Not long ago I asked when Republican candidate John McCain will disown the bigot that is Rev John Hagee. The Republican candidate, it must be remembered, actually went out to get Rev Hagee’s endorsement and got it, despite knowing what he had said in the past about people of other religions. And it must also be remembered that Conservatives on this side of the pond also keep endorsing McCain without acknowledging this fact.
Anyway. The website Talk2Action, which aims to expose Christian fundamentalism, last week uncovered evidence that John Hagee had also said in one of his sermons that biblical verses made clear that Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust was part of Godâ€™s plan to chase the Jews from Europe and drive them to Palestine.
Mr. Hagee quoted from the Old Testament Book of Jeremiah, Mr. Hagee said in his sermon, according to the Huffington Post, “And they the hunters should hunt them,” arguing this referred to “the Jews.”
He went on to read from the same passage, “From every mountain and from every hill and from out of the holes of the rocks. If that doesnâ€™t describe what Hitler did in the Holocaust, you canâ€™t see that,” Mr. Hagee said.
Poor John McCain was finally forced to “reject” the endorsement of a preacher that he had actively sought. No doubt the media will pay this as much attention as they did to Obama, and question whether McCain thinks the same. Or not.
As an amusing aside, Talk2Action were suitably impressed with my recent CIF article to re-publish it on their site earlier today. Good timing!
A few other points:
1) I have no doubt Conservatives in the UK and USA will completely overlook this “mishap” and keep asking questions whether Obama is sufficiently patriotic enough to be president.
2) Yes I know Rev Wright was Obama’s pastor for 20 years. But nothing Obama has ever said even vaguely says he agreed with what his pastor said.
3) I don’t believe McCain is anti-semitic etc. I’m sure he’s a nice guy apart from the fact he’s a Republican and eats babies for breakfast. The point here is that he’ll escape media scrutiny over something easily as controversial as what happened with Obama, simply because he’s white and there’s no question about his patriotism.
|Post to del.icio.us|
Filed in: Current affairs,United States