Pastor Hagee: God sent Hitler

Check out this amazing bit of audio that Bruce Wilson at Talk to Action dug up. It's a speech Pastor John Hagee -- founder of the Christian Zionist group Christians United for Israeli and prominent endorse of presidential candidate John McCain -- gave in the late 1990s that claims the Holocaust was God-sent.

First Hagee quotes from Jeremiah 16:15-16, which reads as follows in the King James version:

But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.

Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

Then Hagee says, of the hunters, "If that doesn't describe what Hitler did in the Holocaust -- you can't see that." Hagee goes on to explain that Theodore Herzl, the founder of Zionism, was the fisher, "someone who entices you with bait." When not enough Jews took the bait, Hagee continues, "Then God sent a hunter...Hitler was a hunter."

"That will be offensive to some people," Hagee says. Um, yeah.