Hoax Alert: Ted Cruz DID NOT Say The Bible Will Be The Constitution When He Is President

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

What is it with Presidential canditates trying to out-Christian each other? According to one story being shared around online, Ted Cruz said the following at a campaign event in South Carolina last Thursday:

I'm sure you've heard the pundits say that we're not a Christian nation. Oh, they're mistaken, my friends. They are severely misguided. Our nation is a Christian nation and when I'm president I'll make sure of it, because the Bible will be the Constitution. I know what the First Amendment says, and I DON'T CARE! We've strayed from Christian principles so far that now we have black presidents and homosexual marriages happening in every state of our dear union. It's deplorable. It's unAmerican. However, we can change all that, and it's as simple as voting for me. Will you please do that, folks. Will you please vote for me. It's what George Washington would want. In fact, it's what Jesus would want.

I'm not sure what George Washington or Jesus would really want, but sharing stories from known hoax websites as real news is probably not high on their list. The 'news' came from The Free Wood Post, a site that bills itself as "News That's Almost Reliable" in its header. Yet if you share the story online, it looks like this:

Ted Cruz STUNS Crowd: When I'm President The Bible WILL Be The Constitution

With Texas Senator Ted Cruz now topping national polls in the Republicans presidential race, many are pay a lot closer attention to what he's been saying to his small to moderate crowds of white people. At a campaign event in South Carolina on Thursday, Cruz started shouting like a megachurch preacher on Sunday the day after gay marriage became law of the land.

It could almost pass as something a real opinionated news site would publish. No wonder many people chose to believe it and shared it without checking the source. Don't be like them, don't be fooled by fake news:

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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