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. Paul says

    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.

  2. Tray says

    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?

  3. wetcnt says

    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.

  4. Jimmyboyo says


    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

  5. nic says

    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.

  6. Landon Bryce says

    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.

  7. Vi agara says

    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.

  8. Brad says

    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!

  9. Paul says

    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.

  10. says

    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.

  11. Vi Agara says

    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.

  12. Steev says

    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 :(

  13. peterparker says


    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.

  14. Mike-R says

    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.

  15. Vi Agara says

    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…..

  16. Scott says

    Vi – Whoever is the next president will have to raise taxes greatly to pay for the hellish mess we are in now, due to Bush. His war games are bankrupting the country. Apparently bombing other countries is the only way for ‘publicans to get it up. After 8 years of the worst president ever (sorry, James Buchannan, you’ve lost your legacy as the worst), I’ll be celebrating when Obama is sworn in as the next president. Raise taxes….the country deserves it after electing Bush — twice! I’m willing to pay my share to bring back our constitutional rights. But then, Democrats care about our future rather than living in the past.

  17. Chad says

    Fuck him AND his ‘god’ with a very large dildo. Actually there is no god, just don’t let little people like him know. Religion needs followers to keep it alive.

    Madonna is as close to ‘god’ as you’re gonna come in this life. Just do some good drugs, go to a club, and dance your ass off to her music, and you’ve experienced ‘god’.

  18. Mike says

    It was gallows humor JAKEK and apparently it didn’t transmit well. It’s easy for the real issue to get lost in the politics; this is a story about a man, with an audience, who believes that God punishes Gay people with bad weather and [fill in the blanks]. The John Hagee’s and Jerry Falwell’s of the world never have the courage to directly say that Gay people should be killed [that’s Jerry Phelp’s job]. They let God do the dirty work.

    Insert Jews for Gays and most people see the hate. But there’s something about condemning Gays that blinds straight people: they don’t see hate. They see a difference of opinion and complain: “Hey, don’t force it down my throat”. John Hagee is a monster who subliminally justifies murder in the name of God and hides behind a Bible and free speech. Ironically, free speech is not an idea encouraged in the Bible but enshrined in our secular Constitution.

    Why would John McCain stand next to such a man? What does it profit a man to gain votes but lose his soul?

    So, that’s what I was thinking. Also, I hope you appreciate how hard it is to type and simultaneously sew pink triangles onto shirts.

  19. Jimmyboyo says

    Very good point SCOTT

    Especialy when seen in the context of NEVER! EVER! in the history of the world and hundreds upon hundreds of different civilizations has anyone lowered taxes during a time of war. NEVER

    This has caused massive problems for the government, our infrastructure, etc

    Taxes must be raised to pay off the debts incured under bushco , to fix the things ignored by bushco, etc

    Especialy on the fixing our infrastructure. America’s infrastructure of bridges, roads, schools, hospitals, etc have never been in such a declining state as they are today. The fall of empires have occured over far less

  20. says

    Apparently VI AGARA hardens the dick but softens the brain. As Scott pointed out, the Republican administration’s misguided, hugely costly war and general reckless spending has been disastrous morally and financially for the US. We’ll all be paying for it for years no matter what happens in Nov. An there’s no indication that McCain wouldn’t continue on the bankrupt path Bush has pushed us down.

    But the post was about Hagee, not taxes, and you have to wonder about the mental stability of a gay person who defends McCain’s being honored to have the endorsement of someone who thinks YOU are personally responsible for natural disasters. Hagee is just crazy, but McCain cozying up to him is scary, and gay people who let McCain off the hook cause they think they’ll save a few bucks at tax-time are scarier still.

  21. Vi Agara says

    Ernie, Obama offers gay people nothing and neither does Hillary. As for the economy, the state of it exists today with a Democratically controlled congress. You all want to have a Democratic do- nothing- for- gays president and pay higher taxes in addition to higher prices because some fundamentalist preacher supports McCain? I defend Obama against the leftist preacher who supports him. Who supports you has nothing to do with where you stand on issues.

  22. says

    The “leftist” preacher who “supports” Obama has not publicly said, as far as I know, that you and I, as gay people, are responsible for killing people in New Orleans. I would be less harsh on McCain (on this issue) if he had not been “very honored” to receive Hagee’s endorsement.

    So, if Obama and Hillary offer “gay people nothing” (which I don’t buy), then who offers us something? McCain? Please. Furthermore, the state of today’s economy is not because of the (very recently) Democratically controlled Congress (who inherited the many Bush disasters), but that’s off-topic.

  23. Jimmyboyo says



    The democratic party has controlled congress for 1 yr

    The economic problems faced by america have been building over many years.

    The mortgage crisis alone started years and years ago when Bush and a repub congress removed banking restrictions set in place by FDR to prevent exactly what happened.

  24. Jimmyboyo says



    In fact Rev wright as a UCC preacher is very supportive of gay rights. He has to be to be a UCC preacher. It is part of their national platform to recgonize equality for gays.

    Zeke as a UCC member knows far more than I on this subject.

  25. LeeBo says

    Pastor Hagee is very adept at quoting scripture to support his hatred and disapproval of Gays (and other groups). I often wonder why he chooses to ignore what the Good Book says about “gluttony” (that is, eating too much). Gluttony is lumped in with several other mortal sins in the Bible. Did God destroy the Rev. Jerry Falwell because of his sin of gluttony? Will God do the same for Pastor Hagee? His hypocrisy reveals much about his perversity.

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