Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Real Preacher of Hate: McCain's Prophet

Here is something you will not see reported by Sean Hannity and his friends of the upper 1% income tax bracket at the editorial page of the New York Post. Meet John McCain's beloved Evangelical endorser.

The Pastor of Armageddon and the Slave Sale
by Christopher Brauchli

As John McCain and his presumptive vice-presidential running mate, Joe Lieberman, toured the middle East together (Joe to remind John of who is on first in Iraq so as to correct gaffs born of John's ignorance or old age, and John to demonstrate that notwithstanding his occasional gaffs, he still has the intellectual ability to be president of the United States) it was useful to keep in mind the words of one of John's recently announced supporters, John Hagee. It was especially useful since instead of hunting and exposing the Fox as responsible media should do when in pursuit of truth, the media has been docilely led and influenced by the Fox in the Fox's unceasing attempts to savage Barack Obama because of the words of his friend and pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

A reading of the sermon that inspired the Fox's incessant diatribe reveals that the sermon is no worse than, and in many respects considerably more thoughtful than, the hatred expressed by John McCain supporter, John Hagee (JH) over the years. JH's calumny has made anything even hinted at by Reverend Wright seem bland. He has explanations for just about everything bad that has ever happened and, amazingly, they all relate back to God's and JH's view of current events.

Interviewed by Terry Gross on National Public Radio's Fresh Air on September 18, 2006 JH explained his and God's thinking. About Hurricane Katrina he said that on the day of Katrina's arrival, a homosexual parade had been planned in that city. As a result of that and a generally dissolute life style pervasive in that city, he explained: "I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are-were- recipients of the judgment of God for that. . . . And I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans." Asked by Ms. Gross whether Muslims have a mandate to kill Christians and Jews he replied that the Quran "teaches that very clearly." Muslims and gays are not the only groups that have received the benefit of the Lord's thinking as explicated by JH.

On February 28, 2008, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League For Religious and Civil Rights, commented on the JH's endorsement of John McCain the preceding day saying: "[F]or the past few decades, he [JH] 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.' . . . In Hagee's latest book, Jerusalem Countdown he calls Hitler a Catholic who murdered Jews while the Catholic Church did nothing. 'The sell-out of Catholicism to Hitler began not with the people but with the Vatican itself' he writes." Of course Mr. Donohue is not totally objective. He's a Roman Catholic.

JH also knows how to raise money. On July 27, 2006, the Wall Street Journal reported on a fund-raiser sponsored by JH's 16,000 member Cornerstone Church. In the church bulletin, "The Cluster", the fundraiser was announced with a catchy lead-in. It said: "Slavery in America is returning to Cornerstone." The teaser ended with the sentence "Make plans to come and go home with a slave.

John McCain was delighted to be endorsed by the other John. Following the endorsement he said: "All I can tell you is I'm very proud to have pastor Hagee's support." He was not asked to explain whether that meant he, too, shares that John's feelings about Muslims, Catholics, and the joys of slavery. (A few days after the endorsement and told of the other John's comments about Catholics, John McCain partially followed Barack Obama's lead who, when asked about his endorsement by Louis Farrakhan, denounced Farrakhan's anti-Semitic rhetoric and rejected his support. John McCain did not reject the endorsement but said he repudiated any of Hagee's comments if they were "anti-catholic or offensive to Catholics.)

John McCain's acceptance of the endorsement by the other John may well have been influenced by his mentor, Joe Lieberman. Joe is a big fan of both Johns. He hangs out with the John who's running for president. He admires the other John.

In July 2007, a year after the "slave sale" at the other John's church, Joe was a speaker at a convention of "Christians United for Israel," a group of which the other John is founder and national chairman. In thanking the other John for inviting him, Joe said: "I would describe Pastor Hagee with the words the Torah uses to described Moses, he is an "Eesh Elo Kim," a man of God because those words fit him; and, like Moses he has become the leader of a mighty multitude in pursuit of and defense of Israel. . . . If ever there was a man who will be blessed because he has blessed Israel, Pastor Hagee, it is you. . . ." Whether John McCain is blessed because the other John blessed him only time will tell.

Christopher Brauchli
is a lawyer in Boulder, Colorado. He can be reached at: Visit his website:

When John Hagee is not suckering otherwise dumb people into thinking that an invisible man in the sky will soon bring about the end of times, he enjoys raking in over a $1.25 million a year from his hucksterism. Needless to say, his attitude about making this kind of money is quite different from people who actually work for a living. Yet another reason to eliminate the tax exempt status of these "churches."

What is more surprising is the friendship of John Hagee with Senator Joe Lieberman. What makes Senator Lieberman's love affair with Hagee all the more perverse, other than the obvious (the issue of Israel), is that the reverend has claimed, on more than one occasion, that Jews were responsible for what happened during the Holocaust.

It was the disobedience and rebellion of the Jews, God's chosen people, to their covenantal responsibility to serve only the one true God, Jehovah, that gave rise to the opposition and persecution that they experienced beginning in Canaan and continuing to this very day... Their own rebellion had birthed the seed of antisemitism that would arise and bring destruction to them for centuries to come.... it rises from the judgment of God upon his rebellious chosen people.
How anyone, not the least someone who is Jewish, could watch or take seriously a man with these views is as disturbing as the thought of someone like Hagee making over a million dollars a year from such expressions. And yet, where is the ADL, where is Fox News, where is anyone demanding an explanation from Senator Lieberman to compare a Holocaust revisionist to Moses?

To give Mr. Hagee some credit, the good rev. feels the same way when positing his theological interpretations about other catastrophes that have occurred, including Hurricane Katrina, which he blames on the invisible man upstairs' distaste for New Orleans' love of buggery and beads. One wonders what the good lord has in store for all of his Christian friends in the heartland when they are in collusion with the beasts of nature throughout this great nation's barnyards.

All of Hagee's insane and violently reactionary views aside, why is the media not reporting on this issue to the same extent as it did with Jeremiah Wright? Why is Senator McCain not called out for Hagee, after he has repeatedly refused to denounce Hagee's statements? Why is someone like Barack Obama being held accountable for his preacher, whose statements he at least renounced, while John McCain receives a free ride on John Hagee?

For that matter, where are the Dennis Pragers when someone like Hagee claims that the Holocaust is the fault of Jews, statements much more incendiary than anything reverend Wright ever declared about Israel or American foreign policy. Of course, for Jewish conservatives, it is OK to for someone to claim that Jews are evil, responsible for the Holocaust, or immature Christians (alas, Ann Coulter), so long as you think it acceptable to use elderly Palestinians as human shields for IDF soldiers. One can see from this how such self-hating delusion can lead to the likes of the Stern Gang's support for the Madagascar Plan. This is not meant to offend, but it should at some level. It illustrates not just the weakness of the media in questioning or holding accountable the statements of another candidate's religious supporters, but it goes to the heart of our increasing acceptance of the hateful rhetoric of many religious conservatives--the kind of people who complain about political correctness on our campuses, but who then impose doctrines of faith agreements of their own at their colleges (and encourage firing anyone who does not agree with their interpretation of scripture).

And Hagee is not the only party. Another McCain supporter is Midwestern televangelist Rod Parsley who, like Hagee, has made himself a multimillionaire from his preachings. As you can see when you watch this wretch, he is about as fake as a 19th century tent revivalist, right down to his phony accent and tailor-made suit.

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