April 23, 2008
-- by Dave Johnson
On September 18, 2006, Pastor John Hagee — whose endorsement Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said this past Sunday he was “glad to have” — told NPR’s Terry Gross that “Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans.” “New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God,” Hagee said, because “there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came.”
Hagee is McCain's preacher.
Will this also be on every news channel, repeated over and over, 24/7, for the next several months? Will reporters hound McCain with questions about his preacher? If not, then what is it that is different between this preacher and Obama's?
Posted by Dave Johnson at April 23, 2008 11:21 AM
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I have had the same question for a long time and have even written about it. I don't understand what the difference is.
Posted by: mgreer at April 23, 2008 6:29 PM
Somebody, Pat Robertson or Oral Roberts maybe? said the same thing about 9-11.
I think it's okay if we can blame it in blacks or homosexuals or infidels.
See, it's not political at all.
Posted by: grannyinsanity at April 24, 2008 5:25 AM
Gods and goddesses, why do so many "progressives" insist on causing me to defend the right-wing?
Difference #1: Hagee (as far as I can tell) has never actually used the word "damn" as Wright did. Hagee's wording is "the judgment of God". Wright said, "God bless America? No. God DAMN America." (Or words to that effect. If I have the exact wording incorrect, please feel free to correct me with the correct quote. Somehow, I don't think the correct wording will be any less inflammatory.) I believe that Obama's buddy, Donnie McClurkin, has used his being raped by male relatives as first as excuse for his years in a "homosexual lifestyle" and now uses it as some sort of "evidence" that all gays are child rapists. (Technically, I suppose, it could be termed "anecdotal evidence" but he tends to use it as somewhat more of a universal truth.)
Difference #2: Hagee is not McCain's PERSONAL pastor of 20-some years. And I don't believe that McCain has ever described Hagee as a "spiritual advisor" or "mentor" nor has McCain stated that he thinks of Hagee like "an uncle" (all words that Obama DID use in reference to Wright; the latter term was used in an especially despicable way when Obama chose to compare Wright with his white grandmother--if McCain's going to be condemned by "progressives" for his ASSOCIATION with Hagee, recall Obama CHOSE to associate with Wright).
Now, I ordinarily would be the last person to offer ANY defense of Hagee--the man is incredibly repulsive. BUT, Obama ALSO chose to associate with a virulently anti-gay (but Black) pastor with the incredulous claim that he didn't know of McClurkin's views.
And, grannyinsanity, it was Falwell who offered up the post-9/11 rant. His targets were "the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way." Robertson concurred with this statement. But given the fact that one of Robertson's longtime associates (Ben Kinchlow) is a Black man, I honestly don't believe Falwell would have ever considered specifying anyone by race. Falwell was a major supporter of many of the leading African-American evangelists, especially the ones who were on "his" side of the "culture wars"--and given the outrageous homophobia which pervades so much of the African-American church, which is so evident on matters such as AIDS and same-sex marriage (on the matter of same-sex marriage, it's disheartening when so many of the leaders of the Civil Rights movement will go out of their way to stick up for the "marriage = 1 man + 1 woman" meme).
And here you are defending right wingers, and blaming progressives. Either you are a right-wing troll, or really, really need to think about why you are acting like one.
Posted by: Dave Johnson at April 24, 2008 12:36 PM
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