GOP Presidential Hopeful Ted Cruz Booed Off Stage During Arab Christian Conference

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In a classic case of not knowing one’s audience, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Tea Party leader and potential 2016 Presidential candidate, was soundly booed off stage while delivering a speech at an Arab Christian conference in Washington, D.C. Wednesday night. Cruz was the keynote speaker at the event, hosted by the non-profit organization In Defense of Christians. The Texas senator began his speech discussing the need to defend Christians in the Middle East from terrorism. However, he quickly switched gears and essentially lectured Arab Christians to accept and embrace Israel and that Christians and Jews in the region need to form an alliance.

“Tonight, we are all united in defense of Christians. Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews. Together, against those who would persecute and murder those who dare disagree with their religious teachings.”

At that point, jeers started emanating from the crowd. Sensing the crowd was turning on him, Cruz claimed that those booing him were anti-Semitic.

“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.”

That statement certainly didn’t make things better for Cruz. It also wasn’t helpful when he lumped Hamas and Hezbollah with ISIS and Al-Qaeda. Considering the number of Lebanese in the audience, along with people who support Palestine, the following comment was just plain stupid.

“Religious bigotry is a cancer with many manifestations. ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, state sponsors like Syria and Iran, are all engaged in a vicious genocidal campaign to destroy religious minorities in the Middle East…Sometimes we are told not to loop these groups together…that we have to understand their so called nuances and differences. But hate is hate, and murder is murder. Our purpose here tonight is to highlight a terrible injustice, a humanitarian crisis.”

At that moment, the hatred for Cruz was palpable, and members of the crowd were openly yelling for him to leave the stage. The hosting organization’s president, Toufic Baaklini, took to the stage and asked the audience to let Cruz finish his speech. However, the crowd was having none of it, and they continued to shower Cruz with their disapproval. Finally, Cruz wrapped up his speech with the following remarks:

“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.”

Below is video of the tail end of Cruz’s speech:

 

 

It appears that Cruz’s Dominionist roots got the best of him with this speech and he decided to push his beliefs, even when it was apparent that his remarks were not going to be even remotely accepted. Of course, this is a man whose father, and other pastors, anointed him as a messiah. It is quite possible that Cruz thinks that the end-times are near and that he will be the man who joins and leads the believers against the non-believers when God comes down to Earth to reign. Therefore, in his mind, Cruz thinks that he can waltz into a conference filled with people who have vastly different philosophical beliefs and political worldviews and unite them with his amazing oratory.

After the speech, Cruz released a statement blaming the reception on, you guessed it, anti-Semitism.

“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. They cannot shout down the truth. And we should not shy away from expressing the truth, even in the face of — especially in the face of — ignorance and bigotry.

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. Anti-Semitism is a corrosive evil, and it reared its ugly head tonight.”

Cruz’s daddy might have told him he was the messiah, but my guess is we are going to see more and more instances like this one in the future if Cruz is really serious about running in 2016. It is one thing to make speeches in front of ‘safe’ crowds like the ones Cruz is used to. It is another to have to campaign on a national scale and appeal to a wide range of people.

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56 Replies to “GOP Presidential Hopeful Ted Cruz Booed Off Stage During Arab Christian Conference”

  1. This is a man who will never be president. He is too divisive, too narcissistic, too emotional, too ideologically driven, too bought off by special interests, has too much of a tin ear and makes enemies where ever he goes.

    And he is a Canadian by birth.

  2. This idiot told a bunch of Semites that they are anti-Semitic??????

    He is also too stupid to know that the Israeli pogroms against Palestinians affect Arab Palestinian Christians as well as Arab Palestinian Muslims.

    A$$h0le.

  3. Couldn’t have happened to a better person. Cruz needs a good dose of reality, and I guess he got a taste of it on this one. He is delusional at best, he will never be more than he is now, most Americans don’t agree with him, he just doesn’t seem to get it yet.

  4. “In a classic case of not knowing one’s audience”
    OMG how true.

    Israel is everything to tedly. Everyone being a christian is everything to tedly. Imagine if this man were to be elected. My cornucopia of gods, he would be wild with war and laws to control the peoples thinking and actions. Just like Mittens said if he were president nothing would happen in the ME without him ok’ing it, so would President Rafael and his messiah son be.

    Judaism is .22% of the worlds religions. Islam is vastly more. The christians in the ME are not in Judaism, they are another sect of fake christians. If Ted is looking for love for xtians from Islam, he needs to give Islam that same love. Not conversion, not Israel, but real love

    “Anti-Semitism is a corrosive evil,” and so is Anti Islam Ted. You should have known that

  5. Doesn’t this idiot and others ,not know that Jews do not recognize Jesus as ” God “?
    According to him , Jews are ” suffering “? from whom ? Palestinians being bombed by them ?
    Jews are committing genocide against Palestinians and Israel ” suffers “?

  6. Jews are committing genocide against Palestinians and Israel ” suffers “?
    ———————————–
    Well when you have to leave the kibbutz and get blood on their uniforms that is suffering. Have you ever tried washing blood out of your clothes?

  7. I don’t know how he thinks there was a vocal minority who were against him. At the end I believe I heard two people applauding and they were probably applauding because he was finished.

  8. A dose of Reality in the real world for Cruz. Once he steps out of his comfort zone with (The “Base”)it will not go nice-nice for him. So, his appeal to the broader spectrum of Americans will NOT be there, as it is now. Cruz might as well give up on his bid to run for President on the Republican side….No way Jose is he going to be successful in that endeavor. Maybe he should become a Pastor and preach to a flock that will be more receptive to his “teachings”. Yes?

  9. I have not liked this man from the first time I set eyes on him. He is so twisted and evil, after he got the government shutdown he went all over saying he never wanted a shutdown, that Obama did. He should just go back to reading green eggs and ham, perhaps he can handle that.

  10. Doesn’t Cruz belong to that extremist Christian sect that supports Israel so the conditions will exist to bring about Armageddon, at which point all the Jews who don’t convert go to Hell with pagans, human secularists, Democrats and other undesirables? Lucky he didn’t let that slip out during his speech.

  11. President of the United States?

    I don’t think So.

    Grand Imperial Emperor of DumbFuckistan would be a much better title.

  12. ” If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, I will not stand FOR you”. FIFY Ted. Well, let’s see. Women vote, check. Black vote, check. Hispanic vote, check. Gay vote, check. Christian vote, check. Seems they will get only a large backing from white males, as he lost a big old chink of religious people with that comment.

  13. Two primary issues:
    1) Everything that Cruz said was true. Anyone who denies that fact is dishonest.

    2) The foundation of democracy is open and civil discourse. Much of the audience belongs to a fascist mindset where silencing those you disagree with is common practice. Ask the American journalists beheaded by ISIS if this is accurate.

    We must now meet every single one of these fascists who would deny us our rights to free speech and freedom of religion head on with force until every single one of these fascists understands that we will think, speak, and worship freely… and those that try to deny us our rights will experience consequences for their fascist efforts to silence us.

  14. read it and loved it. Do hope some one got it on camera. that would be the frosting. To see Palin screaming “Don’t you know who I am” all over the web and news. .wonderful!!

  15. WTF!!! So if you are not an inbreeded white Christian who don’t know their ass from their heads they are fascist? Dumbass they were Christians when your ancestors didn’t even have a civilization. White privilege my ass. More like white stupidity

  16. And there it is… the kind of comments from this type of individual are exactly the what we as citizens of a democracy must overcome. Instead of a civil discourse, the enemies of democracy will use insults, racist remarks, hateful dialogue, and they will attack the messenger instead of having civil discourse regarding the message.

    “I may not agree with a word that you say, but I will fight to the death to defend your right to say it.” is a quote paraphrased by democracy-loving citizens for centuries around the world.

  17. Again WTF are you talking about? To cover his ass he disparage an entire community who don’t hold his end times views and has been practicing Christianity while your ancestors were in the dark ages . I know you were homeschooled but please try to pick up a book once every while and learn some history.

  18. EXCUSE ME????? The Christians in the ME are a sect of fake Christians? Antiochian Orthodox (according to Acts, “it was in Antioch that they were first called Christians”), Assyrians in Iraq who have been Christians since the fourth century, Armenians, who became the first Christian state in the year 301.

    Among those who are being driven out of Jerusalem by Zionists or being terrorized in Iraq are friends, acquaintances, and extended family members of mine.

    Your statement “The christians in the ME are not in Judaism, they are another sect of fake christians”, besides being incoherent, is as ignorant of history as it is vile.

  19. 1. You are excused
    2. Not interested in the year 301
    3. Most ME christians are Greek Catholics, whom I do not consider christians.
    4. There is no such thing as a christian in my book. They are just more believers in a sky god. Hence, fake christians
    5. The same goes for every other religion. See # 4

  20. The Palestinian Christians are not likely to be “Greek” (Melkite) Catholics – they are Lebanese. But whether or not YOU consider them Christians, they clearly ARE. Moreover, they are people who have a right to worship however they want, and simply to live.

    Once again, your comment is ignorant and vile.

  21. Actually, moron, the original Christians were semites and persecuted heavily by the Jews. Go to Israel today and see the same thing going on.

    It’s the American Christians that are the joke of Christianity. A bunch of Euro-centric, Catholic/Protestants who observe pagan-Roman feasts to worship a man who was Jewish. Makes sense …

    Also, they live in materialism which is condemned by Jesus. So take your idiotic understanding of Christianity and go back to bed to your Jewish masters.

  22. Yes, Ted Cruz is like John Hagee. They get on their knees daily and blow the Jews for financial compensation – all the while they think they are being raptured before the “antichrist” comes.

    It’s retarded.

  23. Oh my

    My jewish masters?

    Didnt I just say religion is vile? And false? All religions

    Now stop making a spectacle of yourself

  24. Head Roachlander-in-chief. This boy has never had anyone other than $$flushed Roaches to advise and guide him through his miserable, misguided Roach of a life and, never taught him to stay out of the Raid Caddy. Now I’m heading to the Palin brawl to watch some real Roach infested raw politicians.

  25. Ted Cruz is not only narcissistic, but he has posited himself as savior of the TGOP. We all know how the saying goes … “Pride goes before the fall.”

  26. I couldn’t understand a person with such impressive Ivy League credentials emerging as the voice of narrow-minded, insular, intolerant, theocratic conservatism in America today…until I saw his father on TV. I finally understood that even the best educated of us can have a tragic blind spot when it comes to faith. Note that he departed by invoking the Lawd. This could only have angered those in the audience confronting him with his most Un-Christian belief system. His response to the interruption was arrogant and uncalled for. He isn’t even a halfway good politician.

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