Christians United for Israel held their annual conference this week—a story I willfully ignored—and it seems leader John Hagee, the megachurch pastor whose 15 minutes as a political powerplayer ended oh-so abruptly in May because of this sermon using theodicy to explain the Holocaust, made a very strange appeal to the memory of the 6 million Jews and millions of other “undesirables.”
The phrase “never again” is one Jews often say when referring to their commitment to prevent another attempt to destroy the Jewish people; some organizations, like Jewish World Watch, have incorporated this message into their mission to prevent genocide anywhere and against anyone. But some folks like to use this phrase for emphasizing a commitment to far more than preventing murder, such as the killing of Hagee’s political career.
At CUFI’s conference, Hagee’s address included this bit of self-pitying:
His routine litany of “Never agains” punctuating pledges to protect the Jews from terrorists, Iran and anti-Semites was rounded out with a new promise Tuesday night: “What will I say the next time I’m asked to endorse a presidential candidate? Never again.”