John Hagee

Maddow Calls Out Cruz For Embracing Pastor Who Said God Sent Hitler & Oprah Presages Antichrist

Sen. Ted Cruz has been embracing so many far-right figures in his quest to become president that we’ve almost stopped being surprised every time he rolls out a new, more extreme endorsement.

Almost.

Last week, Cruz outdid himself when he sent out a press release announcing the endorsement of Mike Bickle, head of the 24-hour International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri.

Cruz’s announcement was remarkable because associating with Bickle had already caused a considerable amount of trouble for Cruz’s fellow Texan Rick Perry back when he was launching his first presidential run in 2011. Bickle, whose theology iscontroversial even among evangelicals, was involved in organizing a prayer rally meant to launch Perry’s campaign, which ended up causing trouble for the then-Texas governor when Bickle’s extreme views — including his belief that Oprah Winfrey is the forerunner to the Antichrist — came to light. Nonetheless, Bickle ended up emceeing the second half of the event.

Even more disturbing than his unusual theological beliefs about Oprah was a sermon that came to light after Perry’s prayer rally in which Bickle declared that in the End Times, God will “raise up a hunter” to kill Jews who don’t accept Christ “and the most famous hunter in recent history is a man named Adolf Hitler.’”

This statement was similar to remarks made by Religious Right leader John Hagee that had caused Sen. John McCain to publicly reject his endorsement during his own presidential campaign in 2008.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who extensively covered Bickle’s role in Perry’s prayer rally back in 2011, took on Cruz’s latest endorsement on Friday, saying that while “candidates cannot be held responsible for everything said and done and believed by people who like them and endorse them and vote for them,” once you welcome and campaign on an endorsement, “you kind of own it” … and while John McCain sought to quickly distance himself from this type of controversy, Ted Cruz doesn’t seem to mind at all.

Cruz Courts Hagee, Dobson, Land & Hundreds Of Other Religious Right Leaders At Texas Confab

Sen. Ted Cruz headed to his home state of Texas this week to court prominent Christian conservative leaders in his effort to cement Religious Right support going into the GOP presidential primary. The gathering, which was held at the ranch of social conservative mega-donors Farris and Dan Wilks and organized in part by conservative activist and pro-Cruz super PAC head David Barton, drew 300 guests, the Washington Post reported, overflowing the Wilks’ home.

The Post reports that among the guests were John Hagee, the controversial pastor whose endorsement John McCain was pressured to reject in 2008, former top Southern Baptist leader Richard Land, and Focus on the Family and Family Research Council founder James Dobson, who has already officially endorsed Cruz:

The crowd was so large that when Cruz spoke the Wilkses had to open the pool patio doors to accommodate about 100 guests who stood in 28 degree weather to listen to the senator.

… By the end of the six-hour meeting Monday, dozens of the visitors lined up outside a closed room to tape video endorsements of the Cruz presidential bid. Some attended Super PAC and campaign fundraisers held Tuesday in Cisco that were timed to coincide with the fly-in.

The gathering could have been even larger. Mike Gonzalez, who leads the South Carolina Pastors Alliance, was disappointed that some of his fellow clergymen were not able to make it because bad weather caused flight cancellations.

However, when he arrived at the ranch he was stunned to see a crowd of about 300, "including many of the most prominent spiritual influencers in the country."

Those in attendance at the Monday sessions included prominent televangelists, such as John Hagee, pastor of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, and James Dobson, founder of the Focus on the Family organization. Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary and a longtime leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, was there, according to interviews with attendees, most of whom were not authorized to discuss the off-the-record session. They said that there were a number of Hispanic and African American clerics in the audience, including Gonzalez and Voddie Baucham, a well-known pastor in Texas.

"It was a very diverse group of national leaders who have significant standing," said David Barton, a Texas Republican author and activist who is leading one of the Super PACs that sponsored the gathering. "We brought them with no expectations and we were highly pleased with the number who decided Ted is the right man to be of the president of the U.S."

Barton said the purpose of the gathering was "to give people an opportunity to become acquainted with Ted's faith and see if they were comfortable with it."

The Texas Tribune reports that prominent Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson was also in attendance and came away impressed, calling it “the finest presentation I ever heard from a candidate.”

The Tribune reports that Cruz praised the Wilks brothers for their efforts to pull the country “back from the brink” and stop the “relentless assault we’ve seen on constitutional liberties and Judeo-Christian values”:

Speaking with reporters before the rally capping his two days in Cisco, Cruz heaped praise on the brothers, lauding their contributions to the oil industry in Texas as well as Christian activism throughout the country.

“They’re people for whom their faith is very important, and they’ve been willing to devote their resources to fighting for principles of religious liberty, fighting to defend life, fighting to defend marriage, fighting to defend the constitutional liberties on which this country is founded," Cruz told reporters. "Their entire family is focused on pulling this country back from the brink, from the relentless assault we’ve seen on constitutional liberties and Judeo-Christian values."

Before the rally, the Cruz family hosted a fundraiser at the community center that the Wilks were expected to attend. Sitting outside the room was another ode to the prominent hosts: a large placard reading, "A special thanks from Heidi & Ted Cruz to our hosts The Wilks Family."

Hagee: Christians Must 'Storm The Voting Booths And Vote The Bible'

John Hagee was the guest on James Robison's television program again today, where the two men continued their discussion of the existence and influence of demons as Hagee recounted his very first experience with a woman who became demon-possessed after playing with tarot cards.

But all that demon talk was really just a precursor to the main point of the program, which was the importane of getting Christians to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

It is imperative that the church "rise up and correct this nation's course," Robison said, and Hagee agreed, declaring that Christians must "storm the voting booths and vote the Bible" in order to throw all the "pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage" politicians out of office.

"The Bible says when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice. But the people of God have to stand up and speak up," Hagee said. "We, as salt and light, need to storm the voting booths and vote the Bible. Don't send some political hack to Washington who will continue doing the same old things of pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage, all of the things that are dragging this country down. Send someone that has a godly conviction, not what the speech they are writing or giving but by what their voting record says they are. And if they're not doing the righteous thing, send someone in their place to go. And if you can't find that one, run yourself!  There is nothing wrong with you running."

John Hagee Was Saved By An Angel But Couldn't Save A Woman From Demon Possession Brought On By 'The Exorcist'

John Hagee appeared on James Robison's television program today to promote his most recent book, "The Three Heavens: Angels, Demons and What Lies Ahead." Given the title, it was not surprising that much of the program was dedicated to a discussion of the existence and influence of angels and demons in world, with Hagee providing personal examples of his experiences with both.

In the first instance, Hagee recalled an incident from December, 1971, in which a man carrying a loaded gun entered his church, stood eight feet away and declared that he had come to kill Hagee in order "to demonstrate that Satan has more power than Jesus Christ."

Hagee responded by holding up his Bible and proclaiming that "no weapon formed against me shall prosper," at which point the gunmen fired six shots from close range and fled. The gunman was eventually tackled by a parishioner and arrested, while Hagee miraculously survived without a scratch because he was being protected by an angel.

"The next day, the police came and put a two-by-four where he was standing and took string and measured it and the bullet holes in the wall," Hagee recalled. "See, I'm standing right where I stood. There were three bullets to the left and three bullets to the right. I believe the angel of God was there parrying those bullets right and left to preserve my life. I would not be alive without the protection of the angels of God."

Later in the program, Hagee recalled a different situation in which a young woman went to see the film "The Exorcist" and became demon-possessed to such an extent that she began howling during the middle of one of his sermons. Hagee sought to pray for the woman but was prevented from doing so by her father, who was a psychiatrist, and so she eventually wound up in a psychiatric institution because Hagee had not been allowed to deliver her through prayer.

"It is not an innocent thing when you walk into the kingdom of darkness," Hagee warned. "The demonic power can take you over and the only thing that will get it out is the authority of Jesus' name and the blood of the cross."

Hagee: Iran Deal Puts America In The 'Direct Line Of Fire To Receive The Judgment Of God'

On this week's "Hagee Hotline," John Hagee continued to issue dire warnings that America will face the wrath of God if this nation reaches any sort of nuclear deal with Iran.

"I want you to hear this verse, it's God's foreign policy statement toward Israel," Hagee declared, "'I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you.' This nuclear treaty is America's curse on the future of Israel. If our Congress does not vote this down ... we, the United States of America, are in direct line of fire to receive the judgment of God. The day America turns its back on Israel will be the day God turns his back on us."

Paranoia-Rama: Nuclear War, Civil War & Cannibalism Coming To America

The prophets have spoken, and the news isn’t good for America. It turns out that war, terrorist attacks and a possible nuclear Armageddon are all on the horizon, and more likely than not it’s Obama’s fault.

Hagee: 'God Will Allow Terrorists To Attack The United States' Because Of Iran Nuclear Deal

On yesterday's "Hagee Hotline," John Hagee urged viewers to call their congressional representatives and urge them to vote against the nuclear deal with Iran, warning that otherwise "God will allow terrorists to attack the United States of America."

"The United States of America had better pay attention to this," the founder of Christians United for Israel said, "because Israel is the nation that God has sworn to defend. God could care less about what we say about Russia, about China, about Iran, but when we as a nation take a stand against Israel, God will take a stand against us."

"I refer you to the Babylonians, to the Romans, to the Greeks, to the Ottoman Empire, to the great empire of England that is now nothing more than an island because of their anti-Semitic actions against the Jewish people," Hagee continued. "If we allow terrorists to attack Israel, God will allow terrorists to attack the United States of America."

Hagee: Planned Parenthood Video 'Brings To Mind The Evil Of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich'

On yesterday's "Hagee Hotline," John Hagee seized upon the false and deceptively-edited smear video purporting to show a Planned Parenthood executive engaging in the illegal sale of "aborted baby parts," which he naturally likened to Nazi Germany.

"Planned Parenthood was caught on video chatting about the harvesting and sale of infant body parts over a glass of wine," Hagee said. "It brings to mind the evil of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich and Dr. Mengele, the Doctor of Death, and his gruesome brutal butchery of children for his demonic research for the Third Reich."

The discussion in the video, Hagee said, was no different than when "Hitler's monsters tallied up cattle cars transporting Jewish people to Auschwitz," which is why viewers must call Congress and "demand that Planned Parenthood be defunded" in order to "stop this tax-funded murder in the United States of America."

John Hagee: 'This Supreme Court Has Made America The New Sodom And Gomorrah'

On yesterday's "Hagee Hotline," Pastor John Hagee declared that the Supreme Court decision striking down gay marriage bans "has made America the new Sodom and Gomorrah" which must now face the judgment of God.

"The Supreme Court in Washington has handed down its decision in a 5-4 ruling supporting same-sex marriage," Hagee declared. "But the Supreme Court in Heaven has handed down its unanimous decision in a 3-0 ruling from God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit [that] marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman. Same-sex marriage will never be accepted in Heaven as legitimate, so says God Almighty."

"This Supreme Court has made America the new Sodom and Gomorrah," he continued. "God will have to judge America or He's going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah."

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/21/15

Santorum & Huckabee Join Anti-Gay Extremists In Vowing To Resist Marriage Equality Ruling

Likely GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee have joined more than 200 anti-gay activists in signing a pledge vowing to resist any Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality.

The pledge, which was co-written by Mat Staver of the right-wing legal group Liberty Counsel and Deacon Keith Fournier, a Catholic activist who recently argued that marriage equality is quite literally an attack of the Devil, recycles the language of a similar document circulated by right-wing groups when the Supreme Court took up a previous set of marriage cases in 2013. Staver and a number of other activists introduced the current pledge at a press conference this morning.

Along with Huckabee and Santorum, signers include former House GOP leader Tom Delay; big players in the Religious Right including John Hagee, Samuel Rodriguez and Focus on the Family’s James Dobson; and fringe anti-gay activists including Peter LaBarbera, Matt Barber, Cindy JacobsLinda Harvey and Bradlee Dean.

Comparing any sweeping decision in favor of marriage equality to the Dred Scott case, the activists vow that they will not recognize such a decision and indicate that they would try to convince national and state executive branches not to enforce it.

The full text of the pledge:

We stand together in defense of marriage and the family and society founded upon them. While we come from a variety of communities and hold differing faith perspectives, we are united in our common affirmation of marriage.

On the matter of marriage, we stand in solidarity. We affirm that marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of Creation. Marriage is ontologically between one man and one woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family. Family is the first vital cell of society, the first government, and the first mediating institution of our social order. The future of a free and healthy society passes through marriage and the family.

Marriage as existing solely between one man and one woman precedes civil government. Though affirmed, fulfilled, and elevated by faith, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based on religion or revelation alone, but on the Natural Law, written on the human heart and discernible through the exercise of reason. It is part of the natural created order. The Natural Law is what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., referred to as a higher law or a just law in his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail.

Marriage is the preeminent and the most fundamental of all human social institutions. Civil institutions do not create marriage nor can they manufacture a right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage. Society begins with marriage and the family.

We pledge to stand together to defend marriage for what it is, a bond between one man and one woman, intended for life, and open to the gift of children.

The institutions of civil government should defend marriage and not seek to undermine it. Government has long regulated marriage for the true common good. Examples, such as the age of consent, demonstrate such a proper regulation to ensure the free and voluntary basis of the marriage bond. Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State. No civil institution, including the United States Supreme Court or any court, has authority to redefine marriage.

As citizens united together, we will not stand by while the destruction of the institution of marriage unfolds in this nation we love. The effort to redefine marriage threatens the essential foundation of the family.

Experience and history have shown us that if the government redefines marriage to grant a legal equivalency to same-sex couples, that same government will then enforce such an action with the police power of the State. This will bring about an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights. The precedent established will leave no room for any limitation on what can constitute such a redefined notion of marriage or human sexuality. We cannot and will not allow this to occur on our watch. Religious freedom is the first freedom in the American experiment for good reason.

Conferring a moral and legal equivalency to any relationship other than marriage between a man and a woman, by legislative or judicial fiat, sends the message that children do not need a mother and a father. As a policy matter, such unions convey the message that moms and dads are completely irrelevant to the well-being of children. Such a policy statement is unconscionable and destructive. Authorizing the legal equivalency of marriage to same-sex couples undermines the fundamental rights of children and threatens their security, stability, and future.

Neither the United States Supreme Court nor any court has authority to redefine marriage and thereby weaken both the family and society. Unlike the Legislative Branch that has the power of the purse and the Executive Branch which has the figurative power of the sword, the Judicial Branch has neither. It must depend upon the Executive Branch for the enforcement of its decisions.

As the Supreme Court acknowledged in the 1992 decision of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, its power rests solely upon the legitimacy of its decisions in the eyes of the people. If the decisions of the Court are not based on the Constitution and reason, and especially if they are contrary to the natural created order, then the people will lose confidence in the Court as an objective arbiter of the law. If the people lose respect for the Court, the Court’s authority will be diminished.

The Supreme Court was wrong when it denied Dred Scott his rights and said, “blacks are inferior human beings.” And the Court was wrong when Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote in Buck v. Bell, “three generations of imbeciles are enough,” thus upholding Virginia’s eugenics law that permitted forced sterilization. Shamefully, that decision was cited during the Nuremburg trials to support the Nazi eugenic holocaust.

In these earlier cases, the definition of “human” was at issue. Now the definition of “marriage” is at issue. The Constitution does not grant a right to redefine marriage — which is nonsensical since marriage intrinsically involves a man and a woman. Nor does the Constitution prohibit states from affirming the natural created order of male and female joined together in marriage.

We will view any decision by the Supreme Court or any court the same way history views the Dred Scott and Buck v. Bell decisions. Our highest respect for the rule of law requires that we not respect an unjust law that directly conflicts with higher law. A decision purporting to redefine marriage flies in the face of the Constitution and is contrary to the natural created order. As people of faith we pledge obedience to our Creator when the State directly conflicts with higher law. We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross this line.

We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.

h/t RWW reader Erik

John Hagee: The World Will Face A Global Economic Crisis In The Fall Of 2015

On this week's "Hagee Hotline," John Hagee warned viewers to prepare themselves for a global economic collapse that will happen this fall, during which half of the world's wealth will be wiped out.

Coupling his own "blood moons" theory with Jonathan Cahn's "shemitah year" theory, Hagee warned that the world is now on the verge of total economic chaos.

"Do I think the four blood moons is a messenger of a coming storm?" he asked. "Absolutely. History repeats itself. And also, in this September, the shemitah year is ending ... 2015 is a shemitah year. September 28 is the fourth blood moon in this shemitah year. I believe, in the fall of this year, America and the world will face another economic crisis, perhaps as a result of war in the Middle East or an economic crash. But there are very sophisticated people on Wall Street saying we are facing a 50 percent correction in the stock market in the near future. Get ready. Americans should get prepared":

John Hagee Winds Up Debunking His Own 'Blood Moons' Theory

On Saturday evening, right-wing televangelist John Hagee hosted a special program designed to promote his "Four Blood Moons" theory which contends that the occurrence of four lunar eclipses on Jewish feast days over the last two years is a sign from God that "something dramatic [will] happen in the Middle East involving Israel that will change the course of history in the Middle East and impact the whole world."

Moderated by conservative radio host Joe Pagliarulo, the program featured Hagee, pseudo-historian David Barton, Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg, and astronomer Hugh Ross, a creationist who runs a ministry called Reasons to Believe which seeks to "spread the Christian Gospel by demonstrating that sound reason and scientific research" support Creationist beliefs.

Ross' participation in the event was something of a mystery since, from his opening remarks, he made it very clear that he did not subscribe to Hagee's premise in the slightest, saying that there is no statistical significance to these blood moons because they are very common and that Hagee is merely retroactively attaching spiritual significance to these routine events.

Hagee, of course, did not particularly appreciate the fact that Ross was completely undermining the entire premise of the show, as well as his book and movie based upon this premise, and so he challenged him to explain how it was possible for blood moons to occur on significant Jewish holiday in two consecutive years.

Ross responded that lunar eclipses are so common that it is "mathematically inevitable" that one would be able to link them up to significant events in the Bible or in the history of Israel if that is what one set out to do. The Bible, Ross said, does say that there will be signs from God, but they will be rare things like an asteroid hitting a body of water and turning the water to poison, not common things like a lunar eclipse.

"My problem with the blood moons is that it's not rare," Ross said. "It's hindsight. You're looking at different events in Israel's history and looking at different events in America's history and you're finding fits."

"These blood moons are visible here but not in Israel," Ross stated at one point, much to Hagee's surprise. Explaining that "a total lunar eclipse basically is visible to about one-third to one-half the earth," Ross asked why, if these blood moons are so significant to Israel, they are visible in America but not in Israel.

Hagee clearly was not aware of this fact, as all he could come up with as a response was that "I don't have an answer for why Israel can't see it":

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 3/23/15

  • Ted Cruz personally called Glenn Beck on Friday night to let him know that he was going to announce his bid for the presidency and then called into Beck's radio show today immediately following the announcement. So that tells you everything that you need to know about Ted Cruz.
  • Bryan Fischer says that by making his announcement at Liberty University, Cruz has "openly embraced evangelicals in a way we have not seen since the days of Ronald Reagan."
  • John Hagee has responded to allegations by WND that he stole the idea for his "four blood moon" book by demanding a retraction of WND's article.
  • Larry Tomczak begs Ben Carson not to back down from making anti-gay statements.
  • Finally, BarbWire once again posts a piece written by a viciously anti-gay activist who supports putting gays to death.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 3/20/15

  • Shockingly, Glenn Beck’s claim that “Obama took Hamas and Iran OFF the terror list” is completely false

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 3/19/15

  • Efforts to fund a movie about Meriam Ibrahim starring Kevin Sorbo and Stacey Dash have been cancelled after Ibrahim denounced it, saying that she had never been consulted or even given her permission.
  • Mat Staver says that Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election is a "modern-day miracle."
  • Glenn Beck let loose with a typically sanctimonious post on his Facebook page about how he and his family will be counted as "the righteous among the nations."
  • Jack Cashill is pretty sure that the left is trying to foment a race war in America.
  • Sen. Tom Coburn appeared on Bryan Fischer's radio program today.
  • Finally, it appears as if John Hagee may have a bit of a scandal on his hands.

Hagee: Netanyahu's Speech To Congress Was God's Warning To America To Stand With Israel Or Face Judgment

Yesterday's "Hagee Hotline" featured an excerpt from John Hagee's sermon this past Sunday, during which he declared that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress last week was really a message from God that He will destroy America if this nation does not stand with Israel.

"If we do not stand up for Israel," Hagee warned, "if we do not embrace Israel in her hour of tragedy, God will bring judgment to us. ... God's message to America this past Tuesday in Congress was loud and clear: Stand with Israel because the day you reject Israel is the day that I will reject you."

"Hello, Washington. Hello, John Kerry," he continued. "We are not negotiating Israel's future in Iran. We are negotiating ours":

John Hagee: Obama's Treatment Of Benjamin Netanyahu Will Cause God To Destroy America

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes to Washington, D.C., in March to lobby for tougher sanctions against Iran, President Obama will not be meeting with him and several Democratic members of Congress may skip his address.

Naturally, none of that is sitting well with John Hagee, who warned on yesterday's "Hagee Hotline" that God will destroy America for failing to adequately support Israel.

"I am a student of world history," Hagee said, "and you can wrap up world history in 25 words or less and here it is: the nations that blessed Israel prospered and the nations that cursed Israel were destroyed by the hand of God."

The Egyptian Empire, the Babylonian Empire, and the Ottoman Empire have all been wiped out, Hagee said, and even the British Empire has been "reduced to one tiny island because, since Edward the First, they have been and remain an anti-Semitic nation."

America will face the same fate, Hagee warned, because God "is watching what America does as it responds to Israel. If America turns its back on Israel, God will turn his back on America. And that's a fact. It's proven by history":

John Hagee: 'Anti-Semitic' Obama Is Sticking His Finger 'In The Eye Of God'

A few months ago, televangelist John Hagee came under fire for calling President Obama "one of the most anti-Semitic presidents in the history of the United States of America" and eventually had to walk back that statement, claiming that he misspoke and merely meant to call Obama "one of the most anti-Israel presidents in U.S. history."

On yesterday's "Hagee Hotline," however, Hagee once again called Obama "anti-Semitic" as he slammed him for not attending the unity march in Paris, saying that in skipping the rally, Obama was telling Jews all over the world that he doesn't care about their safety and security and was sticking his finger "in the eye of God."

"Not going to Paris sends a very clear message to the American Jewish community," Hagee said. "And that message is: we simply don't care. The clear message to Israel: you are alone; if you really get in a jam, don't look toward America for help. The president simply does not care."

"When you attack the Jewish people, you are picking a fight with God Almighty," he continued. "When you pick a fight with the Jewish people, you are sticking your finger in the eye of God. Wake up, America! Let's get involved in this global fight against anti-Semitism.  God Almighty is watching and it means a great deal to our national security because if we walk away from Israel, God will walk away from us."

Hagee went on to urge activists to contact Republicans in Congress and press them to pass a resolution declaring that any attack against Israel will be considered an attack against America in order to make Obama veto it, thereby exposing him "as the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel person that he is":

Five Moments From 2014 That Definitely Were A Sign Of The End Times

What better way to criticize your political opponents than by accusing them of creating an oppressive government that will lead to the coming of the Antichrist and fulfill biblical prophecy on the Last Days?

Warning about the imminent end of the world may seem extreme, but it is a great way for media personalities, politicians and activists to rile up and instill fear in their base. Whether such arguments are purely cynical or genuine, in 2014 many conservative pundits cited the End Times to back up their denunciations of everything from gay rights to the so-called ‘War on Christmas.’

The Obama Presidency

After leaving Congress, Michele Bachmann hopes to become a major conservative voice on foreign policy issues. Among her qualifications, apparently, is her knowledge of the End Times. Bachmann has warned that the Bible prophesied the president’s foreign policy decisions, arguing that Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are “calling for actual war and economic war against Israel, or at least suggesting it as such.”

“The nations of the world will come against Israel, and the scripture very specifically says all nations. Now for the United States, we don’t have that experience until recently under President Obama with the United States not standing with Israel,” Bachmann said in an interview with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, adding that the Jewish community “sold out Israel” in order to “support the political priority and the political ambitions of the president.”

Pat Robertson became so concerned with Obama’s term in office that he called on “700 Club” viewers to “pray to be delivered from this president,” warning that America will face “serious decline unless something dramatic is done about it.” Televangelist Matthew Hagee feared that Obamacare would condition people to accept “the kind of global dictatorship that is described in the End Times” and take on the Mark of the Beast.

Pastor Franklin Graham suggested that God will bless Russia thanks to Vladimir Putin’s leadership while removing His favor from America as a result of administration policies that are “pushing the gay-lesbian agenda.” “Our president and his attorney general have turned their backs on God and His standards, and many in the Congress are following the administration’s lead,” Graham said.

Pastor Mark Creech, who is affiliated with the American Family Association, wrote a column for the Christian Post implying that Obama is the Antichrist who will surface “in the last days – the day before Christ's return.”

Radio host Rick Wiles dedicated an entire show with Jonathan Wright to discussing how the “Bible Code” proves Obama is the Antichrist and even offered the strongest evidence yet that Obama is either the Antichrist or his forerunner: a fly once landed on him.

Ebola

Following the lead of Republican politicians who cynically turned the Ebola outbreak in West Africa into a campaign issue, only to have their incendiary rhetoric about Ebola (and Ebola-tainted urine) subside after the Fall election, many conservative pundits and pastors used Ebola to stoke fear about imminent dictatorship, divine punishment and the end of the world as we know it.

Televangelist John Hagee told viewers that the Ebola virus is God’s way of showing his anger with President Obama’s foreign policies, while his son Matthew Hagee suggested that the Bible pointed to Ebola as a sign of the End Times. Another televangelist, Jim Bakker, offered a special discount on survival food items, including desserts, in case Ebola and other calamities bring down the country.

The doomsday prophet Glenn Beck — who raised fears about Nigerian prison guards possibly spreading Ebola to Texas and suggested that Obama doesn’t mind Texans contracting Ebola since it is a conservative state — was pretty sure that the Ebola outbreak is the beginning of God’s judgment on the country and America’s imminent collapse.

Several GOP members of Congress issued claims that Obama will intentionally infect Americans with the virus, while others made completely baseless allegations that Ebola-infected immigrants are descending upon America.

WorldNetDaily, a bastion of right-wing conspiracy theories, at different times alleged that Obama wanted Ebola to spread throughout the country in order to justify his purported plans to establish gulags, lock Americans in FEMA camps and declare martial law.

Far-right radio hosts alleged that Obama wanted to “round up patriots,” ban churches and aid Ebola-infected ISIS fighters, and one Fox News personality said Obama hoped to use Ebola to make America “suffer” while helping his African brethren. One prominent right-wing radio broadcaster, Janet Parshall, said God used Ebola as a “warning” because “he is a gentleman.”

Of course, gay people were also to blame. “Trunews” host Rick Wiles said God will use Ebola to give gays and others an “attitude adjustment,” and pastor Ron Baity, who worked with the Family Research Council to champion his state’s ban on marriage equality, said homosexuality is responsible for the Ebola outbreak since it is “bringing the judgment of God on this nation.”

Gays Rights Victories

Ebola, it turns out, was just one way that gay people, along with supporters of gay rights, tried to usher in the global calamities leading up to the End Times.

Deryl Edwards of Liberty Counsel pointed to growing acceptance of gay Christians as a sign that we are “in the Last Days.” Mission America’s Linda Harvey claimed marriage equality is one reason why “we’re heading into the End Times, and it sure looks like we may be, or the end of America — or both.” Michael Bresciani of the Christian Post said God will use terrorist attacks to punish the country for accepting gay rights. Pastor Flip Benham maintained that homosexuality “destroys those who practice it and nations that approve of it.” Rick Wiles predicted that gay rights will lead to an all-out nuclear war.

Southern Baptist megachurch pastor Dwight McKissic said athlete Michael Sam’s decision to come out of the closet shows that “the spirit of Sodom would be prevalent and prominent in the end time,” since, McKissic claims, “the Anti-Christ would be a homosexual, or certainly unmarried.”

“This is the moral issue of the End Times,” pastor Scott Lively said of homosexuality, lamenting in a radio show interview that “it’s just astonishing how rapidly they are proceeding in homosexualizing the whole world.”

Addressing the National Organization for Marriage’s Washington D.C. rally, Mike Huckabee said that “there is no doubt in my mind” that the U.S. “will feel His hand of judgment” if the courts strike down bans on same-sex marriage. Another speaker at the event, pastor and Pennsylvania politician Sam Rohrer, predicted that the legalization of same-sex marriage will “destroy the very fabric of our nation,” “invite God’s judgment” and “remove His blessing from our nation.”

Televangelist Pat Robertson — who had a banner year of blasting gay people as “terrorists” and demonic — marked Thanksgiving by warning that gay rights are “sowing the seeds” of America’s “destruction.”

Abortion Rights

Not only did we learn this year that the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade was responsible for America’s withdrawal from Vietnam, but the landmark ruling is also apparently paving the way for the Last Days.

“The Response: Louisiana,” the upcoming Baton Rouge prayer rally hosted by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and sponsored by the American Family Association, republished materials from its 2012 Houston event featuring Texas Gov. Rick Perry that blamed abortion rights and homosexuality for natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and for contributing to America’s “ultimate destruction.” (After the materials caused controversy, organizers removed them from their website). Mike Huckabee similarly warned in a speech reflecting on the Holocaust that abortion rights and marriage equality will lead to the collapse of civilization.

Michael Bresciani assured Christian Post readers that the deleterious effects of climate change actually have nothing to do with the environment at all. Instead, Bresciani writes, incidents of extreme weather are just “‘birth pangs’ for a planet about to meet its creator” as legal abortion, along with homosexuality, brings “the antichrist to his short lived rule over a reprobate and dying world.”

In a column published on BarbWire, Bresciani claimed that “gay marriage and abortion, Obama’s preferred social causes, are antichrist in nature,” warning that the “Bible says that when a nation chooses to ignore its sinfulness, God will not only allow them to go reprobate, but will empower them with rulers who will enable them to succeed in their drive to destruction.”

End Times preacher Jonathan Cahn linked abortion rights and same-sex marriage to the September 11 terrorist attacks and a looming “great shaking” from God, and the Oak Initiative said legal abortion led to “the alien invasion” on America’s southern border as “a sign of divine judgment.”

Joel Rosenberg, a prominent Religious Right author who focuses his work on End Times scenarios, told Pat Robertson that legal abortion has turned the U.S. into a worse country than Nazi Germany, warning viewers: “We know the judgment that came on Nazi Germany, and we feel like it was correct, it was just. What do we think is going to happen?”


The War on Christmas

Conservative activists often celebrate Christmas by claiming that they are being persecuted by store clerks and neighbors who dare to say “Happy Holidays” as part of the annual "War on Christmas."

A distraught Franklin Graham warned “the war on Christmas is a war on Christ and His followers” and described it as a satanic plot that may one day lead to violent anti-Christian persecution.

A Renew America columnist said the “war on Christmas” and “the growing disrespect and outright mocking of one of Christianity’s holiest days” is linked to biblical prophecies about the End Times: “While Christians in other nations like Iraq, China, and Iran are being murdered in the most gruesome of ways for their faith in Jesus Christ, America allows Him to be mocked and ridiculed. What kind of people have we become to allow this travesty? God's Word says that ‘in the Last Days, scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires.’ (2 Pe. 3:3 NLT).”

“Friends, what we are seeing is the reason America is not mentioned as a world power in Bible end times prophecy,” writes J.P. Sloane in the far-right outlet BarbWire. “As America continues to travel down the Paganistic heathen slope of perversions—and atheists attacking Christians and Jews—while Muslims are celebrating their holidays in the very capital of our country—yes in our very own White House—Christmas—a legal American holiday—is under attack on a regular annual basis!”

Christian Anti-Defamation Commission President Gary Cass told radio host Jerry Newcombe of Truth in Action Ministries that “the spirit of Antichrist” is behind the mythical War on Christmas.

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John Hagee Posts Archive

Miranda Blue, Monday 01/25/2016, 11:43am
Sen. Ted Cruz has been embracing so many far-right figures in his quest to become president that we’ve almost stopped being surprised every time he rolls out a new, more extreme endorsement. Almost. Last week, Cruz outdid himself when he sent out a press release announcing the endorsement of Mike Bickle, head of the 24-hour International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri. Cruz’s announcement was remarkable because associating with Bickle had already caused a considerable amount of trouble for Cruz’s fellow Texan Rick Perry back when he was launching his first... MORE >
Miranda Blue, Wednesday 12/30/2015, 4:14pm
Sen. Ted Cruz headed to his home state of Texas this week to court prominent Christian conservative leaders in his effort to cement Religious Right support going into the GOP presidential primary. The gathering, which was held at the ranch of social conservative mega-donors Farris and Dan Wilks and organized in part by conservative activist and pro-Cruz super PAC head David Barton, drew 300 guests, the Washington Post reported, overflowing the Wilks’ home. The Post reports that among the guests were John Hagee, the controversial pastor whose endorsement John McCain was... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 10/06/2015, 9:32am
John Hagee was the guest on James Robison's television program again today, where the two men continued their discussion of the existence and influence of demons as Hagee recounted his very first experience with a woman who became demon-possessed after playing with tarot cards. But all that demon talk was really just a precursor to the main point of the program, which was the importane of getting Christians to vote in the upcoming presidential election. It is imperative that the church "rise up and correct this nation's course," Robison said, and Hagee agreed, declaring that... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 10/05/2015, 10:33am
John Hagee appeared on James Robison's television program today to promote his most recent book, "The Three Heavens: Angels, Demons and What Lies Ahead." Given the title, it was not surprising that much of the program was dedicated to a discussion of the existence and influence of angels and demons in world, with Hagee providing personal examples of his experiences with both. In the first instance, Hagee recalled an incident from December, 1971, in which a man carrying a loaded gun entered his church, stood eight feet away and declared that he had come to kill Hagee in order... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 09/10/2015, 10:24am
On this week's "Hagee Hotline," John Hagee continued to issue dire warnings that America will face the wrath of God if this nation reaches any sort of nuclear deal with Iran. "I want you to hear this verse, it's God's foreign policy statement toward Israel," Hagee declared, "'I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you.' This nuclear treaty is America's curse on the future of Israel. If our Congress does not vote this down ... we, the United States of America, are in direct line of fire to receive the judgment of God.... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Friday 08/14/2015, 4:25pm
The prophets have spoken, and the news isn’t good for America. It turns out that war, terrorist attacks and a possible nuclear Armageddon are all on the horizon, and more likely than not it’s Obama’s fault. MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 08/12/2015, 10:43am
On yesterday's "Hagee Hotline," John Hagee urged viewers to call their congressional representatives and urge them to vote against the nuclear deal with Iran, warning that otherwise "God will allow terrorists to attack the United States of America." "The United States of America had better pay attention to this," the founder of Christians United for Israel said, "because Israel is the nation that God has sworn to defend. God could care less about what we say about Russia, about China, about Iran, but when we as a nation take a stand against Israel, God... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 07/22/2015, 12:55pm
On yesterday's "Hagee Hotline," John Hagee seized upon the false and deceptively-edited smear video purporting to show a Planned Parenthood executive engaging in the illegal sale of "aborted baby parts," which he naturally likened to Nazi Germany. "Planned Parenthood was caught on video chatting about the harvesting and sale of infant body parts over a glass of wine," Hagee said. "It brings to mind the evil of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich and Dr. Mengele, the Doctor of Death, and his gruesome brutal butchery of children for his demonic research for the... MORE >