In a sermon last Sunday, Texas Pastor John Hagee Tells Atheists To Get On A Plane, ‘Leave The Country’.
Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee advised atheists and humanists to “take your Walkman and stuff it into your ears” or just “leave the country” if they don’t like hearing “Merry Christmas” or carols like “Joy to the World,” according to a video of Hagee’s speech hosted on Right Wing Watch.
“Planes are leaving every hour on the hour. Get on one,” Hagee added, speaking from his Cornerstone Church in San Antonio.
Sunday’s sermon was not the first time the televangelist suggested nonbelievers leave the country. In a June 2012 sermon, Hagee, who is also the CEO of Global Evangelism Television, told the “atheist watching this telecast” that “this country was not built for atheists nor by atheists.”
Cleary Mr. Hagee does not understand the Constitution, nor the founding of America, nor its Founding Fathers. Basically, he is an utter buffoon on these things and he is talking out of his ass.
His “like it our way or leave” mentality is the opposite of what America is about. There is room enough for everyone, AND everyone has the right to an opinion. But they are not entitled to invent their own facts. Pastor John Hagee is a bald-faced liar, when it comes to American history and religious freedom. Unfortunately, he is allowed to voice his opinions anyway … as long as he is not called to testify in court under oath, and then he’d face LOADS of rebuttal witnesses to prove him wrong.
But American history and his failure to grasp it is a topic for another day. Today, let’s look at his fascist* mentality of expecting atheists (and presumably everyone else who isn’t his kind of Christian) to like his ways or leave. How can this be an American principle, when America is the place where people arrive from all over the world in search of freedom to live their own private lives on their own terms?
Sure, he can say what he wants. But he was preaching to his mega-church congregation of over 20,000 members. Not all Christians are idiots, but most idiots are Christian, at least in this country. And not all members of his church agree with his ignorant and selfish spewings, my experience has been that most mega-church members aren’t there for sound teaching but for fellowship, sense of community, etc. They Do Not Filter what their pastor is actually saying, but instead they will absorb it and then go out in public to repeat it.
So you have idiots like Hagee spewing out nonsense, and thousands of blind followers repeating it and believing they are speaking the truth. What they are doing is stirring up (indeed, they are inviting) animosity and hostility. It is because of their own ignorance and lack of filtering that they are reviled and ridiculed. They think it’s because they are so special and God loves them so much that they are mocked. It’s not because of that, but because of their attitude about their beliefs. There is no evidence what they believe in is true, so they are mocked for their superstition and blind faith and the subsequent arrogance to spew it as truth in the face of so much evidence to the contrary. We poke fun at grown ups who still believe in the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus and say so out loud; we should also poke fun at grown-ups who still believe in Jesus and say so out loud.