Friday, February 29, 2008

Will John McCain Endorse Pastor John's Harry Potter Witchcraft Trials?

Even Richelieu Would Have Been Sceptical.
War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men.

Televangelist Alert!

Senator John McCain has been endorsed by Pastor John Hagee.
As the situation with Farrakhan and Obama unfolded:

The very next day, John McCain appeared onstage in Texas with Pastor John Hagee, an influential activist in the Christian Zionist movement. Hagee's comments about world affairs can make Farrakhan seem pedestrian at times: He eagerly awaits the Armageddon, considers the Catholic Church to be the Anti-Christ, and has said that Jews brought their own persecution upon themselves. (TPM Election Central)

Hagee also supports Israel (go figure) and supports the war in Iraq. His tv audience numbers in the millions and his Ministries pay him quite handsomely (about $1.5 million per year). He has managed to stay out of the televangelist investigation conducted by Senator Grassley. That McCain would sidle up to another "agent of intolerance" is, to put it mildly, rather hypocritical. Or just plain weird.

Reading about Hagee's beliefs makes you think that he'd stone Daniel Radcliffe just for portraying Harry Potter:

"Someone who didn't know better could imagine from the very name Christians United For Israel - CUFI -that pastor John Hagee speaks for all Christians. Well, he doesn't." (Bill Moyers).


Max Blumenthal: Rapture Ready - The Unauthorized Christians United For Isreal Tour - Huffington Post (7/26/07):

But CUFI has an ulterior agenda: its support for Israel derives from the belief of Hagee and his flock that Jesus will return to Jerusalem after the battle of Armageddon and cleanse the earth of evil. In the end, all the non-believers - Jews, Muslims, Hindus, mainline Christians, etc. - must convert or suffer the torture of eternal damnation. Over a dozen CUFI members eagerly revealed to me their excitement at the prospect of Armageddon occurring tomorrow. Among the rapture ready was Republican Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. None of this seemed to matter to Lieberman, who delivered a long sermon hailing Hagee as nothing less than a modern-day Moses. Lieberman went on to describe Hagee's flock as "even greater than the multitude Moses commanded."

Hagee's influence would make Richelieu envious. Is he as atuned to statecraft? No, but he doesn't think he needs to be. Is he as ruthless?


Give me six lines written by the most honorable of men, and I will find an excuse in them to hang him.

A little outlandish for Pastor Hagee,
but nonetheless appropriate to his ideals.