Robertson, a firm ally of Republican administrations, has not always warmed to the presumed GOP presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, although the two recently have mended their strained relationship. However, in this season of pastor baiting, McCain has his own problem, having expressed his thrill in receiving "the endorsement of Pastor John Hagee."
Hagee, citing a planned "homosexual parade," had previously told National Public Radio that Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment of the people of New Orleans for "a level of sin that was offensive to God." Obviously, the almighty with whom Hagee is on intimate terms is in need of MapQuest, given that New Orleans' gay neighborhoods were among the ones least impacted by the hurricane.
Hagee long has been denounced by Catholics for labeling the Vatican "The Great Whore" and blaming Hitler's genocidal policies on his having "attended a Catholic school as a child." The one that has some current relevance to the Iraq disaster is Hagee's blasting the Roman Catholic Church for sponsoring the Crusades, which "plunged the world into the Dark Ages."
In a warning that imperial adventures lose some of their luster with the passage of time, Hagee wrote in his book, "Jerusalem Countdown": "The brutal truth is that the Crusades were military campaigns of the Roman Catholic Church to gain control of Jerusalem from the Muslims and to punish the Jews as the alleged Christ killers on the road to and from Jerusalem." What will future theologians say about Bush's crusade to liberate Iraq, shedding the blood of hundreds of thousands of innocents?
I know what the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. would say were he alive today, for it would be consistent with his denunciation of the Vietnam War in a sermon at New York's Riverside Church a year before his assassination. Recounting his difficulty in spreading the message of nonviolence and personal responsibility to the very ghetto youth that the Rev. Wright has worked with for four decades, King stated, "I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government."
King delivered that speech the year Wright ended his six years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy, for which he received three commendations from President Lyndon Johnson, whom King was confronting. No doubt Wright was influenced by King's oratory decrying "the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens ... in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would hardly live on the same block in Chicago. I could not be silent in the face of such cruel manipulation of the poor." And neither could Wright.
I respect Barrack Obama's right to repudiate his pastor's comments, as he did, but I respect even more his refusal to throw the man overboard in a practice we witnessed all too often with the Clintons when they came under right-wing attacks. Hillary did it again, Tuesday, telling the right-wing Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial board that Wright: "would not have been my pastor."
So she says, but the record shows she was there in the White House on Sept. 11, 1998, when her husband posed for a photo with Wright and was grateful for his support in the midst of that wrath-of-Leviticus blue dress flap. Ingrate.
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