Zach F Wrote: In Ted Cruz's defense, Ted Cruz is not his father. We are not our parents and we shouldn't be labeled as them. If Ted Cruz starts talking like this then its cause for alarm.
My mother is Baptist. Which, as people on this site know, I find a crazy belief, just like all religion. She is also emotionally driven, has a completely conservative political standing, a bit homophobic, extremely sweet, caring, and nurturing. I'm am driven by logic, politically independent, LGBT friendly, have a callous and cynical disposition and not very nurturing at all.
Even people with the same genes, who have had those predispositions reinforced for most of their lives can turn out different from the parents. While Ted Cruz's father might be a nut job. I would not hold his father's short comings against Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz has established his own track record of silly comments that we can hold him to.
pr Wrote: Like many others, your mother is a product of her environment. If she was born in the Middle East she would feel the same way about Islam as she does Christiananity. At least, her tree was planted on a hill and the fruit rolled away!
Zach F Wrote: pr Wrote: Like many others, your mother is a product of her environment. If she was born in the Middle East she would feel the same way about Islam as she does Christiananity. At least, her tree was planted on a hill and the fruit rolled away! Well that is kinda rude. Being different from my mother doesn't mean I rolled away from the tree. I'm still a product of her upbringing and to say she doesn't still influence my life would be grossly inaccurate.
Schmidt Wrote: When I try to understand why Ted Cruz is so ideologically driven, all I have to do is look at his father. They share the same genes. And although one's political views is a combination of genetic and environment, it seems the Senator Ted Cruz's "father environment" reinforced his genetic predispositions.
What I have a harder time understanding is the mental state of those that consider Ted Cruz a hero.
Zach F Wrote: Excellent stuff Schmidt. Let me clarify my point. We are absolutely a product of our genes and environment. And Ted Cruz certainly has stated that he has a Pro-Christian/Anti-Atheist stance (which was almost certainly reinforced by his father). But here is where I get uncomfortable, just because Ted Cruz's father has said that he wants to put atheists in concentration camps, doesn't mean that Ted Cruz would agree with the same stance. So, I would prefer to give Ted Cruz the benefit of the doubt that he would be against such an extreme course of action unless there are signs to the contrary from Ted Cruz himself.
People can be huge influences on your life without you agreeing with 100% of what they. It's good that we know we are aware of the environment public figures come from, but we can't just assume that they exactly like that environment.
AdHoc Wrote: Newslo, the source for this article, is a parody website. Sorry, OP, you wouldn't be the first to be tricked -- they appear very real, and are frequently cited by people as fact.
Ted Cruz's father, as far as I can tell, has said none of these things, though both he and his son have made some pretty strange, whackjob comments on a number of subjects.