Meet Rod Parsely, McCain's Self Admitted "Spiritual Guide"

@jormins (1224)
United States
April 24, 2008 2:55pm CST
While the Republican Party has taken such great offense to a few sentences of a few sermons from Obama's former pastor. I find it a great double standard and hypocrisy the fact that the Republican Party and McCain welcome many advocates of hatred with open arms. Watching some youtube vids today I am shocked at the tone. So many who were so upset about Wright's fiery tone, have no problem with Parsely's tone or the tone of other preachers of hate endorsing John McCain after McCain asked for their endorsements. Here is a brief example of Parsely in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh503w_YLe4&feature=related But the most disturbing to me about Parsely is his view on destroying Islam. Not Bin Laden, not terrorism, but the religion of Islam. I'm sorry but Islam does not equal terror. Muslim does not equal Bin Laden and suicide bombers. Every religion has their fanatics and that is what Al Qaeda is. Here is a disturbing excerpt from Parsely's book: As Corn noted, in a chapter titled, "Islam: The Deception of Allah," in his book, Silent No More (Charisma House, April 2005), Parsley wrote: 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 fulfill 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. (Pages 90 - 91) In the same chapter, Parsley further wrote that Muhammad "received revelations from demons and not from the true God." (Page 96) If John McCain wants to criticize Obama for his choice of Pastor, then he needs to denounce and reject all of his recent endorsers who preach hate in their ministry. I'm not talking about 2 youtube blips, I'm talking about their ministry. While I do realize John McCain needs these preachers to make people that think he is a liberal happy, and to appease conservatives (McCain was booed at CPAC), it is a double standard for him not to reject Parsely and others who preach hatred in the disguise of religion. For the entire article: http://mediamatters.org/items/200803230004
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Apr 08
Hi jormins, Thank you for posting this and for your understanding. Islam is a major world religion, and like Christianity and others, has it's fanatics. Parsely's ideas are way off base, and McCain certainly has no right to criticize Obama with someone like that in his camp. Blessings.
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@jormins (1224)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Thanks for your response. I do believe both Obama and McCain are good people, but it would be nice if both sides could denounce all of their fanatics and not have this double standard. Religion and politics is always a bad mix.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
25 Apr 08
Hi again Jormins, I completely agree about religion and politics being a bad mix. Blessings.
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@lisan23 (444)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I am disgusted with so many of the religious figures in Christianity here in the US. I am a Christian, I live a very conservative lifestyle. But since when did that qualify me to make other people's decisions for them? That's my big beef with the "largest special interest group" in America. What happened to minding your own business. Just like with Obama though, I don't think this has any value or importance. It's not McCain saying these things (just like Obama wasn't saying what Rev. Wright was) and I just don't think it matters.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I'm so glad you posted this because I'd forgotten about this one - can you imagine anyone forgetting Jeremiah Wright's name? You're so right, I agree with everything you say here. It's a double standard like I've never quite seen before and I've been following these things for a long time and I've seen a lot of campaigns. Annie
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@jormins (1224)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Its ironic because I had heard about Parsely but never really researched it. It definitely builds a pattern of the double standard and really almost a McCain bias in the media. I understand he's not a headliner right now as the media's 2 "rockstars" duke it out, but its extremely unfair that Obama is knocked every day for Wright, and McCain gets a free pass for now at least.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I think there are a lot of people who don't realize this but for those of us who have been following politics for any amount of time it's well known that John McCain is the darling of the media. I don't know why - I mean, isn't the media supposed to be biased towards liberals? - but if you watch how he's treated, they all just adore him and will go out of their way to avoid any criticism of him. Only Dan Abrams has called him "Teflon John" and rightly so, I think. Annie
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Has McCain attended that church for the last 20 years? Did he state that Parsely was his "Spiritual Mentor"? Did this man marry McCain and his wife? Were McCain's children baptized by this man? Lastly, McCain has already said he does not approve of the statements made by certain preachers who have endorsed him and now feels that he shouldn't have requested such endorsements. Unlike Obama, it didn't take him months to respond to such issues.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I'm not sure if McCain now feels he shouldn't have requested such endorsements but he IS still happy to have gotten them. I could be wrong but the only thing I've heard he's said he disapproves of was Hagee's comments about the Catholic Church; I know he's said nothing about Hagee's statements about New Orleans. Annie
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
27 Apr 08
I have a question for you Jormins did not Obama, your guy, do the same thing? Does not Obama have some questionable people associated with his campaign? You call Republicans hypocrites, but are not you a hyprocrite too? If hate is hate and we are suppose to denounce anyone that endorses hate, then when are you going to denounce Obama? I will make you a deal I will denounce McCain if you will denounce Obama.
@jormins (1224)
• United States
30 Apr 08
The only person who I think anyone is worried about that had anything to do with Obama's campaign was Rev. Wright and he was really only on a committee in name I believe because Obama has a lot of respect for the man who brought him to God. Obama is not preaching hate so I don't see the connection. I'm extremely glad Obama has now fully denounced Rev. Wright. If McCain denounces Hagee and Parsely I have no problem with McCain besides his views on some of the major issues. I watched Rev. Wright when he spoke at the NAACP and he wasn't bad. A little cocky but he said some meaningful things. I have only read and seen a few clips of his performance in Washington for the press but it seems like Reverend Wright's ego is bigger than this whole country. I wouldn't be surprised if he speaks out again, I think Wright feels wrongly vilified so is now dancing for the cameras and enjoying his 15 minutes despite how bad he looks. Even the black churches are getting tired of Wright now as he is making them look bad.
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