Specifically he said, “God sent a hunter…Hitler was a hunter,” and “They are physically alive but they’re not spiritually alive.” Bruce Wilson of talk2action.org has much material on John Hagee. Wilson just discovered audio recordings of Hagee preaching that Hitler was doing God’s work by chasing Jews out of Europe to Palestine. Among Wilson’s discoveries:
- Jews are not “spiritually alive.” I have a copy of John Hagee’s “Prophecy Study Bible”, which makes quite clear Hagee is talking about all Jews now living – whom Hagee singles out, from among all other non-Christians on Earth, to note that they specifically do not have living souls. Indeed, Hagee says the souls of all Jews now living are dead. Dead souls. McCain endorser John hagee says Jews have dead souls.
- Hitler and the Nazis were sent by God, to chase Jews back to the land of Israel. Because that’s where God intends them to be. So, the Holocaust was a gruesomely inefficient system of divine “persuasion”, and Hitler and the Nazis were doing “God’s work”. But Hagee also depicts this divine ethnic cleansing imperative as a future project: it will happen.
- In Hagee’s 2006 “Jerusalem Countdown”, Hagee says anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust, were and are the fault of Jews – a divine curse for worshiping idols.
Update: McCain rejects Hagee, but takes a shot at Obama while doing so. He didn’t sit in those Hagee’s pews for 20 years, but he didn’t know much about Hagee before embracing him in the first place.
“Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible, and I repudiate them. I did not know of them before Reverend Hagee’s endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well. I have said I do not believe Senator Obama shares Reverend Wright’s extreme views. But let me also be clear, Reverend Hagee was not and is not my pastor or spiritual advisor, and I did not attend his church for twenty years. I have denounced statements he made immediately upon learning of them, as I do again today. “