Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a constitutional conservative and longtime champion of religious liberty, held a massive Rally for Religious Liberty in Des Moines, IA Friday night, shedding light on the growing persecution of Christians in America by God-hating progressive leftists and the gaystapo.
Joining Cruz at the rally were several real-life victims of religious persecution in America, those who have had their First Amendment rights obliterated by leftist judges, including (click on the following links to learn more about their individual cases) Dick and Betty Odgaard, Barronelle Stutzman, Aaron and Melissa Klein, Blaine Adamson, Senior Master Sergeant (Retired) Phillip Monk, Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, and Naghmeh Abedini, wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedina, who is being left to rot in Iran with the apparent blessing of the Obama Regime.
Cruz explained two cases he won arguing before the Supreme Court in fighting for religious liberty and the First Amendment while serving as solicitor general for the State of Texas.
In the first case, God-hating and religious freedom-hating progressives were trying to get the State of Texas to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments on the State Capitol building grounds.
Even though the Ten Commandments is displayed an amazing 43 times in and around the U.S. Supreme Court itself, the decision was only won by a small 5-4 victory, showing how close America is to losing it’s religious liberty.
“Forty times the Ten Commandments are on the brass gates on the side of the [U.S. Supreme] courtroom. When you walk out of the courtroom, there are two large wooden doors, and on those wooden doors are two more images of the Ten Commandments. You cannot walk out of the courtroom without seeing the Ten Commandments directly in front of you.
And those justices, when they heard the oral arguments, right above their left shoulders, carved into the frieze, was Moses, holding the Ten Commandments, looking them.”
“Now, we won that case,” Cruz continued. “But we won it 5-4. Four justices were willing to order the State of Texas to tear down that monument that stood on the state capitol grounds since 1961. We’re one justice away.”
“You want to know what this election is about?” Cruz asked rhetorically. “We are one justice away from the Supreme Court saying ‘every image of God shall be torn down, thus sayeth man,'” Cruz passionately asserted.
Cruz told about a second case he won fighting for religious liberty, a case brought by the Communist Party-founded ACLU, an anti-Christ communist front group, in which the leftist radical bullies went to the Supreme Court to argue that one simple cross, the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial Cross, which had stood atop the Sunrise Rock in the middle of the 1.6 million-acre Mojave National Preserve in California, must be taken down.
“A lone, white Latin cross, 7-feet tall, erected to honor the men and women who lost their lives in World War I — once again, a plantiff — the ACLU — came and sued. The plaintiff said, ‘the image of a cross cannot be seen on federal land.’ Here in Iowa, there’s litigation concerning exactly that today.
I will say this, the plaintiffs were right on one thing. The cross has power”
Leading radio talk show host Steve Deace, who is based in Iowa and is a powerful conservative voice in the state where the rally was held, wrote on Facebook Friday evening that the Rally for Religious Freedom was a gamechanger and solidified his recent endorsement of Ted Cruz for president:
“This is the fundamental issue of this campaign,” Deace said in his speech preceding Cruz’s. “It is our first freedom. All our other freedoms derive from this. We can’t have God-given rights if we can’t have our God.”
Deace went on to explain that Cruz has already established a consistent track record which proves that he would fight for religious liberty.
Cruz was, of course, briefly interrupted by anti-American leftist agitators, a situation the poised and unflappable Cruz effectively handled with grace and class with assists from the crowd shouting “Cruz, Cruz, Cruz,” and “USA, USA, USA,’ over the radical protesters.
“I appreciate each of these individuals,” Cruz said about the drowned out protesters. “Ma’am, this is not a townhall. You’re welcome to come to a townhall and I will happily answer your questions. Tonight, we’re focusing on religious liberty.”
The crowd erupted in enthusiastic applause.
“As horrific as the religious persecution is growing here at home, Christians across the globe are facing torture and murder — are facing inprisonment,” Cruz proclaimed about the War on Christianity.
Watch the clip of Cruz’s speech, along with Deace’s powerful introduction below. To watch the entire event, it’s viewable on C-SPAN HERE.