Cruz: Can’t Win War Against Our Enemies If Obama ‘Unwilling’ to Say the Words ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’

By Penny Starr | May 22, 2015 | 3:49pm EDT
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke at the Family Research Council's Watchmen on the Wall pastors' retreat in Washington, D.C., on May 21, 2015. ( Starr)

( – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Thursday that the United States cannot defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) if President Barack Obama is unwilling to accurately define this group or other terrorists groups operating in the Middle East and elsewhere.

“ISIS is the face of evil,” Cruz said at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall pastors’ retreat in Washington, D.C. “They are crucifying Christians - not figuratively, literally.

“They are beheading children, and I’ll tell you, you cannot win a war on radical Islamic terrorism with a president who’s unwilling to utter the words radical Islamic terrorism.”

Cruz cited examples of Obama’s reaction to recent terror attacks aimed at Christians and Jews.

“A couple of months ago – we recall the horrific terrorist attack in Paris, which President Obama subsequently described as a quote ‘random act of violence,’” Cruz said, referring to the murders of 11 people in the Paris office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and four more at a kosher deli by an al Qaeda-linked group.

“When radical Islamists with butcher knives go into a kosher deli to murder Jews because of their Jewish faith there ain’t nothing random about that,” Cruz said. “It is a deliberate and naked act of anti-Semitism and religious hatred and bigotry, and it needs to be called out as exactly that.

“When ISIS took 22 Coptic Christians and beheaded them, the White House put out a statement that said they were murdered because of their Egyptian citizenship,” Cruz said. “That is not why they were murdered.

“As Pope Francis so powerfully observed, their blood confessed Jesus Christ,” he said.

Cruz also referred to the massacre of more than 100 Christians in Kenya on April 2 at the hands of the Somali Islamic terrorist group, Al Shabaab. The White House statement on the attack did not mention Christians or Islamists, Cruz said.

“We have got to speak the truth,” he said.

More than 600 pastors from around the country attended the annual event, which is meant to empower faith leaders to use their spiritual leadership in the public square.

“We believe that the problems we face in our communities and our nation are not just political and cultural, they are spiritual in nature,” the Watchmen on the Wall website states, citing Ephesians 6:10-13. “Consequently, these problems ultimately require a spiritual solution administered by spiritual leadership. That is why we are championing pastors to transform America.”

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