John Hagee Says God Made AIDS and Bird Flu But Lord will Protect Him Personally
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Sat May 17, 2008 at 08:22:07 AM EST
John Hagee claims 1) that he knows with absolute certainty the will of God (as he told a BBC interviewer in 2003), is 2) sure that he, John Hagee, has a place in heaven ( declared in sermons ), and thinks 3) God will afford him special, personal protection from infectious diseases. In the following video clip, Hagee says God sent AIDS and Bird Flu but that he, John Hagee has a  "policy" which will protect him; in a week-long appearance on Word-Faith televangelist Kenneth Copeland's "Believer's Voice Of Victory" television show, which has a broadcast range reaching millions, John Hagee declared, "Our hope is this, Psalms 91, that no plague shall come nigh that dwelling. I have a policy right in this book, says I'm going to be OK." As he utters that, Hagee smacks his Bible with a self-satisfied thwack while Copeland chimes in with the obligatory "praise God!".

Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi recently went undercover to investigate John Hagee's church and wrote up the experience in an absurdist account, Jesus Made Me Puke, which provides details of a special weekend retreat put on by Hagee's Cornerstone Church and conveys the impression that Hagee's Church has institutionalized a special program of self-improvement via the "guided vomiting" up of the profusion of demons Hagee's followers appear to consider themselves infested by - such as, described by Taibbi, the "demon of anal fissures", the "demon of handwriting analysis" and the "demon of the intellect."

Taibbi's coverage presents the lighter side of John Hagee, but Hagee has a darker side as well - as revealed in a recorded sermon in which Hagee proposes that God sent Hitler, suggests the Holocaust was part of a divinely guided program of ethnic cleansing meant to drive Europe's Jews towards Palestine and says Jews are not "spiritually alive" and thus, logically, could be considered according to Hagee to be "spiritually dead."




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