Thursday, May 22, 2008

Hagee Out

Now that sack-of-crap pastor John Hagee has been shown to have praised the Nazis for doing god's work, John McSame has finally rejected his endorsement. But did he denounce it?

Either way, good for McSame. It's a halting and incomplete step, but a good one.

It continues to be the case that screamers like Hagee and Wright (and Falwell and Dobson and Robertson and Ratzinger and all the rest) are offering Biblical views. Throughout the Bible, god plays a role in the ebb and flow of history, punishing and rewarding nations according to his whimsy, sending storms, parting waters, propelling events, etc.

The moral squalor of John Hagee is the moral squalor of the Bible. There's an integrity to the Hagees of the world, who swallow their counterfeit reality whole, fins, barbs, scales, and all. This integrity is absent from the McSames and Obamas of the world, who strip down the theology to match their wishes and ambitions.


Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Did he denounce it? No. The clever sort is saying "he's finally gotten thrown under the bus", but I find his rejection of the Hagee endorsement very insincere.

When Hagee was showing utter intolerance and hatred toward Catholics, nobody cared much. It wasn't too much until he endorsed Hitler.

I'm not claiming that what's important is that the whole thing is unfair. What I'm complaining about is that his hatred for Catholics should have been a big red flag for everyone, including Mr. McCain, and he should have been dogged for it just like Obama was dogged about Rev. Wright.

It is rare that such a cancer on the soul has not metastasized. If you hate Catholics, then you probably hate a whole group of other people. That's been my experience anyhow.

In the interests of disclosure, I myself am a retired Catholic. Now, I'm just a fideist (which further puts me at odds with the church of my birth) who finds the intellectual tradition of the Catholic church very adimirable, but can't make sense of some of the crazy ways it goes sometimes. I've, because of perhaps a morbid curiosity, read a hell of a lot about other faiths – not for shopping purposes, but just because reading about different faiths fascinates me.

And, while I don't hold complete good faith with the religion of my mom and dad any longer (heck, my dad became a Catholic just so he could marry my mom; maybe I got that gene off him) I still retain a great amount of affection for the Catholic church as, maybe, I think it ought to have been.

I have noticed over the years that Catholic hatred, while being declasse since Kennedy was elected, is still okay to have ... and still okay to wear on your sleeve in a great deal of this country (and on certain television pogroms ... er, sorry, programs). Moreover, hatred of the Catholic church and Catholics is always, always a sign of Bible-excused moral rot deeper down.

I've gone pretty far afield. Back to the subject. The reason McCain's "repudiation" must be seen as manifestly insincere. Anyone with a brain and a heart should have realized and crticized McCain for being okay with Hagee when the pastor's attitude about Catholics came to light. That McCain did not repudiate him striaght off says volumes about his opinion about whose support he's cynically cultivating and the contempt he has for not only people of certain faiths but also the voters in general – he thinks the voting public at large are a big group of credulous saps.

He held on to Hagee as long as it was tenable to do so.

Dale said...

My impression is that McSame went on a tour of crazy right wing pastors to get as many endorsements as he could so he could attach some names of screaming pastors to his campaign flyers and win over some of those "evangelical" and fundie voters so critical to the Wide Stance coalition. He couldn't let Romney or Huckabee take all those voters.

Clearly he wasn't too careful in which pastors he picked. And this is not surprising -- the Wide Stance has been cultivating these cretins at least since Reagan, and it rarely causes any lasting trouble.

But this year, a different sort of crazy pastor entered the picture, one who mentioned racism instead of just screaming about blastocysts, and suddenly everyone decided to get the vapors over pastors. This created some room for the ugliness of Hagee and Parsley to get some notice, and it caused McSame and the Wide Stance to have to account for that ugliness -- all to the good.

For now, the net effect will be to push both McSame and Obama toward pastors who believe all the same garbage but who have a little more political skill.

Maybe over the longer term, this will serve as a lesson for politicians to be more careful about consorting with religious figures. Maybe they'll play this phony game a little less and focus instead on *valid* reasons to care about their candidacies.

A boy can dream.