McCain rejects support of pastors Hagee and Parsley
"I repudiate such talk"
Jun 17, 2008
Presumed Republican presidential nominee John McCain has rejected the political endorsements of two megachurch 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 it was learned that Hagee had suggested in a sermon in the 1990s 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.