The Family Leader is a Christian organization whose mission is to, “Strengthen families, by inspiring Christ-like leadership in the home, the church, and the government.” They do this, according to their website by, transforming the culture; impacting elections; and influencing policy. While the organization has chosen not to publicly endorse a presidential candidate before the Iowa Caucuses, they have encouraged their leadership to speak out. Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO of The Family Leader, who the New York Time calls, “an influential leader of Iowa’s Christian right” has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz. The Family Leader, said the New York Times article, is “staunchly opposed to abortion and same-sex marriage.”
In an article, posted on the news website, the Voice Herald, which discussed the Vander Platts endorsement, quoted a statement made by Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, (NOM). “Sen. Ted Cruz,” said Brown, “is a proven champion for marriage and religious freedom and someone we can absolutely count on to fight to restore marriage to our nation’s laws and defend the religious liberty of the tens of millions of Americans who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman”
But how do Christian organizations, intent on “Christ-like leadership” accomplish these goals? They do this by attempting to disenfranchise anyone who does not agree with their beliefs. “Restore marriage to our nation’s laws” is code for a hateful policy of working to disenfranchise LGBT individuals, who are now free to marry the person they love, and deprive them of their rights. These endorsements of Cruz, which the New York Times describes as coordinated behind the scenes across multiple organization of the Christian Right, are a sign of the coordinated hate of the religious right.
A fascinating article on Right Wing Watch about the Cruz endorsement by the National Organization for Marriage, included the following paragraph:
“Cruz, who has actively courted even the most radical of anti-gay activists, including those who believe that the government should execute gay people, was one of several GOP presidential candidates who signed NOM’s pledge to back a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, order the Justice Department to help gay marriage opponents and ‘prevent the promotion of a redefined version of marriage in public schools and other government entities.’”
There is a tremendous amount of hate speech, hidden and not so hidden, that makes up this presidential election cycle. Everyone should be frightened by the hateful, anti-LGBT rhetoric coming from the religious right and the Republican candidates for president of the United States.