Magazine article The Christian Century

McCain Rejects Support of Pastors Hagee and Parsley

Magazine article The Christian Century

McCain Rejects Support of Pastors Hagee and Parsley

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Presumed Republican presidential nominee John McCain has rejected the political endorsements of two mega-church pastors after learning more about their disparaging views of other faiths.

The Arizona senator rejected on May 22 the backing of Rod Parsley, pastor of World Harvest Church in Columbus, Ohio, for comments in which Parsley called Islam a violent religion bent on world domination.

Shortly beforehand, McCain renounced the endorsement by pastor John Hagee of San Antonio, Texas, head of Christians United for Israel, after McCain learned that Hagee had suggested in a 1990s sermon that God used Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust as part of a divine plan to have Jews return to Israel.

McCain signaled that Hagee's remarks had become burdensome to his campaign.

"Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible,

and I repudiate them," McCain said in a statement reported on CNNPolitics.com. "I did not know of them before Reverend Hagee's endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well. …

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