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John Hagee Stands by Remarks that Sinful Gays Caused Katrina

Pastor John Hagee, whose endorsement John McCain gladly gobbled up, stood by remarks he made in 2006 that Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for the sinful Southern Decadence party that gays were planning to hold in New Orleans.

Mccain_hageeAt that time, Hagee said: "I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are -- were recipients of the judgment of God for that. The newspaper carried the story in our local area that was not carried nationally that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades. So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing. I know that there are people who demur from that, but I believe that the Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the day of judgment. And I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans."

Right-wing radio talk show host Dennis Prager yesterday asked Hagee to confirm if he still stands by those comments, asking, of Katrina, "I’m only trying to understand that in the case of New Orleans, you do feel that God’s hand was in it because of a sinful city?"

Responded Hagee: "That it was a city that was planning a sinful conduct, yes."

Think Progress adds: "In February, after working hard to gain Hagee’s endorsement, McCain said he was “very honored” to receive it. Since then, he has both “repudiate[d]” and defended Hagee’s anti-Catholic and “anti-anything” remarks. But as Think Progress has noted, McCain has never specifically commented on Hagee’s offensive beliefs about Hurricane Katrina or his anti-gay comments. Given the fact that McCain will be in New Orleans tomorrow, will reporters ask whether he agrees with Hagee belief that the devastated city was cursed because of a gay pride parade? We’ll be watching."

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  1. Ladies and gentlemen, our next President!

    Posted by: jeff | Apr 23, 2008 4:26:53 PM

  2. That was cool how God punished all those poor people living in shacks who don't even have t.v. sets or newspapers or a connection to the evil outside world. Just storming on the actual gay people during the parade would have made it too obvious and kind of cheapened the whole "mysterious" vibe He's got going.

    Posted by: Paul | Apr 23, 2008 4:29:28 PM

  3. and the resonse from the log cabin repubs here at towleroad?????????????

    crickets chirping

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Apr 23, 2008 4:38:29 PM

  4. I always wondered why god's timing was so bad, if he wanted to storm because of the gays, why didn't he wait until we were actually there instead of just ruining our travel plans?

    Posted by: Tray | Apr 23, 2008 4:39:28 PM

  5. Are there really Log Cabin Jews for Hitler here on Towleroad? Can I get a list?

    Posted by: John In Manhattan | Apr 23, 2008 4:57:59 PM

  6. The point of this and other 'God did it because he hates gays' statements are to start a fire under the asses of the religious right, not to make any type of sense.

    I don't think Rev. Hagee believes his own statements one iota, but he knows that there are massive numbers of people who do. People who aren't swayed by such ungodly concepts as logic and reason.

    Posted by: wetcnt | Apr 23, 2008 5:02:05 PM

  7. John

    Hang around a bit and log cabinites abound here trashing both Hillary and Obama, posting stuff to turn Hillary supporters against obama supporters and vs versa. They also wax almost orgasmic about McCain

    Mention how he cheated on his first wife and they scream!!!!!!!!!!!!!! keep it to the issues yet they loike to bring up Bill's BJ every chance they get.

    Jewish log cabinites?

    Well there are gay repubs = log cabinites

    There are Jewish repubs, go figure

    There are gay Jews

    Does that mean there are jewish log cabinites? Probably and most definetly Meshuguna

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Apr 23, 2008 5:04:05 PM

  8. sorry for the typos

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Apr 23, 2008 5:05:37 PM

  9. youse guys are too funny. leave it to the gay yoots.

    btw, hagee is a complete pig. and, aside from the fact that mcgeezer, once upon a time, was a POW, there is nothing to recommend him. he's got his lips so firmly planted on bush's asshole that he no longer matters.

    Posted by: nic | Apr 23, 2008 5:07:22 PM

  10. Some of you clearly don't understand the true wickedness of sexual minorities: when God smites us, always kills more innocent people. This is what makes us worse than terrorists.

    Has McCain used Hagee's endorsement in his own campaign materials? If he has, then he really does need to address this. If he hasn't, then I don't get the whole "repudiate or renounce or reject" thing. It is not reasonable to hold candidates responsible for something that someone else has said about them.

    Granted, it is much more fair to criticize McCain here than it was to attack Obama because of Louis Farrakhan's endorsement: McCain admits to having sought the nod from Hagee. I don't think anyone believes that Obama wanted Farrakhan's help.

    If Obama had used "Farrakhan's Favorite!" in his campaign materials, than criticism of him over the endorsement would have been reasonable. Maybe McCain really has realized that Hagee is a wingnut creep and is doing the right thing by not using the endorsement in his campaign. Without that use, this strikes me as dumb, meaningless gotcha politics.

    Posted by: Landon Bryce | Apr 23, 2008 5:08:00 PM

  11. Conservative gay men have no use for Hagee. McCain did not say he agrees with anything Hagee says. McCain's only use is that having Hagee on board to entertains and excites the fundamental christians. Hagee is a tool. He hopes you are mature enough to understand this while he helps you keep more of the money you make.

    Posted by: Vi agara | Apr 23, 2008 5:17:15 PM

  12. AIDS wasn't enough??

    Hagee's points are so easily disproved I should think his seminary would call him back for a refresher course.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 23, 2008 5:18:37 PM

  13. Hagee's theory about the destruction of hurricane Katrina goes a long way toward explaining all the natural disasters in the bible belt. God must really hate those people. Recent examples of storms in Kansas, North Dakota, South Carolina, Missippi, and Virginia all show that. Why is it that the churches seem to get destroyed all the time? All of these must be growing hotbeds of homosexual activity!
    Message to Hagee: you are a MORON!

    Posted by: Brad | Apr 23, 2008 5:37:19 PM

  14. if god had wanted to destroy the gays, why did he leave the french quarter largely untouched?

    Posted by: alguien | Apr 23, 2008 5:47:22 PM

  15. "He hopes you are mature enough to understand this while he helps the rich keep more of the money you make."

    Fixed that for you.

    Posted by: AG | Apr 23, 2008 5:56:07 PM

  16. VI AGARA,

    huh? sober up, then try to comment.

    Posted by: nic | Apr 23, 2008 5:57:22 PM

  17. What I would like to know is why did God wait for so long to punish the gays? I mean, I have been to Southern Decadence and do believe that 2006 wasn't the first time it was going on.
    the funny part about new Orleans is, what about all of the strip shows and the drinking the debauchery that goes on during mardi Gras...I guess the gays are responsible to women showing their tits to get beads, like in girls gone wild...and some cases the c**ts.

    Posted by: Paul | Apr 23, 2008 6:05:18 PM

  18. Viagra honey, Mr. McCain won't be helping me keep a dime of my hard-earned money. I don't make nearly enough to deserve his assistance. I'm paying WAY more in federal income taxes after 7 years of Republican rule... let's hope the next administration offers some relief.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Apr 23, 2008 6:18:34 PM

  19. Milkman, there is no way you are paying more federal taxes now than when clinton left office.

    Whether Democrat or a Republican I think you will find these statistics
    enlightening and amazing.
    Taxes under Clinton 1999 Taxes under Bush 2008
    Single making 30K - tax $8,400 Single making 30K - tax $4,500
    Single making 50K - tax $14,000 Single making 50K - tax $12,500
    Single making 75K - tax $23,250 Single making 75K - tax $18,750
    Married making 60K - tax $16,800 Married making 60K- tax $9,000
    Married making 75K - tax $21,000 Married making 75K - tax $18,750
    Married making 125K - tax $38,750 Married making 125K - tax $31,250

    Both democratic candidates will return to the higher tax rates. It is amazing how many people that fall into the categories above think Bush is screwing them and Bill Clinton was the greatest President ever. If Obama or Hillary are elected, they both say they will repeal the Bush tax cuts and a good portion of the people that fall into the categories above who can't wait for it to happen. This is like the movie The Sting with Paul Newman; you scam somebody and they don't even know what happened.

    Posted by: Vi Agara | Apr 23, 2008 7:10:31 PM

  20. Well if thats what the man thinks, thats what he thinks!

    In the end, unfortunately, freedom lets this crap reign ..... it's just a pity that in this day and age, crap like this goes on. 'Gowd'! Thing is depressing me :(

    Posted by: Steev | Apr 23, 2008 7:47:50 PM

  21. VI AGARA:

    That is a nice cut and paste of the email that someone sent you comparing the taxes paid under Clinton versus those paid under Bush. The problem is that the figures are incorrect. If you had followed that link you first received in the email and then posted here you would have seen that the page to which the link sends you does not contain a breakdown of the taxes paid under Clinton vs. the taxes paid under Bush. The page does, however, have the following note: "IF YOU CLICKED ON THIS LINK IN RESPONSE TO AN E-MAIL, BLOG POST, OR MESSAGE BOARD COMPARING THE INCOME TAXES UNDER PRESIDENTS CLINTON AND BUSH, PLEASE SEE THIS PAGE: HTTP://WWW.TAXFOUNDATION.ORG/BLOG/SHOW/22958.HTML".

    But don't take my word for it, VI AGARA. Go ahead and follow the links until you get to the page where DOES provide a breakdown between the taxes paid under Clinton vs those paid under Bush. It's quite a different story there, eh? Yes, people in all tax brackets paid more taxes under Clinton than under Bush. But the differences were pretty insignificant. I know this is tough for you, VI AGARA, so I've done the math for you:

    $30K bracket = $400.00 more under Clinton
    $50K bracket = $660.00 to around $1000.00 under Clinton
    (depending on their marital status)
    $75K bracket = $1,300.00 to $1,700.00 more under Clinton
    (depending on their marital status)
    $125K bracket = $2,800.00 to $4,000.00 more under Clinton
    (depending on their marital status)

    Of course, during the Clinton years those slightly higher taxes didn't hurt so much because the economy was humming along, the stock market was booming, and gasoline cost about a third of what we pay for it now.

    Posted by: peterparker | Apr 23, 2008 7:51:13 PM

  22. wow... america is one fucked up country...

    Posted by: beejay | Apr 23, 2008 7:59:37 PM

  23. I'm a registered Republican and it's evil fools like Hagee who will help push us all on to trains bound for concentration camps. If that happens, I will seriously consider registering Independent.

    Posted by: Mike-R | Apr 23, 2008 8:23:02 PM

  24. Mike R, you seem intelligent enough. You can read and right, apparently. So why are you are Republican, dude?

    Posted by: JakeK | Apr 23, 2008 8:44:22 PM

  25. Peterparker, the comparision you're using is after inflation. SO the latter part of your post regarding gas prices and the economy is not applicable. I hope you enjoy paying your "Obama for president" fee for the next 8 years. Then you can bitch about how he sold us down the river like Clinton did. As for Hillary, fool me once.....

    Posted by: Vi Agara | Apr 23, 2008 9:07:45 PM

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