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Blog Archive/May 2008

May 16, 2008

Jesus on Porn Patrol

"Jesus, it's really not my fault! It's just my man-flesh, Lord... It's that wife you gave me!" Check out this clip, which apparently originated at GodTube. Too much. Particularly the fiftysomething guy playing Jesus. Looks like he's wearing a hospital gown. And what's on his head--a crown of thorns, or antlers? Love the bloody nail prints on the hands...

Posted By John D. Spalding | Email

May 4, 2008

Where's the Coverage of Rev. John Hagee's McCain Endorsement?

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. has certainly done the Barack Obama campaign few favors in recent days. But is the message here that politicians should distance themselves as far as possible from loose cannon clergy for fear of intense media scrutiny? Not necessarily. This week, a MediaMatters for America study found that over the past three months the New York Times and The Washington Post combined have published more than 12 times as many articles mentioning Wright and Obama as they have mentioning Sen. John McCain and John Hagee, the firebrand televangelist whose endorsement McCain sought and received on February 27.

Foggy on Hagee's views? Here's a DNC round-up of statements the Huffington Post published in February:

Hagee on Hurricane Katrina "All hurricanes are acts of God because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that." [NPR Fresh Air, 9/18/06]

Hagee on Islamic Beliefs
 Fresh Air host Terry Gross asked if Hagee believed that "all Muslims have a mandate to kill Christians and Jews," to which Hagee replied, "Well, the Quran teaches that. Yes, it teaches that very clearly." [NPR Fresh Air, 9/18/06]

Hagee on African-Americans
 The San Antonio Express-News reported that Hagee was going to "meet with black religious leaders privately at an unspecified future date to discuss comments he made in his newsletter about a 'slave sale,' an East Side minister said Wednesday." The Express-News reported:

"Hagee, pastor of the 16,000-member Cornerstone Church, last week had announced a 'slave sale' to raise funds for high school seniors in his church bulletin, 'The Cluster.'

"The item was introduced with the sentence 'Slavery in America is returning to Cornerstone" and ended with "Make plans to come and go home with a slave." [San Antonio Express-News 3/7/96]

Hagee on Catholicism "Most readers will be shocked by the clear record of history linking Adolf Hitler and the Roman Catholic Church in a conspiracy to exterminate the Jews." [Jerusalem Countdown by John Hagee]

Hagee on Women
 "Do you know the difference between a woman with PMS and a snarling Doberman pinscher? The answer is lipstick. Do you know the difference between a terrorist and a woman with PMS? You can negotiate with a terrorist." [God's Profits: Faith, Fraud and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, Sarah Posner]

"[T]he feminist movement today is throwing off authority in rebellion against God's pattern for the family." ["Bible Positions on Political Issues," John Hagee]

Hagee on LGBT Americans
 "The newspaper carried the story in our local area that was not carried nationally that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades. So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing. I know that there are people who demur from that, but I believe that the Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the day of judgment." [NPR Fresh Air, 9/18/06]

Hagee on Iran
"The coming nuclear showdown with Iran is a certainty," Hagee wrote [in 2006] in the Pentecostal magazine Charisma. "Israel and America must confront Iran's nuclear ability and willingness to destroy Israel with nuclear weapons. For Israel to wait is to risk committing national suicide." [The Nation, 8/8/2006]

Posted By John D. Spalding | Email

 
 
             
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