Politics

Rubio and Cruz Respond on Obama’s Religious Beliefs

Senators and Presidential candidates Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) were both forced to respond to media inquiries about president Obama’s faith in the days following Donald Trump’s run-in with a man who questioned Obama’s religious beliefs (and his nationality). Neither Cruz nor Rubio seemed very happy at the prospect of being forced to comment on someone else’s faith and both men made that clear by saying what Obama really believes has become irrelevant because regardless of his religion, his policies are destroying our nation.

Specifically, Senator Cruz said that he wouldn’t guess as to Obama’s religious beliefs but that he was willing to offer his opinion of Obama’s political practices.

“The president’s faith is between him and God. I’m not going to speculate on the president’s faith. What I will talk about is his policies. And his policies have been profoundly damaging to this country. His policies and this administration’s animosity to religious liberty and, in fact, antagonism to Christians has been one of the most troubling aspects of the Obama administration.”

 Meanwhile, while appearing on Fox News’ the Kelly File, Senator Rubio was willing to say that he believed Obama was a Christian… but that it just didn’t matter because his policies are terrible.

“I think that’s irrelevant, and second of all, it’s not true. And the president has made very clear what his faith is…Christianity, if someone says they’re a Christian, and that’s what they are, we accept that. That’s what it is. And I don’t know why that keeps coming up. The truth is, my problems with the president are not personal. My problems with the president are his policy decisions. They’re dangerous for America on national security, and they’re bad for our economy, and for the individual lives of our people.”

While neither man seemed particularly happy with being forced to deal with this issue, I don’t mind wading in with my two cents.

Donald Trump has taken a bit of flack from the media (and others) for failing to push back against a man who told him (while asking a question) that President Obama was a Muslim and not American. I just don’t understand why the media thinks that Trump should have “corrected” this questioner. This was at a Trump campaign event, a place where Mr. Trump was attempting to energize his supporters while also winning new supporters to his team. Why would he criticize, belittle or correct someone whose vote he’d like to earn?

Also, Donald Trump was one of the men leading the charge as a “Birther” in recent years… so why would he repudiate someone who agrees with him about where the President was born?

I also fail to understand why the media feels the need to bolster President Obama’s “Christians credentials.” I personally do not believe that President Obama actually believes that Jesus is the Son of God, that He lived a perfect life, was crucified on a cross and then rose again three days later. I also, don’t believe that President Obama believes that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. Because of this, I will admit that I don’t believe the President is a Christian. I also don’t believe that many Americans who say they are Christians are actually Christians. The Bible tells us to judge the veracity of a person’s Christian faith by their “fruit” and then it tells us what that fruit looks like. Using this criteria, I believe a great many people who claim to be Christians are just poseurs.

Why this should matter to anyone, particularly members of an obviously secular media, is beyond me. Let’s just all agree that Obama isn’t a Christian and move on. (Just kidding… not really.)

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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