In a video posted online, Texas pastor John Hagee asked atheists and humanists to “take your walkman and stuff it into your ears” or “leave the country” if they did not wish to hear carols like Joy to the World and holiday greetings like “Merry Christmas” during the season.
Right Wing Watch uploaded the video of the sermon that took place at the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio on December 29. This is not the first time that the televangelist has implied that non-believers should leave the country. During a sermon in June 2012, Hagee, who also serves as the CEO of Global Evangelism Television, told “atheists watching this telecast” that, “this country was not built for atheists or by atheists. It was built by Christian people who believed in the word of God. If our belief in God offends you, move. We don’t want you and we won’t miss you, I promise you.”
While campaigning for Senator John McCain in 2008, Hagee said that God had sent Adolf Hitler to serve as a “hunter” to kill all Jews for their acts of “disobedience and rebellion”. In 2006, he said that Hurricane Katrina, that killed more than 1,800 people, was God’s way of punishing those who wanted to participate in the Gay Pride parade scheduled in New Orleans.
“The promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades. The Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, He brings punishment, sometimes before the day of judgment. I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans,” said Hagee.