Ted Cruz takes the prize for most vile use of Christian Suffering

Ted Cruz takes the prize for most vile use of Christian Suffering September 12, 2014

…by an American politician.

Takes a conference intended to help the suffering Christians of the Mideast, climbs atop a giant mound of dead Christians, and hijacks the conference in order preach about the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the State of Israel. When the crowd demands he stick to the purpose of the conference and not used the sufferings of the Mideast Church in order to give himself street cred with John Hagee “blood moon” nuts and other parochial American apocalyptic kooks, he dramatically declares a room full of Semites to be anti-semitic and storms out, to the braindead applause of Breitbart and the Thing That Used to Be Conservatism.

The Week and Rod Dreher do the autopsy on this repulsive act of grandstanding.

Right in line, of course, with American policy toward the Church abroad for decades. We have aided and abetted its destruction with great consistency across multiple decades and administrations. Cruz’ repulsive and cynical use of the suffering Church to make a play for the hearts and minds of his base is just another sample of how this happens.

Particularly gotta love how the Breitbart Lie Machine denounces with scare quotes Churches that were serving Christ when his own ancestors were bowing to trees as “Christian”. Churches that are suffering torments unimaginable to these cubicled Machiavellians.

Meanwhile, the organizers of In Defense of Christians show real class in contrast to Cruz:

Statement of IDC President following disruption at IDC Gala Dinner

In Defense of Christians President Toufic Baaklini issued the following statement in response to a disruption at the Inaugural Summit Gala Dinner: “As Cardinal Rai so eloquently put it to the attendees of the In Defense of Christians’ inaugural Summit gala dinner: ‘At every wedding, there are a few problems.’ In this case, 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, faced not only by our Christian brothers and sisters, but our Jewish brothers and sisters and people of all other faiths and all people of good will.

“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.

“When we set out to form In Defense of Christians, many in the foreign policy and faith-based communities said such an effort was impossible. That it would be too difficult to bring such a diverse group of Christian sects, religious and human rights organizations together to draw attention not only to the plight of the deteriorating situation facing our Christians brothers and sisters, but also to the plight of all people of faith, in the Middle East who are suffering.

“For more than 48 hours, our initial IDC conference was successfully bridging divides of faith, language, geography and politics. It has not been easy, and not without challenges. Tonight’s events make clearer than ever, that In Defense of Christians is desperately needed in a world that remains divided to the point where even the most fundamental value of life and human dignity are cast aside.

“We remain undaunted and focused on achieving our goals.”

Pray for the Church in the Mideast.

Oh, and before you excuse Cruz as “naive”, be aware that this was a calculated, Machiavellian, pre-planned scheme.

Here’s Mollie Hemingway on how Cruz set his suffering targets up to be knocked down for the delectation of his base.  Repulsive.

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  • Joseph

    Wow. I just read a few of the comments in the comment box of ‘The Week’ article. Holy moly, I thought that the Jack Chick followers went extinct with greater access to higher level education over the last few decades. I was wrong. It’s amazing, but it appears that the weight behind Cruz’ outburst is an animus towards Catholicism. Catholics simply aren’t Christian so why are we even talking about them? For that matter, let’s completely ignore them… they aren’t even human!
    I think he’d be better suited fighting for ISIS… wait… he’s a U.S. Senator… he’s already helped them out… makes sense.

    • JJG

      No, this bigotry is very much alive and is preached in certain churches weekly. It still plays in Peoria, so to speak. Here, for example is Pope St. John Paul the Great addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg in 1988:

      http://youtu.be/JlbmIMbKZa4

      There’s more information and a longer excerpt from the BBC here:

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/historic_moments/newsid_8187000/8187541.stm

      Periodically, the Seventh Day Adventists buy billboard space to announce that the Pope is the Anti-Christ. I have yet to see Catholics return the favor regarding Ian Paisley.

    • IRVCath

      Not just Jack Chick followers. An “agnostic” called me an anti-Semite and a traitor for having the nerve to think Cruz was throwing Catholics and Orthodox under the bus, and among other things, called for my removal from this country (along with all Catholics), and insinuated that the Pope was a Communist who would get what was coming to him when the Muslims take over.

      • chezami

        Cruz’ strategy is working perfectly in the Stupid-American community.

  • Dan13

    Mark, you linked to Jonathan Coppage’s write-up of Cruz’ speech rather than Dreher’s opinion about it.

  • neoconned

    Is there no bottom anymore? Is there one politician out there with any sense of shame or decency?

    • David Naas

      Well, since every photo of Senator Cruz reminds me of Senator (Joe) McCarthy, the words of Joseph Welch on June 9, 1954 (Army-McCarthy Hearings) come ever to mind.

      “Until this moment, Senator, I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. … I like to think I am a gentle man, but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me… . You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

      History doesn’t Really repeat itself… or does it?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO2iiovYq70

      • Peggy

        My reply to all those who shout “McCartyism!” or bring him up, is that he was right. Read “Venona Secrets” for starters.

        • David Naas

          And , defending Joe McCarthy was once a cottage industry on the American Right. It is good to see there are still humble crofters, hard at work weaving gossamer webs from insubstantial materials. I know VS is a shibboleth for some, but whatever truth there is in them is no excuse for Joe McCarthy. He was, and remains, an execrable liar who couldn’t even keep his lies straight without Roy Cohn to whisper in his ear.

          • IRVCath

            Right. He was right that there were Communists in the government; but he had no idea exactly who, making him worse than useless.

            • David Naas

              My point exactly.

              • IRVCath

                I mean, with Alger Hiss, he got lucky. But just because you get one Commie doesn’t make you the Commie Hunter.

                • entonces_99

                  McCarthy isn’t the one who went after Alger Hiss. Maybe you were thinking of that other guy. . . lessee, what was his name… oh, yes, Richard Nixon.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    I really hope Cruz runs for President. Between him and Rick Perry, the debates would be HILARIOUS.

    • Torquemada Tequila

      Can Cruz run for U.S. President? I’m ashamed to say this as a Canadian, but Cruz was born on our side of the border.

    • IRVCath

      Perry may be a buffoon, but he can actually govern. But given Cruz’s statements, I want him as far away from the White House as possible.

  • Mark R

    It is unfortunate that defense for Christians — from the historic Churches Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic — is made more difficult by their fragmentation. And it is no solution to express that every Christian should be “under Rome” as some are wont to express in this arena. Not only would that be wishful thinking, it would be historically inaccurate, and there is still suspicion of Rome due to the crusades, centuries notwithstanding. Mideast Christians home and abroad need to take the initiative for more unity. They cannot expect America or whoever to fix everything.

    • Torquemada Tequila

      Don’t forget the Assyrian Church of the East. They have probably been the most badly hit of any Christian Church.

  • Elmwood

    yep, fundamentalist christianity is a problem in our nation and it has poisoned much of american “conservatism”. i think catholics should keep arms length away from many of these morons on political issues, just like they should with the culture of death left.

    In other news: “pro-life” GOP candidates support over the counter access to the pill to attract women voters.

    Treebeard said it best for ME Christians, I am not altogether on anybody’s side, because nobody is altogether on my side.

  • petey

    The Week article was written by our own Inebriate Me blogger.

  • Black-Cat

    Cruz stud up to a bunch of anti-Semitic hecklers, what’s the problem?

    • IRVCath

      When he basically said that any support of persecuted Christians is dependent on support for the plans of the secular government of Israel (which is what he certainly meant by “standing with Israel”, let’s not kid ourselves) then you’re damned right there is a problem.

      Let’s remember that we’re talking about a country that attempted to bulldoze the house of the Latin Patriarch, for example.

    • chezami

      You’re the problem.

  • Peggy

    He may have been too parochial in his point of view, but he was not ill-intentioned. He should have been better briefed ahead of time.

    • Elmwood

      Ted is a very intelligent person, we have to assume he knew the audience and the sensitivities involved. He did what he wanted to do to: elicit a certain response to make his point about ME Christians to his tribe–that they are antisemitic and are really no different than hamas, which i don’t believe is necessarily the case here.

  • Peggy

    KJ Lopez was present and does a good job examining what happened. Cruz’ comments were unexpected, I can understand, as the night was about Christians being wiped out in the middle east. Off topic and odd. I indeed agree.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/387883/why-was-ted-cruz-booed-wednesday-night-kathryn-jean-lopez

  • The Next to Last Samurai

    Cruz reminds me of the evil politician in Stephen King’s ” The Dead Zone.”