Pastor Rafael Cruz, Father Of Senator Ted Cruz, Offers His Thoughts On America And God

02/10/2014 04:25 pm ET | Updated Feb 10, 2014

A recent straw poll suggests that Republican Senator Ted Cruz may be on track to win the Republican nomination for president.

However, Cruz's father Pastor Rafael Cruz has ideas about God and America that may not help the senator in the general election.

Here are 10 of Rafael Cruz's most crazy making quotes:

  • 1 On the death penalty:
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    "Go to Genesis chapter nine and you will find the death penalty clearly stated in Genesis chapter nine ... God ordains the death penalty!”
  • 2 On Glen Beck, the savior:
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    "I praise God for men like Glen Beck and Matt Kibbe who are not afraid to speak the truth, who are like modern John the Baptist, crying out in the wilderness."
  • 3 On going to the battlefield:
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    "God has given you an anointing to go to the battlefield. And what's the battlefield? The marketplace. To go to the marketplace and occupy the land. To go to the marketplace and take dominion."
  • 4 On evolution:
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    "Evolution is one of the strongest tools of Marxism because if they can convince you that you came from a monkey, it’s much easier to convince you that God does not exist."
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    "Socialism requires that government becomes your God. That's why they have to destroy your concept of God. They have to destroy all your loyalties except loyalty to the government."
  • 6 On the U.S. as a "Christian nation":
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    "The president has the gall to tell us that this is not a Christian nation. The United States of American was formed to honor the word of God."
  • 7 On Obama destroying God:
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    "We have to unmask this man. This is a man that seeks to destroy all concept of God -- and I will tell you what, this is classical Marxist philosophy."
  • 8 On the anointed ones:
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    “The wealth of the wicked is stored for the righteous. And it is through the kings, anointed to take dominion, that that transfer of wealth is going to occur."
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    “Barack Obama said: If the winds shift, I will side with the Muslims.”
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    "When there are no moral absolutes, [this] leads us to sexual immorality, leads us to sexual abuse, leads us to perversion and, of course, no hope."
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