John McCain said yesterday that it was “just too much” to hear an audio recording of televangelist John Hagee talking about how God approved of Nazis hunting down Jews and killing them. Of course, John McCain’s campaign, if not John McCain himself, certainly knew about similar statements praising the Holocaust as a Godly act that John Hagee had made before. Still John McCain sought out John Hagee’s political endorsement.
So, why was it “just too much” to hear the audio? Well, an audio recording can’t be denied so easily as a statement recorded in print. That’s one explanation. John McCain got caught.
Another meaning of McCain’s “just too much” statement is that he thinks that everything else John Hagee said was not just too much. When John Hagee declared a “war” against non-Christians in America, that wasn’t too much for John McCain. When John Hagee said that AIDS was divine judgment sent by God, that wasn’t too much for John McCain either.
What about John Hagee’s repeated preaching that the entire city of New Orleans deserved to be flooded by Hurricane Katrina, and that all the people who died during the hurricane deserved to die? John Hagee said that God wanted to kill the residents of New Orleans, including the people trapped in their attics as the water kept rising, and those old people trapped in that hospital with no one to help them.
Why? Why would John Hagee say that God was right to want to kill those people? Because of a parade. John Hagee said that all those people deserved to die because there was going to be a gay pride parade in New Orleans.
John Hagee said it was a good, divine act of justice for thousands of Americans to be killed in punishment – just because there was a gay pride parade in the city where they live, even though there’s no evidence that anyone who participated in that gay pride parade was among those killed.
John Hagee’s statements to this effect have been public for years. John McCain surely knew about them, but he praised John Hagee anyway, and sought John Hagee’s endorsement.
John McCain apparently doesn’t think that the idea of thousands of Americans being killed because they lived in the wrong city is outrageous. John McCCain apparently doesn’t disagree with John Hagee that the victims of Hurricane Katrina deserved to be killed.
John McCain still has not spoken against these statements by John Hagee. Why not?