Saturday, March 15, 2008

Media Giving McCain Another Free Pass

Rod Parsley (photo via Evangelical Right)

Columbia Journalism Review: Rod Parsley’s Free Pass
Jeremiah Wright gets torched, while McCain’s “spiritual adviser” offends with impunity

Both Barack Obama and John McCain have religious allies who have made controversial, and sometimes flat-out offensive, public statements. But the media have treated them very differently.


Meanwhile, John McCain has a Christian ally of his own. At a rally in late February, McCain appeared with Rod Parsley, the pastor of an Ohio mega-church, and called him a “spiritual guide.”

Parsley has his own history of controversial statements. As David Corn reported this week for Mother Jones, Parsley has called for Christians to wage war against the “false religion” of Islam, in order to destroy it. He does not distinguish between Islamic extremists and ordinary Muslims. “What some call ‘extremists’ are instead mainstream believers who are drawing from the well at the very heart of Islam,” he has written.

And it’s not just Muslims he’s got it in for. Last year, Parsley’s organization called for people who commit adultery to be prosecuted, and in January he compared Planned Parenthood to the Nazis.

But the press has largely shrugged off the Parsley story. I couldn’t find one mainstream American news outlet that has so much as mentioned Parsley’s extremist views since McCain appeared publicly with him in late February.

McCain has the media eating out of his hand.


Muslims Against Sharia said...

Muslims Against Sharia call on Senators McCain and Obama to cut all ties with their racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic supporters.


truth said...

I checked out your website and you seemed a little confused. You call on Obama to cut ties with Louis Farrakhan. How can Obama cut ties with someone he has no ties to?

Just because someone supports you does not mean you share their views.

If you embrace the support (as McCain has done with Hagee and Parsley) then you can be called on to cut ties.

Muslims Against Sharia said...

If you think that Obama has no ties to Farrakhan, you might want to consider changing your screen name from 'truth' to 'ignorance'. Not judging, just a thought.