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McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam
motherjones.com ^ | March 12, 2008 | David Corn

Posted on 03/14/2008 2:37:19 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

Senator John McCain hailed as a spiritual adviser an Ohio megachurch pastor who has called upon Christians to wage a "war" against the "false religion" of Islam with the aim of destroying it.

On February 26, McCain appeared at a campaign rally in Cincinnati with the Reverend Rod Parsley of the World Harvest Church of Columbus, a supersize Pentecostal institution that features a 5,200-seat sanctuary, a television studio (where Parsley tapes a weekly show), and a 122,000-square-foot Ministry Activity Center. That day, a week before the Ohio primary, Parsley praised the Republican presidential front-runner as a "strong, true, consistent conservative." The endorsement was important for McCain, who at the time was trying to put an end to the lingering challenge from former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a favorite among Christian evangelicals. A politically influential figure in Ohio, Parsley could also play a key role in McCain's effort to win this bellwether state in the general election. McCain, with Parsley by his side at the Cincinnati rally, called the evangelical minister a "spiritual guide."

The leader of a 12,000-member congregation, Parsley has written several books outlining his fundamentalist religious outlook, including the 2005 Silent No More. In this work, Parsley decries the "spiritual desperation" of the United States, and he blasts away at the usual suspects: activist judges, civil libertarians who advocate the separation of church and state, the homosexual "culture" ("homosexuals are anything but happy and carefree"), the "abortion industry," and the crass and profane entertainment industry. And Parsley targets another profound threat to the United States: the religion of Islam.

In a chapter titled "Islam: The Deception of Allah," Parsley warns there is a "war between Islam and Christian civilization." He continues:

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.

Parsley is not shy about his desire to obliterate Islam. In Silent No More, he notes—approvingly—that Christopher Columbus shared the same goal: "It was to defeat Islam, among other dreams, that Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World in 1492…Columbus dreamed of defeating the armies of Islam with the armies of Europe made mighty by the wealth of the New World. It was this dream that, in part, began America." He urges his readers to realize that a confrontation between Christianity and Islam is unavoidable: "We find now we have no choice. The time has come." And he has bad news: "We may already be losing the battle. As I scan the world, I find that Islam is responsible for more pain, more bloodshed, and more devastation than nearly any other force on earth at this moment."

Parsley claims that Islam is an "anti-Christ religion" predicated on "deception." The Muslim prophet Muhammad, he writes, "received revelations from demons and not from the true God." And he emphasizes this point: "Allah was a demon spirit." Parsley does not differentiate between violent Islamic extremists and other followers of the religion:

There are some, of course, who will say that the violence I cite is the exception and not the rule. I beg to differ. I will counter, respectfully, that what some call "extremists" are instead mainstream believers who are drawing from the well at the very heart of Islam.

The spirit of Islam, he maintains, is one of hostility. He asserts that the religion "inspired" the 9/11 attacks. He bemoans the fact that in the years after 9/11, 34,000 Americans "have become Muslim" and that there are "some 1,209 mosques" in America. Islam, he declares, is a "faith that fully intends to conquer the world" through violence. The United States, he insists, "has historically understood herself as a bastion against Islam," but "history is crashing in upon us."

At the end of his chapter on Islam, Parsley asks, "Are we a Christian nation? I say yes."


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: christiannation; clashofcivilizations; rodparsley; warofcivilizations
McCain Gets Into Bed with the Religious Right
This week McCain campaigned with Rod Parsley, founder and president of “The Center for Moral Clarity” and leader of the right-wing “Patriot Pastors” (a church based campaign that was infamous for referring to political opponents as “secular jihadists,” the “forces of darkness,” and the “hordes of hell.”)

Rod Parsley, whom McCain has called a “spiritual guide” has in the past:


1 posted on 03/14/2008 2:37:20 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

So far, he sounds right on!


2 posted on 03/14/2008 2:39:28 PM PDT by Anti-Hillary (Lest anyone forgot, WE ARE AT WAR!!!!! NOW IS NOT THE TIME IN HISTORY TO TEACH THE PARTY A LESSON!!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

So far so good.


4 posted on 03/14/2008 2:40:46 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"Senator John McCain hailed as a spiritual adviser an Ohio megachurch pastor who has called upon Christians to wage a "war" against the "false religion" of Islam with the aim of destroying it"

Finally something I admire about the guy.


5 posted on 03/14/2008 2:41:27 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I like this spiritual guide a lot better than Obama’s pseudo Nation of Islam pastor who says “Destroy AmeriKKKa.”


6 posted on 03/14/2008 2:41:47 PM PDT by counterpunch (Kick McCain upstairs)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

BTW, did anyone notice who wrote this garbage????

David, “I skipped speech class in school”, Corn. Just like Chrissy Matthews, this guy needs to carry a hankie with him when he speaks to catch all the slobber.


7 posted on 03/14/2008 2:44:48 PM PDT by Anti-Hillary (Lest anyone forgot, WE ARE AT WAR!!!!! NOW IS NOT THE TIME IN HISTORY TO TEACH THE PARTY A LESSON!!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The intent is, of course, to try and paint McCain’s connection to this guy as the equivalent of Obama’s to his “pastor”.

McCain is from Arizona and lives in D.C. or its environs. This guy is in Ohio. It seems rather unlikely that McCain has been a member of the congregation for 20 years. Did this guy marry Mr. & Mrs. McCain? Did he baptize the McCain children? Is he cited in a McCain book? Did McCain donate thousands of dollars to the man’s church?

Didn’t think so.

I really despise the grade school tactic of justifying my guy’s stupidity/venality/dishonesty by whining that his opponent “did it too”. This never worked with my mother or father and I gave up the attempt to shift blame by the time I was about 7 years old.


8 posted on 03/14/2008 2:46:11 PM PDT by scory
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To: Tailgunner Joe

None of this would upset anyone who doesn’t hate all Republicans already.


9 posted on 03/14/2008 2:46:54 PM PDT by joebuck (Finitum non capax infinitum!)
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To: scory
The intent is, of course, to try and paint McCain’s connection to this guy as the equivalent of Obama’s to his “pastor”.

Not only that, but this story could overshadow the B Hussein pastor story in the Drive Bys.

10 posted on 03/14/2008 2:47:29 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Senator John McCain hailed as a spiritual adviser an Ohio megachurch pastor who has called upon Christians to wage a "war" against the "false religion" of Islam with the aim of destroying it.

Sounds logical.

So maybe voting for McCain will suck a little less.

11 posted on 03/14/2008 2:49:19 PM PDT by SampleMan (We are a free and industrious people, socialist nannies do not become us.)
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To: Anti-Hillary

He’s also gay as a goose and sillier than a salamander.


12 posted on 03/14/2008 2:49:50 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Jeff Chandler
Na, even the MSM couldn't paint McCain as “spiritual”, no matter how hard they tried.

Since the country knows McCain, and Hussein is a stranger.

13 posted on 03/14/2008 2:50:47 PM PDT by roses of sharon (Who will be McCain's maverick?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

He’s right. It is a war. They want to eliminate us and our country welcomes them with open arms, figuratively gives them machetes to cut our heads off and video cameras to film the process.


14 posted on 03/14/2008 2:52:38 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: Tailgunner Joe

oh my - how many Kumbayas and We are the Worlds does he have to say in penance?


15 posted on 03/14/2008 2:53:15 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I’m not supporting an anti Moslem approach, but between an anti American preacher and an anti Moslem one, I have to take libelous hatred of my own country more seriously.


16 posted on 03/14/2008 2:53:50 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Works for me!


17 posted on 03/14/2008 2:56:43 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Williams
"I’m not supporting an anti Moslem approach..."

I do.

18 posted on 03/14/2008 3:02:16 PM PDT by Roccus (People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient....then repent.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
But wait! The multitudes of the McCain deranged at this forum tell us there is no difference between McCain and The Obamabeast. How can this be?
19 posted on 03/14/2008 3:13:01 PM PDT by Jacquerie (McCain will offer battle to Islam - The Obamabeast will offer our heads.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Okay, you go to motherjones to bring this back... and post it; It must be important. What’s your point? I know you aren’t attempting to deflect right here on FR.

Question:

Did Mc go for decades every Sunday and take his young children?

Does he have two friends wanted by interpol?

Has his friends defrauded by millions the US Gov. on Iraq contracts?

Has a Baathist friend of Saddam sent him money to help buy a lot (while he bought a house), after he broke out of jail in Iraq?

Who are you voting for btw? You’re posting so you have to back someone... I gather it’s not McCain.


20 posted on 03/14/2008 3:15:50 PM PDT by AliVeritas (DEUS VULT - 0311)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I’m starting to like McCain.


21 posted on 03/14/2008 3:24:11 PM PDT by MistrX
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To: MistrX

If McCain in his heart of hearts wants to make war on Islam, that’s good enough!

I’ll vote for him without holding my nose.

(BTW, the current Obama’s-pastor flap is allowing McCain to fly under the radar, for miles on end. Can’t help but benefit Republicans.)


22 posted on 03/14/2008 3:27:54 PM PDT by elcid1970 (io)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“He urges his readers to realize that a confrontation between Christianity and Islam is unavoidable: ‘We find now we have no choice. The time has come.”

THE CONFLICT OF THE AGES

Lo, the conflict of the ages is upon us today,
And the armies are assembling all in battle array;
Are you numbered with the faithful, one of God’s loyal few,
Who have sworn Him full allegiance? can He count upon you?

Have your eyes caught the vision?
Have your hearts felt the thrill?
To the call of the Master do you answer, “I will”?
For the conflict of the ages, told by prophets and by sages,
In its fury is upon us, is upon us today.

Catch the vision of a lost world going downward in sin,
While the Master’s great commission long unheeded has been;
See the children of the kingdom joined in heart and in hand,
Pressing forward in the struggle to redeem this fair land.

Have your eyes caught the vision?
Have your hearts felt the thrill?
To the call of the Master do you answer, “I will”?
For the conflict of the ages, told by prophets and by sages,
In its fury is upon us, is upon us today.

See the Church of God awaking and with glorious zest
She is laying on her altars now her noblest and blest;
T’ward the final consummation we are hastening on,
And the time for loyal service will forever be done.

Have your eyes caught the vision?
Have your hearts felt the thrill?
To the call of the Master do you answer, “I will”?
For the conflict of the ages, told by prophets and by sages,
In its fury is upon us, is upon us today.

—Leila Morris, 1912


23 posted on 03/14/2008 4:14:05 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Tailgunner Joe

It’s our only hope.


24 posted on 03/14/2008 4:19:14 PM PDT by dbacks (Taglines for sale or rent.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

History always repeats itself.


25 posted on 03/14/2008 4:49:59 PM PDT by aristotleman (ell)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"As I scan the world, I find that Islam is responsible for more pain, more bloodshed, and more devastation than nearly any other force on earth at this moment."

This is true, but to 95% it hits the Muslim world.

26 posted on 03/14/2008 5:47:43 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Just laugh at them!)
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To: scory
The intent is, of course, to try and paint McCain’s connection to this guy as the equivalent of Obama’s to his “pastor”. .... absolutely right. Big difference between receiving an endorsement from a church and being actively involved in that church. But you said it better than I.
27 posted on 03/15/2008 8:13:45 AM PDT by Nanny7
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