Satanists balk at Cruz comparison
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A leading Satanist group is trying to distance itself from Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz228 Republican lawmakers urge Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade GOP, Democrats battle over masks in House, Senate Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action MORE (R-Texas) after the presidential candidate was compared to Lucifer this week.

“Cruz’s failures of reason, compassion, decency and humanity are products of his Christian pandering, if not an actual Christian faith,” Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said on Thursday, according to The Friendly Atheist.

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“It grows tedious when pedophile priests and loathsome politicians are conveniently dismissed as Satanic, even as they spew Biblical verse and prostrate themselves before the cross, recruiting the Christian faithful. Satanists will have nothing to do with them.”

The Satanic Temple seeks “to be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will,” according to its website.

Former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi Stripping opportunity from DC's children MORE (R-Ohio) on Wednesday said that Cruz is “Lucifer in the flesh” during remarks at Stanford University.

“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends,” he said. "I get along with almost everyone. But I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

Cruz on Thursday dismissed BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi Stripping opportunity from DC's children MORE’s vitriol, noting he barely crossed paths with the former lawmaker in Congress.

“I’ve never worked with John Boehner,” he said. "Truth of the matter is, I don’t know the man. I’ve met John Boehner two or three times in my life.”

Cruz also linked Boehner with GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE and Democratic leadership in Congress.  

“He allowed his inner Trump to come out,” he said. "Donald Trump has been funding John Boehner, and he has also been funding [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.] and [Senate Minority Leader] Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWhite House seeks to shield Biden from GOP attacks on crime issue Lobbying world Warner backing 'small carve-out' on filibuster for voting rights MORE [D-Nev.].”

Trump reportedly wrote a $100,000 check to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a GOP super-PAC linked with Boehner, in 2012.

Boehner and Cruz notably clashed in 2013 over defunding ObamaCare, with the former Speaker calling Cruz “a jackass” for leading a government shutdown during the standoff.