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Washington, D.C., May 22, 2008 - In response to Senator John McCain's rejection of Pastor Hagee's endorsement and repudiation of his anti-Semitic comments, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Acton Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
We commend Senator McCain for his unequivocal denunciation of Pastor John Hagee's deeply troubling remarks suggesting Jewish fault in the Holocaust and Hitler being part of God's plan to force the Jews to go to Israel. Pastor Hagee's remarks are deeply offensive not only to the Jewish community, but to all people of conscience. We hope that Senator McCain's responsible action in this matter will encourage other political and religious leaders to act likewise in condemning Pastor Hagee's remarks."