11 March 2008

The Repudiation That Wasn't

As you may have heard, two weeks ago presidential candidate John McCain received the endorsement of John Hagee, mega-evangelist and hateful fucking lunatic. This caused a little bit of a stir, considering that Hagee is (as noted before) a hateful fucking lunatic. In particular, it raised the ire of Catholic League president Bill Donohue, a man so easy to offend that he'd probably call his own Pope an anti-Catholic bigot if he thought he could get away with it. Hagee, you see, has made some disparaging remarks against the Catholic church in the past, calling it "the great whore" and "the apostate church" among other things. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, herself a Catholic, also condemned McCain for accepting Hagee's endorsement.

As the AP's Libby Quaid reported on Saturday, McCain finally went before the press on Friday and directly "repudiate[d] any comments that are made, including Pastor Hagee's, if they are anti-Catholic or offensive to Catholics."

That might sound like the end of it, right?

It shouldn't be.

Hagee's hateful fucking lunacy doesn't end with anti-Catholic bigotry. What about the fact that Hagee called Hurricane Katrina a punishment from God for gay pride parades in New Orleans? I bet he's said some juicy things about atheists, too. Or here's a big one: what about Hagee's explicit desire to expedite Armageddon via a preemptive military strike at Iran? McCain reportedly still praises Hagee's support of Israel; shouldn't we be holding his feet to the fire over that? That's more than some stupid, bigoted insult; that's an explicit desire to kill in the name of God.

Once upon a time, Senator McCain denounced the Pat Robertsons and Jerry Falwells of the world. But over the past few years, he's been kissing the religious right's ring at every turn. Let us not forget that McCain actively pursued Hagee's endorsement.

This isn't really about McCain (for whom I had and have absolutely NO intention of voting). This is about Hagee and his ilk, and their supposed power over American politics. These people are hateful fucking lunatics, and it's high time that that be made crystal clear. In a just, sane world, McCain's pursuit and acquisition of Hagee's endorsement would cost him tenfold the votes he would gain.

. . . And as an aside, can I just say that I'm really, truly discouraged that Quaid thought it necessary to define "apostate" for her readers?

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