Jeremiah Wright claimed he was “not a politician.” And it showed. Fact is, Wright’s political duncery got him a one-way ride to obscurity. We’ve heard about as much from him since Barack Obama repudiated him as we’ve heard from Vicki Iseman since … well, then.
Memo to preachers — here’s what a preacher with a heart of politician might do. He might write a letter that includes this:
Out of a desire to advance greater unity among Catholics and Evangelicals in promoting the common good, I want to express my deep regret for any comments that Catholics have found hurtful,” [John] Hagee wrote, according to an advanced copy of the letter reviewed by Washington Wire. “After engaging in constructive dialogue with Catholic friends and leaders, I now have an improved understanding of the Catholic Church, its relation to the Jewish faith, and the history of anti-Catholicism.
That was very astute, politically. “Common good” means something here. Speculation later. You can read the whole thing here.
And here’s how an aggrieved victim of that PWAHOP, also bearing his own HOP, replies:
The tone of Hagee’s letter is sincere. He wants reconciliation and he has achieved it. Indeed, the Catholic League welcomes his apology. What Hagee has done takes courage and quite frankly I never expected him to demonstrate such sensitivity to our concerns. But he has done just that. Now Catholics, along with Jews, can work with Pastor Hagee in making interfaith relations stronger than ever. Whatever problems we had before are now history. This case is closed.
Wow! I’ve seen Bill Donahue on teevee countless times, and he’s always red-faced and really really peevish. I would have thought it would take a penance a little more — medieval — than a letter to settle any score he might have had.
So you can call the world’s largest Christian denomination “the great whore” and link it with Adolf Hitler, but all you have to do is apologize sincerely and all’s well with the Catholic League.
Who knew? But then again, maybe not. There is that “common good” thing Hagee mentioned.
What John Hagee and Bill Donohue seem to have in common, in addition to their deep public rage, is that neither of them are what you might call bleedin’ heart libruls. So there’s an election coming. It’s time for all good men to come to the aid of their party, as they say.
Now that they’re reconciled, perhaps they can merge their venoms and it will be like the Ghostbusters crossing the streams. Stay tuned.