McContext

March 11th, 2008at 10:36pm Posted by Eli

It really is amazing what a difference “context” can make:

On Bill Bennett’s radio show this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he repudiates “any comments” by hard-line conservative Pastor John Hagee “that are anti-semetic or anti-Catholic, racist, any other.” “I repudiate the words that create that impression,” said McCain.But unlike his previous, half-hearted attempts to distance himself from Hagee, McCain also spoke up in the controversial pastor’s defense, saying that Hagee “said that his words were taken out of context”:

I will say that he said that his words were taken out of context, he defends his position. I hope that maybe you’d give him a chance to respond. He says he has never been anti-Catholic, but I repudiate the words that create that impression.

McCain then said he could look past Hagee’s bigoted comments because “when we were doing the No Surrender tour, he came and spoke on behalf of not surrendering in Iraq.”

Even if Hagee does support McCain’s vision of 100 years in Iraq, that does nothing to change the context of his past toxic comments. What context would absolve his belief that “Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans” for hosting a gay pride parade?

And let us not forget when Hagee called the Catholic Church “the great whore,” a “false cult system,” and “the apostate church.” Because I’m sure that the context was something like, “Here is a list of things that the totally awesome Catholic Church is not.”

I am so sick of Republicans using “out of context” as a get-out-of-jail-free card whenever they get busted saying something repulsive.

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain,Politics,Religion,Republicans,Wankers


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