Tuesday, March 04, 2008

McCain Accepts Endorsement from Anti-Catholic Bigot

There's a lot more to be said about this, but for time reasons I'll simply post a copy of my letter to The Criterion. We'll see if it's published or ignored.

"I am concerned about the lack of general media coverage of an event that should concern all Catholics. Texas televangelist John Hagee, who has repeatedly made anti-Catholic comments, last week endorsed John McCain's presidential bid. What has Hagee said? Here's just a sampling:

-He has described the Catholic Church as 'the whore of Babylon' and 'the great whore.'
-He called the Church a 'false cult system' and 'the apostate church.'
-And he has suggested that the Catholic Church helped shape Hitler's anti-Semitism.

McCain, rather than distance himself from someone who has made such offensive comments, held a press conference with Hagee announcing the endorsement. During the new conference he said he was 'proud' of Hagee's spiritual leadership of his congregation. He continued, 'I don't have to agree with everyone who endorses my candidacy. They are supporting my candidacy. I am not endorsing some of their positions.'

In my opinion, that's the wrong attitude, and Catholics everywhere should be wary of McCain's willingness to overlook such dangerous and hateful viewpoints in exchange for votes. We should let McCain know that he's made a bad decision - a decision that could cost him Catholic votes in November."