While the nation watched President Obama primetime address the threat of ISIS Wednesday night, something else was happening in Washington: Senator Ted Cruz was getting booed off the stage of a Christian event. Cruz is often considered a rising darling of the American Christian right.... But Wednesday night, his Christian audience was largely Eastern and Arab. The brand of conservative, American evangelicalism that Cruz often champions -- one that often aligns itself with the state of Israel's interests -- did not sit well with everyone in attendance.
According to The Daily Caller, IDC Executive Director Andrew Doran then came on the stage and said, "For the love of God, we're here to talk about Christians and we're here to be united." In a statement issued after the event, the IDC blamed a "few politically motivated opportunists" for the incident. The Assyrian International News Agency interviewed several attendees, most of whom said they were present "to discuss the plight of the Christians in Iraq, not the Israel-Hamas conflict, and they resented the senator's attempt to 'hijack' the summit," the agency reports.
"I support Israel, but what Senator Cruz did was outrageous and incendiary," Dent said. "He showed a true lack of sensitivity for the people he was speaking to, especially the religious leaders who were there. It was a political speech, inappropriate and, overall, an uncomfortable moment." Dent added that Cruz seemed to be speaking "for another audience" beyond the ballroom that would later watch the video. "He was speaking to people outside of the building," Dent said. "It was a willful and deliberate confrontation, and very self-serving."