Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is running for president, recently expressed his hope that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that legalized gay marriage will cause a "raging inferno" that wakes up Christians to defend their values (video below).
Cruz made his comments at the Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia, during a Fourth of July event, notes RightWingWatch.org.
Cruz claimed some members of his own party publicly slammed the high court's decision, but were "privately going in the backroom popping champagne and celebrating."
Cruz then promised to defend religious liberty, which brought applause from the Christian crowd.
"In this last election, 54 million evangelical Christians stayed home. It is my hope that that marriage decision serves as a spark to start a fire that becomes a raging inferno and an awakening that sweeps this country as the body of Christ rise up to defend the values that have built America into this great nation that we are!"
While Cruz divided the country by religion over the weekend, in April he accused President Barack Obama of dividing the country along racial lines, noted CNN.
Cruz stated: "He's made decisions that I think have inflamed racial tensions, that have divided us rather than bringing us together."
When asked by CNN reporter Dana Bash what exactly the president had done to inflame racial tensions, Cruz couldn't name one specific racial incident or statement attributed to Obama.
After long pauses, Cruz claimed Obama vilified people who opposed health care reforms and a nuclear deal with Iran, but couldn't specifically cite those instances either.