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McCain Praised Pastor Who Called Islam "A Conspiracy of Spiritual Evil"
jihadwatch.org ^ | May 22, 2008 | Robert Spencer

Posted on 05/22/2008 10:08:31 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

America was founded in order to destroy Islam? Statements like that give the anti-jihad movement a wingnut patina that, of course, ABC is happy to perpetuate in this anti-McCain hit piece, which breezes by the fact that his campaign has strongly disavowed these statements.

But when McCain's campaign strongly disavows these statements, is he disavowing them all -- including the manifestly true statement that some Muslims quite obviously intend to conquer and Islamize the world? Is McCain completely unaware of the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document, An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America," in which Brotherhood operative Mohamed Akram explains that the Brotherhood's work in America is "a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions"?

Probably he is.

"McCain Pastor: Islam Is a 'Conspiracy of Spiritual Evil,': by Brian Ross, Avni Patel and Rehab El-Buri for ABC News, May 22 (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):

May 22, 2008 — 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.

"Islam is an anti-Christ religion that intends through violence to conquer the world," Parsley says on the DVDs reviewed by ABC News.

"America was founded with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed," Parsley says, "and I believe Sept. 11, 2001 was a generational call to arms that we can no longer ignore."

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In a statement to ABC News about Parsley's comments, McCain's campaign said the senator "obviously strongly rejects such statements." The campaign did not answer the question of whether it was aware of Parsley's widely publicized statements prior to seeking his endorsement in February.

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."

McCain has repeatedly urged the U.S. to show respect for Islam. "Our goal must be to win the 'hearts and minds' of the vast majority of moderate Muslims who do not want their future controlled by a minority of violent extremists," McCain told the World Affairs Council in Los Angeles on March 26.

But well before he was asked to endorse McCain, Pastor Parsley took a much different view about moderate Muslims in his book and sermons. "I would counter respectfully that what some people call extremists are instead mainstream Muslim believers who are drawing from the well at the very heart of Islam," he said....


TOPICS: Extended News; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: apologies; christianvote; columbusoh; mccainsucks; nowaymccain; oh2008; pastor; republicanteaparty; rodparsley

1 posted on 05/22/2008 10:08:31 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And this is supposed to be a negative? Where can I donate to this Pastor?


2 posted on 05/22/2008 10:11:42 AM PDT by coffee260 (coffee)
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To: All

islam is anti-Christian, anti-Semitic and anti-Freedom...


3 posted on 05/22/2008 10:12:26 AM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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To: coffee260
McCain Praised Pastor Who Called Islam "A Conspiracy of Spiritual Evil"

Hmmmm...starting to warm up to McCain...

4 posted on 05/22/2008 10:13:19 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
At a campaign appearance in Cincinnati, McCain introduced Parsley as "one of the truly great leaders in America, a moral compass, a spiritual guide."

I agree.

5 posted on 05/22/2008 10:15:42 AM PDT by 1035rep
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To: Maverick68

Islam is anti anyone who is not one of them. Join their cult of death, or die.


6 posted on 05/22/2008 10:15:42 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Obama's issues would be better resolved in a psychotherapists office, than in the Oval Office))))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"America was founded with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed," Parsley says

Ok, I agree with his assessment of Islam, Mohammed, etc., but this one line irks me. America was founded "form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity". Not to eliminate an entire religious system. It may end up being our legacy, but is not why we were founded.
7 posted on 05/22/2008 10:15:58 AM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: Maverick68

“islam is anti-Christian, anti-Semitic and anti-Freedom...”

You forgot anti-human and anti-life.


8 posted on 05/22/2008 10:16:35 AM PDT by 353FMG (What marxism and fascism could not destroy, liberalism did.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Islam is an anti-Christ religion that intends through violence to conquer the world"

Well, it is...

9 posted on 05/22/2008 10:16:54 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: 2banana
Hmmmm...starting to warm up to McCain...

I may vote for the old bastard yet.

10 posted on 05/22/2008 10:19:34 AM PDT by null and void (The one word of Chinese our congress really understands is 'kowtow')
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“the mouthpiece of a conspiracy of spiritual evil.”

Evil is spiritual by its very nature.


12 posted on 05/22/2008 10:20:23 AM PDT by 353FMG (What marxism and fascism could not destroy, liberalism did.)
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To: 2banana
Hmmmm...starting to warm up to McCain...

Don't worry that won't last.
13 posted on 05/22/2008 10:21:55 AM PDT by coffee260 (coffee)
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To: coffee260

You are absolutely right! Good for him!


14 posted on 05/22/2008 10:28:11 AM PDT by HappyinAZ
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To: F15Eagle

Actually, Rev. Parsley is dead on target.

The problem is...he’s not exactly a mainstream pastor. He and his church, World Harvest Church in Columbus, OH, is seriously into ‘name-it-and-claim-it’ theology, and is a major supporter/program provider at TBN. If you’ve ever seen his program (”Breakthrough”), you’d plainly see this. He may not have said the same kinds of things as John Hagee, but his preaching is just a little...intense.

So, while what he says is true, it should be taken with a rather large grain of salt.


15 posted on 05/22/2008 10:29:04 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Happily watching the Left go full-goose bozo.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I just love how they keep trying to equate these things to Obama and his PASTOR. Whether they admit it or not, that’s exactly what they are trying to do with these articles...

There is a difference between reaching out to preachers for support of a campaign and such, and being mentored by a man for 20 years. Who is to say that McCain even knew this guy said these things (disregarding if it’s true or not for a moment)? On the other hand, Obama sat and listened for 20 years, and there is no way he didn’t know exactly what brand of religion and world-view Wright possessed...

Nice try, ABC, but you’ll have to do better than this! And, I don’t even particularly like McCain, but I can tell this is a desperate attempt to discredit him...


16 posted on 05/22/2008 10:32:34 AM PDT by LibertyRocks (The LibertyRocks Blog - http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com & http://www.LibertyRocks.us)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Anyone see the start of Good Morning America today? They were running clips of this pastor and then going to clips of McCain, back and forth. It was titled “McCain’s pastor problem.” Where all all the “moderate” muslims speaking out against all this terroism? I don’t see a problem.


17 posted on 05/22/2008 10:34:03 AM PDT by okgomac
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To: coffee260

Islam... a conspiracy of evil. Precisely correct. Maybe even an understatement.


18 posted on 05/22/2008 10:41:05 AM PDT by rtbwood
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To: coffee260

Islam... a conspiracy of evil. Precisely correct. Maybe even an understatement.


19 posted on 05/22/2008 10:41:18 AM PDT by rtbwood
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Another reason why I will not vote for McCain.


20 posted on 05/22/2008 10:59:07 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

I have this in the plus column. What part did you disagree with?


23 posted on 05/22/2008 12:38:14 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: Free ThinkerNY


Islam is a death cult that was founded by a murderous pedophile (mhrih).
24 posted on 05/22/2008 1:40:01 PM PDT by Uncle Ivan (Thompson Conservative)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
...Islam as "anti-Christ" and Mohammed as "the mouthpiece of a conspiracy of spiritual evil."

I don't see anything wrong with those statements.
25 posted on 05/22/2008 1:45:50 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Average White Conservative)
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To: hoagy62
If you’ve ever seen his program (”Breakthrough”), you’d plainly see this. He may not have said the same kinds of things as John Hagee, but his preaching is just a little...intense.

You mean he preaches like a Black preacher? Horrors! Doesn't he know that only Back preachers can preach like that? I'll bet he didn't know that only Blacks have official permission to interpret the Bible literally, as well.

26 posted on 05/22/2008 3:38:37 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Im-bechuqqotay telekhu; ve'et-mitzvotay tishmeru, va`asiytem 'otam.)
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