Cruz craziness

Ted Cruz’s crazy preacher father is campaigning for him in Iowa, so let’s hear what he has to say:

The next day, at the Marion church, Cruz, dressed in a blue suit, railed against the abolition of prayer and Bible reading in schools as the cause of skyrocketing teen pregnancy, dropout rates, and vandalism. Now, he said, “homosexual marriage” is the latest “frontal attack on religious liberty.”

“The devil overplayed his hand because this decision has acted as a catalyst to awaken the sleeping giant,” Cruz said, his voice booming through the church. He never mentioned his son’s name.

Hmm, let’s see: teen pregnancy is at record lows:

The preliminary birth rate for teenagers in 2014 was 24.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19–down nine percent from 2013 and a whopping 61 percent from the most recent peak in 1991.

high school graduation rates are at record highs:

For the fourth straight year, the U.S. high school graduation rate has improved — reaching an all-time high of 82 percent in the 2013-2014 school year, the Department of Education announced Tuesday. Achievement gaps have narrowed, too, with graduation rates ranging from 89 percent for students classified as Asian/Pacific Islanders to 62.6 percent for English-language learners.

Violence is decreasing, but I’m too lazy to see about vandalism so I’ll leave that alone.

So Rafael Cruz is completely wrong, but the reporter here doesn’t think it’s noteworthy to say that what he said was completely wrong. I see why people might not realize that he’s completely wrong.

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