As soon as I say that faith has been cut out of the presidential race (see post below), it’s back. Sort of.
John McCain’s enthusiastic acceptance of an endorsement from fundamentalist pastor John Hagee is being criticized from numerous sides.
Hagee, who pastors a huge church in San Antonio and is at the forefront of evangelical support for Israel, happens to have a history of attacking the Roman Catholic Church.
You can hear Hagee “explain” his theories on YouTube.
The Catholic League, not surprisingly, does not appreciate McCain’s eagerness to fly to San Antonio to stand by Hagee’s side. Or Mike Huckabee’s disappointment at not getting Hagee’s endorsement.
The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue:
If Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama were fighting over the support of Louis Farrakhan, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d say theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re nuts. So what are we to conclude about McCainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s embrace of Hagee, and HuckabeeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lament for not getting the bigotÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s endorsement?
ADD: McCain just sent out this statement:
Yesterday, Pastor John Hagee endorsed my candidacy for president in San Antonio, Texas. However, in no way did I intend for his endorsement to suggest that I in turn agree with all of Pastor Hagee’s views, which I obviously do not.
I am hopeful that Catholics, Protestants and all people of faith who share my vision for the future of America will respond to our message of defending innocent life, traditional marriage, and compassion for the most vulnerable in our society.
(Photo: AP/Gerald Herbert)