Thursday, March 06, 2008

McCain's Farrakhan

Joe Conason has written a good article over at Credo Action comparing and contrasting McCain's allegiance with John Hagee with Barack Obama's thin connection to Louis Farrakhan. While acknowledging that Farrakhan has said some awful things, he contends that McCain's relationship with Hagee should be a bigger story.
Mr. McCain went out of his way last week to accept the endorsement of a Christian pastor with a deeply disturbing record of bigotry and extremism. That would be John Hagee, the San Antonio televangelist whose career is chronicled in God's Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, a new book by investigative reporter Sarah Posner. As Ms. Posner reveals, Mr. Hagee is the kind of evangelical minister who has anticipated the end of the world for decades now, even as he promises untold riches to those who tithe to his ministry. He is an ardent warmonger who, like Mr. Farrakhan, seems to imagine a Middle East cleansed by blood--except that in his fantasies, the Christians will be saved while everyone else burns in the lake of fire. (The saved won't include members of the Catholic Church, however, which he despises and denounces as venomously as Mr. Farrakhan does.)

But the perspectives of these two self-proclaimed men of God resemble each other even more closely in certain ways. He, too, promotes hatred of homosexuals and demands that women submit to men. And he, too, imagines a conspiracy by international bankers, the Bavarian Illuminati, the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations and other shadowy groups to deliver America into the hands of Satan. All that verbiage is merely code for traditional anti-Semitism, as Mr. Hagee surely knows because, like Mr. Farrakhan, he blames the Jewish people for their own persecution, including the Holocaust, as he explained a few years ago in a book titled Jerusalem Countdown.
So what's different between McCain and Obama? Between Farrakhan and Hagee?

Well the answer is clear enough, isn't it? You could say it's the difference between black and white.

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