Satanists balk at Cruz comparison
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A leading Satanist group is trying to distance itself from Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBoehner: 'There's a lot of leaders in the Republican Party' Biden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies Boehner: Trump 'stepped all over their loyalty' by lying to followers 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 BoehnerA leadership menagerie of metaphorical scapegoats Boehner says 'unemployed' Trump 'has nothing else to do' but 'cause trouble' Boehner: 'There's a lot of leaders in the Republican Party' 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 BoehnerA leadership menagerie of metaphorical scapegoats Boehner says 'unemployed' Trump 'has nothing else to do' but 'cause trouble' Boehner: 'There's a lot of leaders in the Republican Party' 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 TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' 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 races clock to beat GOP attacks Harry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' The Memo: Biden seeks a secret weapon — GOP voters 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.