Ted Cruz Parlays His Execrable Behavior at Arab Christian Conference Into Martyrdom

ted-cruzWhen GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz was booed off stage during the Middle East’s Christian conference in Washington D.C., liberals rightly laughed at his display of political miscalculation and ineptitude.

He completely misread his audience. “Stop it, stop it, enough,” and “Out, out, leave the stage!” outraged listeners in the crowd shouted, at which point Cruz seemed to lose his cool (not for the first time), petulantly stating “if you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you. Good night and God bless,” He stalked stage, earning him his first applause of the night.

The is the stuff of dreams for liberals. A Religious Right demagogue getting his just desserts. A would-be savior of the Middle East’s Christians booed off stage by Middle Eastern Christians.

But Cruz may have the last laugh. The conservative media supports Cruz, of course, but his childish antics have earned him near-martyrdom status from Cruz fanboys and fangirls, that is, if The Blaze is any judge.

For some on the Religious Right, Cruz is like a persecuted Old Testament prophet, with Hugie 59 PA saying that, “They persecuted the Prophets of the Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures) who were speaking truth to power and these so-called Christians are persecuting Sen. Cruz in the same manner.”

Yes, poor Ted. He is such a victim!

But let’s not stop here. An analysis of comments by Blaze readers cited by The Blaze, demonstrate that fake Christians love a guy who, like them, forgets about Jesus and refuses to turn the other cheek:

maryann72961
For the first time in a long time, I am proud of a leader standing up and saying what he believes, despite being booed. You go Ted Cruz. If you run for president in 2016 you will have my vote. God bless you.

TROONORTH
You have to give Cruz credit for entering the lion’s den and telling them what they needed to hear. A brave and principled man indeed.

LogCabinRepublican
What’s right isn’t always popular, and what’s popular isn’t always right. I stand proudly with Israel and Ted Cruz.

The human capacity for self-delusion is amply demonstrated in these comments: “There is something fishy about this,” writes Peace2011, apparently unable to believe Christians would boo Cruz. This commenter closes with mutually incompatible wishes, saying, “I am for peace and I support Ted Cruz. I pray he becomes our next president.”

This reader must not pay attention to where all the saber rattling is coming from. Hint: It’s not from the political left.

This one staggered me. Did you know that Christians have been bigger victims of genocide than Jews? Nothing like a little anti-Semitism from the Religious Right:

wolfy ghalkhani
How did Israel get into this conversation? The whole venue was supposed to be about the Christian genocide taking place now. I like Cruz, but he’s being naive about Jews. Jews don’t love Christians. As a matter of fact, Jew Bolsheviks were behind the murders of over 20 million Christians in Russia less than 100 years ago, and their progeny are here in America turning the screws on us as I write. Jews never helped Christians — ever. So I understand the rage that the audience felt when Ted opened his mouth about the Jews. Yes, the Jews suffered, but Christians have suffered even more genocide (at the hands of the Muslims, Bolsheviks and slavery of which the Jews were middlemen). Cruz should not have been so bullheaded. If it had been me being booed, I would have stopped and asked what the problem was. That’s what a man/woman of the people would have done.

This reader is apparently unaware of the Holocaust. He is apparently unaware of Czarist anti-Jewish pogroms (at the hands of Christians). He is apparently unaware of Spanish Christians forcing Spain’s Jews to convert, die, or get out. Unaware of the Crusaders, on their way to massacre Muslims, massacring Jews in the Rhineland en route to the Holy Land.

Hey, I have an idea. Let’s look at just a few examples of Christians killing Jews in the name of Christ. R. Joseph Hoffmann has provided a list illustrating the long history of monotheistic violence, a list which could be longer, if it were made to extend back to the period prior to 554 or the period between 554 and 1032, but it is still illustrative of the scope of monotheistic violence in general and of monotheistic anti-Semitism specifically:

554, at Clermont, slaughter of Jews and forced baptism of 500

1032, Fez, Muslim troops kill 6,000 Jews in bid to reconquer Spain
1066, Grenada, 4,000 Jews killed

1096, Germany, from Mainz to Speyer, thousands of Jews slaughtered

1099, Christian slaughter of Jews and Muslims in Jerusalem

1148, Christians and Jews in Islamic Spain forced to accept Islam or die

1209, Beziers, Christian forces kill 20,000 Albigensian heretics – fellow Christians – and hundreds of Jews

1236, across France, 3,000 Jews killed in an failed attempt to organize a Crusade

1298, professional “Jew Killers” move across Germany, looting, burning, and killing as many as 4,000 Jews

1328, 5,000 Jews killed in Navarre

1614, Frankfurt, 2,000 Jews killed [1]

It wasn’t liberals killing these Jews, but their fellow monotheists, Christians and Muslims both.

And suddenly it matters to the Religious Right that Jesus was a Jew, a Semite, rather than the Northern European Evangelical Christian:

bobohack1
These so-called Christians seem to forget one thing; Jesus was a Jew! Jesus was not a Christian; the Christian sects were named after him. Jesus was a Jew. Only after his disciples began to preach his philosophy to the masses and many years later did the word Christian even come into being. Ironic as it may seem, without the Jews there would be no Christians, and those so-called Christians could not boo Ted Cruz for suggesting that they support the Jews as our ally.

There is no accounting for taste:

TJM1791
The more I hear him talk, the more I grow to like him. I haven’t experienced a politician like that in my lifetime.

You’ve been lucky so far, TJM, is all I’ve got to say.

Ted Cruz is exposing “fake Christians,” apparently, and is a living, breathing spiritual revival all unto himself, even while repeatedly violating Jesus’ injunction to love his enemies and turn the other cheek:

RAMJR
SALT HURTS! We are going to see fake Christians exposed. This is going to be the normality, and God is a part of the eyes that are opened, and ears that hear through the many lies and liars from pulpits across the country.
Ted Cruz is taking that stand, and many will see just how broken our churches are. Believe it or not, this is a good thing. It means that revival is happening. We have to turn back to God, though the hearts of human knowledge will not understand the heart God says we have to have.
We need to pray for God to keep a hedge of protection on the voices that call out that which is not of God…even if they have the word ‘Christian’ in them.
“He who has ears let him hear.”
God bless.

The Blaze doesn’t analyze the comments but really, they speak for themselves. In the end, the delusional masses are no more delusional than their hero, who characterized his experience thusly:

I’ve certainly encountered audiences that disagreed with a particular point of view. But this virulent display of hatred and bigotry was remarkable, and considerably different from anything I’ve previously encountered.

The division and anti-Semitism expressed tonight by some of the crowd is not reflective of the teachings of Christ, and is in fact directly contrary to the tenets of Christianity.

Apparently, Cruz has never encountered his own words!

And so, with the death of our shared reality, Cruz the martyr is born. And as always, the hater and not the hated the real victim in the eyes of the Religious Right.

Notes:

[1] R. Joseph Hoffmann, ed., The Just War and Jihad: Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2006), 7-8.

40 Replies to “Ted Cruz Parlays His Execrable Behavior at Arab Christian Conference Into Martyrdom”

  1. The fact Cruz is a graduate of two of our top universities and is an elected US Senator is an indication our country is in decline.

  2. I understand there will be 29% will vote for this snake oil salesman because the country has that amount of lunatics. What I don’t understand is how at least 20% will vote for him to make any election close.

    I keep hearing how smart he is and that may be true but his audience are a bunch of ignorant, incompetent yahoos and that’s what makes him dangerous

  3. Cruz is the charismatic vessel within which will pour the hate, rage, frustrations, bigotries, hopes, aspirations, ChristoRighteousness, and utter stupidities of the ignorant, the zealous, and the deranged that characterize the Reactionary Right. Given his attractive appeal and extraordinary talent for demagoguery he will galvanize, summon, and focus that maniacal fervor into a movement of near-unstoppable force – a force that may, if the sane and sober are not well-organized and vigilant, sweep away credible political opposition in a wave of political upheaval not seen since 1928-1935. The Roman Catholic Hierarchy will play the role of Von Hindenburg in anointing his ascent. SCOTUS will legitimize it.

    We underestimate Cruz, and the tidal forces he can summon, at our grave peril.

  4. If the bible were true and the text was to be believed one could clearly see how there could be someone called the anti Christ. And, we can clearly see who would follow such a person. THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT.

  5. I vaguely recall another “Christian” conservative who likes to play martyr, thinks the left doesn’t understand history, and was sure she was meant to live in the White House. Where is she now? Oh, yeah, shilling for war on Hannity once a month, demonizing the President for money, taking in money from her fans for a fake internet ‘show,’ and watching her drunken family brawl on the weekends. Please proceed, Senator.

  6. He is just another Brownback, or Huckabee, only with a prettier face and a better build.

    His beliefs and those of the muslim extremists are just two sides of the same coin. Neither of which belong in charge of anything.

  7. It’s just unbelievable that there are so many in this country who are just like Cruz. The more I hear the supposedly “Godly” people speak, the less I believe that there could actually be a god of any kind. These Christo-fascists are nuts.

  8. there is no doubt in my mind that Ted Cruz set this entire thing up. this is exactly how his father wants him portrayed. A fighter for religion, and a fighter for Israel.

    How funny is it that people will follow a man who has to present a lie in order to be followed?

    Is Ted Cruz Jewish, or is he a Christian? He had to go into a room full of Christians and use them to make himself look battered in the name of Israel.

    Who could ever vote for a person like that?

  9. And beside that , he’s a christian fascist playing the religion card wherever he goes. They don’t have anti-gay referendum’s to count on this time around.

  10. Taliban Christianity Rocks!!!
    We must become the enemy to defeat the enemy!!!
    Release the Kraken!!!

  11. In other words…WAAAAAAAGGGHHH!!!! I’m being picked on because I’m a LUNATIC!!! WWWAAAAGGGHH!!! Teddy Boy…GO FU(K yourself!!!

  12. The amazing part is that Cruz has no idea why he upset the audience. Commander in chief material, that is in a game of Battleship only!

  13. Not so sure Ted Cruz’s face or physique can be called prettier or a better build…he has one UGLY mug and a certain potato shape. Truth be told, this man is one hideous m’f’er inside and out.

  14. Do you really think that Proboscis Monkey has a pretty face..or a good build? I think he looks as bad as he acts.

  15. Oh yeah, he’s smart alright. He’s smart at outsmarting people who can’t think for themselves and look to him as their leader and savior. It’s not just Cruz; it’s Cruz, Sr., two people with the influence of exploding dynamite, whose intent is to destroy this country. Not what this country needs.

  16. He may seem like a creepy former Auslander but this isn’t post-WWI Germany, not by a long shot. Cruz is dangerous for being an instigator, but he has much more bark than bite, he’s to far beyond the pale to be a serious player in 2016 – and the freakin’ Senate is NOT going over to Republican majority this November.

  17. Carnegie: IT’S NOT A FUCKIN’ BOOK! IT’S A WEAPON. A weapon aimed right at the hearts and minds of the weak and the desperate. It will give us control of them. If we want to rule more than one small, fuckin’ town, we have to have it. People will come from all over, they’ll do exactly what I tell ’em if the words are from the book. It’s happened before and it’ll happen again. All we need is that book.
    ~Book of Eli~

    Some, like Raphael Cruz the attorney,
    are very skilled at twisting words &
    using them to further their own agenda.
    To me, he just looks like a REALLY BAD
    actor………….

  18. Maybe we should recognize Ted Cruz is not a politician. He’s a Religious Crusader that utilizes deception. But then, is there really any difference?

  19. I hope you’re right, Hammerhead;
    but the mood of this country, fed by FOX and endorsed by the Talibangelicos and the Roman Catholic Hierarchy, is so deranged that I think you may be wrong.

  20. None whatsoever. Then again, I imagine that most “real Christians” are aware that “Arabs” ARE “Semites” and it’s a bit difficult to appear well informed if you call a room full of Arab American “Anti-Semites”. Ted’s a bit of a moron. And ugmutherfawkingly to boot.

  21. True dat. The lions invited him in. He escaped out the back gate while the lion tamer distracted them.

  22. Cruz was not speaking to THAT audience: he was playing to the religious right which lapped it up and set him on the martyr pedestal. He is clever, manipulative and dangerous.

  23. Need to disagree on the prettier face. A big NO! His face, (if you look CLOSE) is the face of evil, masqueradeing as first, a Christian, then being a human.

  24. Ted Cruz won’t be able to withstand the bruising it takes to be president if he is THIS thin-skinned.

    Better men than he have run and lost.

  25. Sinclair Lewis warned us about hucksters like Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz = Elmer Gantry If you’ve never read the book, you should. You’ll be amazed.

  26. Pandering to the big bucks John Bircher billionaires who own the tea party; this guy can smell a moneymaking schtick ever since his religiously scamming father showed him the trick; bless you brother
    as Elmer Gantry said.

  27. We all know these people were middle eastern christians; he’ll turn them into secret muslims thats why they booed him; this guy is a lying do anything scammer and of course elected by Texas Republicans because he’s such a good hater.

  28. The audience knew something Cruz hasn’t been told by his handlers: that Israel slaughters Christian Arabs as readily as they murder Muslim Arabs. Go to the occupied territories and see what has become of the holy sites like Bethlehem and Nazareth, Jericho and Calvary. The Christians in those places are just as persecuted and just as under siege as the Muslims. They are being killed just as indiscriminately as the Muslims. It does not matter to Israelis. They just kill Arabs because they want the land. There used to be a thriving Christian community in the Biblical lands but no more. The zionists are wiping them out.

  29. I can assure you Ted Cruz does not like Jews. He doesn’t have any Jewish friends, he won’t let his children date, much less marry, a Jew. To him a Jew is like any other dark skinned person from a spooky place that engages in spooky practices and is as unAmerican as gays and powerful women. This isn’t about anything but his drive to prominence on the only horse he knows: demonize Muslims. That is what he is paid to do. If he wants to participate in big time national politics he’s going to need AIPAC money. That’s what he’s thinking. He knows the crazy religious nuts want to see the world end for the return of Jesus and Jews will get their comeuppance then. Meanwhile, Cruz will take the money and seek the power. That is all it is about. I feel quite certain he has nothing but contempt for Jews and Israel. He’s a user.

  30. “Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.” Blaise Pascal

  31. As always, the christian cries “Persecution!” whenever he is prevented from persecuting others.

  32. Cruz cannot be president. He was born in Canada and you know the GOPers find not being born on American soil to be disqualifying regardless of having a Cuban commie for a dad and a mother no one has ever seen or heard of.

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