inside the christian zionist death cult

Matt Taibbi has decided to follow in Max Blumenthal’s footsteps and go inside John Hagee’s Christian Zionism movement. Here’s a clip from his undercover report, which is in the new issue of “Rolling Stone”:

…I had been attending the Cornerstone Church for weeks, but this was really my first day of school. I had joined Cornerstone — a megachurch in the Texas Hill Country — to get a look inside the evangelical mind-set that gave the country eight years of George W. Bush. The church’s pastor, John Hagee, is one of the most influential evangelical preachers in the country — not because his ministry is so very large (although he claims up to 4.5 million viewers a week for his Sunday sermons) but because of his near-absolute conquest of a very trendy niche in the market: Christian Zionism.

The whole idea behind Christian Zionism is to align America with the nation of Israel so as to “hurry God up” in his efforts to bring about Armageddon. As Hagee tells it, only after Israel is involved in a final showdown involving a satanic army (in most interpretations, a force of Arabs led by Russians) will Christ reappear. On that happy day, Hagee and his True Believers will be whisked up to Heaven by God, while the rest of us nonbelievers are left behind on Earth to suck eggs and generally suffer various tortures…

I don’t much care for the tone of the piece, as Taibbi revels a bit too much in the ignorance of those he’s reporting on, but I’d wanted to post something about Hagee since it became known that Presidential candidate John McCain sought out and received his endorsement, and this seemed as good an opportunity as any. It’s an entertaining article, if not very insightful.

I doubt very seriously that McCain really sympathizes with their cause, but, as they say, politics makes strange bedfellows. McCain needs their Get Out the Crazy Vote machine, and, for their beautiful dreams of Armageddon to come true, they need a war with Iran. And, in that regard, John McCain has given every indication that he’s more than willing to deliver. I guess you could say it’s a match made in Heaven… Or, maybe Armageddon.

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  1. Posted April 28, 2008 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    I had to deliver a design plan personally to Hagee’s HQ when we lived in San Antonio. He wasn’t in the office, but I did get a good look a a huge painting of Hagee.

    Fatboy was standing inside the palm of a huge translucent hand (of doom?) overlooking the Hill Country like it was being offered to John.

    He’s got some very, shall we say, repressed traits that creeped me out in a way that only people who have seen “Withnail and I” more than twice might understand. He gives off the vibe of a true freak who is terrified of being discovered. Such people are dangerous.

    I got out of there as soon as possible. In broad daylight, that experience was more creepy than going to the abandoned Swaggart HQ in Baton Rouge to desecrate it at midnight.

  2. Paw
    Posted April 29, 2008 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    As a rule I try not to vote for the party the Armageddonists are supporting.

  3. Ol' E Cross
    Posted April 29, 2008 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Fundamentalists also believe that the rapture will be preceded by a spiral of moral decay with homosexuality topping the list. If they really want to manipulate the deity and speed up the rapture schedule, they should start having lots of gay sex. Oh wait, now I get it…

  4. Brackache
    Posted April 29, 2008 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Wouldn’t it be easier for McCain to just become the Antichrist? If you want something done right…

  5. Call To Order
    Posted April 29, 2008 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Did you look inside the box, Leighton?

    I’m guessing a colossal butt plug packed in meth.

  6. Ex
    Posted March 17, 2010 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    I’m looking for a good death cult for my mother to join. Can anyone recommend one with a local presence?

  7. D Mars
    Posted March 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m looking for a death cult for my elderly father. Do you know if this is a good one?

  8. Maya Lee
    Posted July 31, 2010 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    I live in the Toledo area and I’m looking for a good death cult. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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