First the lobbyists and now the preachers.

This time it’s Rod Parsley, who has basically said America was founded to destroy Islam and has characterized Allah as a “demon spirit.”

From ABC:

Sen. John McCain rejected the endorsement of a second controversial pastor Thursday, saying there is no place for the Rev. Rod Parsley’s comments about Islam.

“I believe there is no place for that kind of dialogue in America, and I believe that even though he endorsed me, and I didn’t endorse him, the fact is that I repudiate such talk, and I reject his endorsement,” McCain said in a statement. […]

ABC News’s Brian Ross reported Thursday on "Good Morning America" that Parsley has called Islam “the mouthpiece of a conspiracy of spiritual evil,” and that Islam is an “anti-Christ religion that intends through violence to conquer the world.”

Why McCain sought Parsley’s endorsement in the first place, when all of this has been WIDELY known (the “destroy Islam” link in this story is from March), is still not clear.

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