Ted Cruz Just Accused The Gay Community Of Waging ‘Jihad’ Against Christians (VIDEO)

If you were wondering if Ted Cruz was actually a satirical character placed in the GOP to mess with your mind, his latest outburst will do nothing to quell your concerns. He has now accused the LGBT community of waging a “jihad” against Christians, for opposing persecution by Christians.

On Thursday, the GOP presidential candidate was addressing an Iowa home school forum hosted by conservative radio broadcaster Steve Deace, a GOP primary sweetheart in the state’s party machine who often complains about the “rainbow jihad.” Cruz concurs with his view, telling the audience:

“You look at the jihad that is being waged right now in Indiana and Arkansas, going after people of faith who respect the biblical teaching that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”

There is so much wrong with this sentence it’s hard to know where to begin.

First, the Islamophobia. The idea that to underscore how awful something is, we must use a super-scary brown person word is just disgusting. This is a man running for the highest office of the most powerful nation on Earth. He dishonors himself, the office and the country with such an appalling display of ignorance.

(Incidentally, the word “Jihad” simply means struggle. This word has since been hijacked by terrorists and Western Islamophobes alike to serve their own ends).

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Secondly, what kind of planet is Cruz on that his religious-inspired bigotry does not qualify as “jihad” (as he defines the word)?

The LGBT community is looking for no more than to enshrine in law, through democratic methods, their equal right to marriage, parenthood, access to goods and services, and so on. They are opposed by religiously-inspired bigots who would rather they remained unequal. If anyone is waging “jihad” here, it’s Cruz and his Christian zealot counterparts.

News flash: a group of people gaining the rights you already enjoy is not oppression. Preventing people from gaining rights you enjoy, is oppression. It is the Christian conservative movement that waged this war, and (judging by recent opinion polls) it is the Christian conservative movement that is losing it, and not a moment too soon.

You can watch Cruz’s remarks in the video below:

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