May 21, 2008

McCain's Evangelist Hagee: "Hitler Was Fullfilling God's Will for Israel"

I about choked on my own spit when I read what John McCain's backer, evangelist John Hagee said,

"'And they the hunters should hunt them,' that will be the Jews. 'From every mountain and from every hill and from out of the holes of the rocks.' If that doesn't describe what Hitler did in the holocaust you can't see that."

"Theodore Hertzel is the father of Zionism. He was a Jew who at the turn of the 19th century said, this land is our land, God wants us to live there. So he went to the Jews of Europe and said 'I want you to come and join me in the land of Israel.' So few went that Hertzel went into depression. Those who came founded Israel; those who did not went through the hell of the holocaust.

"Then god sent a hunter. A hunter is someone with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter. And the Bible says -- Jeremiah writing -- 'They shall hunt them from every mountain and from every hill and from the holes of the rocks,' meaning there's no place to hide. And that might be offensive to some people but don't let your heart be offended. I didn't write it, Jeremiah wrote it. It was the truth and it is the truth. How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel."

Hagee's statements are heinous and wrong on so many levels, I don't know where to start.

OK. Deep breath.

Let's start with some factual numbers. This list is from The National World War II Museum:

The Holocaust

How many Jews were killed under Nazi rule? 5,993,900

How many non-Jews were killed in the Holocaust? Between 16 and 20 million (including the elderly, Gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses, Homosexuals, etc.)

How many Nazi concentration camps were there? More than 100 camps

How many Nazi death camps were there? 26 major camps

Another deep, cleansing breath.

Somewhere between 21 million and 27 million Jews and non-Jews died under Nazi rule as part of the holocaust. This doesn't include the other many millions who died because of the war this caused. How it can be possible to spin that much horrible death and destruction into something positive is beyond anything I can believe in this lifetime. I think John Hagee needs to look at the numbers and get some historical perspective on the overall picture, not to mention, um, perhaps a frontal lobotomy, or even a brain transplant.

The god in whom John Hagee believes, a god who would condone the slaughter of so many innocents in order to create the country of Israel would be a vile and evil god, and therefore not a god in any sense I can understand.

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