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Nobody's talking about McCain's pastor

Everyone's talking Obama, and nobody's talking about the actually inappropriate (horrendous, in my book) comments McCain practically endorsed, by Pastor John Hagee.

I was researching for my New Orleans poetry series, and ran across this. I had no idea that comments blaming Hurricane Katrina on the "sins of the people of New Orleans" were tied to John McCain far more clearly than the Reverend's comments are tied to Obama.

Nobody's talking about this:

HAGEE: "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 are-- were-- recipients of the judgment of God for that. 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. And I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans."

When confronted at the inappropriateness of his comments...

HAGEE: "God controls hurricanes and God always punishes unconfessed sin."

McCain's response?

STEPHANOPOULOS: "So was it a mistake to solicit and accept [Hagee's] endorsement?"
MCCAIN: "Oh, probably, sure."
STEPHANOPOULOS: "So you no longer want his endorsement?"
MCCAIN: "I'm glad to have his endorsement. I condemn remarks that are, in any way, viewed as anti-anything. And thanks for asking."

That's far more glib than Obama was about Wright's comments. And Wright's comments were far less devastating than the vicious stuff Hagee is saying, and continues to say. It makes me sick that someone would say these things in the first place, and no one's talking about this on the news, just the over-hyped "controversy" of the things people from Obama's old church are saying.

With a very personal attachment to the city of New Orleans, now, I'm really upset. Not to mention the homophobia and racism brought across by the statements.

For something of the opposite, and something a little inspirational to go along with all this, here's what a beautiful young woman said during Superlove in New Orleans, when she introduced herself. This shows what kind of people are actually in New Orleans:

"I am a 12-year-old Katrina survivor, and I am a strong woman."

I think all of us cried and cheered for her. We need more people like her in the world, and less people like Hagee.


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Jun. 1st, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
YES. That's the other thing that annoyed me about the constant attention on the Reverend Wright story, nobody was really paying that much attention to McCain's pastor. (So surprised McCain would want that kind of person's endorsement, he always seems like such a nice guy.)
Jun. 1st, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
I don't talk very much about politics, but I do agree wholeheartedly with you. As sick as I am of this election season, I know it's important that the process be transparent this time -- and the public needs to know what it's letting itself in for, even something as basic as "Hagee thinks God smote New Orleans".
Jun. 1st, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
This kind of preaching is an insult to humanity. I was never taught that the creator "rewards the virtuous". And how can you teach your children that? Should we tell them to emulate anyone who's fortunate enough to not have their lives demolished by a natural disaster?

I can't believe either how lopsided the media attention is. People are seriously worrying about how Obama doesn't have a flag on his lapel. Grow up. A person can't even get any real life news on tv; there's no time spared for it. It's kind of a let-down when your first year of suffrage comes and you can't find the grown-ups that you thought you were going to be voting with.
Jun. 1st, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yes Mam!
You So Rock Big Dogs.
We were all over VDAY 1{()}
but have lately been way stuck up in da'leak at the 17th Street Levee "Repair".
Thank you for that last quote and it really says it for
the city:
Viva La Pucelle d'Orléans!

Thanks again,
I hung you onto today's Ladder:
Hope you enjoy and tell yer friends too!
Editilla~New Orleans News Ladder
Jun. 1st, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Yes Mam!
Thank you so much for including me on the Ladder, and you don't have to thank me-- New Orleans and its people definitely hold a place in my heart!
Jun. 1st, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Yes Mam!
Well OK Then!
I rode my bike to the 17th Street Leak and reported a little further down the main page...I t'ink Jeudi.

Oh that VDAY was a trow'down no lie. It did so much for the city's inate sence of grace & debauchery...and good humor.

Do you listen to WWOZ online? Please do. It keeps me outta McDonalds wit'a loaded watergun.

Love & T'anks,
Editilla O'rilla d'Aphasia
Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Re: Yes Mam!
Yep, I'm reading up on all your reports. Which, of course, I'm not really hearing anywhere else, because once again, the mass media's ignoring the city when it needs help.

I loved VDAY, and I'm so glad I could be a part of it. After all the events, we did head down to Bourbon Street for some good old fashioned debauchery and fun. :)

Thanks again! Much love!
Jun. 2nd, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Tori Amos
Oh! And BTW I perform "Little Amsterdam" on Guitar and Harmonica. Love Tori but would hate to be her guitar player. She makes him stand at the end of the piano...watching her crawl all over it. Yikes. Saw her in Boulder '00.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Re: Tori Amos
Definitely yikes. I've never seen her perform, but I'd love to. That's awesome.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
it infuriates me that nobody is talking about pastor hagee

Jun. 12th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
Hi, I found your journal in a queer community and stopped by. I don't follow the news too closely and this is the first I've heard about Hagee. I am absolutely outraged. The fact that this isn't an issue in the presidential campaign is proof enough that our country and our media are run by straight, white, privileged people. I fully support Obama but I honestly don't hold out much hope.

Anyway, you seem cool. Mind if I add you?
Jun. 12th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
Anyway, you seem cool. Mind if I add you?

Please do! I'll definitely add you back.

And yes, the more I stumble across these horrendous things the media's not covering, the more outraged I feel about the state of this country. It's definitely difficult to hold out hope for change, but I'm trying anyway. :/
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