The politician's pastor

Vetting the minister
It’s been an odd season for pastors and would-be presidents. The latter have been renouncing the former faster than you can say “damage control.” Barack Obama quit his membership at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago after Catholic priest Michael Pfleger delivered a sermon there in which he mocked Hillary Clinton for her alleged racism. Having already endured several rounds of controversy over Trinity’s retired pastor, Jeremiah Wright, Obama decided he was not interested in defending his congregation from any more complaints about extremist statements. John McCain’s renunciation of pastors John Hagee and Rod Parsley, who had both endorsed him for president, received less hyperventilating media coverage, though Hagee’s contention that God used the Holocaust to gather the Jews to Israel and hasten the end times and Parsley’s comment that Islam’s Muhammad is “the mouthpiece of a conspiracy of spiritual evil” are wackier than anything Wright said.


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