Inside the Anti-Gay Church That Loves Kim Davis and Ted Cruz - 2016-01-04
CISCO, Texas — Right outside this little town, there's a tiny church that wants to change the world. And, thanks to the billionaire pastor's backing, it just might be able to get that done.
The church is the Assembly of Yahweh, and its pastor, Farris Wilks, happens to be one of the most powerful new players in presidential politics. Farris, along with his brother Dan, made his fortune off the fracking boom and is using part of it to back Sen. Ted Cruz in his bid for the White House.
But new wealth didn't dint his commitment to old-time religion—and to the culture war (read: anti-gay) politics that defined George W. Bush's presidential campaigns. Now, Cruz is taking a page out of Karl Rove's playbook, looking to galvanize evangelical voters as a way to make the Republican Party competitive again. And Farris Wilks is just the guy to fund that effort.