Thursday, May 22, 2008

Let's hear it for intolerance

I was speed reading through the political news on the Internet this morning and ran across the following item:

Despite his call for the U.S. to win the "hearts and minds of the Islamic world," Sen. John McCain recruited the support of an evangelical minister who describes Islam as "anti-Christ" and Mohammed as "the mouthpiece of a conspiracy of spiritual evil."

McCain sought the support of Pastor Rod Parsley of the World Harvest Church of Columbus, Ohio at a critical time in his campaign in February, when former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was continuing to draw substantial support from the Christian right.

At a campaign appearance in Cincinnati, McCain introduced Parsley as "one of the truly great leaders in America, a moral compass, a spiritual guide."

Campaign aides positioned Parsley right behind McCain for photographers, apparently unconcerned about Parsley's well-established denunciations of the Islamic faith in a book "Silent No More" and on DVDs of sermons about Islam.

After all the fuss made over Rev.Wright and Obama I felt I just had to know more about this and so I Googled the Rev.Parsley. He is evidently not merely anti Muslim but anti-Jewish. And he is anti almost everything else. In fact he preaches intolerance. He was a major endorser of the G.W.Bush campaigns and wants to turn the United States of American into a theocracy. And not just a Christian theocracy but only his brand of that Christianity.

McCain calls this man
"one of the truly great leaders in America, a moral compass, a spiritual guide." I think that makes John McCain a truly scary person. And one of the last individual we would want to see in the highest office of this land.

Now I want to see CNN and ABC and all the other talking media heads giving this the same play time they gave Rev. Wright.