Pro-Israel evangelical minister denounces ‘antisemitic politics’ in Republican party

Hagee also criticized his home state of Texas for not passing a law that would ban the Republican party of the state from associating with Holocaust deniers and Nazi sympathizers.

By Vered Weiss, World Israel News

Pro-Israel evangelical minister John Hagee spoke against antisemitism in the United States and reserved special criticism for Republicans engaged in “thinly veiled racism.”

Hagee denounced the “contagious viral strain of anti-American, anti-Christian, and antisemitic politics” in an op-ed in the Christian Post.

Hagee usually reserves strong words for the Democratic Party and has condemned President Joe Biden for failing “to save his party from the perils of socialism,” although the evangelist says the US President was “duly elected.”

Having endorsed Republican candidates such as John McCain and Donald Trump in the past, Hagee led a prayer at the beginning of former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley’s campaign to secure the Republican nomination for President of the United States.

In the op-ed Hagee wrote, “Multiple would-be Republican standard bearers consistently appeal to the worst in their audience by trafficking in thinly veiled racism while cynically trampling on our Constitution.”

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He continued, “Likewise, faith is not ornamental, and the Word of God is not a political prop.”

Hagee added, “It is far from unprecedented for people to be led astray by those promising an unrealistic view of a nostalgic past, but when this nostalgia is rooted in insult, racism and antisemitism, it is fundamentally un-American and most assuredly evil.”

Hagee also criticized his home state of Texas for not passing a law that would ban the Republican party of the state from associating with Holocaust deniers and Nazi sympathizers.

He wrote, “To add insult to injury, the vote on this resolution was taken in secret, effectively reserving the party’s right to collaborate with Nazis.”

John Hagee is the founder of Christians United For Israel, one of the most influential pro-Israel conservative organizations.

CUFI lobbied for anti-BDS legislation and was instrumental in advocating the oversight of funds to Palestinians to ensure they wouldn’t be used for terrorism.

He is also the head of Cornerstone Church and of Hagee Ministries which has funded Israeli charities in Judea and Samaria.

Hagee has also been a controversial figure and was criticized for allegedly saying that Hitler was fulfilling Biblical prophecy and the Catholic church was a “great whore.”

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Hagee afterwards apologized for those remarks.