Lauren Turek teaches modern United States history and American foreign relations at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Her research on religion in American politics and foreign policy has been published in Diplomatic History and the Journal of American Studies.

Shortly after the terrorist attacks in Paris in mid-November, Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz set off a flurry of controversy when he announced that he believed the federal government should bar Muslim refugees fleeing violence and civil war in Syria from resettling in the United States. He stated on Fox News, “on the other hand, Christians who are being targeted for genocide, for persecution, Christians who are being beheaded or crucified, we should be providing safe haven to them.” After President Obama described these sentiments as “shameful” and “un-American,” Cruz doubled down.
February 23, 2016