…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.
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.