Disgraced Homophobic Business Owners Cry For “Religious Liberty” In Ted Cruz Propaganda

If only tears could cure ignorance.

A handful of anti-gay business owners and government employees appear in a brand new political attack ad for GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.

Each of the five people profiled in the ad were sued over their discriminatory business practices. In it, they claim to be victims of the government’s crusade against “religious liberty.”

In reality, they all enabled anti-gay discrimination in their respective workplaces while claiming their “religious freedom” allowed them to do so.

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Among the disgraced participants are homophobic florist Baronelle Stutzman, the Washington woman who refused to serve gay people due to her “relationship with Jesus Christ,” Aaron and Melissa Klein, the homophobic bakers who also refused to serve gay people, and Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was fired after self-publishing a book discussing homosexuality as a “perversion.”

The ad is designed to scare conservatives into believing the federal government will order them to “change their religious beliefs or lose their livelihood.” You can watch below as each shares their respective sob story while asserting a “You’re next!” mentality.

“I definitely understand freedom in a different way,” says Stutzman. “When it happens to you, and it will happen to you when they take that away, it takes on a whole new meaning.”

Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.