Right away, the first pastor they found is John Hagee.
According to a New York Times magazine interview this week, John McCain sought out the endorsement of Hagee:.
"It's true that [John] McCain's campaign sought my endorsement."
NEW UPDATE MARCH 11, 2008: John McCain defended Pastor Hagee's comments today, saying he believe Hagee's claims that his statements were taken out of context:
I will say that he said that his words were taken out of context, he defends his position. I hope that maybe you'd give him a chance to respond. He says he has never been anti-Catholic, but I repudiate the words that create that impression
Now, comes word that the media has found another one, Rod Parsley.
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.
The media manufactured so called firestorm surrounding Hagee went absolutely nowhere, and this new one will likely go just as far I suspect. That's because the media is trying to pull the wool over folk's eyes. Of course, the media understands there is a huge difference between the three cases, however they are hoping the folks aren't as smart as them. I believe they are.
Reverend Wright was Barack Obama's pastor. In fact, he was his pastor for twenty plus years. He married Obama and he baptized his kids. These other two pastors allied themselves with McCain for short periods of time during campaigns. The media is hoping that the guilt by association will carry the same weight. It won't.
in fact, the association between Parsley, Hagee and McCain is much more similar to the association between Farakhan, Ayers and Obama. That's why attacks on Obama vis a vis Farakhan have done absolutely no damage. Ayers relationship to Obama is more difficult to read and that's why that association has had an unclear amount of damage. I have already pointed out the way in which I would attack Obama vis a vis Ayers
Reverend Wright created such a firestorm that Obama needed to make a speech to address the controversy. In it, he defended Wright however distanced himself from his most vicious remarks. He has subsequently had to distance himself from Wright entirely after he continued making the same remarks.
I won't defend the remarks that Hagee and Parsley made, nor will I defend McCain's relationship with them. He should have known better and he should have exhibited better judgement than reaching out to anyone that owns such hateful rhetoric, but we are talking apples and oranges. Barack Obama was in the company of Reverend Wright for twenty years while he spewed anti American hate. He never challenged him. He never left the church. He never did anything. How is he expected to defend America from invaders when he can't defend America from his pastor?
John McCain accepted the endorsement of two pastors that made vicious and vulgar comments about people of other faiths. They never made them in his presence mind you, and he may or may not have known about the controversial comments when he accepted the endorsement.
Barack Obama either knew full well that his pastor was full of anti American hate and did nothing, or he is so oblivious to his surroundings that he never noticed for twenty years that he is. Either way, this is a night and day comparison and while the media seems to think most folks will be fooled,I suspect that the folks are smarter than that.