It's not every day that presidential candidates take time away from the campaign trail to witness a new movie debut, but that's exactly what Sen. Ted Cruz and GOP candidate did while hosting a showing of "God's Not Dead 2" at a Wisconsin theater Saturday evening. The film focuses on religious liberty, and is a sequel to the very successful 2014 faith movie "God's Not Dead."
For background on movie, read previous articles from The Gospel Herald: God's Not Dead 2: New Trailer Stars Melissa Joan Hart in Eastertime Christian Drama Movie
After answering questions for 15 minutes, according to the Press-Gazette in Green Bay, Wis., Cruz sat down in a packed theater, popcorn and two hot dogs in-hand, to watch the show.
"One simple reality, if I want to see a movie, it's got to be a campaign stop," Cruz joked.
He said the film's focus on religious liberty is a vital issue with which a "radicalized" Democratic Party is in conflict, reports Religion News.
"It is unfortunate to see the modern Democratic Party has gotten so extreme, so radicalized that religious liberty is now viewed in conflict with the partisan political agenda of the Democratic Party," Cruz said.
"Every one of us has the right to live according to our faith. And this should be a shared value that brings us together."
Cruz said he wanted to focus on topics about which Wisconsin residents cared: "Jobs, bringing jobs back to America and seeing wages rise ... our freedom, protecting the Bill of Rights. What the people of Wisconsin care about is safety and security, protecting this country from radical Islamic terrorism."