So desperate to link God in with the involvement of human events, religious buffoons like that of John Hagee simply make things up to carry out their agenda
by Larry Simons
October 1, 2012
Recently, pastor and Christian wingnut John Hagee appeared on fellow wingnut Glenn Beck's internet program BlazeTV and shared his rewrite of Civil War history. Hagee, ever so eager to link God into the course of human events and attempt to portray Abraham Lincoln as a Christian [or even a godly man, which he was not], simply just makes things up out of thin air to accomplish his religious agenda.
Hagee says this to Beck:
"The thing that brought the Civil War, in my mind, to an end, was that Abraham Lincoln called for a day of fasting and prayer for the whole nation… and it was approved by the Senate and there was a specific day that he called all of the people of America to pray…
The nation was ripped apart by hatred as brother fought brother and father fought son but, when this man, this godly man, this man whose speeches are laced with bible verses, got down and asked our nation to pray, suddenly, things began to happen that brought the Union together and Robert E. Lee had the grace to surrender a battle that couldn’t be won, and the Union was preserved."
There are so many glaring errors and flat out lies in these short sentences, I am not sure where to begin, but I will try.
First, Hagee credits Lincoln with calling on a day of prayer, which he claims subsequently led to the end of the Civil War, but fails to explain why the war lasted another two years. Lincoln's day of prayer was on April 30, 1863, and Lee's surrender occurred on April 9, 1865. Either Lincoln's God is slow to act or Hagee is using the same logic that one would use in saying that FDR's opening prayer before his declaration of war in Congress on December 8, 1941 ultimately ended War World II on September 2, 1945 [thank you Jonathan Turley for that analogy].
Second, what gives Hagee [or anyone else] the idea that Lincoln was godly? According to Thomas DiLorenzo, in his book "Lincoln Unmasked", Lincoln never became a Christian. He also adds, "He never joined a church, and rarely stepped foot in one, despite his skilled use of religious rhetoric in political speeches. When he ran for President, almost every one of the ministers in Springfield, Illinois, opposed him." At best, Lincoln was either an agnostic or an atheist, but Lincoln cultists such as Hagee and Beck are forced to deify Lincoln because the actual facts about him tell us otherwise.
Thirdly, most, if not all, famous quotes attributed to Lincoln are fake. In other words, he never said them. As said above, Lincoln often inserted religious rhetoric in his speeches, but Lincoln himself believed not one word of it. For Hagee to make his case that Lincoln's speeches were "laced with bible verses" is like making the case that Charles Manson's use of religious rhetoric makes him godly as well.
Hagee completely omits the fact that Lincoln is the one who started the war. This is perhaps the best proof that Lincoln did not believe his own religious rhetoric. How is it fathomable that Lincoln would consider himself godly and deeply religious, while sending hundreds of thousands of troops into other states [treason, according to Article 3, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution] to murder, rape and pillage its citizens?
Lincoln could have prevented every single death of the Civil War simply by not going to war in the first place over an issue that the Constitution permits, secession. At the very least, he could have ended the war at any time. He did not. Does it make any sense to any rational person that one would call on God to put and end to something that they alone could stop at any given point? Not for one moment it does not.
The lies about Lincoln will persist as long as the American people allow them to. Lies have to be told about Lincoln to protect him from the cold truth about himself. Hagee and Beck are known as "gatekeepers' of the Lincoln myth.
If Lincoln were the saint and champion of the Constitution that many believe he was, not one single lie concerning him would be required to be told. Also, consider the source of the Lincoln myths. Hagee is the same man who once said that God sent Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans because it was planning a gay rally. Hagee also once said that all atheists should leave America. Unless you are a religious lunatic like Hagee, is he a reliable source on ANY subject?
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