The Ted Cruz Show (The Devil Inside/Lede of the Week)

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, gestures while addressing the Sunshine Summit in Orlando, Fla., Friday Nov. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

“A leading Satanist group is trying to distance itself from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after the presidential candidate was compared to Lucifer this week.”

Mark Hensch

This is your lede of the week.

This is also your Republican Party.

Mark Hensch’s report for The Hill continues:

“Cruz’s failures of reason, compassion, decency and humanity are products of his Christian pandering, if not an actual Christian faith,” Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said on Thursday, according to The Friendly Atheist.

“It grows tedious when pedophile priests and loathsome politicians are conveniently dismissed as Satanic, even as they spew Biblical verse and prostrate themselves before the cross, recruiting the Christian faithful. Satanists will have nothing to do with them.”

Mr. Greaves also answered Huffington Post, where Sam Stein aims for a more lighthearted consideration:

But what about the substance of the charge, dammit? Is there, indeed, something satanic to the senator? Do Republicans in Congress see the dark threads of Luciferianism in their colleague from Texas?

Detail of 'Lucifer' by Franz von Stuck, ca. 1890.To get to the bottom of this, HuffPost called up Lucien Greaves, a spokesperson for the Satanic Temple. His response was that Boehner was basically full of it, trying to absolve the worst of Christianity by calling him a product of Satanism.

“It is past time we stop blaming the activities of the upholders of the Christian faith on a Satanic philosophy,” Greaves told me. “Boehner is trying to convey that if it is bad and he disagrees with it, it is of Satan and Lucifer, and if it is of good, it is of Christ. That is what is problematic with the Christian ideology.”

Regarding the Texas junior himself, Greaves is direct, calling Cruz “a real disaster”, and “possibly one of the worst”:

“I think we have been on a race to the bottom for a long time now, and you keep thinking it can’t get worse and people would wise up after a clown like [Sarah] Palin or George Bush. But then you see people lining up around Ted Cruz.”

He’s not wrong.

Then again, these are Republicans. This is the 2016 GOP presidential nomination contest. What a godforsaken show.


Image notes: Top ― Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) gestures while addressing the Sunshine Summit in Orlando, Florida, Friday, 13 November 2015. (AP Photo/John Raoux) Right ― Detail of Lucifer by Franz von Stuck, ca. 1890.

Hensch, Mark. “Satanists balk at Cruz comparison”. The Hill. 29 April 2016.

Stein, Sam. “Is Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer In The Flesh’? We Asked A Satanist.” The Huffington Post. 28 April 2016.

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