GottaLaff at Cliff's place posted a great piece on Huckabee's connections to the Chrisian Constructionists. And The Cincinnati Beacon reported on Huck's connections to Bill Gothard. Those two stories appear to be related, as the fundraiser Justin reports on appears to have taken place at the Houston home of Steven Hotze. It would be interesting to know, by the way, why the Staddon Family took down their photo of Huckabee and Gothard, and the post that they wrote about the fundraiser which was highlighted on the Beacon--are they ashamed of their Gothard-Huckabee connection?
Meanwhile, Huck also appears to have had his "Bob Jones Moment," appearing and preaching at the San Antonio megachurch of John Hagee on a break from his campaign in Iowa. Apparently, he felt the need to kiss the ring of various evangelical leaders in order to keep his campaign going.
Hagee has an interesting background, and appears to be hostile to Catholics.
Taking a break from the Iowa campaign trail, Huckabee delivered a Christmas season sermon at Cornerstone about Christ's birth and embraced Hagee, calling him "one of the great Christian leaders of our nation."
Hagee is a fiery preacher best known for his writings on the Middle East, where he reads contemporary events as unfolding Biblical prophecy. He is staunchly pro-Israel, saying that God had made his love for the land and its people clear.
But some Catholics were angry about the visit.
"Hagee has a history of denigrating the Catholic religion," said Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, the largest Catholic civil rights group in the United States.
In his recent book "Jerusalem Countdown," Hagee wrote: "Most readers will be shocked by the clear record of history linking Adolf Hitler and the Roman Catholic Church in a conspiracy to exterminate the Jews."
Read the whole thing here. But wait, there's more.
The Catholic News Agency reported on Huck's sermon at Cornerstone as well, and gave this rundown of Hagee's anti-Catholic views:
It’s not hard to find evidence that Rev. Hagee does not think highly of Catholics or the Catholic Church. In a video discussing the biblical book of Revelation, John Hagee suggests the Pope is the anti-Christ, and that the Catholic Church is "The Beast" (17:30 and following) mentioned in the book.
Another cause for concern is the pastor’s latest book “Jerusalem Countdown”, which has recently been revised and updated. “Though most of his rantings in this book are directed at Muslims, he just can't help but take another shot at Catholicism,” says Donahue.
“In one chapter, ‘Centuries of Mistreatment,’ he misrepresents the history of the Catholic Church so badly,” explains Donahue, “that it would be hard for any anti-Catholic bigot to beat.”
Hagee sees anti-Semitism as being born out of the Catholic Church.
“Anti-Semitism in Christianity began with the statements of the early church fathers, including Eusebius, Cyril, Chrysostom, Augustine, Origen, Justin, and Jerome .... This poisonous stream of venom came from the mouths of spiritual leaders to virtually illiterate congregants, sitting benignly in their pews, listening to their pastors. They labeled the Jews as 'the Christ killers, plague carriers, demons, children of the devil, bloodthirsty pagans who look for an innocent child during the Easter week to drink his blood, money hungry Shylocks, who are deceitful as Judas was relentless,'" writes Hagee.
Meanwhile, Hagee endorses an attack on Iran, says the President doesn't need congressional authority to do so: