For many, the conversion of virulent anti-Catholic Rev. John Hagee to a new pro-Catholic lover of mankind was a bit forced and opportunistic, here. Nevertheless, the sudden reformation of the bigoted preacher de-fused a controversy for John McCain, who sought Hagee’s endorsement. Now, however, there is questions raised about another spiritual adviser and supporter to the campaign: Rev. Rod Parsley. Parsley is a televangelist who heads a Ohio megachurch. He routinely attacks Islam, called for a holy war against the religion, and denounced it as a “false religion.” Televangelists, it seems, know what a true religion is and Islam is not one of of them despite being one of the largest religions in the world. He also called Mohammad a “demon spirit.” By the way, Parsley also spreads his healing message of hate for homosexuals, pro-choice people, and certain constitutional rights. Like Hagee, Parsley was specifically targeted for a McCain endorsement and McCain has called him one of his “spiritual guides.”
If Parsley is a “spiritual guide,” most Americans probably would not like to go where he is leading. While the video below is clearly written by an anti-McCain group, it does show some shocking clips.
Once again, the faith-based politics practiced by all three remaining candidates is the cause for such controversies, click here. From Wright to Hagee to Parsley, the issue is why Obama, Clinton and McCain insist on co-mingling religion with politics. The fact is that the criticism based on all these ministers is fair game because candidates continue to play by the faith-based politics that brought George Bush to power. After soliciting their support, these candidates express dismay when they are shown to be unhinged fanatics or bigots. Why not just leave your religion at home? Ironically, when pressed on her own personal faith practices on the campaign trail, Clinton recently said that such questions were out of order after campaigning on her faith, click here.
For a video from Wright, click here.
For a Hagee video, click here
For one video on Parsley, click here.