I’ve written about John McCain and his relationship with John Hagee before. Last time I wondered if what he had to say was worse than what Jeremiah Wright had to say. But I don’t really have any doubts that this clip is far worse:
Going in and out of biblical verse, Hagee preached: “‘And they the hunters should hunt them,’ that will be the Jews. ‘From every mountain and from every hill and from out of the holes of the rocks.’ If that doesn’t describe what Hitler did in the holocaust you can’t see that.”
He goes on: “Theodore Hertzel is the father of Zionism. He was a Jew who at the turn of the 19th century said, this land is our land, God wants us to live there. So he went to the Jews of Europe and said ‘I want you to come and join me in the land of Israel.’ So few went that Hertzel went into depression. Those who came founded Israel; those who did not went through the hell of the holocaust.
“Then god sent a hunter. A hunter is someone with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter. And the Bible says — Jeremiah writing — ‘They shall hunt them from every mountain and from every hill and from the holes of the rocks,’ meaning there’s no place to hide. And that might be offensive to some people but don’t let your heart be offended. I didn’t write it, Jeremiah wrote it. It was the truth and it is the truth. How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.”
To me, the single most disgusting part of that sermon is the following, when Hagee was talking about why the Holocaust happened:
“How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said, “my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.”
That is simply so far outside the mainstream of any possible definition of reasonable public discourse. Of course, he claims he didn’t say it, Jeremiah did. But I don’t care. It is beyond the pale to argue that God sent Hitler to murder millions of Jews because they weren’t moving Israel fast enough. I don’t know how any American politician could possibly want to be associated with this man.