During a speech in Texas last week, Rafael Cruz, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), encouraged religious leaders to "restore America" by distributing biblical voting guides in church.
"When government ceases to work towards those ends it is our right, and it is I believe our duty, to remove that government and replace it with another government," the conservative pastor said July 31 at Trinity I.S.D. Auditorium, paraphrasing the Declaration of Independence.
The event was promoted by the Trinity County Republican Party of Texas.
"And we have an unprecedented opportunity to do that right now in these next elections," Cruz continued. "But we cannot do that if we sit at home. I want to encourage of all of you, I want to repeat what I said to the pastors this month, every church in America needs to have a voter registration table in the lobby."
Cruz said it was time for Christians to become the "salt and light" of the world, and he chastised pastors for not preaching about the sanctity of marriage and the chastity of teenagers. He accused pastors of ignoring important social issues.
Cruz added that churches should make sure "everybody in every congregation has voter's guides that share clearly how candidates of both parties are voting on biblical issues."
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