Televangelist Rod Parsley, a key McCain ally in Ohio and his spiritual adviser, has called for eradicating Islam as a ‘false religion’.
Senator John McCain hailed Parsley, as the Ohio megachurch pastor called upon Christians to wage a “war” against Islam to destroy it.
On February 26, McCain appeared at a campaign rally in Cincinnati with Reverend Rod Parsley of the World Harvest Church of Columbus. During the rally McCain called the evangelical minister a “spiritual guide.”
The leader of a 12,000-member congregation, Parsley has written several books outlining his fundamentalist religious outlook.
Parsley in his book “The 2005 Silent No More” in a chapter titled “Islam: The Deception of Allah,” warns there is a “war between Islam and Christian civilization.”
He also calls Islam an “anti-Christ religion”, urging the US to launch a new crusade to eradicate Islam.
In the past Parsley’s church has been accused of engaging in pro-Republican partisan activities in violation of its tax-exempt status.
McCain’s relationship with Parsley is politically significant. In 2004, Parsley’s church was credited with driving Christian fundamentalist voters to the polls for George W. Bush.
Thu, 13 Mar 2008 09:26:56 Source: PressTV