Ted Cruz's Father Rafael's Religious Group Scraps Website After Media Scrutiny
By Martin Hill
January 6, 2014



Rafael Cruz, the father of U.S. Senator Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz , has become a much-lauded 'Tea Party' speaker, featured in many mainstream news and political outlets. But he also holds some controversial religious beliefs which his presidential-minded son might like erased, or at the very least, 'deemphasized.'

Purifying Fire International, the religious organization of which Rafael is reported to be "the Director," completely 'memory-holed' their website within days of being brought under scrutiny by numerous alternative media sources. www.purifyingfire.org is no longer available, and a query of the site takes you to a Godaddy registration page. A Cache of the site content is oddly not even available. [UPDATE: the site http://www.purifyingfire.org/ is back up, last checked 8/30/14.]
UPDATE 2: As of 8/26/15, purifyingfire.org now redirects to a Laguna Niguel, CA website design company http://proadvantage.net/.

Purifyingfire.org was most notably featured and linked in law professor Jonathan Turley's blog, as well as opednews.com and several others.

On Oct. 12, Turley's blog linked to Chris Hedges Oct. 7th 2012 article 'The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government,' which stated, in part,

"U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz - whose father is Rafael Cruz, a rabid right-wing Christian preacher and the director of the Purifying Fire International ministry - and legions of the senator's wealthy supporters, some of whom orchestrated the shutdown, are rooted in a radical Christian ideology known as Dominionism or Christian Reconstructionism. This ideology calls on anointed "Christian" leaders to take over the state and make the goals and laws of the nation "biblical." It seeks to reduce government to organizing little more than defense, internal security and the protection of property rights. It fuses with the Christian religion the iconography and language of American imperialism and nationalism, along with the cruelest aspects of corporate capitalism."

Cruz has reportedly tried to distance himself from Purifying Fire International, but there is already an undeniable trail of his links to the group, including videos of him speaking and Republican fundraiser fliers.

Rumproast blog's El Cucuy Gonna Getcha, If You Don't Watch Out noted

"I've said it before but it's becoming a more urgent matter that Ted Cruz needs to throw Poppa from the train. When some folks saw the connection between Senor Crazypants and the Huckster Hinns of Purifying Fire Ministry, Ted Cruz tried to deflect saying there was no connection between Rafael's Purifying Fire Ministry and the Hinn's sideshow. Buuuut, Cruz, Sr's last speaking gig, mentioned above [Tulsa 9.12 Project] links directly from Cruz's bio to a YouTube video of the talk which cites PurifyingFire.Org in big red letters on the video lead-in, which url, in turn, sends us to Suzanne Hinn's cozy little website."

A bio of Cruz Sr. on 'True The Vote' states "Today, he is a pastor based in North Texas serving as the Director of Purifying Fire Ministries..."

A flier from Galveston Republican Women dated March 2011 states "He is the Director of Purifying Fire Ministries, sharing the Word of God in Churches in the United States, Mexico and Central America." Cruz was giving a speech titled "Before and After the Cuban Revolution." Although Cruz Sr. is oft-touted as fleeing the oppression of Fidel Castro, The Dallas Morning News revealed"But what the stumping GOP Senate candidate hadn't clarified, until asked by The Dallas Morning News this week, was that his father departed for the U.S. in 1957, more than a year before Fidel Castro came to power... Ted Cruz said his father described himself as among young teenage boys who fought Batista and allied with Castro's forces because "they didn't know Castro was a Communist, what they knew was that Batista was a cruel and oppressive dictator."

A National Review article notes that the twice divorced Cruz didn't become a U.S. citizen until 2005, with Cruz remarking "I should have done it sooner." It also explains Cruz tranformation from a salesman and failed businessman to a 'born-again Christian' and travelling preacher after economic troubles led the fallen-away Catholic down a new path.

In a youtube video entitled Breakfast with OK2A - Rafael Cruz - PurifyingFire.org - Nov. 4, 2013 - Tulsa, OK, the video begins with giant red text RAFAEL CRUZ- PURIFYINGFIRE.ORG displayed. Cruz Sr. begins by defending the death penalty, deriding Christians who show mercy. Cruz states, in part, "It's precisely because of the value of life that God ordains the death penalty." Cruz scoffs at "All these people who come with their violins and want to show mercy..." He then goes into a rant about gun control, saying "you want to eliminate school masacres? Have the teachers carry." He then discusses Fort Hood. "No guns on an army base? how crazy can you be?" An audience member remarks "stuck on stupid," to which Cruz replies "that's right."

Wikipedia reports "Cruz has said, 'I'm Cuban, Irish, and Italian, and yet somehow I ended up Southern Baptist'... Cruz and his wife, Heidi Cruz (née Nelson), have two daughters. Cruz met his wife while working on the George W. Bush presidential campaign of 2000. Cruz's wife is currently head of the Southwest Region in the Investment Management Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and previously worked in the White House for Condoleezza Rice and in New York as an investment banker." On neocon Hugh Hewitt's radio show in August 2013, Senator Cruz announce that he would finally renounce his Canadian citizenship. It's been speculated that this is in anticipation of a presidential bid.

Numerous internet profiles list Purifying Fire International location info. www.purifyingfire.org 25096 Jefferson Ave. Suite A-8 Murrieta, California 92562 United States [Also here, here, and here.]


Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 TV Los Angeles, The Press Enterprise, LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened.com, Infowars.com, PrisonPlanet.com, Economic Policy Journal, FreedomsPhoenix, Haaretz, TMZ, Veterans Today, Jonathan Turley blog, The Dr. Katherine Albrecht Show, National Motorists Association, AmericanFreePress.net, RomanCatholicReport.com, WorldNetDaily, OverdriveOnline.com, Educate-Yourself.org, Dr. Kevin Barrett's Truth Jihad radio show, Strike-The-Root.com, Pasadena Weekly, ActivistPost.com, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI AM 640, IamtheWitness.com, Redlands Daily Facts, BlackBoxVoting, The Michael Badnarik Show, The Wayne Madsen Report, Devvy.com, Rense.com, The Contra Costa Times, Pasadena Star News, Silicon Valley Mercury News, Long Beach Press Telegram, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, L.A. Harbor Daily Breeze, CopBlock.org, DavidIcke.com, Whittier Daily News, KCLA FM Hollywood, The Fullerton Observer, Antiwar.com, From The Trenches World Report, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com and DontWakeMeUp.Org.


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