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McCain Hearts Anti-Catholic Hate Speech

With all of the hullabaloo around Obama's ties to the Rev. Wright you'd think that the candidates running for president would be a bit sensitive to comments from religious leaders that...um...seem insensitive.

Imagine for a moment Obama seeking and then warmly welcoming the endorsement of a man who called Catholicism "the great whore" or a "false cult system." I mean, there are a LOT of Catholics in this country and they probably wouldn't take kindly to that.

Why then is John McCain having such a tough time putting distance between himself and John Hagee, the man who is actually quoted above? In his latest bit of bumbling McCain was on ABC's This Week and within the span of two sentences flip-flopped on his accepting of Hagee's endorsement.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So was it a mistake to solicit and accept his endorsement?

MCCAIN: Oh, probably, sure. [...]

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you no longer want his endorsement?

MCCAIN: I'm glad to have his endorsement. I condemn remarks that are, in any way, viewed as anti-anything. And thanks for asking.

And what is this nonsense that he condemns remarks that are "in anyway...anti-anything"? So anti-child buggery is not OK in McCain's book? I am concerned for his mental well-being.

VIA ThinkProgress

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