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Lieberman To Speak At Hagee Summit

The Rev. John Hagee made headlines recently after presumptive GOP nominee John McCain rejected his support following revelations that Hagee said in the late '90s that God sent Adolf Hitler to help get Jews to the promised land of Israel.

Now the Associated Press reports that Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut Democrat-turned-independent who is a strong McCain supporter, has not abandoned Hagee. Lieberman will speak at a July conference hosted by the pastor, "Christians United for Israel," in Washington.

According to the AP, Lieberman said that "while Hagee's comments were unacceptable and hurtful, he will judge him on his life work fighting anti-Semitism and building bridges between Christians and Jews."

Hagee has been criticized for his comments about other groups as well. He suggested that "Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans," noting "there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came." Hagee also made derogatory statements about the Catholic Church, including referring to it as "the great Whore," for which he later apologized.