Texas Senator Ted Cruz hasn’t been a member of Congress very long, but in that short time he’s proven time and time again that he has no interest in actually governing. I’ve maintained that pretty much the only reason he became a senator was to set up a future presidential run. For him, it’s not about making sense or working with Democrats to improve this nation, it’s about pandering to radical right-wing voters. The very voters he hopes will give him enough support to win the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.
As a Texan myself, I’m absolutely embarrassed that he represents my state.
Well, while speaking at a conference for Middle Eastern Christians, Ted Cruz was booed off stage after he took his opportunity to speak there to essentially go off on an anti-Muslim, pro-Israel rant.
“Religious bigotry is a cancer with many manifestations. ISIS, al-Qaida, 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 we shouldn’t try to parse different manifestations of evil that are on a murderous rampage through the region. Hate is hate, and murder is murder. Our purpose here tonight is to highlight a terrible injustice, a humanitarian crisis. Christians have no greater ally than Israel.”
It was around this time that members of the audience apparently began booing Cruz, though he continued on:
“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.
If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you. Good night, and God bless.”
Now, I think some clarification is needed. Just because someone is a Christian does not mean that they’re blind supporters of Israel. In fact, supporting Israel has nothing to do with being a Christian. Many Middle Eastern Christians have been critical of Israel for some their policies, many of which have made life more difficult for Christians living in the Middle East.
Somehow many of these right-wing radicals have perpetuated this false notion that being critical of the Israeli government makes someone anti-semitic. A notion that is entirely baseless. Being critical of Israel’s policies doesn’t make someone anti-semitic anymore than it makes them supporters of Islamic terrorists. It simply makes them a critic of policies with which they disagree.
As a Christian, I consider myself neither for or against Israel. The Israeli government does some things I understand and agree with, and others that make me question why we continue to support them. It makes absolutely no sense to say to someone that they must be 100% pro-Israel, otherwise they hate America and hate Christians. That’s just stupid.
Cruz simply used this platform to stage a disgusting (and ignorant) rant against anyone who might dare question the Israeli government. And he did so in an environment in which he knew many in the audience weren’t the biggest supporters of their government.
And like with most everything else Cruz does, this was nothing more than a pre-planned spectacle he staged in order to pander to radical right-wing voters. He’s an absolute embarrassment to this country.
Watch the clip below via The Daily Caller: