Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –
Your friend Senator John McCain spent a whole year wooing an endorsement from San Antonio televangelist John Hagee. As a person of faith myself, I find it nice that Senator McCain would reach out to all kinds of people.
The problem is that Senator McCain’s new friend is my old enemy. Hagee told NPR in 2006 – long before McCain started courting him – that New Orleans had suffered “the judgment of God” because of its “level of sin,” referring to a conspiracy theory that God wiped out scores of disenfranchised Americans to punish the gays.
Hagee also calls the Catholic Church – your church, Governor – “the great whore” and “a false cult system.” And all without any retribution from Senator McCain.
One might use the word that Senator McCain used to criticize his likely opponent Senator Obama for reaching out to our enemies: appeasement. Yes, Senator McCain has done nothing but appease John Hagee.
Two famous sayings come to mind. “You are judged by the company you keep” and “you can’t govern people that you hate.” If Senator McCain wants my vote, he is going to have to renounce John Hagee; until he does, he is an enemy of liberty.