Satanists balk at Cruz comparison
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A leading Satanist group is trying to distance itself from Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters 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 BoehnerLobbyists race to cash in on cannabis boom Rising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief This little engine delivers results for DC 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 BoehnerLobbyists race to cash in on cannabis boom Rising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief This little engine delivers results for DC 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 John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems 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 ReidHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' 2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle on health care Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again 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.