John Hagee

American non-denominational Christian pastor and author John Hagee

John Charles Hagee is an American founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational charismatic megachurch with more than 19,000 active members. Hagee is also the chief executive officer (CEO) of his non-profit corporation, Global Evangelism Television (GETV).
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With Trump, The Religious Right Returns To Its White Nationalist Roots
Huffington Post - over 1 year
It will be difficult for Religious Right leaders to position themselves as the principled guardians of "family values" after tying their political fortunes so closely with those of Donald Trump. They have given their blessing to a candidate who regularly berates and demeans women, people with disabilities, and racial and religious minorities, who in the past has mocked Jesus and boasted that he never seeks forgiveness, and who seems to completely lack any sense of decency, humility or morality. Even after a tape revealed that Trump once bragged about sexually assaulting women, Religious Right leaders stood by him. The only prominent defector eventually re-endorsed the candidate. Some have gone so far as to refer to Trump as God's anointed candidate, and at least one prominent pastor has actually hailed him for ignoring Jesus' teachings. It's almost as if there is nothing Trump can do that would shock his defenders in the Religious Right movement, who are counting on a Pres...
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Why Is the Media Ignoring Ted Cruz's Embrace of 'Kill the Gays' Pastor?
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Last weekend Senator Ted Cruz, along with fellow GOP presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, spoke at a conference in Des Moines headed up by a man who advocates the execution of gay people -- per his interpretation of the bible -- and who made his call for mass extermination once again, onstage at the event, the National Religious Liberties Conference. Pastor Kevin Swanson has said in the past that Christians should attend gay weddings and hold up signs telling the newly married gay and lesbian couples that they "should be put to death." He was an advocate of Uganda's infamous "Kill the Gays" bill, which he saw as a "model." At the confab over the weekend, where he introduced Huckabee, Jindal and Cruz to the audience -- and where Ted Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, an anti-gay Tea Party crusader, was a star speaker -- he reiterated his death penalty call, adding that homosexuals should first be given some time to repent before the executions begin. Th...
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Learn Together to Grow Fast
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Learning from someone who has been there, done that, it is no longer OPTIONAL to succeed quickly. I have been fascinated for a long time on the topic of learning in general, and, specifically, the role of conversations with the right people to accelerate learning. As we speak, Yale University researchers are just now exploring the changes in brain chemistry when two people are engaged in a conversation. We don't have to wait for the research to be concluded, because, in real life, I have experienced that myself. I know for a fact that ONE conversation can change the trajectory of your life, and I have heard this over and over again from other successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. I have also found from my own experience that new ideas emerge when I am engaged in healthy intellectual conversation with my mentors or students (I teach at Founder Institute in Silicon Valley). It seems to be that we all have amassed an incredible amount of knowledge and wisdom from ou...
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"G-O-D" Is Trademarked
Huffington Post - over 2 years
All rise. Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye. All persons having business before this honorable trademark court draw nigh, give your attention and you will be heard. Docket No. 1A-4-6 is now called regarding trademark violations of the name: "G-O-D." Counsel for the plaintiff may approach. You may be seated. May it please the Court: I represent the owner of the protected and trademarked name "G-O-D," also known as Yahweh, Allah, Jesus, Brahma, the Great Spirit, etc. This suit was filed as a result of deliberate and unauthorized use of the aforesaid trademarked name of G-O-D (hereinafter referred to as "God"). In support of this complaint, we offer the following five examples of misuse. POLITICIANS It is almost impossible to turn on the TV these days without seeing a politician claiming to be called or blessed by my client or saying that God speaks to them about what tie to wear or bill to veto. Presidential candidate Donald Trump even had the audacity to indirectly claim endorsemen...
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RELIGIOUS FANATICISM IS A HUGE FACTOR IN AMERICANS’ SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL
Intifada - almost 3 years
A new poll from Bloomberg Politics contains a finding that, if you really think about it, is quite remarkable:   BY GLENN GREENWALD Almost half of all Americans want to support Israel even if its interests diverge from the interests of their own country. Only a minority of Americans (47 percent) say that their country should pursue their own interests over supporting Israel’s when the two choices collide. It’s the ultimate violation of George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address warning that “nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded. … The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave.” It is inconceivable that a substantial portion of Americans would want to support any other foreign country even where doing so was contrary to U.S. interests. Only Israel commands anything near that level of devoted, sel...
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Publishers Weekly Bestsellers: The Week's Hottest Reads
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Copyright 5/8 2013 Publishers Weekly. Week ending 1/26/14, powered by Nielsen Bookscan 5/8 2013 The Nielsen Company. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking Adult) 2. "First Love" by James Patterson and Emily Raymond (Little, Brown) 3. "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown) 4. "Sycamore Row" by John Grisham (Doubleday) 5. "The First Phone Call from Heaven" by Mitch Albom (Harper) 6. "Command Authority" by Tom Clancy (Putnam Adult) 7. "Cross My Heart" by James Patterson (Little, Brown) 8. "Fear Nothing" by Lisa Gardner (Dutton) 9. "Lost Lake " by Sarah Addison Allen (St. Martin's Press) 10. "Standup Guy" by Stuart Woods (Putnam Adult) 11. "The Days of Anna Madrigal" by Armistead Maupin (Harper) 12. "Under the Wide and Starry Sky" by Nancy Horan (Ballantine) 13. "The Longest Ride" by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing) 14. "The Gods of Guilt" by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown) 15. "Hazardous Duty" by W.E.B. Grif...
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Fox News Blows Eclipse Coverage
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Fox News is famous for giving a fair and balanced voice to alternative views, especially when countering scientific consensus with opinions likely to be preferred by the broadcast company's fans. A good example of this is global warming science, which Fox News reporters are required to contradict. As recently as two weeks ago Fox News personality Lauren Green was following this directive as it applies to eclipses. She earnestly asked, "Does God use the motion of planets to communicate with us?" In her segment, entitled "Is the cosmos telling us the end is near?" she interviewed Cornerstone Church Pastor John Hagee on how God uses the sun, moon and stars to let us know who's boss. The pastor bolstered his claims by saying "This is something you can check on the Internet." The host was fascinated by the topic, but pointed out that there are other opinions. "There are a lot of people who will poo poo any End Time prophesy." Fair and balanced. The weekend's eclipse coverage w...
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Most Americans 18-29 Years Old Believe in Demon Possession, Shows Survey
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Are Americans becoming less religious? While church affiliation is probably declining, don't expect the atheist revolution anytime soon: Over one half (63 percent, to be exact) of young Americans 18-29 years old now believe in the notion that invisible, non-corporeal entities called "demons" can take partial or total control of human beings, revealed an October 2012 Public Policy Polling survey that also showed this belief isn't declining among the American population generally; it's growing. Throughout last year, triumphal atheists and secularists had celebrated (and many of the religiously-inclined bemoaned) a 2012 survey, from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, which showed an increase, especially among young adults, in the number of Americans who declared no specific religious affiliation: a chunk of the population now up to almost 20 percent according to the survey. These Americans were dubbed the "nones." The Pew survey finding was interpreted by some observers (wh...
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Is the cosmos telling us the end is near?
Fox News - over 4 years
Cornerstone Church Pastor John Hagee on how God uses the sun, moon and stars to communicate with us
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Stakelbeck on Terror Show: Exclusive Interview with Pastor John Hagee
CBN - over 4 years
On this week's edition of the Stakelbeck on Terror show, we sit down with Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), for a wide-ranging discussion about his organization's rapid growth, his personal journey into Christian Zionism, and the gathering threats against America and Israel. Click play below to watch.
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Rabbi Michael Bernstein: Seeing The World Through Torah's Rainbow
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
"There is the Torah way and there is the wrong way," says the man preaching to the congregation. Is the speaker a traditional rabbi? Actually, he is John Hagee the Senior Pastor of a non-denominational evangelical megachurch and the occasion is one of many "Nights to Honor Israel" organized by the group he founded called CUFI, Christians United For Israel. For those of us who love Israel and are deeply committed to her survival and well-being, it is hard not to be affected by the incredible outpouring of support, passion and general affection that is displayed at such events, whose participants are mainly Christians, but include as guests of honors Israeli dignitaries, rabbis and, touchingly, survivors of the Holocaust. Pastor Hagee does not gloss over the history of specifically Christian acts of anti-Semitism, proclaiming as part of his mission the repair of the damage done by different Church doctrines that made Jews targets of terrible injustices and violence. ...
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Jason Stanford: Homeschool Advocates in Texas Co-opting Civil Rights Movement
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Some think that marriage equality is the civil rights fight of our time. Patrick Stewart made news when he called domestic violence against women the "single greatest human rights violation of our generation." But here in Texas, we've got a much bigger fight on our hands: Kids who are homeschooled or who go to private and parochial schools want access to the state's public school sports leagues. Where is Dr. King when we need him? Texas State Sen. Dan Patrick is from the Republican Party, and he's here to help. He thinks private charter schools should get public funding and wants to force public school sports leagues to include homeschoolers and private and parochial schools. And because Patrick is the Republican chair of the Education Committee, he'll probably get his way. Texas high school football coaches oppose the idea because it could fund the creation of college football factories masquerading as charter schools. Last year Sports Illustrated reported on Eastern C...
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FP 50 Inadvertently Reveals Israel’s Dominance of GOP
Dissident Voice - over 5 years
Foreign Policy magazine has compiled a list of the 50 Republicans who have the greatest influence on the GOP’s foreign policy. “Politics is mostly about people — and nowhere is that more true than when it comes to foreign policy,” explains Foreign Policy in its introduction. With the U.S. presidential election looming, the magazine offers “to peel back the curtain on this rarefied part of the Establishment” to better inform American voters about “the advisers who will determine the country’s course in the world” in the event that they elect Mitt Romney. The FP 50, it says, are “all GOP partisans” from the different “ideological traditions” — namely, realism, neoconservatism, and “even” isolationism — that are “currently fighting for the soul of their party’s foreign policy.” A cursory look at the list, however, shows that a far more influential ideological tradition — Zionism — holds sway over the Republican Party. Although only about 20% of American Jews supported the GOP in 2008, ...
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Miguel Espinoza: Is Christian Zionism Compatible With The Two-State Solution?
Huffington Post - over 5 years
Thousands of evangelical Christians descended on Washington this week for the seventh annual Christians United for Israel ("CUFI") conference. Their goal: defend America and bless Israel. Efforts to forge peace in the Middle East have dominated United States foreign policy for more than two decades, with every president since George H.W. Bush wading into the same treacherous waters and failing to broker a permanent solution to the crisis. Yet even with contentious disagreements on a dauntingly wide range of issues, everyone including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas agrees on one thing: the goal of forging a two-state solution. Everyone, except for millions of America's most influential voters. More than one-in-four Americans self-identify as evangelical Christian. Conservatives court their political support. Liberals study their political resolve. George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter took office as born-again Christ...
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Stakelbeck to Address CUFI Summit in DC July 17
CBN - over 5 years
I'm honored to be part of the Middle East Briefing panel on Tuesday, July 17, at the 7th Annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Summit at the Washington Convention Center. Sen. Joe Lieberman and Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for President George W. Bush, will also be on the panel. Each of us will have 25 minutes to speak, followed by audience Q and A. Former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer will moderate. And we will be preceded by a live satellite address by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. So, all in all, I'm humbled to be in some pretty incredible company. The briefing will take place tomorrow, July 17, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. EST. It will be followed by the CUFI Night to Honor Israel Banquet at 7 p.m., featuring Pastor John Hagee, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, and Rep. Michele Bachmann. If you're in DC, stop on by.
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Christian Zionists Angered About ‘60 Minutes’ Broadcast on Israel
Charisma - almost 6 years
Twenty-four hours after the group distributed an action alert, members of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) sent more than 29,000 emails to CBS News expressing concern with the 60 Minutes story “Christians of the Holy Land” that aired on April 22. CBS News’ Bob Simon reported that the exodus from the Holy Land of Palestinian Christians could eventually leave holy cities like Jerusalem and Bethlehem without a local Christian population. A portion of the script of the “Christians of the Holy Land” reads: “Christianity may have been born in the Middle East, but Arab Christians have never had it easy there, especially not today. In Iraq and Egypt, scores of churches have been attacked, hundreds murdered. In Syria, revolution seriously threatens Christian communities. The one place where Christians are not suffering from violence is the Holy Land: but Palestinian Christians have been leaving in large numbers for years. So many, the Christian population there is down to less than tw...
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Delusional Milestone
Dissident Voice - almost 6 years
Pastor John Hagee’s Christians United For Israel (CUFI) announced the “registration of their millionth member” on 18 March 2012. This organization, founded in 2006, with the goal of “realizing the political potential of tens of millions of evangelical Americans who support Israel” can also be said to have the goal of destroying, in the name of God no less, the legitimate political aspiration of Palestinian statehood. And, the CUFI now has as much influence with our Republican Congress as does the Jewish Zionist lobby, AIPAC.   Why should the devout Mr. Hagee and his one million followers be so enamored of Israel? Actually, they have no rational reasons to offer. However, they do have a number of non-rational ones. For example, “We support Israel because all other nations were created by an act of man, but Israel was created by an act of God.”   Hagee and his followers do not know that this is so. They just ardently believe it is so. Yet there is a difference between demonstrable f...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Hagee
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 67
    In 2008, Hagee endorsed Senator John McCain of Arizona in the presidential contest against Obama.
    Following the broadcast of Hagee's remarks in late May 2008, some orthodox and conservative Jews have come forward to defend Hagee against charges of antisemitism, although other Jews have applauded McCain for distancing himself from Hagee.
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    In 2008, in response to a question about this matter, he differentiated between his interpretation of the Bible and his understanding of modern history: "I learn from the Bible that the children of Israel were punished by God for their iniquities.
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    On May 12, 2008, Hagee issued a letter of apology to William Donohue, the president of the Catholic League, expressing regret for "any comments that Catholics have found hurtful."
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    Hagee claimed in March 2008, "I've learned that some have accused me of referring to the Catholic Church as the 'great whore,' of Revelation.
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    After Hagee's 2008 endorsement of U.S. Presidential candidate John McCain, a furor arose over comments, broadcasts, and writings made by Hagee that were seen as anti-Catholic.
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  • 2006
    Age 65
    On the September 20, 2006, edition of National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Hagee discussed Islam, stating, "those who live by the Qur'an have a scriptural mandate to kill Christians and Jews... it teaches that very clearly."
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    On February 7, 2006, Hagee and some 400 leaders from across the Christian and Jewish communities formed a new national organization called Christians United for Israel (CUFI).
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  • 2005
    Age 64
    In his 2005 book Jerusalem Countdown: A Warning to the World, Hagee interprets the Bible to predict that Russia and the Islamic states will invade Israel and will be destroyed by God.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1996
    Age 55
    In 1996, Hagee spoke on behalf of Republican presidential primary candidate Alan Keyes, who in 2004 lost the U.S. Senate election in Illinois to Barack Obama.
  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 46
    On October 4, 1987, Hagee dedicated a 5,000+-seat sanctuary and named it Cornerstone Church.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 35
    In 1976 Hagee married Diana Castro, they have three children Cristina, Matthew and Sandy.
  • 1975
    Age 34
    Hagee founded The Church at Castle Hills, on Mother's Day, May 11, 1975.
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    He also divorced his first wife Martha Downing in 1975.
    Hagee resigned as senior pastor of Trinity Church in May 1975.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1966
    Age 25
    In 1966 Hagee founded the charismatic Trinity Church in San Antonio, Texas.
    Hagee received a master's degree in educational administration from the University of North Texas in Denton in 1966 and completed his theological training at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie.
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  • 1964
    Age 23
    Hagee was born in Goose Creek, Texas, now part of Baytown, to the Reverend William Bythel Hagee and Vada Mildred Swick Magee. He graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science in History and Education in 1964.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1960
    Age 19
    In 1960, he married Martha Downing, they had two children Christopher and Tish.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Born on April 12, 1940.
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