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McCain Rejects Hagee

Posted on May 22, 2008
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With the nomination well in hand, John McCain has at last rejected the endorsement of pastor John Hagee, who once suggested that the Holocaust was a case of divine providence. McCain stood by Hagee in the past, when the minister’s incendiary remarks about Catholicism and the supposedly divine cause of Hurricane Katrina first came to light.

Read McCain’s statement, which takes a jab at Barack Obama.

And if you’re the curious type, you can read all about Hagee in his own words on his Web site.

Washington Post / The Trail:

When asked what McCain thought of the remarks, campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds responded with an e-mail from the candidate denouncing Hagee.

“Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible, and I repudiate them,” McCain said in the statement. “I did not know of them before Reverend Hagee’s endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well.”

The comments represented a significant shift by McCain, who had refused to reject Hagee’s endorsement in the wake of other controversial comments, such as the reverend’s attack on Catholicism and his implication that Hurricane Katrina represented divine retribution. After learning of those comments, McCain said just because someone endorsed him did not mean he endorsed that person’s views.

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By ocjim, May 23, 2008 at 10:51 am Link to this comment

Hagee’s comments advertise that he is one or two steps from insanity, mean-spiritedness, self-delusion, egomania or all of the above.

What amazes me is that Rev Wright has caused 2 months or more of media headlines and Obama attacks while Hagee who makes Rev. Wright look normal is getting a few minutes.

In addition, Pappy McCain has no trouble rejecting him in a heartbeat, for it’s not what is right it is what is expedient.

Where is the fairness in the media? McCain has gotten a free ride just as George W. Bush, a deserter, an alcoholic, a failed businessman, and a drug-user did.

Whom is the media trying to get elected?

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By JC Weatherby, May 23, 2008 at 8:30 am Link to this comment
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As a condition of tax exemption under 501(c)3 rules; religious and other public benefit companies are not allowed to “agitate for political change.”

Ergo, preachers like Hagee, and nonprofit organizations like Family Research Council are not supposed to publicly endorse any political candidate.

This is important. Corporations, legally defined as persons, should not participate in the political sphere and be tax exempt.  If they wish to participate in the political arena, they should pay taxes like other corporations and people.

Secondly, our traditional separation of church and state demands such restraint on religious figures and institutions. Our constitution suggests politicians should make no law respective of any religion - and with good cause. The history of religious governments is not a particularly “progressive” one.  Take for example the Spanish Inquisition.  One has only to look at recent history in the Muslim world to see how religion and government should not mix.

Why does no one in media talk about this???

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By Fadel Abdallah, May 23, 2008 at 8:28 am Link to this comment

“No; all that was fine with McCain. But then the news surfaced that Hagee said something that Israel and the Jews didn’t like. All of a sudden, Hagee was radioactive.”
Thank you Non Credo for highlighting to me the Israeli factor in McCain’s change of heart about Hagee. I think this is the ultimate explanation, and I thank you again for bringing it to my attention!

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By Martin, May 23, 2008 at 7:46 am Link to this comment
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The fuss about Israel stems from the Christian religion that more than 80% of Americans confess to. Christian supernatural hero was a Jew, the Bible, then one book that Christians profess contains the only truth is to 75% a Jewish book.  Our children are from earliest childhood indoctrinated with the fables and superstitions of the Jews and before they can develop critical thinking skills they ‘believe’ all this stuff to be true, even if it goes against everything they will ever observe in life.
Christians will tell you that god gave the Jews the land of Israel. God, this imaginary being that no one can produce as witness, justifies any atrocity or stupidity. Because if Christians start doubting the veracity of Abraham’s claim, they might as well doubt all the other nonsense.
But as long Americans are wedded to this bronze-age cult, they will bring their offerings to the altar.

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By matt, May 22, 2008 at 11:00 pm Link to this comment
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Recently Frank Rich of the New York Times try to make a comparison between Obama’s Reverend Wright situation and John Hagee backing McCain. this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Don’t believe me? Check out this article Another Comparison Between John Hagee and Jeremiah Wright.

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By Fadel Abdallah, May 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment

Well felicity! Though the truth of your statement-metaphor hit me real hard, I feel like going into a state of denial that it’s really so. How painful that it has to be that way! And isn’t there a better way to do public service to one’s country without prostitution?!

The one who would answerer this question convincingly will get the reward of helping restore faith to someone who is bordering on loosing it for ever!

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By Fadel Abdallah, May 22, 2008 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment

So the best candidate the neocons have to offer to America is a man who goes out of his way to get the endorsement of a fanatic preacher, and stand happily with him on a stage, shaking his hand warmly, with that fake-yellowish smile of his.

Then weeks later, when somebody told him that this preacher’s endorsement might hurt his chances, he comes to offer his excuse that he really didn’t know what the preacher said or what he stood for.

This is called in my dictionary an excuse that’s even worse than the original sin. And yet, there are people, who obviously care more about partisan politics than caring about the future of this country, still consider this disaster-in-the-making as a savior!!

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By Frostedflakes, May 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm Link to this comment

Why is this not as big of an albatross around the neck for McCain as Rev. Wright was and is for Obama. Also not to mention that McCain also has and had the endorsement of Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell.

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By truth, May 22, 2008 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment
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It seems nobody ever asks the question that most controversies seem to stem from anti-semetic statements.  Why is the US so in bed with Israel?  Why do they support them with billions in aid and weapons?  Time to wake up people, How come in the news nobody ever questions why we have such a “special” relationship with Israel.  And seems odd that you can’t even mention a historical figure like Hitler in any other light, other than a monster.  It takes much more than one person to organize an event as awful as the Holocaust, where mostly Jews, but also Poles, Russians, Ukranians, Gypsies, political prisoners and others were killed.  Nobody condones it, but let’s put in in context of other genocides like the Armenian genocide which killed over a million Armenians at the hands of the Turks.

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By kath cantarella, May 22, 2008 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment
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That’s the guy who supports the war between Israel and Palestine because he thinks it is the precursor to Armageddon, and he likes Armageddon ‘cos he read about it in the Bible. Well, i can see why Hagee supports McCain.

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By thisguy, May 22, 2008 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment
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Hagee had these views since the beginning of time, but the news media said nothin… Obama’s pastor says something not even as close to offense as this and Obama gets blasted for 4 months… I guess they really dont call it the white house because of the paint on the walls

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By felicity, May 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

McCain is hurting for money.  He apparently needed Hagee because he represented a constituency of campaign donors (and potential voters.) 

If nothing else, McCain’s dilemna blatantly reflects a basic sickness in American politics.  You have to crawl into bed, prostitute yourself in other words with anybody and everybody - picking and choosing not advised.

As a matter of fact, politicians must constantly prostitute themselves; it’s the way American politics work; it’s the way you get a seat and/or keep a seat.  (Any prostitute knows that if you don’t go to bed with the guy, you’re not going to get paid.)

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By KYJurisDoctor, May 22, 2008 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment

... the ONLY one with a Pastor Problem?

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