To his credit, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) walked off the stage during his speech at an event intended to show support for Middle Eastern Christians when several in the audience booed his call for solidarity with Israel. Cruz was apparently aware of the anti-Israeli streak in the group In Defense of Christians (IDC) but decided to speak at the event anyway to help bring attention to the persecuted Christians in the Middle East. It’s safe to say that he may have underestimated the level of anti-Israeli sentiment because he walked out.
Here is the video when Cruz is so taken aback that he announces he cannot continue speaking and walks off the stage (h/t DC):
Cruz’s stated pretenses for agreeing to speak at the event, that he wanted to bring attention to the issue of persecuted Christians regardless of the anti-Israeli sentiment, has merit for two reasons:
1.) He decided to express solidarity with Israel during the speech when he could have avoided the issue altogether.
2.) He walked out when he received such vocal anti-Israeli sentiment.
The right Cruz did at the event should trump any ill-advised decision he made to attend it in the first place. For one, it provides a window into what a segment of Middle Eastern Christianity is.
That said, Rescue Christians Executive Director Keith Davies was invited to this event and declined to attend based on the group’s background (explained below).
“Christianity in the Middle East is very difficult for westerners to understand,” Davies said. “The anti-Israeli sentiment is primarily found in the patriarchs and leaders. The people we have on the ground in these areas are very pro-Israel.”
In many ways, Muslims use Christianity and Christians to fight the Jews. Churches are often infiltrated by “Christians” who seek to use their sheep’s clothing to better turn Christians on Jews (Judeo-phobia). There is an entire chapter about this in The Case FOR Islamophobia.
A clear signal that the event Cruz attended would not be favorable to Israel can be found in who sits on the board of the organization that sponsored it. James Zogby, who serves as an Advisory Board Member to IDC, has defended the likes of CAIR and Hamas. Zogby is also very comfortable with and sympathetic to Muslim Brotherhood infiltrators in the U.S., to include the Executive Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and Obama administration adviser Salam al-Marayati, who has been identified as such an infiltrator of the Obama administration.
Speaking of the Clintons, the Washington Free Beacon had this to say about the IDC event in an article published the day Cruz was scheduled to speak:
Funding for the conference was provided by Clinton donor and Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, according to organizers. The wealthy businessman pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009.
Yes, that would be the same CGI that employed Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Gehad el-Haddad for several years. After serving as chief of staff to Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat al-Shater during the Mursi regime, el-Haddad was jailed.
Though he bills himself a Christian Arab in his role as head of the Arab American Institute (AAI), Zogby cannot conceivably defend terrorists and terrorist groups while also calling himself a Christian – but he does.
Take the example of Alex Awad. He is the Dean of Students with the Bethlehem Bible College. Though no connection to the IDC or the recent event was found, Awad preaches the same brand of Christian Judeo-phobia that audience members expressed when Cruz called for solidarity with Israel.
Several years ago, Awad visited the Foursquare Church in Hawaii, which has since apparently been renamed New Hope Church. The pastor is a one Wayne Cordeiro. Last year, Shoebat.com published an article entitled, “Evangelicals for Hamas” that included a two-part video of an interview between Cordeiro and Awad, who visited the church.
What Awad said was shocking. Perhaps as shocking was the agreement he received from Cordeiro.
Where ‘Interfaith Dialogue’ Leads
For years, there has been an attempt by stealth jihadists in the U.S. to call for interfaith dialogue. This is a ruse. Period. It is an attempt to further Islam by first undermining Judaism and then Christianity. One of the ways this is done is to get Christians to focus exclusively on the Gospels at the exclusion of the rest of the Bible:
In order to deceive, the naive must be convinced. when it comes to Judeo-phobia (fear of Jews) and its infiltration of Christian churches, focus must be narrowed to the four Gospels; this lowers the guard of the naive who can then be more easily deceived by the Judeo-phobes. This is effective because it appeals to the heart strings and predispositions of Christians, who typically view the Gospels as the most important books of the Bible. – The Case FOR Islamophobia, p. 190.
In reality, when stealth jihadists accuse you of Islamophobia, it’s really projection of their own thoughts and feelings toward Jews.
The irony of what Cruz was able to help reveal at the IDC event is that many of the people behind it preach tolerance and interfaith dialogue.