For months, Rev. Jeremiah Wright has been a millstone around the neck of Democratic presidential frontrunner Barack Obama. But Republican presumptive nominee John McCain has his own preacher problems. On the campaign trail, he’s warmly embraced John Hagee of San Antonio. Hagee? He’s a minister who says God sent Hitler to “hunt” Jews so that they’d return to the Holy Land. Click here for audio. Hagee also said that God sent Hurricane Katrina to punish people, a claim he later disavowed.
Now comes word that another McCain supporter may have made inflammatory comments.
Click here for ABC News’ report on John McCain ally Rod Parsley of Columbus, Ohio. Parsley, who appeared on stage with McCain shortly before the Ohio Republican primary, has sharply condemned Islam.
If Republicans try to link Obama and Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright, Democrats will link McCain to John ‘God sent Hitler to hunt Jews’ Hagee and Rod ‘God Hates Islam’ Parsley. There may also be clips of McCain with Jerry ‘Lesbians caused Sep. 11′ Falwell and Pat ‘Let’s kill Hugo Chavez’ Robertson… Maybe they’ll even toss in archival footage of top Republicans making pilgrimages to Bob Jones University in South Carolina.
I said this in the fall about Mike Huckabee, but it applies to all of these presidential candidates. It’s risky business cozying up to self-annointed prophets who claim to have a direct line to God.
A politician is playing Russian roulette if he embraces a religious leader without doing a thorough background check on the reverend, rabbi or imam.