The New York Times has an interview with John Hagee, who seems rather eager not to discuss some of his controversial past statements, or to distort them and claim he said something entirely different. Like this:
What about your observation in a recent book that “most readers will be shocked by the clear record of history linking Adolf Hitler and the Roman Catholic Church in a conspiracy to exterminate the Jews”?
What I was trying to express was the fact that Christian anti-Semitism — both Catholic and Protestant — contributed to an environment in which Nazi racial anti-Semitism could flourish.
How interesting. He was trying to express his opposition to both Catholic and Protestant anti-Semitism. So naturally he mentions only Catholic anti-Semitism and doesn’t bother to mention Martin Luther, one of the most virulent anti-Semites in history. Yep, that makes sense. But at least he answered that question; he didn’t wanna talk about his previous statements about Hurricane Katrina at all:
Let’s talk about your much-quoted comment that Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for a gay rights parade in New Orleans.
We’re not going down there. That’s so far off-base it would take us 33 pages to go through that, and it’s not worth going through.
What, exactly, is so far off-base? For the record, here is exactly what he said:
All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are – were recipients of the judgment of God for that. The newspaper carried the story in our local area that was not carried nationally that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades. So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing.”
It might take 33 pages to obfuscate about it, but there’s not really a lot of room for interpretation there. The statement is pretty damn clear. Why won’t Hagee just stand by his words?