While some Catholics were ready to jump on the Huckabee bandwagon, I was concerned that a Southern Baptist Minister, with its history of anti-Catholicism would be a problem. And I didn't have to wait long to be proven correct.
Huckabee appeared at a mega-moneylaundering Church, where like so many "ministries" it's really about the money. Here's what the Catholic League had to say about John Hagee' book, "Jersalem Countdown".
A few highlights:
"The Roman Catholic Church, which was supposed to carry the light of the gospel, plunged the world into the Dark Ages.... The Crusaders were a motley mob of thieves, rapists, robbers, and murderers whose sins had been forgiven by the pope in advance of the Crusade.... The brutal truth is that the Crusades were military campaigns of the Roman Catholic Church to gain control of Jerusalem from the Muslims and to punish the Jews as the alleged Christ killers on the road to and from Jerusalem."
· "The Spanish Inquisition was perhaps the most cynical plot in the black history of Catholicism, aimed at expropriating the property of wealthy Jews and converts in Spain for the benefit of the royal court and the Roman Catholic Church."
· "Adolf Hitler attended a Catholic school as a child and heard all the fiery anti-Semitic rantings from Chrysostom to Martin Luther. When Hitler became a global demonic monster, the Catholic Church and Pope Pius XII never, ever slightly criticized him. Pope Pius XII, called by historians 'Hitler's Pope,' joined Hitler in the infamous Concordat of Collaboration, which turned the youth of Germany over to Nazism, and the churches became the stage background for the bloodthirsty cry, 'Pereat Judea'.... In all of his [Hitler's] years of absolute brutality, he was never denounced or even scolded by Pope Pius XII or any Catholic leader in the world. To those Christians who believe that Jewish hearts will be warmed by the sight of the cross, please be informed—to them it's an electric chair."
Almost as disturbing as Hagee's bigotry is his complete ignorance about history. But then it's never really about the truth. It's really about advocacy, self enrichment, popularity, pandering, exploiting the gospel for personal gain.