Hagee: Celebrate Christmas or Leave the Country

John Hagee preached a pre-Christmas sermon in which he said that “if you pass a manger scene and someone is singing ‘Joy To The World,’ you can take your Walkman and stuff it into your ears, or you can call your lawyer, or you can just exercise your right to leave the country; planes are leaving every hour on the hour, get on one.” Fuck you, John Hagee. I’m not declaring a war on Christmas, but I am at war with this kind of stupid, xenophobic assholery.

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  • raven

    Well, he is right. Planes leave the USA every hour.

    We would all cheer and party for days if Hagee was on one of them, with a one way ticket to the nearest fundie xian utopia. IIRC, these days it is Uganda.

  • Randomfactor

    I celebrate Christmas as an updated Saturnalia. What does he THINK “O Come All Ye Faithful” means?

  • marcus

    I have an old Walkman around somewhere. I would happily donate ti to Hagee and he could stuff it up his ass and then get on the next plane to Uganda.

  • gshelley

    I wonder if it occurs to him the same logic works both ways

    “If you don’t like being told not to put up nativity scenes on government property, you can accept that there are plenty of suitable places, such as churches or your own property, or, planes leave every minutes. Get on one”

  • Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    If Mr. Hagee wants to live in a theocracy, there are planes leaving every hour: perhaps he should take one to Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates or perhaps Pakistan

  • Michael Heath

    Since we can easily and convincingly falsify John Hagee’s claims that our government was ever obligated to run as a Christian one, we’re left with a man who opposes: human rights, religious freedom, the U.S. Constitution, Jesus’ supposed commandments on how to treat others, and basing one’s argument on what is true. But he can’t argue honestly what he actually wants can he? So he lies like all other conservative Christians I’ve met, every single one of them. That includes those Christian reconstructionists who want to overturn the Constitution and create an acknowledged theocracy.

    Do I think Mr. Hagee should leave the country? No, I refuse to sink to his level of hatred. Instead I’ll just keep criticizing him and his ilk and doing my best to vote and promote policies I think are in the national interest and even more importantly, humanity in general.

    *Ironic he includes humanists here since that includes many Christians, including nearly all of the framers.

  • otrame

    People, I have said it before and I will say it again.

    John Hagee is not a nice man.

    No, really.

    He is NOT a nice man.

  • Moggie

    “And if you’re Jewish, you can fuck off back to Bethlehem”

  • Aside from the obvious viciousness of telling us to leave the country many of us were born and raised in, the ‘shove the walkman in your ears’ bit is all about his second favorite option he wants us to take: “Shut up.” He preferred it when non-Christians were more easily intimidated into silence.

    …Besides, walkman? The 80’s are gone. People have moved onto MP3 players. My brother had a bit of frustration when he wanted to introduce one of his younger classmates to Primus and offered to burn a CD for her.

    “No one listens to music on CDs, anymore!”

    *flinch* “I’m trying, here.”

  • Amazingly, Hagee also believes that Christians are being persecuted in this country.

  • dan4

    Is he seriously implying that only in America are you going to hear someone singing “Joy to the World?” Old mantra: “America is a Christian nation.” New mantra: “America is the ONLY Christian nation.”

  • bushrat

    This year’s War on Christmas (dun Dun DUN!!) was a huge success at my place, the turkey was destroyed, presents were torn open, carols were sung off key, relatives fought, devastation was wrought after the combatants left the field of honor. Oh, the sheer inhumanity of it all! War is Hell.

  • vmanis1

    Hagee the Horrible.

  • howardhershey

    I haven’t heard of any law suits against nativity scenes, even really big ones, on church property. Maybe there have been a few complaints about particularly loud and late-night Christmas music being blared from churches. But likely those come from Grinches who object to the noise, noise, NOISE!

  • matty1

    Can we have a whip-round to get this guy a dictionary? Only I’m not sure he knows what ‘joy’ means (hint, it is not a synonym for winging)

  • caseloweraz

    Hagee: if you pass a manger scene and someone is singing ‘Joy To The World’…

    Perhaps some group analogous to the Yes Men could wangle an invitation to sing “Joy to the World” at one of Hagee’s “celebrations.”

    Joy to the world,

    All the boys and girls.

    Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea.

    Joy to you and me.

    Three Dog Night

  • dingojack

    Dear Mr Hagee –

    We non-Christians were here long before Jesus was an embryo*.

    You’re the one who came late to the party – you’re the one who should fuck off early.



    * This is true practically everywhere on Earth. I’d suggest Antarctica. Don’t bother packing anything, god will provide, right?