Ted Cruz’s announcement this week to run for the Republican nomination certainly has people talking. From using the students at “Liberty” as a captive audience to getting ripped by other Republicans, Cruz is the talk of the town, and not in a good way.
Cruz is a hardcore creationist, a climate change denier, and an anointed “king” of the Dominionist movement. I don’t care what side of the political spectrum you’re from, anyone seen as being a “king” should be treated as an existential threat to our democratic country. Nobody summed this up better than Comedian Lewis Black, when, during a panel discussion on The Nightly Show Tuesday, Black expressed shock that Cruz was even considered a serious contender.
Of Cruz, Black said that, “I took LSD in my youth, and it didn’t prepare me for him,” and that, “We’ve lived through this before. This is 1956. If [Cruz] had appeared at Liberty University and it was shot in black and white, then I’d go, ‘I get it.’ This is someone who should never have made it to color television.”
Blaze TV anchor Amy Holmes took issue, however, with Black’s notion that Cruz and many Liberty students believed he would go to Hell because he is Jewish:
BLACK: “It’s not really a place for me to jump in and go, ‘Oh boy! What a great candidate!’ I cut out 90 percent of what he said. He believes I’m going to hell, so what are we talking about?”
HOLMES: “Many of them would say that it is not for them to decide, that they have accepted Jesus into their heart. Are you saying that someone who is an open Christian, who wears their religion on their sleeve, shouldn’t be president of the United States? That doesn’t make sense.”
BLACK: “That isn’t what I said. You took the joke and drove down a bad highway.”
She can try to pretty it up as much as she wants to, but as long as she’s saying, “Heaven is only for those who are saved, Hell is for the unsaved,” while defining unsaved as “Not Christian” then yes, she and others like her are saying Jews go to Hell for being Jewish.
Now imagine what this means for Holocaust victims.
Holmes also got into it with host Larry Wilmore, when Wilmore asked why Republicans “suck up” to creationists. Holmes contended that a “huge percentage of Americans believe in creationism.” Wilmore, however, wasn’t having any of it:
WILMORE: “And you want to suck up to those people to run for president, who believe the Earth is 6,000 years old.”
HOLMES: “What I’m saying is, I think we need to have a little bit more respect at this table and in politics for people who are evangelical, who believe in creationism, and believe in a Biblically-based life.”
WILMORE: “Someone who’s making the most important decisions in the world should not believe the Earth is 6,000 years old.”
Holmes conveniently failed to mention that Glenn Beck has already expressed his support for Cruz’s candidacy. Go figure.
You can watch the discussion below:
[h/t and cover picture RS]