Sunday, March 23, 2008

McCain Should Disown Hagee

It’s time to give McCain some shit for the religious company he is keeping.

John McCain has been endorsed by John Hagee, a senior pastor at Cornerstone Church in Texas. He heads one of those Evangelical "super churches" that says and believes a good chunk of nonsense the religious right is known for. Here’s what Hagee has to say on a number of matters.

“How utterly repulsive, insulting, and heartbreaking to God for his chosen people to credit idols with bringing blessings he had showered upon the chosen people. Their own rebellion had birthed the seed of anti-Semitism that would arise and bring destruction to them for centuries to come.”

Hurricane Katrina and Homosexuals:
“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 are — 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 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 that 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.”

Hagee’s a real class act as you can see. He is also accused of being anti-Catholic by none other than William Donahue, but I can’t muster the same contempt for Hagee on this ground. The fact that he doesn’t believe the Catholic Church is the correct vessel for God is a given, seeing that he is an evangelical and a sectarian. Catholics, by his definition and theology, are sinners and apostates. I don’t oppose Hagee because he hurts the feelings of some other church (the various protestant churches are apostates too according to Catholic doctrine, so Donahue probably shouldn’t throw stones).

But to say that those who died from Katrina (or 9/11 or the Holocaust) were done so through a godly act of retribution for the sins of those slaughtered, is disgusting and despicable, and I believe increases the number of folks willing to attack and torment those who belong to such groups. If God is righteous when he drowns some homosexuals, what makes the armed mob any less righteous when it cleanses them from the community? Once you believe one group of people is deserving of death and persecution, you have opened the door to every totalitarian to act with virtuous impunity, all to gain grace in the eyes of God.

I hope that these recent uproars over religious men and their bizarre conspiracy theories will dissipate the desire of the American public to see their candidates with “holy” individuals, which act as little more than amplifiers for hate groups and bamboozlers. McCain was right in 2000, when he called these types of preachers “agents of intolerance.”

The truth is, being a preacher is one of the last occupations for a racist or despot to take these days, and both political parties pander to them as if they need these hoodwinks to win over the majority of the American populace. I don’t believe for a second that Wright or Hagee is going to help either Obama or McCain win a single vote they were not already going to pick up; they will only push away voters with their bizarre religious rhetoric.

I think McCain should completely disown Hagee and his ilk. The Obama/Wright connection is far more damaging to Democrats this November than Hagee’s endorsement of McCain, but I don’t think it's acceptable to give McCain a pass simply because he is not going to suffer at the voting booth for having Hagee’s support. I want better from my leaders and representatives, and America can do a whole lot better than a “spiritual adviser” like Pastor John Hagee.


hydralisk said...

McCain shouldn't waste another moment. He can do himself and his campaign a service by renouncing this guy before everyone figure out that the same sort of thing Barack is now being called to task for is applicable to himself.

Anonymous said...

How is calling the Catholic Church a whore not inciting the same hatred he does for Jews and Gays?

Roland Dodds said...

Its not that I don’t think his comments about Catholics are insulting. It’s just that I don’t really have the time or the interest in getting into every theological division the Christian church has. Calling the Catholic Church a “whore” (which is something that has been used by anti-Catholics against the church for many years) does not really reach the level of bigotry his comments about Jews and homosexuals does.

The truth is almost all religions are, by definition, divisive. The point of a religion is to explain life and the point of the universe around us, and so minimally, each religion is going to conflict with each other theologically. So when Donahue and Hagee get into a fit over another church not liking their doctrine, I could really care less. If Hagee said Catholics had deserved to die in WW2 for being apostates, then he would be inciting hatred upon them (which is basically what he said about the Jews).

Epaminondas said...

Actually, you are right.
Cynically well, wouldn't that add a little heat, and keep Wright burning..

How ROVIAN of you!

Hagee is a major piece of cro-magnonism.

His anti-semitism is totally old school Council of Niceae born deicide bullshit

His anti catholicism is a bunch of know nothing anti-popery

We need Barry Goldwater to remind good conservatives of what CONSERVATISM WAS.

"Every good conservative ought to line up and kick Jerry Falwell in the ass"

Any doubt about his recommendation for the likes of Hagee.

It's time John. Excoriate Hagee. You have the nomination, and FIRE whatever jackass told you Hagee's support was a good deal.

Steve Nizer said...

Eh, I'm afraid I'll be the lone dissenter. Hagee is not McCain's pastor. McCain needs to renounce people like Michelle Malkin who claim to form the 'core' of the GOP.

jams o donnell said...

He certainly would do well to put clear water between himself and that sort of person.

Anonymous said...

When Hagee endorses McCain, how does he excuse
McCain's 25+ years of profiting from the sale of beer (google Cindy McCain + beer) that facilitates addiction, drunk driving, domestic abuse and underage drinking? Where the heck are the faithful members of Cornerstone?
Don't they know better?

Roland Dodds said...

I wasn’t aware that the sale of beer was illegal or immoral. The fact that some people do stupid things while drinking it is not the responsibility of those who provide the goods. That’s like saying McCain should be reprimanded because his wife is from the McDonalds family, and they ruin peoples’ lives by making them fat.

Nice try, but your argument holds water like a colander.