by Mark Silva, and updated with response
MoveOn.org, that organization supporting the campaign of Democrat Barack Obama, plans a protest today outside the New Orleans "town hall'' campaign appearance of Republican John McCain over McCain's own support from the Rev. John Hagee.
Hagee is the one who contends that New Orleans drew the wrath of God in Hurricane Katrina for a gay-pride parade that the city was planning. "What happened in New Orleans looked like the curse of God,'' Hagee told a radio talk show host again this week. "In time, if New Orleans recovers and becomes the pristine city it can become, it may in time be called a blessing. But at this time it's called a curse... It was a city that was planning a sinful conduct.''
MoveOn contends that it will protest outside the University Center at Xavier University for McCain's 11 am appearance there, "Due to Sen. John McCain's courting of Rev.John Hagee's political support, and Hagee's outrageous and offensive comments about the people of New Orleans.''
"To this day, Rev. Hagee continues to blame the sins of the people of New Orleans for the catastrophe of Katrina, and yet Sen. McCain actively sought his endorsement and has refused to condemn his comments,'' MoveOn argues. "On Sunday he maintained he was "glad to have" Hagee's endorsement.''
McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers tells the Swamp: "John McCain has clearly stated that he rejects these types of statements. It's unfortunate that at a time when John McCain is bringing people together in New Orleans, the liberal left-wing group MoveOn.org is engaged in the same old divisive political attacks that the American people are so sick and tired of.''
"Shame on John McCain for using New Orleans for a photo op while still courting support from hatemongers like Hagee," New Orleans MoveOn member Harry Greenberger says..