It looks like McCain supporter John Hagee still blames us for Hurricane Katrina.
Hagee has long said that Katrina was God's judgment for a "massive homosexual rally" that was planned for the Monday following the storm. McCain has refused to repudiate Hagee's anti-gay statements and even sought out the endorsement for a little fundie street cred, saying he was "glad to have" the endorsement.
Well, Hagee's not done with his gay-hating rants yet. Hagee maintained that position in a radio interview with Dennis Prager on Tuesday. Read the transcript after the jump...
PRAGER: Right, but in the case, did NPR get, is this quote correct though that in the case of New Orleans you do feel it was sin?
HAGEE: In the case of New Orleans, their plan to have that homosexual rally was sin. But it never happened. The rally never happened.
PRAGER: No, I understand.
HAGEE: It was scheduled that Monday.
PRAGER: No, I'm only trying to understand that in the case of New Orleans, you do feel that God's hand was in it because of a sinful city?
HAGEE: That it was a city that was planning a sinful conduct, yes.
Gay groups in New Orleans, along with MoveON.org, are protesting McCain's photo-op visit to the ninth ward. They are also circulating a petition stating: "John Hagee continues to blame the people of New Orleans for the catastrophe of Katrina. Senator McCain: If you reject intolerance and bigotry, reject Hagee's political support and stop courting hate-mongers like him."
McCain was asked about the endorsement briefly by reporters, to which he responded that the controversy was "nonsense". He then attempted to deflect the question by bringing up Reverend Wright, saying: "I didn't attend Pastor Hagee's church for 20 years. There's a great deal of difference, in my view, between someone who endorses you, and other circumstances." Check out the video-
It is interesting that AGAIN the media is giving McCain a pass with this. They continue to talk about "bittergate, bowling, and beer", yet never call out McCain for his flip-flopping and pandering to the religious right. The media hounded both Clinton and Obama about endorsements from people they never sought out and forced them to publicly denounce them. Yet McCain can take the stage with a bigoted, anti-gay pastor and still the media just smiles and asks for his barbeque recipes?
Perhaps the energy of our community would be better spent on making sure McCain is defeated rather than fighting daily about the rather small differences between Obama and Clinton. While we continue to tear at each other and allow the media to overlook McCain, he is quietly tip-toeing into the White House with his fundie friends.