Mike Pence to Speak at Event Run By Pastor Who Wants Atheists To Leave the U.S.

Next month, Vice President Mike Pence will speak at an event called Christians United for Israel. It’s a group founded by Pastor John Hagee, a man who has a long history of saying indefensible things.

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Five years ago, Hagee argued that atheists should leave the country if they didn’t like the “fact” that this was a Christian nation:

They’re saying that the 10 Commandments have been taken out of the courtrooms and out of the schoolhouses lest we offend the atheists. Let me be very clear. This country was not built for atheists nor by atheists. It was built by Christian people who believed in the word of God.

To the atheists watching this telecast: If our belief in God offends you, move! There are planes leaving every hour on the hour going every place on planet Earth. Get on one! We don’t want you, and we won’t miss you, I promise you…

Hagee has also said people should stay away from Harry Potter books, Ouija boards, and rock music because they’re all leading you to Satan. He doesn’t believe people who support abortion and LGBT rights can be True Christians

Oh. And then there was the time he claimed Hitler was a “hunter” whom God sent to force Jews to return to Israel.

“Those who came founded Israel; those who did not went through the hell of the Holocaust,” he added. “Then god sent a hunter. A hunter is someone with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter.”

None of those comments, however, went too far for Mike Pence. He’s still doing the event. And, really, we shouldn’t be surprised. He was happy to remain Donald Trump‘s running mate even after Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women (on top of all the other horrible things he’s said and done).

Pence doesn’t give a damn about any of it. Because hypocrisy and bigotry only matter when non-Christians do it.

(via Right Wing Watch. Thanks to @JaneyTheSmall for the link)

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