Every day for the last two weeks Right Wing Watch has pointed out that Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal are scheduled to speak this weekend at a “religious liberty” event run by Pastor Kevin Swanson, who regularly calls for gays to be executed. Yesterday CNN’s Jake Tapper finally confronted Cruz about it and you’ll be shocked to learn that Cruz doesn’t give a shit. Here is the transcript of the exchange:
JAKE TAPPER: Quickly if you could, you are speaking at a conference this weekend, the National Religious Liberties Conference in Des Moines. It’s organized by a guy named Kevin Swanson. You’ve been very outspoken about what you deem liberal intolerance of Christians, but Kevin Swanson has said some very inflammatory things about gays and lesbians. He believes Christians should hold up signs at gay weddings holding up the Leviticus verse, instructing the faithful to put gays to death because what they do is an abomination. I don’t hold you responsible for what other people say, but given your concern about liberal intolerance, are you not, in some ways, endorsing conservative intolerance?
TED CRUZ: Listen, I don’t know what this gentleman has said or hasn’t said. I know that when it comes to religious liberty, this is a passion of mine and has been for decades and that I have been fighting for religious liberty for everyone. Fighting for religious liberty for Christians, for Jews, for Muslims, for every one of us to practice our faith. And in the last six and a half years under the Obama administration, we have seen an assault on religious liberty from the federal government. You know, couple months ago I hosted a rally for religious liberty in Iowa had 2,500 people come out. The single biggest political event in the state of Iowa this year and we had nine heroes, people who stood up for their faith who just told their stories and it was powerful. You can go and watch those stories on our website, tedcruz.org and you know, the amazing thing is many in the media diminish threats on religious liberty say they’re not real. What I tried to do in that event is withdraw myself and have the focus be on them telling their stories.
The question comes at the end of the clip below.
PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Kevin Swanson says gay-friendly Nabisco loves axe murderers. Kevin Swanson says Disney is using Frozen to make kids gay. Kevin Swanson says the Rose Bowl Parade should feature a float in which gays are stoned to death. Kevin Swanson says all gays must be imprisoned because Christian freedom. Kevin Swanson says gays caused the Colorado floods. Kevin Swanson says Christians should tell gay couples that they hope they die on their wedding day. Kevin Swanson blames homosexuality on Shakespeare.