Ted Cruz to Democrats: Stop Waging War Against the Catholic Church
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted Senate Democrats for their effort to overturn the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision by altering the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Cruz called the political move by Senate Democrats “one of the saddest developments in the Senate.”
Highlighting the Obama administration’s case against the Little Sisters of the Poor and the opposition to the bill by the United Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cruz questioned Democrats for waging war against the Catholic Church.
“It’s as if the Democrats have declared war on the Catholic Church,” he marveled, calling his Democratic colleagues “extreme.”
Citing former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and former president John Kennedy on the importance of religious freedom, Cruz challenged Democrats to defend Catholicism.
“Mr. President, where are the Kennedys today? Does any Democrat have the courage to stand up and speak for the First Amendment today? Does any Democrat have the courage to stand up and speak for the Constitutional rights of practicing Catholics?” he asked passionately.
“Senate Democrats should not wage war on the Catholic Church,” he said, encouraging all of his Senate colleagues to vote against the bill.
Cruz insisted that Republicans were not interested in restricting access to contraception, in spite of Democrats' politicizing the issue.
“In this body, the number of people who would do anything to restrict access to contraceptives to anybody is zero,” he said.
Cruz also alluded to his own use of contraception during his speech.
“Mr. President, my wife and I are blessed with two little girls. I’m very glad we don't have 17,” he said. “Nobody, nobody, nobody is talking about restricting access to contraceptives.”