance with the laws of the United States, she’s 100 percent free to resign and seek employment elsewhere.

This has nothing to do with “Christian persecution,” this has to do with an elected official trying to ignore the Constitutional law of the land to discriminate against others. When you choose to do that, there are consequences – as Kim Davis is currently experiencing firsthand.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • I think that Ted Cruz might be suffering from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

    • Michelle Rhoades

      After listening to his father speak for as long as I could stand it (about 5 minutes) I agree. If his mom didn’t drink, I don’t know how she could have stayed married to that man.

      • OMGface

        It’s the usual birds of a feather flock phenomenon.

    • Rod Haney

      He is suffering from a mental illness, it’s called christianity.

      • OMGface

        Perhaps not all, but the fundamentalist true believer Blind
        Loyalist MALLEABLE replicants who actually believe any of these religions tomes were not written by humans….for sure. Same deal in every organized religion on the planet.

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  • RK

    Funny. He says this country was “founded by those fleeing religious oppression” yet he is doing everything in his power to create a country that is governed by religion. His religion of course, not one of those other ones that not real

    • Nancy B

      Not to mention, this country was founded by some of those fleeing oppression. Most of the rest were following the money.

  • Betty Miliano

    Just for a second, those who agree with Ms. Davis position should examine how they would see it if a Muslim clerk would not issue driver’s licenses to women…Would they expect that all the women in the county should have to go to another county to obtain their license..? Or expect that they could get a license with their husband’s approval…? It would be ridiculous….as is Ms. Davis’ stance…If it truly violates her religion, then she should simply resign..(as others have done…) She doesn’t want to give up her $80,000 salary..BUT WON’T DO THE JOB SHE WAS ELECTED TO DO… Only in politics…

    • Eileen Meltzer

      I like your thought but the United States of America as we know it today was founded by Christians not Muslims.

      Hillary
      and Obama have not obeyed the law and they are not in jail. Fundamental
      natural laws that have been here since the beginning of time; Jewish,
      Christian, Muslims and people of other regions have the right to
      serve in public office too without treading on their fundamental
      religious principles Same sex unions should have every right and
      headache that comes from a monogamous civil union, I believe they
      should have just created a new beautiful word reflecting the love and
      commitment for same sex unions, then I think every one would have been
      happy, legally protected and no one’s religious and spiritual beliefs
      trampled on. To each his own.

      • 1Smith1

        Repeating your lie doesn’t suddenly make it true, Eileen. Again, try to stay on topic.

      • Danielle

        Religion was specifically left out of the constitution to allow all religions to practice freely. So, a muslim’s religious beliefs hold no less weight than a christian’s.

      • Mirrrie

        My religion is against weapons. So if I don’t give someone a licence to carry a weapon from my believes you are okay with that too?

      • PRIME79

        Fail. The founders were NOT all christians. Why do you people have to lie so much? If the founders were christians and wanted America to be a christian nation then why are christianity/christians/god/jesus/the bible not mentioned once in the Constitution?

      • Betty Miliano

        Separate is never equal…

    • OMGface

      BRAVA!!!! Not to mention, blind loyalty to this doctrinaire, dogmatic drivel is NO LOYALTY, and a marker for malleable, dangerous humans who have abrogated their brains.

      More Voltaire comes to mind:
      Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you
      commit atrocities.
      Voltaire

  • Sherry

    Hey Ted what happened to Separation of Church and STATE. This is reason the Constitution was adopted not only provide religious freedom but to not allow any religious institution to rule over government.

  • Eileen Meltzer

    Hillary
    and Obama have not obeyed the law and they are not in jail. Fundamental
    natural laws that have been here since the beginning of time; Jewish,
    Christian, Muslims and people of other regions have the right to
    serve in public office too without treading on their fundamental
    religious principles Same sex unions should have every right and
    headache that comes from a monogamous civil union, I believe they
    should have just created a new beautiful word reflecting the love and
    commitment for same sex unions, then I think every one would have been
    happy, legally protected and no one’s religious and spiritual beliefs
    trampled on. To each his own.

    • coloradosprings

      I was working on a serious reply to you, but I gave up. Conviction in the Tea Party press is not the same thing as being convicted before the law. If “Hillary and Obama” had not obeyed the law, they would be in jail. Your opinion of their performance in public office is not grounds for imprisonment.

    • 1Smith1

      Try to stay on topic, Eileen. Hillary and Obama are not the subject of this topic, and you’re allowing your hate to get the better of you, again.

    • Danielle

      No one’s stopping them from serving in public office. They just can’t bring their religion into that job. If the job conflicts with their principles, then they shouldn’t get that job. No one is forcing that job on them.

    • Jim Valley

      This article is not about the conservative obsession with Obama and Hillary. Please try to stay on topic and not just vent your favorite right-wing talking points. Thank you.

  • coloradosprings

    Why do you have those friends on your Facebook? As a Christian, I don’t really care what her views on marriage are, because she is a sworn elected official who took an oath to carry out her duties before the law. If she finds that her conscience won’t allow her to carry out those duties, her recourse is to resign her office. As an elected official, she can’t be “fired” – her county would have to have a recall election, which would cost the taxpayers a lot of money, or the legislature would have to get involved. Neither of these are acceptable options. She should have resigned her office. I disagree with her views on marriage, but I do not accept that she gets to force her views on the people she is sworn to serve.

    • Cemetery Girl

      Some of us have family that are supportive of this woman. Despite this we have other reasons for wanting to stay in contact with them, but aren’t too keen on their constant FB feed about this woman. Ah, family…

      • OMGface

        In such….blood should not be thicker than water. You are not here to win the approbation of the true believer slaves in question.

      • Cemetery Girl

        If someone chooses to completely cut ties with family because of political differences, that is their choice. Some people don’t want to severe ties completely based on differing views. Everyone has different lines in the sand. I have a great-aunt that I love, but for some reason she thinks Trump is great. (I don’t get it.) It doesn’t change the times I have spent with her or my desire to keep up to date on what is happening with her immediate family or their pictures.

      • OMGface

        Late response: I feel U and even envy your tolerance! I mean it

    • Jim Valley

      Her defenders say she is being “persecuted” for being a Christian. (These people just LOVE being helpless victims.) What stupid nonsense!

      In fact, of course, Davis broke the law, violated the Constitution, and defied two court orders, one from the US Supreme Court. It doesn’t matter at all WHY she did this. NO American is free to break our laws whenever they want, no matter WHAT cockamamie reason they give.

    • noah vail

      this is the same type of person that doesn’t want government intrusion in their lives but it’s ok when they ARE the government to intrude on other peoples RIGHTS and civil liberties…does one have to prove their hypocrisy before they can become a “christian”?

  • OMGface

    Stunning. Thomas Jefferson, whose core mandate was to establish separation of church and state is rotating in his grave at warpspeed RPMs. And, in response to many True Believer replicants running for the GOP nomination. It truly is head exploding.

  • ORAXX

    If you would like to see what genuine persecution looks like, then give Ted Cruz all the power he’d like to have. No discussion of the junior senator from Texas is complete without a thorough examination of his lunatic preacher father.

  • Cemetery Girl

    Why am I not surprised. The politician that was for the government shut down supports an elected official refusing to do her job. She refuses to issue any marriage licenses, but still holds her position and gets paid, deserves support. Perfectly acceptable to take tax payer money and do nothing if you’re elected.

    • QB59

      Exactly. Don’t baggers call those who don’t work and get a government check, takers, lazy welfare queens, moochers, ghetto thugs…etc? Ahh, I guess it’s a matter of perspective. Hypocrites.

  • 1Smith1

    Canadian Cruz shoots out of his ass, “I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to chose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court decision.”
    And since the Obama Administration is not trying to force anyone to chose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court decision, Canadian Cruz won’t be standing with anyone.

  • 1Smith1

    Why aren’t Canadian Cruz and Baby RAynd Paul being investigated by a Congressional committee? These assholes took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution but they’re encouraging elected officials to shit on the U.S. Constitution. Oh, that’s right. These assholes realize that their mouth breathing idiot supporters are too stupid to understand the U.S. Constitution and how the U.S. Government operates.

  • Jim Valley

    Davis and Cruz stand together, knee-deep in the rising water, trying mightily to hold back the tide. In the end, they will be swept away.

  • Mirrrie

    Thank god. This topic actually shows us that not all Americans are stupid right wing hating people. (And yeah I know cause I have loads of American friends but thats how we in Europe now days only see you guys)

  • FD Brian

    The same people who are praising Kim Davis for breaking the law are the same ones telling blacks to not do the crime if you can’t do the time.