foolishness diversionsary tactic discussion. But it’s interesting to see that some white reverends are coming under closer scrutiny. John McCain’s buddy John Hagee — you know, the guy who want’s to base U.S. foreign policy on the Book of Revelations — has finally been called of at least one of his more extreme statements.
The (very) wrong reverend recently rendered his regrets to the Catholic church, in what I like to call the “No Mo’ Great Ho'” declaration.
John Hagee, the controversial evangelical pastor who endorsed John McCain, will issue a letter of apology to Catholics today for inflammatory remarks he has made, including accusing the Roman Catholic Church of supporting Adolf Hitler and calling it “The Great Whore.” (See a copy of the letter PDF.)
“Out of a desire to advance greater unity among Catholics and Evangelicals in promoting the common good, I want to express my deep regret for any comments that Catholics have found hurtful,” Hagee wrote, according to an advanced copy of the letter reviewed by Washington Wire. “After engaging in constructive dialogue with Catholic friends and leaders, I now have an improved understanding of the Catholic Church, its relation to the Jewish faith, and the history of anti-Catholicism.”
In the letter, addressed to Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League and one of Hagee’s biggest critics, Hagee pledges “a greater level of compassion and respect for my Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ.”
Hagee met with 22 Catholic leaders in Washington on Friday to apologize for his comments, according to a source familiar with the meeting. Despite the McCain’s condemnation of Hagee’s anti-Catholic remarks, the campaign had no role in that meeting or Tuesday’s apology, according to the source who said it was something Hagee did because he felt it was necessary.
Donohue is expected to release a letter in response today, accepting Hagee’s apology. The Catholic leader slammed both Hagee and McCain in February, releasing a statement titled “McCain Embraces Bigot.”
Well, that’s nice. But it looks like McCain has more pastor problems, having embraced yet another bigot.
In more ways than one, actually. I immediately recognized Rod Parsley’s name. Rod Parsley is a bigot in more than one category.
My guess is we won’t be getting an apology from Parsley anytime soon.
Funny thing is, we may end up in a presidential race in which both candidates have their share of anti-gay endorsees.