For months, John McCain has faced questions about his associations with radical religious televangelists like John Hagee and Rod Parsley. And for months, McCain refused to disassociate himself from the extremists, even going so far as to defend the hate-filled rhetoric. McCain said Hagee had been “taken out of context”) and repeatedly say he was “honored” and “glad” to have their support.
Yesterday, after the latest revelations that Hagee believed Hitler was fulfilling God’s will, McCain gave up.Senator John McCain on Thursday rejected the endorsements of two prominent evangelical ministers whose backing he had sought to shore up his credentials with religious conservatives.
Mr. McCain repudiated the Rev. John C. Hagee, a televangelist, after a watchdog group released a recording of a sermon in which Mr. Hagee said Hitler and the Holocaust had been part of God’s plan to chase the Jews from Europe and drive them to Palestine.
Later in the day, he also rejected the endorsement of the Rev. Rod Parsley of the World Harvest Church of Columbus, Ohio, whose anti-Muslim sermons were broadcast on ABC’s "Good Morning America” on Thursday.
I wonder how this is going to look in frothing fundie circles? Can't look good to them that McCain dropped their pathological pastors like hot rocks just after ABC news started running segments like this:
I especially loved how ABC juxtaposed all of McCain's smarmy praise and inane defense of this shite with Pastor Parsley's ravings. Verily, 'twas a work of art.
Tristero said it best when he said:
Amen, brother. A-fucking-men.
But here's the best part:Hagee also issued a statement saying he was tired of baseless attacks and he was removing himself from any active role in the 2008 campaign.
Good idea. Memo to all christianists:
Go thou and do likewise.