I don't believe McCain is truly anti-Catholic but I do believe he is in a position where he feels he must put up with these far right religious zealots in order to get their support. They are a strong scary element within the GOP. But that's no excuse for not denouncing and rejecting this form of hate because hate must always be outspokenly opposed. McCain had the courage to do it years ago but now he seems afraid.
First, Bill Moyers with a little background information on Christians United for Israel (CUFI).
John Hagee Endorses John McCain
The willful misinterpretation of the Book of Revelations is behind much of current conservative Christian right-wing fundamentalist speculation, not only about this country but the Middle East and the world as well. Too, often this speculation is used to incorrectly determine who is on God’s side; the countries, its leaders and citizens, who are feared to be in league with the end time desires of Satan and as a result, the enemy of the ‘Christian Nation of the United States of America’.
Some are being tempted to aid or bring about a world situation, that they believe, will lead to the rapture by executing some grand design to force the hand of God to the will of those who would steal His plans to justify their own limited vision and corrupt goals.
Accepting incorrect speculation about the ‘end times’ unfortunately causes some highly impressionable Christians to willingly yield whatever spiritual virtues or values they’ve gained from the Gospels.
John Hagee preaches anticatholicism
Key Bailey Hutchinson Defends Hagee Endorsement
This misinformation (which I believe the educated leaders absolutely know to be untrue) is used to violate what Christ explained to us was the second most important commandment, ‘to love one another’. Fear, ignorance and paranoia are, and have always been, the ultimate tools of evil and can and often do exist on all sides of any conflict. Evil does exist but it is an action not a person or group of people.
Terrorism is an example of an evil tool used by some sects of radical fundamentalist Islam. Its existence among these groups does not indicate that all followers of Islam are in league with evil as many equally radical Christian fundamentalists in this country would like us to believe. The Bible or the Koran can be and often is used by the unscrupulous to dehumanize an enemy, in a far too often, successful attempt to justify horrendous acts of violence and collateral damage against any who fall under the unforgivable label of evil. Too often, this presumptive attitude is so pervasive within this culture as to include a Calvinistic-like determination of who is loved by God or who is left poor, sick or disabled which may lead to a dangerous goat-like deceptive opinion of self.
from Democracy Now on McCain acceptance of Hagee endorsement...
I do believe that the Book of Revelation does teach that the spiritual battle against evil is a global battle but, it’s a struggle destined to be won within the hearts and souls of the individual; each and every one of us. Ghandi was right when he instructed us to 'be the change you would like to see in the world'.
I know many of these followers are worried about being duped into unknowingly accepting (666), but a little faith in God should let them know He’s not going to let anyone sink beneath the waves of the mythological meaning of that number unaware.
This final book teaches us to relentlessly cling to the teachings of Christ, to trust what he taught and to understand that whatever worldly cost we may have to endure He will be victorious in the end.
Al Franken's SUPPLY SIDE JESUS... animated - by Wes Ball
from Mother Jones...
McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam
Washington Dispatch: Televangelist Rod Parsley, a key McCain ally in Ohio, has called for eradicating the "false religion." Will the GOP presidential candidate renounce him?
March 12, 2008