The Rev. Rafael Cruz, the father of Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, used a speech at a Collinsville church Thursday night to slam progressive politics and call out pastors for being silent despite what he said has been a systematic unraveling of the Judeo-Christian ethic in America.
The 220 or so in attendance at Revive Church cheered as Cruz warned voters not to listen to political rhetoric, instead using the words of Christ to suggest they pay more attention to a political candidate’s record.
“’Ye shall know them by their fruits,’” he said. “It’s about time we did some fruit checking.”
Cruz mentioned numerous issues in his speech—including corruption in politics, abortion and same-sex marriage—and likened President Barack Obama’s administration to a socialist regime.
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He also said clergy hasn’t stepped up to combat progressive policies because pastors are “scared to death of losing their tax exemptions.”
Cruz also criticized public education, saying decisions about how children are educated should rest with parents and teachers at the local level. He said “unelected bureaucrats” in Washington, D.C. had too much power over education, and gave Common Core standards as an example.
“We don’t need bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. trying to cram Common Core down the throats of our children. Don’t be deceived that Common Core is about standards. Common Core is about brainwashing our children and our grandchildren,” he said. “They are now saying that parents should not help their children with their homework. Because they don’t want you to deprogram the garbage they put into their minds.”
Cruz referred to scripture for the duration of his speech, citing verses that provide a blueprint for voters to vet candidates for public office.
He urged voters to “stop electing the village idiot” and said voting in primary elections is more important than voting in November.
“We have to make sure that we elect the right candidate in the primary that will go face the general election,” he said. “You people in Illinois have an unprecedented opportunity to reshape the future of America. I ask you take your responsibility (seriously).”
The Illinois primary is Tuesday.