Give Hagee a chance, says McCain ally Lieberman

May 30, 2008

McCain and Lieberman at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, 18 March 2008/poolThink the uproar over John Hagee’s comments about Hitler, the Holocaust, the Bible and John McCain’s rejection of his endorsement is over? Hardly.

U.S. news networks have been abuzz with the latest twist to the saga — a Hagee endorsement (of sorts) from renegade Democrat-turned-independent Senator Joe Lieberman.

Lieberman, who is Jewish, said in a statement posted on his website on Wednesday that “I believe that Pastor Hagee has made comments that are deeply unacceptable and hurtful. I also believe that a person should be judged on the entire span of his or her life’s works.”

The maverick Connecticut senator went on to note Hagee’s work with “Christians United for Israel.”

“Pastor Hagee has devoted much of his life to fighting anti-Semitism and building bridges between Christians and Jews. The organization that he has helped build, Christians United for Israel, is a vital force in supporting the war against terrorism and defending our ally, Israel. I will go to the CUFI Summit in July and speak,” he said.

Presumptive Republican nominee McCain dumped Hagee like a burning ember last week after it emerged that the Texas pastor had given a sermon in the 1990s in which he quoted from the Bible to make the argument that Hitler was doing God’s work by helping to drive the Jews back to Israel.

Liebermann and McCain, 19 March 2008/Amir CohenIn apocalyptic Christian circles in the United States, the creation of the state of Israel in the aftermath of the Second World War is widely taken as a key sign that the End Times are drawing near.

Millions of evangelical Americans to varying degrees subscribe to such views.

Observers of this scene say Hagee’s views are hardly news.

“He’s been saying this kind of thing for decades … he’s a providentialist — he believes that everything that happens on earth is part of God’s plan for the redemption of the world,” said historian Nicholas Guyatt, who has written extensively on apocalyptic Christian culture.

Watch this space: Hagee will remain in the news for some time to come.

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I believe the prophet Bill Hicks said it best:”we have had fundamentalist Christians in the White House. Fundamentalist Christians who believe the Bible is the exact word of God, including that wacky fire and brimstone Revelations ending, have had their finger on the f****** button…”Tell me when Lord, tell me when. Let me be your servant Lord.”

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Dear Mr. & Mrs. Reader…One day soon I’m going to sit down and do some serious research.It would be interesting to find out roughly just how many unconditionally pro-Israeli Christians there are in the United States. Likewise, I would like to know roughly how many unconditionally pro-Israeli Jews there are in the United States. Together, are they 5%, 10% or what percentage of the 300,000,000 people who reside within the United States and its outlying territorial possessions. Likewise, I’m wondering just what percentage these two groups together constitute within the roughly 225,000,000 Americans of voting age…or the roughly half that number who actually vote.I’d be willing to bet that the tail wags the dog, numbers-wise. Although, you wouldn’t know that by the way the media hypes their activities or by the way politicians cater to them.I can’t remember who it was…but didn’t an American politician once say that the United States needed to be more evenhanded in its foreign policy related to Palestinian Arab Muslims v. Israeli Jews? As I recall, that statement didn’t bode well for his career. And hasn’t former president, Jimmy Carter, been saying pretty much the same thing…while being marginalized for saying it?With Barack Obama severing connections to his long time church of Christian origin, and John McCain severing connections with his brief allies of right-wing Christian origin…perhaps the fanatical Christian tail is about to cease wagging the dog at the White House.Best Regards,Oklahoma Jack

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In 1899, Mark Twain published an essay in Harper’s Magazine entitled “Concerning the Jews”. The last paragraph is much quoted because it tends to reflect the resilience of Jews regardless of their extremely small numbers world-wide–a longevity not experienced by the likes of the Egyptians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks and Romans–all the latter peoples falling from “splendor” into decline and then “twilight” or nothingness.Twain’s last few lines read, “All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”Some say that the essay was a reflection of Samuel Langhorne Clemens’ (Twain’s) deep-seated dislike of Jews, which is why one must look at the context of the entire essay. On the other hand, some say that he intended the essay as a robust defense of the Jews as a race and as a religion.Regardless, it just goes to show that the question of Jewish influence when compared to Jewish numbers is a longstanding one that has yet to have a definitive answer. Twain was nearing the end of his life in 1899, and even as astute a thinker as himself could not articulate an answer.Perhaps the Jews are in fact “God’s chosen people” as many believe that they are.Just on the outside chance that this may be true, American Christendom continues to keep the modern state of Israel afloat sixty years after the Jews began their long-term campaign to “attrit” the Jewish state of the majority of non-Jews who called Palestine home for nearly 2,000 years…long before the arrival of Islam.

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