I praised McCavein the other day for taking the right position vis-a-vis the hateful and bigoted commentary from Willie “Adolf” Cunningham. I put a sentence in that post that I knew I’d be recalling very soon in a new post…

Thanks, Johnny. I doubt you’ll see the preceding sentence in another Reconstitution post.

My, how right I was about that one!

Today comes word that Johnny’s bed-hopping yet again, but this time he didn’t jump in bed with a lobbyist (for a change.) This time he decided to hop in the sack with one of the most venomous Jesusistan wingtards there is. Let us examine for a moment the philosophy of Mr. John Hagee:

He alleges the land of Israel never belonged to the Arabs because sovereignty went from the Ottoman Turks who controlled the land prior to World War I, to the British, to the United Nations which authorized its partition and creation of the State of Israel. He claims the land was named Palestine after the ancient Philistines to punish the Jews for their revolt against the Romans, that there is no unique Palestinian language and most of those who claim to be Palestinians immigrated from other Arab nations prior to 1948.

Hagee has said Iran is a threat to Western civilization and that they will never respond favorably to diplomacy. He supports an American-Israeli attack on Iran to eliminate its alleged nuclear programme and supports the Neo-Conservative movement in the United States…

…Hagee’s preaching is considered relatively traditional compared to some other televangelists. He asks his congregation to stand during the reading of the Biblical text prior to his sermon, and his style is often classified as “hellfire and brimstone.” Hagee, like some other evangelical ministers, condemns literature such as J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, calling it contemporary witchcraft…

…In his book Jerusalem Countdown: A Warning to the World, Hagee interprets the Bible to predict Russia and the Islamic states will invade Israel and be destroyed by God. This will cause the anti-Christ, the head of the European Union, to create a confrontation over Israel between China and the West. A final battle between East and West at Armageddon will then precipitate the Second Coming of Christ. In a discussion concerning Muhammad, he claims Muhammad was a man of war and this influence on Islam is the cause of the troubles of Jerusalem…

…Hagee has written about the Roman Catholic Church in his book Jerusalem Countdown:

“Adolf Hitler attended a Catholic school as a child and heard all the fiery anti-Semitic rantings from Chrysostom to Martin Luther. When Hitler became a global demonic monster, the Catholic Church and Pope Pius XII never, ever slightly criticized him. Pope Pius XII, called by historians ‘Hitler’s Pope,’ joined Hitler in the infamous Concordat of Collaboration, which turned the youth of Germany over to Nazism, and the churches became the stage background for the bloodthirsty cry, ‘Pereat Judea’…. In all of his [Hitler's] years of absolute brutality, he was never denounced or even scolded by Pope Pius XII or any Catholic leader in the world. To those Christians who believe that Jewish hearts will be warmed by the sight of the cross, please be informed-to them it’s an electric chair.

The Roman Catholic Church, which was supposed to carry the light of the gospel, plunged the world into the Dark Ages…. The Crusaders were a motley mob of thieves, rapists, robbers, and murderers whose sins had been forgiven by the pope in advance of the Crusade…. The brutal truth is that the Crusades were military campaigns of the Roman Catholic church to gain control of Jerusalem from the Muslims and to punish the Jews as the alleged Christ killers on the road to and from Jerusalem.”

This here’s a helluva guy, no? He hates Muslims, but he hates the Catholics just as much. He feels that the Almighty has tasked him with striking down these false religions in favor of his flavor of Jesusistan. Naturally, the Almighty would want a guy so dedicated to flushing out the false religions from the world to be well compensated, and as a loyal servant of the Lord, John Hagee does not turn away from that which Jesus meant him to have.

According to income tax statements that GETV filed with the Internal Revenue Service, the nonprofit organization drew $18.3 million in revenue in 2001, the most recent year the organization submitted a return to the IRS. That year, Hagee’s total compensation package amounted to more than $1.25 million.

Like most nonprofit organizations, GETV is obligated to disclose its finances by making IRS income tax statements, called 990 forms, available to the public. In return for complying, it isn’t required to pay income taxes on revenue, business and operation taxes and property taxes. It also receives a discount on bulk mailing.

And it is also able to sell products tax-free and at a 50 percent profit because selling religious books, tapes and albums fits within GETV’s broadly stated mission, which is to “spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

According to the 990 forms for GETV, the organization in 2001 netted $12.3 million from donations, $4.8 million in profit from the sales of books and tapes, and an additional $1.1 million from various other sources, including rental income.

As the nonprofit organization’s president, Hagee drew $540,000 in compensation, as well as an additional $302,005 in compensation for his position as president of Cornerstone Church, according to GETV’s tax statements.

He also received $411,561 in benefits from GETV, including contributions to a retirement package for highly paid executives the IRS calls a “rabbi trust,” so named because the first beneficiary of such an irrevocable trust was a rabbi.

The John Hagee Rabbi Trust includes a $2.1 million 7,969-acre ranch outside Brackettville, with five lodges, including a “main lodge” and a gun locker. It also includes a manager’s house, a smokehouse, a skeet range and three barns.

Taken together, his payment package, $842,005 in compensation and $414,485 in benefits, was one of the highest, if not the highest, pay package for a nonprofit director in the San Antonio area in 2001…

…Hagee wasn’t the only one making money from the enterprise. Diana Hagee received compensation of $67,907 as vice president of GETV and $58,813 as the special events director for Cornerstone Church.

Their son, Matthew Hagee, 24, received a compensation of $10,288 for his role as a director at GETV. And according to the 990 form, one of his daughters earned a salary for serving as the director of publications for GETV.

Matthew and his sisters, Tina and Sandy, make up the John Hagee Family Singers, who also earn royalties from album sales and honoraria for singing at events and get paid through GETV.

Diana, Matthew and John Hagee are listed on the 990 filing as three of four GETV officers, along with the church’s chief financial officer, Alan Hulme.

It is a setup that some observers say creates a conflict of interest and allows the officers to determine their own salaries, benefits and other forms of compensation.

“That is a serious, serious problem in accountability,” said Ole Anthony, president of Trinity Foundation, a Dallas-based watchdog group that conducts undercover investigations of television evangelists.

Anthony said he and his organization, which operates a victim hot line for people who feel they’ve been bilked by television ministries, have not received any substantive complaints of fraud about John Hagee Ministries, GETV or Cornerstone Church.

“We have had calls, mostly from disgruntled employees, but not the real extraordinary complaints from someone who’s been defrauded,” Anthony said. “Usually, we get those complaints from people who’ve been involved in the healing ministries, the ones that claim to cure illnesses and disease.”

But when Anthony learned about Hagee’s compensation package and the board’s tight family structure, he said the Trinity Foundation might consider conducting an investigation in the future.

“The amount of money he’s making is unconscionable for a minister,” Anthony said.

Hagee defended his GETV compensation package, saying he earned the money and benefits through speaking fees and “royalties” for book and tape sales and not from individual donors calling the station’s prayer line.

“I have no salary here (with GETV), none whatsoever,” Hagee said. “What I have is a royalty from products I produce. That’s very, very different. And to call that an income would be a misappropriation of terms.”

Talk about some moral relativism! I thought the Jesusistan types didn’t engage in this stuff!

Now that you have a pretty good idea of who (and more importantly, what) John Hagee is, let’s move onto today’s subject. Apparently this greedy bigot is just the kind of guy John McCavein likes to pal around with. Hagee is clearly no better than Cunningham, but McCavein is a guy who splits his ethics according to either the amount of personal gain that’s in it for him, or the number of voters McCavein thinks he can impress by either denouncing or embracing somebody. It’s pretty clear here that McCavein has calculated that the number of Klanservatives who will flock to the polls in his favor outweighs the number of Catholic wingtards Donohue could have sent in his direction, so McCavein donned the white sheet and marched happily off to set the cross on fire.

I simply will not link to Donohue’s Catholic League in the pages of Reconstitution if I can avoid it, so instead I’ll link to the blog that turned me on to this story here. I will post what Donohue had to say about Johnny’s new pal below, however:



February 28, 2008

Yesterday, Senator John McCain said he was “very honored by Pastor John Hagee’s endorsement.” The Republican presidential hopeful also called Hagee “the staunchest leader of our Christian evangelical movement,” citing the minister’s pro-Israel stance.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue addressed this today:

“There are plenty of staunch evangelical leaders who are pro-Israel, but are not anti-Catholic. John Hagee is not one of them. Indeed, for the past few decades, he has waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church. For example, he likes calling it ‘The Great Whore,’ an ‘apostate church,’ the ‘anti-Christ,’ and a ‘false cult system.’ To hear the bigot in his own words, click here. Note: he isn’t talking about the Buddhists.

“In Hagee’s latest book, Jerusalem Countdown, he calls Hitler a Catholic who murdered Jews while the Catholic Church did nothing. ‘The sell-out of Catholicism to Hitler began not with the people but with the Vatican itself,’ he writes.

“For the record, Hitler persecuted the Catholic Church and was automatically excommunicated in 1931—two years before he assumed power—when he acted as best man at Joseph Goebbel’s Protestant wedding. Hitler even bragged about his separation from the Church. As for doing nothing about the Holocaust, Sir Martin Gilbert reminds us that Goebbels denounced Pope Pius XII for his 1942 Christmas message criticizing the Nazis (the New York Times lauded the pope for doing so in an editorial for two years in a row). Much to Hagee’s chagrin, Gilbert also says that Pius XII saved three quarters of the Jews in Rome, and that more Jews were saved proportionately in Catholic countries than Protestant countries. Indeed, Israeli diplomat Pinchas Lapide credited the Catholic Church with saving 860,000 Jews. No religion can match that.

“Senator Obama has repudiated the endorsement of Louis Farrakhan, another bigot. McCain should follow suit and retract his embrace of Hagee.”

I do not call Johnny McCavein for nothing. And Johnny seldom fails to live up to his name. As much as I hate Donohue, he couldn’t be more right this time.

On a lighter note, this is a schism of wingtards and a backhanded endorsement of Obama. Overall, I’m pleased with it.

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