Updated: AIPAC's Antisemite, John Hagee
Hot off the press: my thoughts on Hagee's speech to AIPAC. Check it out.
Absolutely, go read Sarah's excellent response to Hagee's appearance.
But more than that, this is a nauseating development and ought to be sent to every Jew (and non-) in your address book. Consider it an action alert.
It's not new of course. Rabid supporters of Israeli militarism (please get out of the habit of saying "pro-Israel"), like Joe Lieberman and AIPAC, have been working with some of the nation's most outspoken antisemites for years, as evidenced by this video of Joe Lieberman supporting the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, along with Jerry "the anti-Christ will be a Jewish male" Falwell and others.
These ultra-conservative Jews are a decidedly Manichaean bunch, seeing the world in terms of those who are "pro-Israel" and those who are "anti-Israel." The definitions of these terms can also be called "blind support for Israeli dominance" and "everything else."
There is no room for sensible, rational or loving criticism.
It's like an alcoholic with a close friend who says that there are those who ply the drunk with booze and everyone else.
AIPAC hosted Hagee, a man who blamed the Holocaust on the Jews. Their credibility is shot. Pass it on...
Hagee, from his 2006 "Jerusalem Countdown":
"It was the disobedience and rebellion of the Jews, God's chosen people, to their covenantal responsibility to serve only the one true God, Jehovah, that gave rise to the opposition and persecution that they experienced beginning in Canaan and continuing to this very day....
How utterly repulsive, insulting, and heartbreaking to God for His chosen people to credit idols with bringing blessings He had showered upon the chosen people. Their own rebellion had birthed the seed of anti-Semitism that would arise and bring destruction to them for centuries to come.... it rises from the judgment of God uppon his rebellious chosen people." ("Jerusalem Countdown: A Prelude To War", paperback edition, pages 92 and 93)