As part of his desperate campaign to cozy up to the right wing of the Republican Party, John McCain sought out and said he was "pleased to have the endorsement of Pastor John Hagee." McCain's embrace of Hagee comes despite a history of intolerant comments about Catholics, women, African Americans, Muslims, LGBT Americans and even victims of Hurricane Katrina. When confronted with those comments, McCain has repeatedly refused to denounce Hagee, saying only that "It's simply not accurate to say that because someone endorses me that I therefore embrace their views." [Associated Press, 3/3/08]
So which Hagee positions does John McCain endorse? His position that Hurricane Katrina was punishment from God because "New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that." [NPR Fresh Air, 9/18/06] Or his "slave sale" where he announced that participants should "make plans to come and go home with a slave." [San Antonio Express-News, 3/7/96]
"John McCain's silence on John Hagee's discriminatory rhetoric speaks volumes about how far he is willing to go to win the White House," said Democratic National Committee Communications Director Karen Finney. "If John McCain won't say which of John Hagee's positions he supports or whether he knew about Hagee's shameful commentary when he sought out his endorsement, how can voters trust him to be a leader for all Americans? If McCain expects to lead this country, he needs to do the right thing and reject the brand of hateful and divisive politics that John Hagee represents."
Hagee on Hurricane Katrina:
"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 were recipients of the judgment of God for that." [NPR Fresh Air, 9/18/06]
Hagee on African Americans:
The San Antonio Express-News reported that Hagee was going to "meet with black religious leaders privately at an unspecified future date to discuss comments he made in his newsletter about a 'slave sale,' an East Side minister said Wednesday." The Express-News reported: "Hagee, pastor of the 16,000-member Cornerstone Church, last week had announced a 'slave sale' to raise funds for high school seniors in his church bulletin, 'The Cluster.' "The item was introduced with the sentence 'Slavery in America is returning to Cornerstone" and ended with "Make plans to come and go home with a slave." [San Antonio Express-News, 3/7/96]
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29 Mar 2011 @ 8:11:44 PM
I have visited Pastor Hagee's church a couple of time several years and have watched him on television several times as well. I first want to say that I don't believe he is a racist.I am Black and was offended by the advertisement Pastor Hagee made concerning slaves.(It was very tacky)However, I believe this man's wisdon and love for the Lord seems genuine. What bothers me is the insensitivity white people have towards blacks about slavery. We have had our ancestors completely robbed of life and honor and slavery was just an ugly time that we don't want to remember. When we do speak of it, it should be in a way to honor the most incredible people who walked the face of this earth, and built it(with no pay) and yet how to we pay homage to or remember these priceless human beings. Definately not by making ugly or mocking comments, or statements that may not be offensive to someone white because they don't have ancestors who were slaves. I see why whites may not be offended, however the next time you are inclined to make slave joke or comment, I pray you take a moment and imagine if you were forced to be a slave and ripped of all your identity and dwendeled down and treated less than human. What if you or millions of your people were forced to be slaves. Please don't answer with "oh white people were slaves too" because it cannot compare to the 12million plus blacks that were brought to America in chains. Again, back to my original comment that I do not believe John Hagee is a racist, perhaps a bit insensative...definately yes.
Whoever the first comment is, yeah you would say that. While your kissin his butt he is talking about you behind your back. Wisen up son. Him talking about Slavery is tacky? No, it was prejudiced, who does that?
If he were a true man of God he would stick to preaching about God and Jesus and not be an instigator who uses politics and race to spew his anger. Maybe that is why God turned a blind eye to the man he endorsed for President. Hagee needs deliverance from anger.
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