Ted Cruz and his loony friends

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Cartoon by David Horsey/Los Angeles Times

Those of us in the LGBT community — or at least, most of us — already know that Ted Cruz is NOT the man for us when it comes to presidential candidates.

But if you were looking for any more proof — maybe you need ammo to convince a friend or family member from outside the community — just check out this political commentary by David Horsey with the Los Angeles Times that talks about the right-wing fringe dwellers that Cruz pals around with and that  endorsed his candidacy, starting with Mike Bickle, pastor at International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo.

Bickle’s that little ray of sunshine who predicts that in the “End Times” God’s gonna send out someone to hunt down and eliminate all the Jews that won’t convert to Christianity (Adolph Hitler much?), and has declared that Oprah Winfrey is part of a “harlot movement” that is facilitating the rise of the Anti-Christ (which, of course, is President Obama). He hates the gays, too, natch, and makes it clear that we are leading the march into hell.

Then there’s Bob Vander Plaats, head of Iowa’s Family Leader. Bob praises Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay laws and claims that the “Satanic plot” of same-sex marriage will lead to parents marrying their children. (Seriously Bob?! Maybe somebody should tip off Iowa’s child protective services to go check up on your kids.)

And let’s not forget Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, who said at a recent rally for Cruz that the forces of right-wing righteousness need to “rid the earth” of progressives who believe in “wicked, evil” things like equality for LGBT people.

There’s more. And Horsey lists ’em out for you, winding up with Ted’s own dear ol’ dad, Rafael Cruz. Check it out and commit it to memory. You may need the ammo when you start trying to explain why Ted Cruz is so dangerous.

—  Tammye Nash

WATCH: Jacobs praises Perry’s ‘Response’ for breaking the curse of Native American cannibals

It’s no secret that a significant number of the folks who signed on as supporters of Gov. Rick Perry’s big prayer meeting — The Response — that he staged in early August at Houston’s Reliant Stadium were, to put it mildly, raving nut-cases. I mean, some of the first to endorse Perry’s day of prayer were Mike Bickle, who has said Oprah Winfrey is the precursor to the Anti-Christ, and C. Peter Wagner, who believes that Japan is possessed with a demon that had sex with the country’s emperor.

Don’t believe me? Just check out this Instant Tea blog post from July to see the video to prove it.

But among the fringiest of the fringe dwellers that was an “official endorser” of Perry’s Response was self-proclaimed prophet Cindy Jacobs, but just down I-35 a few miles in Red Oak.

Now, as Right-Wing Watch reports, Jacobs is crediting the Perry prayer meeting with breaking an ancient curse on the land caused by Native Americans who “did blood sacrifice” and were “cannibals and ate people.”

—  admin

RICK PERRY DAY OF PRAYER UPDATE: Oprah, the Antichrist and sex with demons

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been calling high-level Republicans in New Hampshire to discuss his possible entry into the GOP presidential race (does anyone still think he’s NOT running at this point?). As we’ve reported, Perry is also scheduled to speak at the annual dinner of a New Hampshire group that promotes “ex-gay” therapy. And it just so happens that Perry’s top adviser, Dave Carney, sits on the editorial board of one of New Hampshire’s leading daily newspapers. Gee, whom do you think they’ll endorse?

Meanwhile, Perry has picked up another right-wing speaking engagement, at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in September, where he’ll appear with equally nutty GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. (Could this engagement be a preview of a Bachmann-Perry GOP ticket in 2012? Let’s hope so.) The Austin American-Statesman reports on Perry’s trip to the school founded by deceased anti-gay bigot Jerry Falwell:

Perry will address a school convocation on Sept. 14, about five weeks after he plays host to the Response, a Christian prayer and praise meeting in Houston’s 75,000-seat Reliant Stadium. Perry tapped the American Family Association, a conservative Christian advocacy group, to organize and pay for the Houston event.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner said there is no concern that the two events would lead voters to pigeonhole Perry as a one-note candidate who appeals only to social and religious conservatives.

“The governor is a man of faith and doesn’t shy away from talking about it,” Miner said.

Perry doesn’t shy away from talking about his faith, and he doesn’t shy away from associating himself with religious folks who are, quite simply, batshit fuckin’ crazy — people like Mike Bickle and C. Peter Wagner, who’ve both now endorsed Perry’s Day of Prayer in Houston on Aug. 6. Bickle believes Oprah Winfrey is the precursor to the Antichrist, and Wagner believes Japan is possessed by a demon who had sex with the country’s emperor. Seriously.

Via Right Wing Watch, below is video of Rachel Maddow’s report last week on Bickle, followed by video of Wagner’s explanation from 2009 of his emperor-demon sex theory.

—  John Wright