I make no apologies concerning my utter disdain for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Maybe I’m biased because I live in Texas, but for my money he’s easily one of the worst members of Congress – if not the worst. Practically everything he says is just some pre-rehearsed talking point that’s usually a flat-out lie. It still amazes me that there are millions of people who buy into his nonsense.
If there’s one thing Cruz has proven time and time again, it’s that there really isn’t a level to which he will not stoop when it comes to pushing his ridiculous rhetoric. Even if that includes using the tombstones of dead soldiers to falsely fearmonger against people fighting to keep a separation of church and state.
Take for instance recent comments he made concerning our Supreme Court and his insistence that this country is one justice away from all the crosses and Star of David being removed from the tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery:
Four justices were willing to say this monument to our veterans must be torn to the ground. Anyone who has visited Arlington Cemetery and seen row after row of tombstone with a cross or Star of David honoring our soldiers who gave the last, the ultimate sacrifice. We’re one justice away from the Supreme Court saying we must tear those down.
Now, to any rational person that statement sounds a little too ridiculous to be true. And it should, because it’s not true at all. According to FactCheck.org:
Sen. Ted Cruz set up a false bogeyman when he said the Supreme Court is “one justice away” from ordering that crosses on tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery be torn down.
Nobody is even asking the court to do such a thing. And in fact, the group that sought removal of a cross from formerly federal land in the Mojave Desert — losing the 5-4 decision to which Cruz referred — strongly supports crosses and other religious symbols on government-issued headstones at Arlington and other military cemeteries.
Not only that, but in 2006 the ACLU (the group to which Cruz is referring) actually fought for the right for a Wiccan symbol to be placed upon a tombstone, citing the First Amendment and religious freedom.
But even beyond all of that, religious symbols being placed on tombstones is completely voluntary. There’s absolutely no government mandate that any tombstone in a federal cemetery have a cross or Star of David carved into it. The decision is completely left up to the deceased or their next of kin.
You see, this is just what Ted Cruz does. He knowingly spreads misinformation and lies because he’s well aware that conservatives are ignorant enough to believe it and get scared. No rational person could honestly believe that there’s a movement being taken seriously to remove religious symbols from the tombstones of the deceased. In fact, you’d really have to be an absolute fool to believe that.
Then again, you’d have to be a fool to believe anything that comes out of Ted Cruz’s mouth to begin with.
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