Be merciful, just as (also) your Father is merciful.
Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.
King Richard IV: As the good Lord said: “Love thy neighbour as thyself, unless he’s Turkish, in which case, kill the Bastard!”
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“If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews,” he said. “Then I will not stand with you. Good night, and God bless.”
One of the great crimes of the last decade has been the systematic persecution & murder of Christians worldwide. This has been particularly acute in the middle east where Christian communities that have existed since the time of Christ and Apostle are being driven out of their homes, murdered and enslaved.
Their plight has been largely ignored by the media and the powers that be, only some blogs and a very few pols of prominence have spoken out about this injustice. One them has been Ted Cruz a likely candidate for President of the United States.
Yesterday at the Middle East Christian Conference Cruz got up as the Keynote speaker meaning that at last their plight might get attention
Religious bigotry is a cancer with many manifestations,” he continued. “ISIS, al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Hamas, state sponsors like Syria and Iran, are all engaged in a vicious genocidal campaign to destroy religious minorities in the Middle East. Sometimes we are told not to loop these groups together, that we have to understand their so called nuances and differences. But we shouldn’t try to parse different manifestations of evil that are on a murderous rampage through the region. Hate is hate, and murder is murder. Our purpose here tonight is to highlight a terrible injustice, a humanitarian crisis
For people seeking mercy and help it was a grand moment right up until he mentioned a group of people that apparently these Middle East Christians had no mercy for, the children of Israel:
Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” he said, at which point members of the crowd began to yell “stop it” and booed him.
this continued until the final climatic moment
Thus did those seeking mercy and help, those seeing to highlight their plight chase away their highest profile ally in the US government. Cruz spoke of it later:
“I came to this event tonight to help shine a light on the tragic persecution and slaughter of Christians by ISIS and Islamic radicals throughout the Middle East. American leaders have been far too silent as to this horrific evil,” Cruz said. “But bigotry and hatred have no place in this discussion. Antisemitism is a corrosive evil, and it reared its ugly head tonight.”
Because of the “bigotry and hatred,” Cruz said he had to leave the event.
“After just a few minutes, I had no choice,” Cruz said. “I told them that if you will not stand with Israel, if you will not stand with the Jews, then I will not stand with you. And then I walked off the stage.”
But this was not the ultimate irony, that followed his departure when…
Antiochian Orthodox Metropolitan Joseph Zahlawi, who leads the Antiochian Orthodox in North America, soon after led those present in the Lord’s Prayer.
and ironically as a group prayed these words…
Forgive us our tresspasses as we forgive those who trespasses against us.
…apparently oblivious to petition they were asking of God.
As I’ve said many times, the right thing is invariably the smart thing. The decision of these Middle East Christians to elevate their hatred of Jews over their love of Christ not to mention the plight of their own people was not only the wrong thing, it was the dumb thing and will likely extract a price in line with the prayer that they offered.
On the bright side for all there, there will be ample opportunity for those in attendance for the next two days to find a priest for sacramental confession.
However at Hotair. Allahpundit notes that Cruz acted wisely:
The conference was a minor political headache for Cruz by the time he came to the podium thanks to this Free Beacon story yesterday noting that a few of the other speakers were known to back Hezbollah and Bashar Assad, a.k.a. our new allies against ISIS. (The Beacon’s headline: “Cruz Headlines Conference Featuring Hezbollah Supporters.”) If his audience had sat quietly during his passages on Israel, the Beacon would probably be pressing him today to explain why he deigned to speak at an event with people like that sharing the dais. How pro-Israel can he really be? Instead, the crowd started booing him — Lebanon’s ambassador to the U.S. supposedly left the room in anger — and he not only stood his ground, he pressed the point. That’s brilliant political signaling, not just in terms of demonstrating his commitment to Israel but in showing his conservative base that he refuses to retreat under political pressure.
The sad thing about all this. This nonsense is overshadowing an actual crisis that deserves attention.