Rafael Cruz, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, falsely claimed last week that pastors in San Antonio, Texas, can be fined for preaching from the Bible.
Rafael may have been referring to a law that the San Antonio City Council passed in 2013 that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, reported the Texas Observer. The law says nothing about fining pastors for preaching against homosexuality.
According to RightWingWatch.org, Rafael told a Tea Party Unity conference call last week that pastors can be fined $500 a day (audio below).
“All we have to do is turn on the news and every day we see more and more encroachment upon pastors from this administration,” Rafael claimed.
“All they have to do is be aware of what’s happening around us and to be aware, for example, that in the city of San Antonio, if a pastor speaks on Romans 1, he could be even fined $500 a day until he retracts what he said,” added Rafael. "That has energized the pastors in San Antonio."