Sen. Cruz urges Democrats to drop their faith fines against religious organizations
Ted Cruz – July 16, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today spoke on the Senate floor about the war the Democrats have waged on religious liberty, particularly the Catholic Church. Forty-six Senate Democrats are cosponsoring legislation to reverse the Supreme Court’s Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision and force businesses and religious non-profits, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, to authorize abortion-inducing drugs for employees or pay millions in faith fines.
“The bill that is being voted on this floor, if it were adopted, would fine the Little Sisters of the Poor millions of dollars unless these Catholic nuns are willing to pay for abortion-producing drugs for others,” said Sen. Cruz.
He continued, “Mr. President, when did the Democratic Party declare war on the Catholic Church?
“Let me make a basic suggestion. If you’re litigating against nuns, you have probably done something wrong, and the Obama Administration is doing so right now. Mr. President, drop your faith fines. Mr. Majority leader, drop your faith fines. To all of my Democratic colleagues, drop your faith fines. Get back to the shared values that stitch all of us together as Americans.
“Mr. President, faith fines have no place in our democracy.
“President John F. Kennedy, in an historic speech to the nation, said — quote — “I would not look with favor upon a president working to subvert the first amendment’s guarantees of religious liberty.” 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? Does any Democrat have the courage to stand up and speak for the Little Sisters of the Poor? Do any Democrats have the courage to listen to the Catholic Conference of Bishops and speak for religious liberty? Mr. President, it saddens me that there are not 100 senators here unified, regardless of our faith, standing together protecting the religious liberty rights of everyone.”