Let me get this straight....
© David Volk

So, John McCain actively seeks out the endorsement of a clergyman who preaches against the Catholics and says the Holocaust was a good thing and Sara Palin has a witch-hunting pastor who blames the Jews for the current economic downturn, but Obama is the anti-Semitic one?

I usually like to start out with a funny election rant, but this one is too important to pass up. I've heard from several fellow Jews that they're afraid of Obama because they think he has anti-Semitic advisors. Whenever I ask them for specific examples, however, they can't name anyone. One relative mentioned Al Sharpton who is not an Obama advisor or close personal friend then said she was afraid because "Israelis oppose him."

If you want something anti-Semitic to be afraid of, I'll be happy to provide it, but the funny thing is, all of it seems to be coming from McCain's supporters. (Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you know who is Jewish or anyone who says Obama is an anti-Semite.)

Consider the case of Pastor John Hagee, a pastor whose support John McCain actually courted. The same pastor who called Catholicism a whore religion said that the Nazis "operated on God's behalf to chase the Jews from Europe." He called Hitler a hunter doing God's work then added: "How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel." As if that weren't bad enough, Bruce Wilson, who wrote the book "Jerusalem Countdown" says Hagee believes that "anti-Semitism, and thus the Holocaust, was the fault of Jews themselves -- the result of an age old divine curse incurred by the ancient Hebrews through worshiping idols and passed, down the ages, to all Jews now alive." So, let me get this straight, my innocent relatives were killed by the millions in Europe and it was all their fault? (I know you're probably to busy to get the book before the election, but you can always here Hagee's Holocaust comments at:

Hagee's comments come 42 seconds after the start).

Then there's Palin's personal advisor Pastor Muthee.

It's not bad enough that he's a clergyman who rose to prominence by chasing another clergy member out of his town in Kenya by conducting an actual witch hunt, he also recently gave a sermon talking about the economy. In it he said "The second area whereby God wants us to penetrate in our society is in the economic area. The Bible says that the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous. It's high time that we have top Christian businessmen, businesswomen, bankers, you know, who are men and women of integrity running the economics of our nations. That's what we are waiting for. That's part and parcel of transformation. If you look at the -- you know -- if you look at the Israelites, that's how they work. And that's how they are, even today...."

Sound familiar? It should. The scapegoating has started and Palin's personal preacher is essentially blaming the country's economic downturn on the Jews. We've been down this road before folks. Of course, you could make the argument that Palin not only doesn't condone those views, she also never heard them. If you did, you'd be wrong. Check out the video here: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/09/palin- muthee--1.html. His anti-semitic comments start at 1:20 and last until 2:15. Then fast-forward to about 7:14 and you'll see that Palin not only attended the service, she was on the pulpit and never disavowed his comments.

So, when you vote for McCain-Palin, you'll also be getting the bonus of a candidate whose personal advisor blames the Jews and advocates for Christians to steal their money. How else to interpret "the bible says that the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous"?

So, who's the anti-Semite now?

Oh, and far as Israel goes, check out this video:

It'll make you cry.

--From a man who's happy there's only one week to go