Over the weekend, GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz claimed that the issue of same-sex marriage had radicalized the Democratic base, creating a situation in which there would be no room to tolerate the "religious liberty" of those who would like to discriminate against the LGBT community.
Speaking at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Summit, Cruz said that in the new Democratic Party, there would be any room for Christians. It has "become so radicalized for legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states that there is no longer any room for religious liberty," he argued.
Borrowing a concept from the National Review's Jonah Goldberg, Cruz said blamed an incipient "liberal fascism" for the increase in attacks on Christians in America today. "It is heartbreaking," he said, "but it is so extreme."
He urged Christians to take heed of this threat and "wake up," reminding them that the nation was "founded by men and women fleeing religious persecution." The vehemence of his statements was surprising, given that Cruz allegedly told reporters last week that he would maintain cordial relations with his daughter if she came out as a lesbian.
Cruz was in a much less conciliatory mood on Saturday night, however, telling the assembled faithful that the United States needs "leaders who still stand unapologetically in defense of the Judeo-Christian values upon which America was built."