"Evangelical preacher John Hagee warns his followers that God "will not hold them harmless" if they do not vote for Donald Trump." is the headline of a post from over on The Immoral Minority blog. It links to a video posted on YouTube where one of the televangelistas, John Hagee, is pretty much instructing his followers not just to vote . . . which wouldn't actually bother me at all . . . and he's not just telling them who to vote for . . . which I do find a bit disturbing . . . be he is also telling them that God will be holding them responsible if they do not vote for Trump . . . that I find absolutely reprehensible. Here, check it out yourself:
This isn't the first time Hagee stepped into the pool of politics, but I do think it's the first time he has basically threatened his followers in this way, at least about politics. I would find it hard to believe he hasn't threatened them with God's wrath many times before. After all, it's the only weapon he has to control other people and have them donate to support his lifestyle, after all he's the 11th wealthiest televangelista in the US. That didn't happen though a vow of poverty now did it?
It does make a certain amount of sense. After all Hagee is one of those 'prosperity preachers', you know the ones John Oliver lampooned so perfectly not too long ago. I am more than a bit surprised that he seems to think Trump is doing anything ther than vote pandering. Seriously, look at Trump's past, where was his deep religious beliefs then? Did anyone see any signed during his failed business deals, during his divorces, or during his infidelity? Nope, but when he decided to run for office, he suddenly started waving a Bible.
In reality, I don't really care what politico Hagee wants to support, it's using his religious beliefs to not just influence, but threaten his followers. That's a new low, even for a televangelista. And no, that's not a misspelling, I prefer to term televangelista. It's not in the dictionary, but I think it makes a point more than calling him a preacher or evangelist.
Well, I would feel sorry for the members of his mega-church, but they seem to be good little sheep and will more than likely do what he says. More's the pity! And people wonder why I tend to laugh a great deal at organized religion, particularly the televangelista variety. Hagee bought his followers' souls years ago, now he wants to own their votes.