In an interesting story, it’s now known that this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine has an interview with John McCain’s controversial endorser, John Hagee, who says John McCain not only sought out his endorsement, but did so over a long period of time, and exercised incredible means in the wooing process. Now remember Hagee is the same man who made statements claiming Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for a gay rights parade in New Orleans, referred to the Catholic Church as a “false cult system,” and called the religion “the great whore.” However there as not been a bat of the eye on the part of the mainstream media regarding McCain’s highly sought after endorsement. Not to mention that even after all of Hagee’s anti semitic remarks were brought to light, McCain refused to renounce/denounce Hagee’s endorsement:
“Well I think it’s important to note that pastor John Hagee who has supported and endorsed my candidacy supports what I stand for and believe in. When he endorses me, it does not mean that I embrace everything that he stands for and believes. And I am very proud of the Pastor John Hagee’s spiritual leadership to thousands of people and I am proud of his commitment to the independence and the freedom of the state of Israel.
The type of speech that Hagee is preaching week after week closely resemble that of controversial religious figure Louis Farrakhan, in the sense that Hageee has regularly made remarks about current events and other religions that many would find alarming. But unlike Farrakhan, or in practically the same sense, at east now, Senator Barack Obama, Hagee has never truly faced the scrutiny of the mainstream press, and major politicians like Joe Lieberman and John McCain have freely associated with him. That being said, here are a handful of exchanges from the New York Times interview with Hagee:
- What about your observation in a recent book that “most readers will be shocked by the clear record of history linking Adolf Hitler and the Roman Catholic Church in a conspiracy to exterminate the Jews” ? What I was trying to express was the fact that Christian anti-Semitism — both Catholic and Protestant — contributed to an environment in which Nazi racial anti-Semitism could flourish.
- You’re not just sitting around waiting for the Rapture? No. My support of Israel is based on a recognition of the enormous debt we gentiles owe to the Jews. I have given millions of dollars to build hospitals and orphanages in Israel and to bring 25,000 Russian immigrants to Israel, because every Jewish person who comes to Israel makes it a stronger nation.
- What do you make of Barack Obama’s oratorical skills? He is going to be difficult to beat, because the man is a master of communication. If he were in the ministry, he would make it in the major leagues overnight.
- Do you have any gay friends? I don’t want to say that I have any friends, because when you say, “Who are they?” I don’t want them jumping off the balcony.
- Do you have an Easter prayer to share with us? May the joy of Easter fill your heart and home.
It seems as though John Hagee has received the, “please to not talk like a crazy man you really are”, speech from the McCain camp. Yet even with that I find it humorous that the mainstream media makes absolutely zero noise over the Hagee/McCain relationship, while at the same time, they make Sen. Obama’s relationship with Rev. Wright world news, with non stop coverage. I understand that Obama’s relationship with Wright has a longer history, it still seems unfair that McCain gets no scrutiny, while Obama gets held over the coals relentlessly.
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