Senator Ted Cruz was booed off the stage on Wednesday night. The liberal media is having a field day with the strange turn of events – but a little context will prove that this story has more to do with the bravery of Ted Cruz than the booing of a group of anti-Semitic despot supporting Christians.
For years Senator’s ted Cruz and Rand Paul have been extremely vocal in their support for the persecuted Christian communities in the Islamic world. For this reason, Senator Cruz chose to headline a conference for Middle Eastern Christians hosted by a group called In Defense of Christians.
Sadly, the group was much more friendly to supporters of Syria’s murderous dictator, Bashar Assad, and the Lebanese terrorists Hezbollah, than they were to Senator Cruz.
So, what happened? Well, Ted Cruz is a man of principles, and he’s not going to back down from them… even when faced with overwhelming opposition.
“Tonight, we are all united in defense of Christians. Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews. Tonight, we are all united in defense of people of good faith, who are standing together against those who would persecute and murder those who dare disagree with their religious teachings.”
He then said that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.” Which seems to be about the point the crowd began turning hostile.
“Those who hate Israel hate America. Those who hate Jews hate Christians. If those in this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps. If you hate the Jewish people you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ. And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason.”
It was around this time that the President of In Defense of Christians, Toufic Baaklini, tried to calm the crowd… but to no avail.
Cruz made one last comment before choosing to exit with the grace and dignity that the crowd so obviously lacked, “I will say this: If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you. Thank you, and God bless you.”
Cruz released a statement to Breitbart News after the unfortunate incident.
“Tonight, in Washington, should have been a night of unity as we came together for the inaugural event for a group that calls itself ‘In Defense of Christians.’ Instead, it unfortunately deteriorated into a shameful display of bigotry and hatred. When I spoke in strong support of Israel and the Jewish people, who are being persecuted and murdered by the same vicious terrorists who are also slaughtering Christians, many Christians in the audience applauded. But, sadly, a vocal and angry minority of attendees at the conference tried to shout down my expression of solidarity with Israel.”
“I told the attendees that those who hate Israel also hate America. That those who hate Jews also hate Christians. And that anyone who hates Israel and the Jewish people is not following the teachings of Christ. These statements were met with angry boos. I went on to tell the crowd that Christians in the Middle East have no better friend than Israel. That Christians can practice their faith free of persecution in Israel. And that ISIS, al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah, along with their state sponsors in Syria and Iran, are all part of the same cancer, murdering Christians and Jews alike. Hate is hate, and murder is murder.”
“I came to this event tonight to help shine a light on the tragic persecution and slaughter of Christians by ISIS and Islamic radicals throughout the Middle East. American leaders have been far too silent as to this horrific evil. But bigotry and hatred have no place in this discussion. Antisemitism is a corrosive evil, and it reared its ugly head tonight.”
“After just a few minutes, I had no choice. I told them that if you will not stand with Israel, if you will not stand with the Jews, then I will not stand with you. And then I walked off the stage.”
For their part, the representatives from In Defense of Christians said that, “[A] few politically motivated opportunists chose to divide a room that for more than 48 hours sought unity in opposing the shared threat of genocide. Tonight’s injection of politics when the focus should have been on unity and faith, momentarily played into the hands of a few who do not adhere to IDC’s principles. They were made no longer welcome.”
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