While I congratulate Senator McCain for rejecting pastor Hagee's endorsment it is obviously a political ploy and has been all along. It was a calculated attempt to woo far right religious Republicans. John McCain can say all he wants about not knowing what Hagee was about but Hagee's views were well known before McCain searched out Hagee's endorsment.

By repudiating him now McCain looks like he's caving to liberal pressure from the left (in the deluded eyes of the Christian Right) and is able to also appear to have made a 'mistake' to moderates. The problem I see is that it was obviously not a mistake. At that high a level you don't seek political endorsment without some amount of vetting. They knew exactly what they were doing.

Mind you, I don't think McCain believes in the stark, raving lunatic religious beliefs Hagee espouses. McCain is too proud and to politically craven to do that. Instead he is using it as a tool. Shame on him.

The speech that broke the camels back, so to speak, was given in the '90's! Not only that but Hagee said, in taking back his endorsement:

"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,"

What utter bullshit!!!! This is coming from a man who just apologized for calling the Catholic Church the "great whore". Either he was lying in his apology or he's lying now, pick your poison...

as it is obvious he's a sleezy religious nutcase. Hagee is the reason that things like the Holocaust and Rwanda happen. It is zealots like him that grease teh wheels of genocide and he is actively trying to grease them as we speak through duplicitous support of Isreal in which Jews are "dead souls", yet he allies himself with them in order to spark a holocaust he believes is ordained by God. Uuuugh!

In parting let us feast on the quotes of reverend Hagee courtesy of Talk to Action blog. I'll consider this a late Monday Fundie since I missed it this week.

Talk to Action:

In the following audio sermon, which I have put into a video [and that includes other viciously anti-Jewish statement from John Hagee], Hagee says:

- Jews are not "spiritually alive".I have a copy of John Hagee's "Prophecy Study Bible", which makes quite clear Hagee is talking about all Jews now living - whom Hagee singles out, from among all other non-Christians on Earth, to note that they specifically do not have living souls. Indeed, Hagee says the souls of all Jews now living are dead. Dead souls. McCain endorser John hagee says Jews have dead souls.

- Hitler and the Nazis were sent by God, to chase Jews back to the land of Israel. Because that's where God intends them to be. So, the Holocaust was a gruesomely inefficient system of divine "persuasion", and Hitler and the Nazis were doing "God's work". But Hagee also depicts this divine ethnic cleansing imperative as a future project: it will happen [see bolded section of transcription, below].

- In Hagee's 2006 "Jerusalem Countdown", Hagee says anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust, were and are the fault of Jews - a divine curse for worshiping idols.