The fall-out from McCain vs. Hagee (and Parsley)

I’ve come across some interesting reactions to John McCain’s disavowal of an endorsement by televangelist John Hagee.

Hagee, of course, was first criticized for calling the Roman Catholic Church “the great whore” (for which he apologized) and for linking the Catholic Church to Hitler’s “final solution” for the Jews (a comment he said was misunderstood).

237hageeflag.jpgMcCain, though, broke ranks after it came out that Hagee (that’s him) also said that God sent Hitler to chase the Jews back to Israel (those who survived, apparently).

The Washington Post says that McCain’s rejections of Hagee and the Rev. Rod Parsley, another televangelist with a vast following, may hurt his support from evangelicals.

The Post notes:

Parsley said in a statement that he does not fault McCain, and he blamed the fallout on unidentified “political hit squads.”

Parsley has growing clout among evangelical Christians, a group he calls the “largest special interest group in America.” The pastor has said that he was divinely placed in Ohio to help influence presidential elections, telling a Christian magazine that he believes “in the geographic locating abilities of the Holy Spirit.”

Meanwhile, a Mother Jones blog says that Jewish groups are willing to forgive Hagee’s Hitler comment because of his strong support for Israel.

Blogger Justin Elliott says he asked the American Jewish Committee, the ADL and AIPAC if they would “finally take Hagee to task for his outrageous comments and for seeing Jews primarily in terms of their role in his eschatology?”

“The short answer is no,” he writes.