John Hagee spoke in Los Angeles last night, and my colleague, Danielle Berrin, reports that, as far as controversial speakers go, he was no Karl Rove. Despite receiving a lot of press during the past few weeks for his history of incendiary comments, Hagee, Danielle writes, “was quite boring.”
Here are the verbal highlights from a night that sounded more like a bible recitation than a discussion:
“I’d rather talk to G-d for 30 seconds than to George [W.] Bush all night.”
“Granting forgiveness without demanding a change in conduct is to make the grace of G-d an accomplice to evil.”
“Jesus, who was a reform rabbi…”
On Jews bringing the bible to the world:
“We, as Christians have a bible mandate to help you. If we have benefited from Jewish spiritual things, than we have an obligation to help Jews with material things.”
On he and his rabbi friend:
“When we’re standing in the streets of Jerusalem together and the Messiah comes, one of us has a great theological adjustment to make.”
On the Crusaders:
“They were thieves, liars, robbers and rapists.”
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