Cruz took first place in the presidential straw poll at the conservative Values Voter Summit with 42% of the vote. Dr. Ben Carson, Fox News contributor, finished in second place, one vote ahead of former Sen. Rick Santorum, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate.
The Values Voter Summit, sponsored by the Family Research Council, a prominent anti-gay, Christian Hate group, is an annual gathering of Christian extremists and other social conservatives.
Christian Dominionism, sometimes referred to as Christian Nationalism, is a theocratic ideal where heterosexual Christian men are called by God to exercise dominion over secular society by taking control of political and cultural institutions.
First and foremost, Dominionists believe the United States once was, and should again be, a Christian nation. Dominionists believe that the Ten Commandments, or "biblical law," should be the foundation of American law, and that the U.S. Constitution should be seen as a vehicle for implementing Biblical principles.
It turns out that Senator Cruz has deep ties with Christian Dominionism. Huffington Post reports Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, is a pastor with a distinct theological vision for what America is supposed to look like: Christian Dominionism.
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