By Joshua Ely, Andrew Ireland, Joshua Noble
WASHINGTON – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Thursday blasted the Obama administration’s demands that religious groups and organizations fund abortions, telling those attending the “Road to Majority” conference, “If you are litigating against nuns you are probably doing something wrong.”
An order of nuns who run nursing homes for the needy is among the multitude of American religious interests, groups and companies that are challenging, in court, Obama’s demand that they purchase insurance for employees that pays for abortifacients.
That issue currently is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
At Thursday’s rally in Washington, Cruz was greeted by a standing ovation as the event, which runs through Saturday, opened.
Held by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the events are a gathering place for grassroots activities from across the nation.
Among the speakers planned are Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Eric Cantor, Rep. Mitch McConnell, Gov. Chris Christie, former presidential candidate Herman Cain, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, former Gov. Mike Huckabee and Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Thousands are expected to attend the meetings at the fourth annual conference.
Cruz talked about religious liberty and the threats it faces, both domestic and abroad.
“Our faith is an incredible part of who we are,” said Cruz. “We were formed by those fleeing religious oppression.”
Cruz went on to say that despite this, “Christians are being persecuted in stunning numbers.”
And among the offenders, who include fierce tyrants in locations such as North Korea, is the Obama administration.
He cited the administration’s determination that the Little Sisters of the Poor must pay for abortifacients.
“The idea that our federal government is going after our religious liberty now is just astonishing and heartbreaking ,” he said.
He said the Obama administration is replete with problems that it has created for Americans, such as Obamacare, and using the Internal Revenue Service to target conservative groups.
“We need leadership in America,” he said, both for America and abroad.
He cited the case of Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian imprisoned in Sudan over her faith, and sentenced to die because she was raised as a Christian even though her absent father was Muslim.
She is married to an American, yet the Obama administration has made little known efforts to protect her.
“Few of us has had our faith tested like that,” said Cruz, asking every politician to speak out about the situation.
Joshua Ely, Andrew Ireland and Joshua Noble are interns for WND.