IN YOUR FAITH

Hagee Fact of the Day

Sorry, we fell down on the job yesterday. But here’s today’s HFOTD: John McCain wasn’t the only ‘08 GOP candidate who cozied up to Hagee. So did Mike Huckabee, who preached a Christmas sermon at his church in 2007, and Newt Gingrich, who spoke at his Christians United for Israel conference that same year. Oh, wait! So did Rick Santorum. Both made the threat of “radical Islam” a central theme. All three may be running in 2012.

At that same conference, Hagee called “radical Islam” the “beast,” and Iranian president Ahmadinejad the beast’s head. And compared Ahmadinejad to Hitler, and Iran to Nazi Germany. Except for Hagee, it’s been 1938 again going on five years now.

Hagee Fact of the Day

Hagee believes feminism is “witchcraft,” and that “the feminist movement today is throwing off authority in rebellion against God’s pattern for the family.” He believes that “God’s plan” is “for the wife to submit to the loving husband.”

(See God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, pp. 82-83)

Hagee Fact of the Day

God’s Candidate for America. That was the title of Hagee’s self-published book endorsing George W. Bush for president in 2000.

Hagee Fact of the Day

Lately there has been renewed attention on the controversial televangelist and founder of Christians United for Israel John Hagee, after reports that GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich would be paying a visit to the same preacher who caused so much trouble for John McCain in 2008.

There are a few ways of understanding a phenomenon like Hagee: one is to view him as a collection of outlandish, fire-breathing comments on everything from the Catholic Church to the Holocaust to why war with Iran will ignite the battle of Armageddon. But until McCain separated himself from him during the 2008 campaign, Hagee had long played a role in GOP presidential politics. Over at the main site, we have been and will continue to explain Hagee, but here we’ll offer little tidbits of Hagee-ography. (Much different from hagiography, to be sure.)

Today: in the 2000 film Left Behind, based on the best-selling series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, Hagee and his wife Diana are seen vanishing from their airplane seats during the rapture scene.

Bonus Gingrich-related fact: Diana is Hagee’s second wife. He left his first wife when their children were quite young for the younger Diana.

Gog And Magog

An ultra-orthodox rabbi described as an “unconventional Lithuanian leader who is believed to have mystic powers” says the uprisings in the Arab world indicate that the Messiah is coming soon.

Is this the unconventional part or the mystic powers part or just the Islamo-xenophobic apocalyptism part? He has issued an edict saying it’s against Jewish law for yeshivas to hire Arabs. After all, we are at war with them…and are there not Jews that can work and make a living?