While giving the keynote speech at a Middle Eastern Christian event in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was literally booed off stage, The Blaze said. According to Jason Howerton, the Texas Republican was speaking out against religious bigotry while praising Israel.
“Tonight, we are all united in defense of Christians,” he said. “Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews. Tonight, we are all united in defense of people of good faith, who are standing together against those who would persecute and murder those who dare disagree with their religious teachings.”
He called religious bigotry a “cancer with many manifestations,” and cited the “genocidal campaign” being carried out by groups like Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS. But, Howerton said, things got dicey when Cruz suggested that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.” At that point, the audience started booing and shouted, “stop it.”
“Those who hate Israel hate America,” he continued, even as the boos got louder. “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.”
Eventually, Toufic Baaklini, the president of In Defense of Christians, the group that hosted the event, took to the stage and tried to calm things down. Cruz, however, had had all he was going to take.