Back in February, when Presidential hopeful John McCain was battling evangelical Mike Huckabee in the primaries, he sought out and obtained the endorsement of megachurch pastor Rod Parsley. Parsley was known at the time for denunciations of Islam.
In his book, Parsley says
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.
Not good. The Koran prohibits someone from going to war unless someone is at war with their religion. hence the frequent claims by extremist groups that someone or some country is at war with their religion. It’s Moslem legalese.
In March, Mother Jones reported on the pastor’s views. Then yesterday, ABC broadcast some of Parsley’s sermons on “Good Morning America”.
According to ABC news,
The same day, McCain announced he was rejecting the pastor’s endorsement. In a statement to ABC News about Parsley’s comments, McCain’s campaign said the senator “obviously strongly rejects such statements.”McCain has not disassociated himself from the pastor, but the campaign statement said, “Just because someone endorses John McCain doesn’t mean he endorses all of their views.”
That doesn’t’ sound to me like “rejecting”… more like “distancing”.