Some time ago Republican presidential candidate John McCain began to court religious right leaders including John Hagee of John Hagee Ministries, and CUFI. Right Wing Watch:

In Hagee’s telling, Israel has no choice but to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities, with or without America’s help. The strike will provoke Russia — which wants Persian Gulf oil — to lead an army of Arab nations against Israel.

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Then God will wipe out all but one-sixth of the Russian-led army, as the world watches “with shock and awe,” he says, lending either a divine quality to the Bush administration phrase or a Bush-like quality to God’s wrath.

But Hagee doesn’t stop there. He adds that Ezekiel predicts fire “‘upon those who live in security in the coast-lands.’” From this sentence he concludes that there will be judgment upon all who stood by while the Russian-led force invaded Israel, and issues a stark warning to the United States to intervene: “Could it be that America, who refuses to defend Israel from the Russian invasion, will experience nuclear warfare on our east and west coasts?” He says yes, citing Genesis 12:3, in which God said to Israel: “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.”

To fill the power vacuum left by God’s decimation of the Russian army, the Antichrist — identified by Hagee as the head of the European Union — will rule “a one-world government, a one-world currency and a one-world religion” for three and a half years. (He adds that “one need only be a casual observer of current events to see that all three of these things are coming into reality.”) The “demonic world leader” will then be confronted by a false prophet, identified by Hagee as China, at Armageddon, the Mount of Megiddo in Israel. As they prepare for the final battle, Jesus will return on a white horse and cast both villains — and presumably any nonbelievers — into a “lake of fire burning with brimstone,” thus marking the beginning of his millennial reign.

Hagee and McCain apparently share a “commitment to the state of Israel” which is all well and good except for the fact that Hagee’s “commitment” is based entirely on his desire to bring about Armageddon and the subsequent return of Jesus Christ by launching a military strike on Iran.

When Bruce Wilson at Talk2Action wrote about Hagee’s anti-Semitism, it was picked up by The Huffington Post and AP.

John McCain throws Hagee under the bus. CNN:

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

Hagee released this statement Thursday shortly before McCain finally clued in an agent of intolerance wasn’t going to be beneifical to his campaign. Hagee’s statement:

Ever since I endorsed John McCain for president, people seeking to attack Senator McCain have combed my records for statements they can use for political gain. They have had no qualms about grossly misrepresenting my position on issues most near and dear to my heart if it serves their political ambitions.

I am tired of these baseless attacks and fear that they have become a distraction in what should be a national debate about important issues. I have therefore decided to withdraw my endorsement of Senator McCain for President effective today, and to remove myself from any active role in the 2008 campaign.

I hope that the Senator McCain will accept this withdrawal so that he may focus on the issues that are most important to America and the world.

Hagee hasn’t been misrepresented, he tried that at the 2007 CUFI gathering in Washington after reporter Max Blumenthal called Hagee out in a news conference.

Rapture Ready: The Unauthorized Christians United for Israel Tour from huffpost on Vimeo.

Hagee had already been noticed by Bill Donahoe, The Catholic League bloviator for his anti-Catholic views. Melissa Rogers has full coverage.
In her follow up Rogers notes that Hagee did not apologize to Catholics, he addressed his remarks to Donohue after meeting with some Catholic leaders who were not named.

Why should other Catholics respond to a letter that was addressed only to Bill Donohue? I certainly would understand if other Catholics are waiting for Hagee to reach out to them. Indeed, why did Hagee address the letter to Donohue only rather than to Catholic leaders of all theological and political stripes? Yes, Donohue was the one who raised the hue and cry about Hagee’s comments, but if Hagee truly believes he has made mistakes that affect all Catholics, then why didn’t he make some attempt to address all Catholics?

So Hagee’s anti Catholicism and anti-semitism and fudging around his Catholic remarks have caused McCain to finally break ties with this Zionist armageddonist who is demanding a war with Iran.

I highly recommend Bill Moyers coverage of Haggee, CUFI and their political courting and lobbying. There are some bizarre moments in the 2007 CUFI meeting worth watching.

The Canadian connection

John Hagee Ministries are comfortably ensconced in Canada, renting space from Charles McVety’s Christian College. Along with Hagee’s CUFI. McVety has been the key leader for Canada’s Christians United for Israel an offshoot of CUFI. The Harper Index:

McVety is active on other fronts as well. When hostilities broke out between Israel and groups in Lebanon in the summer of 2006, he emerged as the Canadian chair of a group called Christians United for Israel, the Canadian offshoot of the Christians United for Israel – America. That organization included prominent evangelicals such as the late Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson as well as Reverend John Hagee. He is a prominent Texas televangelist and author of Jerusalem Countdown, a book predicting that the world will soon end in Armageddon. Hagee was guest speaker at an Israel support rally that McVety organized at his college in Toronto. At about the same time, McVety also appeared on television news to say that the fighting in Lebanon created conditions that resembled end times as predicted in the Bible. (The belief in end times is common among Christian reconstructionists.)

Rod Parsley is another right extremist now coming under the US national spotlight for his endorsement of McCain. McCain’s acceptance of Parsley and his anti Islam rants such as Silent no More were covered here. Hours after McCain repudiated Haggee, Parsley was next under the bus. McCain:

I believe there is no place for that kind of dialogue in America, and I believe that even though he endorsed me, and I didn’t endorse him, the fact is that I repudiate such talk, and I reject his endorsement.

Rod Parsley clip ‘Silent no more’:

Bill Moyers on Parsley:

Keep your eyes on Rev. Parsley. He is the new incarnation of Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, that devout duo who channeled Elmer Gantry into a new political religion driven by an obsession to punish people on account of sex. Parsley runs a multimillion-dollar-a-year televangelism ministry based in Columbus, Ohio, with access worldwide to 400 TV stations and cable affiliates. He describes himself as neither Republican nor Democrat but a “Christo-crat” —a gladiator for God marching against “the very hordes of hell in our society.” But he shows up with so many Republicans that he has been publicly described as the party’s “spiritual advisor.”

The “advice” he offers is the same old stuff peddled by Robertson and Falwell in their own rise to the top of the dung heap of religious bigotry and bile. Parsley demonizes other faiths (“The god of Islam and the god of Christianity are not the same being”) and rouses the partisan faithful to fever pitch by tossing them the red meat of radical disinformation: “The church in America is under oppression.” “The separation of church and state is a lie perpetrated on Americans—especially on believers in Jesus Christ.”

Rod Parsley has not responded to McCain’s repudiation yet.

John Hagee – wiki
Rod Parsley – wiki

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6 Responses to “John Hagee to John McCain – you can’t fire me I quit”
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1eagraham on May 23rd, 2008 at 5:27 pm
I believe that John McCain had no choice but to refuse both endorsements due to the political atmosphere we live in. I do not agree with Rev Hagee on the catholic issue. I do not see Rod Parsley as Pat Roberson at all, but I don’t watch him regularly so I’m not an expert. As for Moyers and Donahue, who gives a rat’s tail what either of those disgusting men think…they are rubbish and of the devil, period. The bible says “warn a divisive man once or twice and then have nothing more to do with him.” I wouldn’t watch Donahue or Moyers if you paid me, its a waste of time. I have nothing against them personally, nor do I hate them, it is just that their views are demonic.

2Bene Diction on May 24th, 2008 at 6:19 pm
In 2006 Donohue launched 320 anti-Catholic complaints, most to do with art. That’s up from 140 in 1995. (Source: Catholics for Choice: The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights: Neither Religious nor Civil)

Interestingly enough he has to get something right once in awhile, which is why I can’t figure out the kiss and make up routine as being anything other than political.
The Dallas Morning News blog did a quick search of John Hagee at Amazon and came up hateful stuff.

3Cam Battley on May 25th, 2008 at 11:59 am
Holy cow!

eagraham, are you serious? You said:

“As for Moyers and Donahue, who gives a rat’s tail what either of those disgusting men think…they are rubbish and of the devil, period.”


“I wouldn’t watch Donahue or Moyers if you paid me, its a waste of time. I have nothing against them personally, nor do I hate them, it is just that their views are demonic.”

Devil? Demonic? This takes “demonizing your opponent” to a new and literal level. Should people of faith really be so angry? Should we consider those with whom we disagree… evil?

That’s not the way I read Christian scripture.

4violetteb on May 26th, 2008 at 10:38 am
I’m for separation of church and state. While religion may be the fabric of our being and it is all well and good I think soliciting support from religious leaders only muddies the water.

If we want to hold the men up and make decisions on their religious beliefs and backgrounds then show me John McCain’s pastor like I’ve seen Obama’s because whatever Hagee or Parsley have to say are of no consequence to me.