Sunday, May 4, 2008

John Hagee and John McCain

Frank Rich of the New York Times has written a great piece about the hypocrisy of the Rev. Wright situation. He implies, correctly, that had Wright (been white) and said equally outrageous things that didn't play on white fear of black people it would have gotten little notice. Take the case in point of the a preacher that is a far greater and whiter lunatic than Wright.

John Hagee, (seen right) who would not have ever existed had the right people always been in charge, was actively sought out by McCain for an endorsement. Rich explains:

BORED by those endless replays of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright? If so, go directly to YouTube, search for “John Hagee Roman Church Hitler,” and be recharged by a fresh jolt of clerical jive.

What you’ll find is a white televangelist, the Rev. John Hagee, lecturing in front of an enormous diorama. Wielding a pointer, he pokes at the image of a woman with Pamela Anderson-sized breasts, her hand raising a golden chalice. The woman is “the Great Whore,” Mr. Hagee explains, and she is drinking “the blood of the Jewish people.” That’s because the Great Whore represents “the Roman Church,” which, in his view, has thirsted for Jewish blood throughout history, from the Crusades to the Holocaust.

Mr. Hagee is not a fringe kook but the pastor of a Texas megachurch. On Feb. 27, he stood with John McCain and endorsed him over the religious conservatives’ favorite, Mike Huckabee, who was then still in the race...

Mr. McCain says he does not endorse any of Mr. Hagee’s calumnies, any more than Barack Obama endorses Mr. Wright’s. But those who try to give Mr. McCain a pass for his embrace of a problematic preacher have a thin case. It boils down to this: Mr. McCain was not a parishioner for 20 years at Mr. Hagee’s church.

That defense implies, incorrectly, that Mr. McCain was a passive recipient of this bigot’s endorsement. In fact, by his own account, Mr. McCain sought out Mr. Hagee, who is perhaps best known for trying to drum up a pre-emptiveholy war” with Iran. (This preacher’s rantings may tell us more about Mr. McCain’s policy views than Mr. Wright’s tell us about Mr. Obama’s.) Even after Mr. Hagee’s Catholic bashing bubbled up in the mainstream media, Mr. McCain still did not reject and denounce him, as Mr. Obama did an unsolicited endorser, Louis Farrakhan, at the urging of Tim Russert and Hillary Clinton. Mr. McCain instead told George Stephanopoulos two Sundays ago that while he condemns any “anti-anything” remarks by Mr. Hagee, he is still “glad to have his endorsement.

In addition to the above mentioned dysfunctions, I did a search and found out that he also claims that Jews did not reject Jesus as the Messiah, which means that according to him Jews are actually Christians.

If you are not at least as disturbed by the following video as you are by anything Rev. Wright has said, you are undoubtedly a close minded and racist xenophobe that probably listens to Sean Hannity more than you read and hates everything the Beatles did after Rubber Soul:

Amongst other things, the first one dollar bill was not produced under Washington, it was produced under Lincoln, who fought a war against this bastard's ancestors.

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