This is what happens when liberal hacks who don’t know a thing about Christianity, doctrine or theology start using words like “satanic.”
Former and present Clintonista David Brooks and Mother Jones wingnut David Corn engaged in total lunacy, embarrassing even liberals.
Brooks began it, and Corn supplied the coup de grâce.
When the duo appeared on PBS Newshour Friday, host Judy Woodruff brought up the sniping between Rubio, Cruz and Christie, Brooks said, “And Cruz is somehow beginning to get some momentum from Iowa and elsewhere. And so people are either mimicking him, which Rubio is doing a little by adopting some of the dark and satanic tones that Cruz has, and so…”
“What did you just say?” Woodruff interrupted.
Brooks doubled down, saying “It is an ugly world in Ted Cruz’s world.”
Then Corn chimed in and brought up Cruz’s father, who is a non-denominational evangelical pastor. “Well, actually, if you go to a speech from his dad, who is a pastor, evangelical, Rafael Cruz, it actually is satanic.”
“I watched a speech in which he said Satan was behind the Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage,” Corn went on. Then they all laughed nervously, because they knew Corn made a complete jackass of himself.
The only credit I can give to Brooks is that after Corn’s embarrassment he withdrew his “satanic” remark and downgraded it to “Mephistophelian,” whatever that means. Corn, on the other hand, can be forgiven, for he suffers from the incurable liberal disease Biblicus Ignoramus.
The synoptic Gospels spell this out: “And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.” (From Mark 3:26.) You can’t say that Cruz, who claims Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and praises God in every circumstance, is “dark and satanic” because he opposes those things that God has condemned as sin.
One cannot justify that statement by citing Cruz’s father preaching that what every orthodox Christian doctrine teaches is sin (gay marriage) is advocated by Satan, who the Bible says is the father of lies. If you do, as Brooks and Corn did, then you have done exactly what Jesus was describing in Mark (and Matthew and Luke).
Even liberals have more sense than to make such obviously stupid statements.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Well, I want to ask you about — there is more to talk about, about the Democrats.
But on the Republican side, you’re seeing — yes, you saw this Clinton-Sanders back and forth, but, on the Republican side, among — David Brooks, among the so-called establishment Republicans, they’re taking more potshots at one another.
You’re hearing a lot of back and forth between Rubio and Cruz, between Rubio and Christie. So, what’s going on over there, or is anybody making any headway among that group?
DAVID BROOKS: Yes, Ted Cruz is making headway.
There’s — you begin to see little signs of liftoff. Trump has sort of ceiling-ed out. Carson is collapsing. And Cruz is somehow beginning to get some momentum from Iowa and elsewhere. And so people are either mimicking him, which Rubio is doing a little by adopting some of the dark and satanic tones that Cruz has, and so…
JUDY WOODRUFF: What did you — let me just ask, what did you just say?
DAVID BROOKS: Well, if you go to a Cruz — if you watch a Cruz speech, it’s like, we have got this enemy, we have got that enemy, we’re going to stomp on this person, we’re going to crush that person, we’re going to destroy that person.
It is an ugly world in Ted Cruz’s world. And it’s combative. And it’s angry, and it’s apocalyptic.
DAVID CORN: Well, actually, if you go to a speech from his dad, who is a pastor, evangelical, Rafael Cruz, it actually is satanic.
DAVID CORN: He — I watched a speech in which he said Satan was behind the Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage.
So, it’s not…
DAVID BROOKS: OK. Well, I withdraw the satanic from Ted Cruz.
DAVID CORN: You’re thinking that it’s political, but, sometimes, it’s literal.
DAVID BROOKS: Mephistophelian, maybe.