During Liberty University's Convocation on April 2, 2014, America's favorite self-obstructionist, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), reportedly repeated the American Taliban's favorite conspiracy theory: That the principles of religious liberty are under attack by the Obama administration
"Today, religious liberty has never been more under assault," Cruz insisted. "We are called to action as believers, not to sitting quietly and hiding our faith under a bushel, but to stand and speak no matter what the consequence."
Cruz's primary example of such "persecution" was the administration's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requirement that employers provide contraception to their employees, which is the central issue in the case brought before the Supreme Court by the Hobby Lobby.
Cruz apparently considers this proof of an anti-Christian agenda even though an exception was granted to religious institutions.
After a countless stream of lies, conspiracy theories and temper tantrums by advocates of the American Taliban as were reported by this column, however, it should be well understood what Cruz actually means to say.
Religious liberty is not under assault. Just the opposite; it's the Religious Right's great ambition of establishing an American Theocracy that has endured setback after setback under the Obama administration.
That just sounds really bad to advocate for, especially during an election year. Which is why even senators -- the people who should know how the laws are written better than anyone -- are whining that they are being persecuted.