Does Sen. Ted Cruz believe AIDS is God's punishment for being gay?
Does Cruz believe that we need more hate and less tolerance in the world?
If not, perhaps Cruz should explain why he's headlining a legislative conference in Dallas this weekend hosted by a group whose founder has said each and every one of those things.
Cruz, along with another potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, Gov. Bobby Jindal, is scheduled to keynote the Wallbuilders ProFamily Legislators Conference, which "provides an opportunity for conservative pro-family State legislators from across the United States to come together for an insightful briefing session with leading experts in a variety of fields that touch many of the most crucial areas of public service."
Wallbuilders is led by founder David Barton, who in addition to anti-LGBT extremism is best known for a total lack for credibility. From the Southern Poverty Law Center:
David Barton’s ascendant star as a self-taught “historian” and influential leader of the evangelical far right crashed in a storm of ridicule when the world’s largest Christian publisher recalled Barton’s 2012 book, The Jefferson Lies, for too many serious whoppers — the kind of gross factual mistakes that are a death knell for any real historian. ...
Barton still retains some influence, but only in the most extreme and uneducated segments of the Christian Right. Virtually all serious conservatives have repudiated him, and his chances of making a comeback seem remote, to be kind, although he sounds just as glib and sure as himself as ever.
Apparently, "the most extreme and uneducated segments of the Christian Right" include two potential GOP presidential candidates.
Cruz made headlines this week when he called net neutrality "Obamacare for the Internet" and railed against government regulations to enforce it.
Maybe someone in the mainstream media should ask Cruz whether he believes, like Barton, that government should regulate homosexuality.
Watch a promo for the upcoming hate summit, AFTER THE JUMP...