May 23rd, 2008
03:21 PM ET
7 years ago

Texas pastor Hagee says split with McCain 'best for both of us'

(CNN) - Texas televangelist John Hagee said Friday his political divorce from Republican presidential contender John McCain is "best for both of us" and urged reporters to return to "the pressing issues of the day."

McCain renounced Hagee's support on Thursday after earlier remarks by the evangelist - suggesting the acts of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during the Holocaust were part of God's will - drew attention from reporters. The Arizona senator had stood by during controversies over other Hagee sermons, but said he considered the Holocaust remarks "deeply offensive and indefensible."

In a brief appearance with an Orthodox rabbi by his side, Hagee said his views had been "mischaracterized and attacked."

"Our search for an explanation for evil must never be confused for an effort to excuse evil," he said. "Many have wondered where God was during the Holocaust, but I think the more important question is what we will do here on Earth to make sure there will never be another Holocaust."

Related video: Watch a clip of Hagee's comments Friday.


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  1. Randy - Denver

    Where was his desire to "to return to "the pressing issues of the day."? Like so many other of the radical right he is hiding behind the cloth and since he is white and saying the things the rednecks believe to rednecks he has been escused. me I willnot be satisfied with him and the other hate mongers until they close up shop and quit bilking the poor out of their hard earned cash to support building a giant church to worship themselves in! So shut up Hagee you lying scum bucket!

    May 23, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Lynn ND

    John McCain SOUGHT Hagee's endorsement. So when the he goes on and on about not being in his church for 20 years, I wonder why a person would SEEK the endorsement of someone who has made deeply disturbing remarks that were well documented. He has no right to question anyone's judgement. He is such a hypocrite!

    May 23, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. mohamed tholley

    Pastor Hagee has been a very charismatic pastor. All these years he was and still giving spiritual counselling to millions not only in America but all over the world. He has led a campaign for the jews and he is a champion for their course. I dont think he hates the jews. If people who think that his preaching is evil, let them stick to their opinion. John McCain is denouncing his pator for political reasons destiny will judge him.

    May 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Beckie Sue in Montana

    That's interesting. I'm more concerned with why Hillary would make the awful comments that she made earlier today. Every site is talking about it except for CNN.

    May 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. cheryl

    I have been wondering when the media was going to say anything about McCain and Hagee from the moment I saw the two of them together. Now that you have found out this Rev. is more of a psycho than 20 Rev. Wright, will you play his services 24/7.

    May 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Actually, in a strange way, this might be a good thing.

    Now, we're starting to have a serious dialog about religion. We start by hashing out all of our differences, and then we start to search for common ground.

    Christians believe that Jesus died for their sins, while the Jews and Muslims don't.

    There are obviously many other differences between the various denominations – Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, etc.

    But we all believe in two things:
    1. God created us
    2. God loves us, and he wants us to love each other.

    Please, let's not forget this.

    May 23, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. McCAIN THREW MEN OF GOD UNDER THE BUS!

    Please post, pretty please!!

    McCain has gone too far! First of all McCain knew before he sought and begged these men for their endorsement who they were. He put them in this situation only to denounce them for things they said years ago! These statements were from 1990s. Pastor Hagee is not against Jewish people. McCain allowed the media to use soundbites to be taken out of context and rather than defend their characters he threw them under the bus! It was not the same as Obama, Obama did not do this until Wright forced his hand by purposely putting himself, Obama, the Campaign and our future hopes in jeopardy by saying things he meant to be offensive or careless, his was unquestionably him showing off. This is not acceptable!

    Christians recognize that we do not always understand or agree with what God is saying to his people, but unless you know for sure that it is not God you had better be careful. This thing of thinking that God is not a God of Justice will be the downfall of this nation! Pastors need to teach their people that though God is loving and peaceful he is also a God of furious wrath and his ways are not like ours, they are not based on appeasing us or our likes. I just think God's warning "Touch not my anointed one" had better be taken into account before we open our mouths and be in such a hurry to denounce their words. Every prophet of old said things that made the people shudder. God has not changed, we have, but his word remains the same from generation to generations.

    This goes for Wright, Hagee, Parsley and all.

    I am a big Obama supporter and yes I would like to have this to use against McCain like Wright was used against Obama, but I am a Christian with this much knowledge of the word of God to know not to play around with Him. Better ask your pastor why God uses the title God of Host and what it means when he uses it!

    Call Obama Headquarters to let them know we do NOT want Clinton for Vice!! We do NOT!

    CALL TODAY AND EVERYDAY UNTIL HE SELECTS!!
    LEAVE COMMENTS IN HIS BLOGS LETTING THEM KNOW THIS!

    WE HAVE TO BE PRO- ACTIVE ABOUT THIS!!!!

    May 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Scott, Wichita

    A lot more civil than Obama's little pastor problems, wouldn't you say?

    So much for us conservatives being warmongers...

    May 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. NANA

    THOSE MINISTERS ARE JUST MERELY HIS MOUTHPIECE AND I REALLY DON'T GIVE A FLYING FLIP WHO HIS PASTORS,MENTORS,SPIRITUAL ADVISORS,WITCH DOCTOR,VOODOO HOODOO GUIDE IS .I SAY RECHECK THOSE MEDICAL REPORTS ON THIS OLD COOT.I'M LOOKING AT THE WAY HE CARRIES HIMSELF EVERY DAY AND SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH HIM OTHER THAN THE OBVIOUS THAT HE IS A CERTIFIED QUACK.

    May 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. JOHN

    HILLARY SUPPORTER PLEASE SHUT UP AND VOTE FOR MCCAIN, TO SAY OBAMA IS A LYING NEGATIVE POLITICAN, JUST CHECK OUT YOUR GIRLS STATEMENT ABOUT KENNEDY GETTING KILLED, SHAME ON YOU HILLARY, AND THE TIMING OF THIS STATEMENT WITH TED BEING ILL JUST SHOWS HOW THE CLINTONS WILL SAY ANYTHING TO GET BACK INTO THE WHITE HOUSE. I THINK I WILL THROW BY PASTOR UNDER THE BUS TODAY SO I CAN SKIP THE COLLECTION PLATE ON SUNDAY. LMAO.

    May 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Peaved.

    "HILARY 4 PREZ!!" --There is no room for your racist attitude her.
    You Hillary Hypocrits. And that goes for all of your racist hypocrital friends too!!
    Just go mark your "X" for McSane already.

    YOU SELL OUT!!

    May 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Woman for Obama

    I am not a fan of John McCains but Pastor John Hagees sermon was probrably taken out of context. Just as the Rev Wrights. This is why we need to stop mixing religion and politics. Let these preachers preach and stop trying to disect a sermon because many people interpret scripture differently. A scripture came become a big debate.

    But John McCain talked about Obama's relationship with Rev Wright so now the chickens have come home to roost.

    May 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Mike

    Pastor Hagee is a fruit loop of the highest order. And anyone who leans on such a person for spiritual guidance is either:

    1) profoundly confused
    2) incapable of rational thought,
    3) or completely stupid.

    His visions of christian biblical prophecy are no better than a tarot card reader in a backwater carny.

    May 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Nia

    Still dissappointed it took MSM so long to report on something thathas been known for the longest time. What's intresting is how quickly this fades into nothing. When the Rev. Wright crap was shoved down our throats everyday, all day, for weeks.

    May 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Hagee like Wright need to preach what the Bible teaches if they truly know anthing about the Bible. I like Obama and McCain distance myself from those who teach hate whether it's in church or socially.

    May 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Gobama

    Hilary 4 Prez-

    Typical Clinton supporter, no substance, no logical, or intelligence. Just like Hil....thank God for Obama.

    May 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. FEDUP

    He didn't sit in church and listen to him for 20 years, like Obama and Michelle did. Big difference, Write Hillary Clinton on your ballot in November.

    May 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. tracy

    I think that Pastor Hagee has taken the high road and I applaud him for that. These are the last days and we are relying on the media who, not to be judgemental, neither know God nor listen to His commands. A media that only picks parts of what they hear and then run with it. Pastor Hagee is a prophetic man of God. His analogies are profound. I guess when we read in the Bible that God hardened Pharoah's heart so that His glory would be revealed to the children of Israel, it's somehow wrong to say that God had anything to do with it.

    To quote 2 Timothy 3:1-5 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

    Thanks Pastor Hagee for having nothing to do with them.

    May 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. former hillary supporter

    I don't want any of you hillary supporters casting a vote for obama. you trolls and your hate spewing endorsement of hillary or mccain further confirm that obama is the right choice for america.

    May 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Peter Damoah-Afari

    Cheap pastor.........people were on Wright, why are they silent about this criminal pastor?

    May 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Tell It Like It Is

    AMEN !

    May 23, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Erik

    Why anybody cares what these shamans say or do is beyond me. They are irrelevant to our political process and our government.

    May 23, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Dan , TX

    The DNC is getting all the video ready. When the RNC plays Wright, the DNC will play the white Wrights, and McCain praising them, of course.

    You don't think we could talk about policy issues perhaps because of this. Wow, that would be awesome!

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. willowood

    I agree, lets see some 'constant' replaying for at least three months of their masterful reprenhensible comments...at least 12 to 20 times a day on each of your programs. I can already see you are downplaying this. CNN needs to give equal time to the "republican" pastor scandal!

    May 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. andrew s

    let move on and get to the issues that we care about.

    May 23, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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