Alex Blaze

Fundie Endorsement Watch: John Hagee

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 22, 2008 7:03 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: endorsed candidates, John Hagee, John McCain

Awesome video on John Hagee from TPM via Crawford:

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A few weeks ago, fundamentalist Christian nut job and former Huckabee supporter John Hagee endorsed John McCain. Here's his thoughts (in text) on why Hurricane Katrina happened (feel powerful, boys and girls):

All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that.

The newspaper carried the story in our local area, that was not carried nationally, that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it would was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other gay pride parades.

So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing. I know there are people who demur from that, but I believe that the Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the Day of Judgment, and I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans.

Of course God sent Katrina to destroy New Orleans because of Pride. Because all hurricanes happen when Prides occur, and every city that has had a Pride has been destroyed by a hurricane.

Anyway, McCain accepted Hagee's endorsement with this:

I'm very honored by Pastor John Hagee's endorsement today.

The Catholic League (you know, Bill Donohue, his laptop in his basement, and his cats) raised a stink about some of Hagee's more colorful comments about Catholics:

Indeed, for the past few decades, he has waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church. For example, he likes calling it 'The Great Whore,' an 'apostate church,' the 'anti-Christ,' and a 'false cult system.' To hear the bigot in his own words, click here. Note: he isn't talking about the Buddhists.

He also thinks the end of the world is coming up in a few years, is scared shitless of Muslims, and even set his sites on Harry Potter:

As millions of people anticipate the release of the latest Harry Potter book and film, we're reminded once again of Satan's ongoing attempt to deceive and destroy. The whole purpose of the Potter books is to desensitize readers and introduce them to the occult.

Showing the importance of having diverse prominent elected officials, Nancy Pelosi, herself a Catholic, also called out McCain on this:

"That behavior is outside the circle of civilized debate in our democracy," Pelosi said during a Thursday conference call. "I certainly think John McCain should reject his endorsement and I'm sure it won't be long before he does."

Which got McCain to respond:

"We've had a dignified campaign, and I repudiate any comments that are made, including Pastor Hagee's, if they are anti-Catholic or offensive to Catholics," McCain said.

Besides the "if" before saying that Hagee's comments are anti-Catholic, I notice that McCain didn't reject Hagee's support, didn't say he disagreed with his thoughts on the end of the world, and didn't say anything about the Pastor's homophobia or Islamophobia. By picking out what he's going to repudiate, McCain effectively said that he's standing by the idea that Gay Prides anger God, that New Orleans had it coming because they were a city of sin.

Yes, the McMaverick himself doesn't have the backbone to stand up to this guy unless it can score him some points with Catholic voters. A man of principle, indeed.

Then, two days ago, New York Magazine reported that Hagee said McCain actually sought his endorsement:

In an interview that will appear in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine, controversial televangelist Rev. John Hagee declares, "It's true that [John] McCain's campaign sought my endorsement."

So after hearing how Obama had to repudiate (and reject and renounce and refrigerate) Farrakhan's endorsement, even though he neither sought nor accepted his support, why is McCain getting a pass on this guy?

I mean, the 24 news networks have lots of crazy material they could play over and over from Hagee. Maybe I'll end all my posts with this vid:

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(much love for a few links to the HuffPo)

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McCain has had several fundamentalist preachers endorse his campaign since he's desperately trying to shore up the fundie vote. Will any of them get "denounced?" Probably not.

Obama had to denounce Farrakhan for two reasons:
1) He was black and controversial.
2) It was a good way to paint Obama as both radical black and Muslim without ever having to pick up a brush.

Hagee is white and Christian. The only thing it does to McCain is bolster his middle America, white, religious bigot vote.

I'll be honest, back in the day I used to respect McCain. While I didn't agree with him, he seemed to at least have a moral compass. Not anymore.

He has become the worst panderer, willing to do, say, or cozy up to anything that will get the votes he needs to become President. Yet the media seems to want to give him a free pass on his links to bigoted religious leaders.


Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | March 22, 2008 11:35 AM

Interesting that one of the few sections of Wicked Gay New Orleans that was spared the effects of Katrina-induced flooding was the French Quarter, where I think the gay parated was supposed to take place. So much for divine precision.

So does that mean San Francisco should have been destroyed in a hurricane like over 30 times now? It's kinda the biggest Pride around. The logic here is outstanding.

I would think that the Black people of New Orleans should be offended at Hagee's comments. I certainly am. Since when is being poor and/or a sin? Because it was poor Blacks who got the worst part of Katrina.

I'm gonna echo Waymon. I used to have respect for McCain. But it's obvious he's lost his mind.