McCain’s Religious Advisors, Just as Questionable as Obama’s

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[Many, including myself, have been critical of Senator Obama’s affiliation with Rev. Wright. Here is a long excerpt from Michael Weiss’ (Snarksmith) post on Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s religious advisors. They sound just as nutty as Rev. Wright. Read more at But I am a Liberal!]

Daniel Koffler has done an admirable job of highlighting John McCain’s embrace of Rev. John Hagee, a man who blames anti-Semitism on the Jews’ “disobedience” from their “covenantal responsibility to serve only the one true God;” who supports Israel because it’s Jesus’ heralded return depot; who calls Roman Catholicism “a false cult system” (I admit I’m rather in sympathy with him here) but also the “great whore” (if only); and who cites homosexuality as the inspiration of the flood that wiped out New Orleans. (Buggery used to cause earthquakes, so this leads me to suspect the gay community is a veritable Captain Planet of elemental disaster.)

…McCain’s new “spiritual guide” is another chiliastic sociopath called Rev. Rod Parsley, whose name reminds me both of a Price Is Right announcer and a foil for Bertie Wooster.

Here is what the good reverend says in his book Silent No More, itself titled like a memoir that might have been written by one of the fey wizards of Hurricane Katrina:

The fact is that America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion [Islam] destroyed, and I believe September 11, 2001, was a generational call to arms that we can no longer ignore.

In point of fact, the American navy, whose history McCain is well versed in, was created to destroy Islamic slavery in the Barbary Coast, whereas the parturition of the country resulted from a famous quarrel with a fellow member of “Christendom.”

[read it all here]

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4 responses »

  1. I only read what you posted, New Centrist, and I have observed one distinction between the respective pastors. While Hagee and Parsley are both “nutty” in the way only the ultra-religiously devoted and naive can be, Pastor Wright is simply hateful. He’s as dangerous as a charismatic mullah can be: he fuses together religion and extreme political message in a way that is more reminicent of Friday morning sermons in radical mosques in London. A Savonarolla for our times. There was nothing “Christian” in the way he framed the issues. He and Nassralah would be good friends.

  2. Hi Noga. I agree with your comments. However—and I realize one must be careful with these sorts of comparisons—at least two thousand Americans lost their lives in Hurricane Katrina. When a pastor essentially says this is God punishing the people of New Orleans for their unholy actions, I don’t see much of a difference from Rev. Wright talking about the “chickens coming home to roost.” In both cases there is a callousness and indifference to the loss of life that I find appalling.

    Rev. Wright has also received a lot of heat for saying “God damn America.” He should get a hard time for this. But didn’t Rev. Hagee say the same thing about the victims of Katrina? Wasn’t he implying that God damned those Americans who were killed in the hurricane? Isn’t this hateful?

    But I am a Liberal! has a recent post about Hagee here:

    http://butiamaliberal.blogspot.com/2008/03/mccain-should-disown-hagee.html

  3. Thanks for the plug.

    I have had some friends who are Obama supporters ask why the Wright controversy hurts Obama, but the Hagee association doesn’t really do anything to McCain, and I think it boils down to straight up America hatred. The right has been populated by religious idiots for as long as there has been a right, and I think most American’s just roll their eyes when they here it. But there are a lot of voters out there that won’t like the idea that a presidential candidate keeps close company with an America hater. Obama’s speech, while eloquent, doesn’t fix his problem with those voters, and it’s why this will stop him from being elected in 08.

    Rolling our eyes at religious idiots like Hagee is to the detriment of our society however, so I think it is of the utmost importance that every McCain supporter calls on him to break ties with this pastor.

  4. I think what Roland is saying is right on but it doesn’t explain why I, who am not an American, find Wright’s sort of antisemitism alarming and scary, while Hagee’s type of religious antisemitism seems kind of ridiculous. I wasn’t much bothered when Anne Coulter spoke about Jews being imperfect while I am very disturbed when antisemitic bile is spewed from the left, like this one:

    http://normblog.typepad.com/normblog/2008/03/handy-holocaust.html

    Frankly, what is Hagee doing except talk about homosexuality being a sin which comes with its own set of God’s punishments? If he were to undergo an atheistic epiphany, this kind of conviction will fall from him like soiled cloths. He might continue to be a prejudiced, but he will lose much of his his thunder.

    Wright is not just preaching hatred, he acts upon it, when he goes to anoint the hands of a Khadafi, when he awards honour to a Hitler-adoring antisemite, when he tells his audience that Israel is perpetrating a genocide against the Palestinians. If he were to undergo an atheistic epiphany, he would still believe and preach this kind of hatred. It is not really a religious hatred, which is why it can’t be cured by religious enlightenment, secular enlightenment, and it actually transcends religion. This is where he is dangerous: he fuses religion with politics, he USES religion and his position of power and religious over people’s minds to transmit a his political positions. He is, as I said, more like a mullah. How many in his parish understand the difference?

    Some words are just words, some words are calls for action.

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