I was wondering if this would happen…
JaneHamscher (of Firedoglake) covers it on Huffington Post (including video):
McCain “Proud” of Endorsement From John Hagee Who Calls Catholics “The Great Whore.” Where’s Tim Russert Now?
Tim Russert, in front of millions of Americans on Tuesday night, was quick to force Barack Obama to denounce Louis Farrakahn repeatedly until he worded it to Russert’s satisfaction (evidently “unacceptable and reprehensible” didn’t quite get the job done). Despite the fact that Obama never sought Farrakhan’s endorsement, Russert felt this line of questioning was appropriate given Farrakhan’s intolerant remarks about Jews in the past.
Okay, fair enough. But if that’s the case, then why isn’t he pressing John McCain about radical religious extremist uber-nut John Hagee?
Mr. McCain, who has been on a steady search for support among conservative and evangelical leaders who have long distrusted him, said he was “very honored” by Mr. Hagee’s endorsement. Asked about Mr. Hagee’s extensive writings on Armageddon and about what one questioner said was Mr. Hagee’s belief that the anti-Christ will be the head of the European Union, Mr. McCain responded that “all I can tell you is that I am very proud to have Pastor John Hagee’s support.”
Hagee was, if you’ll remember, the guy who said that Hurricane Katrina was God’s revenge for a gay pride parade. He thinks war with Iran is essential so as to bring about Armageddon (when you can say bye-bye to the Jews).
Glenn Greenwald of Salon writes:
Some hateful, radical ministers — white evangelicals — are acceptable
Here is just a small sampling of the belief system of this welcomed McCain supporter:
* All Muslims are programmed to kill and we can thus never negotiate with any of them.
* God caused Hurricane Katrina to wipe out New Orleans because it had a gay pride parade the week before and was filled with sexual sin.
* The End Times — Rapture — is imminent and the U.S. Government must do what it can to hasten it, which at minimum requires: (a) a war with Iran and (b) undying, absolute support for a unified Israel, including all Occupied Territories.
This calls for a replay of Max Blumenthal’s video interviews from the annual Washington-Israel Summit of the Christians United for Israel Tour. Special shots of Tom Delay, Rick Santorum, and Joe Lieberman. Senator Lieberman gives a speech where he pays tribute to Pastor Hagee, likening him to how the Torah describes Moses.. “a man of God”. “Like Moses, he leads a mighty multitude, even greater than the multitude that Moses lead from Egypt to the promised land..”.
This is a LARGE group of people who are “rapture-ready”, who are praying for “Armaggedon”, and want the US to take out Iran. They hate the Muslims, which is what aligns them with Israel. They also believe that after the battle of Armeggedon, Jews will have to accept Christ and then they’ll be restored. If they don’t accept Christ, then…
This is some scary shit. It is totally insane. And, now McCain is embracing these people. This only makes me believe even more that there is no accident that Joe Lieberman has been attached at the elbow to McCain on the campaign trail. Do you suppose he will be the Republican choice for running mate?
These people do not have the best interests of Americans and the USA at heart. This is about something all together different..
Make no mistake. If McCain is elected, we will most certainly be ‘bomb bomb bomb’ing Iran.