After more than three months, Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has finally rejected the divisive and bigoted support of Rev. John Hagee, the San Antonio-based Christian Zionist televangelist who has called the Catholic Church "the great whore" and claimed Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans because it was "planning a sinful" "homosexual rally." After seeking Hagee's endorsement (which initially went to anti-gay social conservative Mike Hucakbee) and subsequently distancing himself for months, McCain’s repudiation comes after a 1990s sermon surfaced in which Hagee claimed Hitler was fulfilling "God’s will".
The audio of Hagee’s sermon was first posted by Bruce Wilson on Talk to Action and later posted by the Huffington Post. Oh, and Hagee has also withdrawn his endorsement from McCain, the virtual equivalent of "You can't fire me because I quit."
McCain has not distanced himself from Hagee's outlandish homophobic vitriol. Apparently, anti-gay views are still acceptable to the conservative rank and file.
More pastor disaster damage control at Team McCain. The Arizona Republican also rejected and denounced Rev. Rod Parsley, the Ohio-based televangelist who once called Allah a "demon spirit" and the Muslim prophet Muhammad as "the mouthpiece of a conspiracy of spiritual evil." McCain called Parsley his “spiritual guide" when he received his endorsement in February. In an interview with the Associated Press, the Arizona Republican now says, "I believe there is no place for that kind of dialogue in America, and I believe that even though he endorsed me, and I didn’t endorse him, the fact is that I repudiate such talk, and I reject his endorsement."