During a 2005 sermon, a fundamentalist pastor whom Senator John McCain hasIf this is not right in line with the Armageddonists' Principles of shaking up the mideast with war and then "fighting the good fight" against the "false religion" of Islam, and all those sick religious self-proclaimed Doomsday Generators ... then what is? McCain himself is probably more about political expedience. He coddles religious extremists because that's what he needs, as he sees it, to win the nomination and later, the election. That "later" clause may prove to be his undoing, though.
praised and campaigned with called Islam "the greatest religious enemy of our
civilization and the world," claiming that the historic mission of America is to
see "this false religion destroyed." In this taped sermon, currently sold by his
megachurch, the Reverend Rod Parsley reiterates and amplifies harsh and
derogatory comments about Islam he made in his book, Silent No More, published
the same year he delivered these remarks. Meanwhile, McCain has stuck to his
stance of not criticizing Parsley, an important political ally in a crucial
Public Opinion Polls show:
"...evangelicals remain just 7% of the adult population. That number has
not changed since the Barna Group began measuring the size of the evangelical
public in 1994....less than one out of five born again adults (18%) meet the
"...the number of Protestants soon will slip below 50 percent of the
nation's population." National Opinion Research Center's General Social Survey,
Of those who claim to be Protestant, most presumably are not Armageddonists.
Actually, he might do well to give a nod to less traditional religion.
The fastest growing religion (in terms of percentage) is Wicca -- a Neopagan religion that is sometimes referred to as Witchcraft. Numbers of adherents went from 8,000 in 1990 to 134,000 in 2001. Their numbers of adherents are doubling about every 30 months.
OK, so you need millions. Ok, so Muslims in America number about 1,558,068, as "estimated" in 2004. But in the world, their numbers get a bit larger: 1.61 Billion, as estimated for 2007. Does that give them the right to protest in the world court? Well, there's no Muslim nation that can veto the United States in the U.N. But even so, isn't it extremely irresponsible for a nominee for President of the United States to endorse and praise a guy who calls on America itself to destroy Islam? Say, why didn't we hear about this, but Wright/Obama was bleeding all over the media?
In March 2008—two weeks after McCain appeared with Parsley at a Cincinnati
campaign rally, hailing him as "one of the truly great leaders in America, a
moral compass, a spiritual guide"—Mother Jones reported that Parsley had urged Christians to wage a "war" to
eradicate Islam in his 2005 book. McCain's campaign refused to respond to
questions about Parsley, and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee
declined to denounce Parsley's anti-Islam remarks or renounce his
At a time when Barack Obama was mired in a searing controversy involving
Reverend Jeremiah Wright, McCain escaped any trouble for his political alliance
with Parsley, who leads the World Harvest Church, a supersized Pentecostal
institution in Columbus, Ohio. Parsley, whose sermons are broadcast around the
world, has been credited with helping George W. Bush win Ohio in 2004 by
registering social conservatives and encouraging them to vote. McCain certainly
would like to see Parsley do the same for him—which could explain his reluctance
to do any harm to his relationship with this anti-Islam extremist.
It may also have something to do with this:
If Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright were white, he'd probably have his own church
show on television.
Maybe even his own network.
If he were white, Rev. Wright could stand up before the cameras and make
his nuttiest statements -- that the U.S. government deliberately spread AIDS in
the inner cities, for example -- and most white Americans wouldn't be so
So is it all about racism? Not exactly. But after his singing debut in "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran", you'd think McCain would be a little more careful. Maybe he thinks Karl Rove's got his back. Ahhh, McCain... For those who love More of the Same.