Ted Cruz hosts ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ showing at Wisconsin campaign stop

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Republican presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) attends a Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee hearing on "Revisiting IRS Targeting: Progress of Agency Reforms and Congressional Options" on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 29, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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Republican presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) attends a Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee hearing on "Revisiting IRS Targeting: Progress of Agency Reforms and Congressional Options" on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 29, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Yuri Gripas *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-CRUZ-FAITH, originally transmitted on August 5, 2015.

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — Sen. Ted Cruz says he’s done caring about what Donald Trump does and instead is focused on what Wisconsin voters want.

“What the people of Wisconsin care about is jobs, bringing jobs back to America, seeing wages rise,” Cruz said ahead of the Tuesday Republican presidential primary.

“What the people of Wisconsin care about is our freedom, protecting the Bill of Rights. What the people of Wisconsin care about is safety and security, protecting this country from radical Islamic terrorism.”


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Cruz hosted a showing of God’s Not Dead 2 at a local theater Saturday evening. The film, a sequel to a 2014 movie that was a hit with faith communities, focuses on religious liberty.

After answering questions for 15 minutes, Cruz sat down in a packed theater, popcorn and two hot dogs in-hand, to watch the show.“One simple reality, if I want to see a movie, it’s got to be a campaign stop,” Cruz joked.


“It is unfortunate to see the modern Democratic Party has gotten so extreme, so radicalized that religious liberty is now viewed in conflict with the partisan political agenda of the Democratic Party,” Cruz said.

“Every one of us has the right to live according to our faith. And this should be a shared value that brings us together.”

(Jeff Bollier originally reported this for the Green Bay, Wis. Press-Gazette)

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  • The Ledge, with Charlie Hunnam and Terrence Howard

  • If Wisconsin cared about higher wages, they would not have sued the unions or fought the minimum wage. However, Ted just wants to forget it all, and watch a jesus pump.

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  • An atheist movie would have no director, right?

  • yoh

    Actually the number of religious films are really small enough to be a genre ghetto all by itself.

    Most science fiction is atheist. Most horror films take a dim view of religion or turn it into magic superpowers. War films seldom make religious references in a positive light. Religion seldom appears in action films or dramas except as plot complications.

    Your snark is misplaced due to lack of understanding of film.

    God Is Dead is wish fulfilment fantasy to pretend atheists are as obnoxious and as abusive of our laws and society as Christians are. As if to justify obnoxious and offensive behavior as if it were some fictional push back for slights they claim (but can never substantiate)

    However I have to say it’s great to see Ray Wise working more. He was awesome in Reaper.

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  • April

    The fact that Wisconsin opposed an increase in the minimum wage and the teachers and public service unions proves that Wisconsin does indeed care. Higher wages and powerful unions are what drives costs up, making it harder and harder for the average person to keep up, let alone get ahead.

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  • yoh

    One has to exist first to be dead. 🙂

    Despite the uneducated musings of religious apologists, “God is dead” is not a statement of atheism. It is a lament of the religious about a lack of trust and faith in ones religion.

    But thanks for demonstrating how attacking atheists is used a way to ignore or gloss over offense many religious believers give to beliefs besides their own.

    Frankly I could care less about your religious beliefs and feel that you are entitled to them. My beef is when people make their religious beliefs my business. Those who fail to understand that I have no obligation to believe as they do, nor appreciate being compelled to follow its arbitrary dictates.

  • yoh

    They also provide protection to those who work for a living. It’s telling that quality of life tends to be highest in unionized workplaces.

  • Debbo

    Are you serious April? It’s the fault of unions? Do you think extravagant salaries for the executive suites play a role? How about fabulous perks for those same people at the top? And demands from investors for sky high profits?

    Unions have been decimated. Why haven’t prices dropped dramatically? Unions have much less power than corporations. Look at the numbers for campaign donations. Union money is swamped by corporate cash.

  • Jack

    Silly. There are obnoxious people and reasonable people on both sides of he fence, both theist and atheist.

  • Jack

    Wrong, Found One. Trying to raise wages by governmental fiat is childish and displays ignorance of how the real world works, especially as it pertains to economics, and how wealth is created.

  • Jack

    Bill, you’re on to something. An atheist film would make itself through spontaneous generation. It would emerge all by its lonesome, just like that.

  • yoh

    But reasonable is hardly a description of the portrayal of atheism in those films or the beliefs of their intended audience. Trying to make them out to be the big bad boogeymen trying to attack the rights of pious Christianfolk.

    The reality is that the chief offenders in such things these days are mainly fundamentalist Christians. In fact most organized atheist political actions revolve around upholding our laws and religious freedoms enshrined in our 1st Amendment.

    The films are fantasy wish fulfillment. To portray Christians of a certain type as put upon oppressed types instead of the reality of being the perpetrators of such actions. Much like how films like Rambo and Red Dawn allowed Americans the fantasy of being the clever guerillas instead of our former adversaries.

  • yoh

    The way the real world works is that “trickle down” never actually does. Concentrating wealth to the alleged “job creators” simply allows it to be hoarded and less likely to be circulated.

    Employees who actually try to live on these kinds of wages are dependent on government assistance to survive. Making the employers a strain on the government’s resources. Increasing the minimum wage simply returns the favor for some of the services they have been draining from government in order to sustain their workforce.

    Of course another part of the problem is our economy really has little use for an unskilled workforce to any major degree anymore. The existence of so many people on minimum wage who are trying to live off of it shows a basic failure in our education system. The result of constant defunding of public schooling, of making college less attainable and the desire for an easily exploited workforce in some areas of the country.

  • yoh

    So a religious film has no director anyone can see. But the cast thinks there is one. But they have no evidence to back up their claims.

    As for spontaneous generation, isn’t that the whole idea of Genesis?
    I never get why Creationists make such a ridiculous argument.

  • Darol

    Every one of us has the right to live according to our faith. And this should be a shared value that brings us together. So Ted if I were a satanist and beleived in human
    Sacrifice I would. HAVE A RIGHT TO LIVE ACCORDING TO MY FAITH. Please
    Reply unless you mean only your faith and no one else’s matters. I am not a satanist
    but I am sure you know exactly what I mean.

  • Jess

    Darol, you know darn good and well that this country was founded on freedoms. You also know there were laws put into place to keep us safe. Laws that say we can not hurt or kill one another. So…… commonsense says as long as your choice of religion does not break any laws than yes, ‘You have the right to live according to your Faith’. Let’s not forget even the Holy Bible says to follow the laws of man along with following God’s Law above all. (As long as man’s law does not break God’s Law) Does this sound simple enough?

  • SP/WCOMC

    Every time I see, Mr. Cruz, I see Horns! Shifty, eyes, et al. Cold Calculating eyes. Amen

  • Roland Chantre

    So no freedom of religion then! Remember the first commandment?

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