Boo hoo. It's all over CNN here and here
"God says in Jeremiah 16: 'Behold, I will bring them the Jewish people again unto their land that I gave to their fathers. ... Behold, I will send for many fishers, and after will I send for many hunters. And they the hunters shall hunt them.' That would be the Jews. ... Then God sent a hunter. A hunter is someone who comes with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter," Hagee said, according to a transcript of his sermon.After seeking Hagee's endorsement, John McCain had to pull the plug on his relationship with the "Pastor" of 20,000 and television minister to millions because of his comments about Jews and Hitler. Apparently that was the last straw. The nasty stuff he said about Catholics, gays and Muslims didn't quite get his goat though. He just repudiated that part but not the whole ministry... until now.
Obviously Senator McCain did NOT do his homework and the fact that Hagee is a "Christian Zionist" does not mean that he is pro-Israel in a way that would be good for Jews. (See also premillennial dispensationalism.) In fact CZ's see Jews suffering the most during end times. Hagee and his contributors are trying to raise money to get all the Jews of the world back to Israel so that Armageddon can happen, all the Jews will be punished by God and all teh devout 'christians' can go straight to heaven. Basically he wants all Jews to be blown up. This does not fare well for McCain who is looking for Jewish votes. Oh wouldn't it just be lovely if politicians weren't politicians?
Of course Hagee says that all his comments were taken out of context. (In fact, Hagee takes the whole freaking bible out of context, if you ask me, thank you for asking.)
So McCain said, "Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible, and I repudiate them. I did not know of them before Rev. Hagee's endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well."Sorry, but that's no excuse because all McCain or his "people" had to do was read the blogs or perform a simple google search to find out what all teh hooha was about when Hagee first endorsed McCain. Could it be that McCain was trying to court Jewish voters in Florida when he had this awakening?
Sooooo Hagee said, "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 Sen. McCain for president effective today, and to remove myself from any active role in the 2008 campaign."Well hallelujah and pass the salsa.
Before anyone brings up Rev Wright, let's not forget that there's a difference in these 2 stories. Rev. Wright did not endorse Barack Obama and Rev Wright holds no political sway. Hagee does have political sway and has millions of followers via his tv ministry. McCain who once wisely renounced fundamentalists actively sought these crack pots for political gain. Now it bit him in the arse. You would think that by his age, he would know better and stick with his original gut feelings.
Speaking of Jews, Obama has his own Jewish problems going back to his apparent "appeasement" of those who hope to wipe Israel off the planet and also wary of his relationship with Reverend Wright. Alan Dershowitz is on CNN now talking about how email campaigns are going around among Jewish communities warning voters that Obama may be a Muslim. Dershowitz rejects those claims and also believes that Obama is pro-Israel in a good way, not the way John Hagee is.