No doubt about it. McCain’s not going to have an easy time distancing himself from the preacher. You can’t solicit a man’s support one day, then turn around and call what he says the next day “nonsense”. At the very least, it makes it look like nobody vetted Hagee. Nobody, at all.
Two weeks ago, controversial Pastor John Hagee reiterated his prior belief that Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans because it was “planning a sinful” “homosexual rally.” Asked about the comments, McCain — who sought Hagee’s endorsement for more than a year — was forced to distance himself, calling them “nonsense” nine times. After McCain was put on […]
Then, there’s Rod Parsley, another prominent preacher:
Mother Jones reports that conservative televangelist Rod Parsley has delivered hate-filled sermons calling Islam “the greatest religious enemy of our civilization and the world.” The historic mission of America was to see “this false religion destroyed,” he added. At a public event in March, John McCain embraced Parsley’s endorsement of him and hailed the preacher […]