The senator appeared Friday morning on CNN, where host Jake Tapper questioned him on taxes and other campaign issues before asking Cruz about the conference and its controversial organizer — virulently anti-LGBT pastor Kevin Swanson, reported Right Wing Watch.
“You’ve been very outspoken about what you deem ‘liberal intolerance’ of Christians, but Kevin Swanson has said some very inflammatory things about gays and lesbians,” Tapper said. “He believes 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.”
In addition to frequent calls for executing his political enemies, Swanson has also claimed that the Disney movie “Frozen” was a satanic tool for “indoctrinating” young lesbians and recently said Democratic anti-poverty measures had turned “inner-city women” into prostitutes.
Tapper said he doesn’t hold Cruz responsible for what Swanson has said, but he asked the senator if he believed his appearance at the conference might be endorsing “conservative intolerance.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) will speak this weekend, along with two other Republican presidential candidates, at a “religious liberties” conference organized by a pastor who wants the death penalty for gays.