Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas recently dodged a question about appearing at the National Religious Liberties Conference” in Des Moines, Iowa, this weekend, which was organized by controversial pastor and radio host Kevin Swanson (video below).
CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked the GOP presidential candidate on Nov. 5 about Swanson who has "said some very inflammatory things about gays and lesbians."
Tapper added, "He believes that Christians should hold up signs at gay weddings, holding up the Leviticus verse instructing the faithful to put gays to death because what they do is an abomination. I don't hold you responsible for what other people say, but given your concern about liberal intolerance, are you not in some ways endorsing conservative intolerance?"
However, Cruz dodged the question and talked about his own defense of religious freedom, notes RightWingWatch.org.
"Listen, I don't know what this gentleman has said and what he hasn't said, "Cruz stated. "I know that when it comes to religious liberty, this is a passion of mine that has been a passion of mine for decades and that I have been fighting for religious liberty for everyone."
RightWingWatch.org reported on Nov. 5 that Swanson affirmed at the conference that the Bible called for homosexuals to be put to death (video below).
"In fact, in Romans chapter one, Paul affirms that this particular sin is worthy of death," Swanson stated.
According to RightWingWatch.org, Swanson said in 2013, "I would say the general equity of a law in the Old Testament that says that homosexuals should be put to death would be to frown on homosexuality."
In 2012, Swanson stated, "A Christian perspective ultimately brought the death penalty upon homosexuality between roughly 350 AD and roughly 1850 or so, for about 1,500 years that form of life had pretty much been eliminated except here and there, it was in the closet, but it was almost unheard of for over 1,000 years, until recently," reported RightWingWatch.org.