A few days ago, I wrote:
The crazy, far-right Hagee is no real friend to Israel and I suspect it is only a matter of time, if Lieberman persists on perpetuating Hagee's national status by attending his wingdings, before more, and even less ambiguous, anti-semitic remarks from Hagee surface.Well, lo and behold:
On March 16, 2003, on the eve of the United States' invasion of Iraq, Pastor John Hagee took to the pulpit to warn of the coming Antichrist. In his sermon, "The Final Dictator," Hagee described the Antichrist as a seductive figure with "fierce features." He will be "a blasphemer and a homosexual," the pastor announced. Then, Hagee boomed, "There's a phrase in Scripture used solely to identify the Jewish people. It suggests that this man [the Antichrist] is at least going to be partially Jewish, as was Adolph Hitler, as was Karl Marx."That Hagee and/or his enablers are taken seriously in American politics these days is prime evidence that the Far Right has taken this country to a very sick, very dangerous place.
This "fierce" gay Jew, according to Hagee, would "slaughter one-third of the Earth's population" and "make Adolph Hitler look like a choirboy."
Lieberman surely knows plenty of clergy, of all faiths, who are both enthusiastic supporters of Israel and not anti-Semitic. For Lieberman to stoop so low as to associate himself with an anti-Semitic madman like Hagee - and continue to do so after being confronted again and again with evidence of his poisonous bigotry - displays a self-hate that itself borders on the pathological.