Mar 30, 2008

McCain's "spiritual guide"

Apparently there is another crazed religious lunatic aside from John Hagee that John McCain has taken an endorsement from. This one's name is Rod Parsely:
McCain said, "I am very honoured today to have one of the truly great leaders in America, a moral compass, a spiritual guide, Pastor Rod Parsley. Thank you for your leadership and your guidance. I am very grateful you are here."

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In his book, Silent no More, Parsley says the United States was ordained by God to defeat Islam.

In one chapter, titled The Deception of Allah he writes: "I cannot tell you how important it is that we understand the true nature of Islam, that we see it for what it really is. In fact, I will tell you this: I do not believe our country can truly fulfil its divine purpose until we understand our historical conflict with Islam. I know that this statement sounds extreme, but I do not shrink from its implications. The fact is that America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed, and I believe September 11, 2001, was a generational call to arms that we can no longer ignore."

This guy is even worse than Hagee, in my opinion, but the story doesn't seem to be getting legs--though that remains to be seen. It might have something to do with general anti-Islamic sentiment in the US, or the weakness of the pro-Islam lobby (as compared to Bill Donohue's Catholic League), but this is an arrow to be saved up for later. I think we can still make a case that a repeat of the Crusades is not something the average voter wants.


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