Huckabee Calls Extremist War-Mongering Preacher A “Great Leader”
After locking up the Minuteman vote, Huck is making a play for the "let’s start WWIII for Jesus" crowd with his visit to John Hagee’s megachurch.
Taking a break from the Iowa campaign trail, Huckabee delivered a Christmas season sermon at Cornerstone about Christ’s birth and embraced Hagee, calling him "one of the great Christian leaders of our nation."
For those who aren’t familiar with Hagee, he’s a world-class loon who wants to start a war against Iran that will bring about the Second Coming. There’s an excellent profile of him, and the dangerous nexus between radical Christians, the Israeli lobby, and the neoconservatives at Bill Moyers (you can watch the full show here).
JOHN HAGEE, SEPTEMBER 11, 2005: They [Iran] intend to bring that [nuclear] bomb online and if they use it, you think gas is high now. Life as we know it is going to change instantly and forever and I’m telling you, you need to get your life ready to meet the son of God in all his glory. It’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.
CONGREGATION: Clap, clap, clap!
JOHN HAGEE: There are going to be people in this tribulation period who do not take
BILL MOYERS: There will be plenty of bloodshed.
JOHN HAGEE: They will have their heads cut off.
BILL MOYERS: But get ready — it’s coming.
JOHN HAGEE: We are this close to the rapture of the church of Jesus Christ.
Hagee is also supposedly anti-Catholic, though I tend to be skeptical of anything Bill Donohue says. At any rate, it’d be nice if someone in the press would ask Huckabee what he thinks about Hagee’s insane views, but I won’t hold my breath.