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John McCain's 'Spiritual Guide', Pastor Rod Parsley, Hates Gays


The Columbus Dispatch reports: "Meanwhile, McCain campaigned yesterday in Cincinnati, where he appeared with the Rev. Rod Parsley of World Harvest Church of Columbus. McCain called Parsley a 'spiritual guide,' while Parsley later labeled McCain a 'strong, true, consistent conservative.'...In Cincinnati, Parsley shared the stage with McCain during a rally at Hamilton County Memorial Hall in Cincinnati but didn't speak. In a later interview, Parsley said he supports McCain because the senator will be tough on national security and 'protect the unborn.' The megachurch pastor, criticized in the past for mixing religion and politics, acknowledged that McCain isn't the ideal candidate for evangelical Christians, who overwhelmingly backed President Bush in 2004. 'Yet at the same time, when you put John McCain up against Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, the ideological and philosophical differences are overwhelming,' Parsley said."

McCain, who as we noted yesterday, has also embraced the support of anti-gay Pastor John Hagee, is assembling a whole pew of homophobes.

Check Parsley's toxic anti-gay drivel AFTER THE JUMP...

(via queerty and good as you)

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  1. And we're still fighting over our nominee. Heavy sigh.

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 7, 2008 10:06:57 AM

  2. What sort of fools are taken in by such bad acting? If he were secular, he'd be taking it to Vegas.

    Posted by: sam | Mar 7, 2008 10:10:58 AM

  3. "What sort of fools are taken in by such bad acting?"

    They call themselves "Christians."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 7, 2008 10:44:23 AM

  4. Homosexuality seems to get Rev. Rod Parsley (is that his porn name?) all sweaty and excited. McCain is certainly surrounding himself with some A-1 wingnuts. I wonder if he feels all dirty in the morning?

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 7, 2008 10:58:08 AM

  5. "They call themselves "Christians."

    That's what they call themselves, but it's certainly not what they are.

    Posted by: sam | Mar 7, 2008 11:06:03 AM

  6. What a creep!

    Posted by: Giovanni | Mar 7, 2008 11:06:36 AM

  7. Saw this earlier on Queerty.com today. This man is a nut and I'm happy the blogs are posting about him. This coming from a man who blamed his congregation for the fact that his child was born mentally handicapped. He said his congregation didn’t pray hard enough for his wife in her pregnancy.

    Posted by: Matt | Mar 7, 2008 11:14:52 AM

  8. That's right, Crispy. Thank God for both Clinton and Obama. I'll be donating to and working for either one after they clinch the nom. We are in dire need of some common-sense progressive leadership. And I truly believe that the GOP drove the final nail in the coffin of their '08 victory chances the minute John McCain beat Romney in New Hampshire. Romney could have actually beaten our nominee. "WALNUTS", as Wonkette likes to call him? Not a friggin chance.

    What I think we should find most offensive about Christian conservatism is the notion that Man needs saving from himself to begin with. That we're taught from toddlerhood that we are innately prone to "sin" is, in my opinion, a sort of societal emotional abuse. Why can't we focus on our innate tendency towards freedom, or happiness, or charity, or love, or even just companionship, or food, or nature? Why "sin"?

    It is just absurdly transparent that the only way to get The People to behave (and pay up) is to tell them "You're bad and there's nothing you can do about it", "Without being saved by God, your badness will sentence you to an eternity of torture and sadness", "Only God can save you", and "If God saves you, you must live according to the rules we tell you God has decreed." I mean, come on.

    The history of deism is literally ancient compared to the span of time the science that has revealed so many truths of our universe and our existence to us has been around, so it is equally absurdly transparent that our collective ideological worldview has yet to catch up with our factual knowledge. It's sad, really.

    But it also tells us that we will win this war, eventually. Blind dedication to antequated ideologies is fading, and it is due in large part to the secular humanism of modern American progressivism. So, God Bless America.

    Thanks. I guess I just needed to vent this morning.

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 7, 2008 11:19:06 AM

  9. This guy is such a sick fucker...Im sure he'd rather have his child be born mentally handicapped then Gay...IM eff'ing sick to death of these wingnut assholes!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Mar 7, 2008 11:19:39 AM

  10. Is it just me, or does that pastor look like he gets "massages" from Mike Jones?

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Mar 7, 2008 11:29:19 AM

  11. But check that sword out!

    Posted by: gunn | Mar 7, 2008 12:01:57 PM

  12. I didn't realize how big this Rod Parsely guy had become. I remember watching him before going to work. Only public access shows were on and this guy was *so* over-the-top that it was comedic. It was akin to watching an SNL skit of someone playing a preacher.

    The best scenes were when right before breaks. They would show his staff dumping bags of checks on a table and the Rev. Rod "praying over them" so that the "harvest" his members gave to him would be returned to them sevenfold. -- Talk about "moneychangers in the temple." Sheesh.

    On one hand I felt bad for the people from whom he was taking money. On the other hand, if they sent money after watching him pray over bags of checks, I felt that they fell safely into the "a fool and his money are soon parted" category.

    Posted by: Ed | Mar 7, 2008 12:15:38 PM

  13. Lest we forget; this is the candidate of choice of Log Cabin Republicans.

    Posted by: Zeke | Mar 7, 2008 1:12:01 PM

  14. We can mock people like Parsley all we want; cluck cluck about our intellectual superiority and sophistication but, yet again, it's not about us folks. It's about the fact that millions of people still are suckered in by theocratic, fascist frauds like him to attack us. While so many gays were busy sipping their Cosmos, circuit partying, and puffing themselves up like poisoned dogs at the gym, Parsley and other pillars of the Antigay Industry were passing law after law to make us official second class citizens and exploiting homophobia to elect their fellow fascists.
    Some commentators gave Parsley sole credit for Ohio [and the election] tilting to Bush in 2004 when the state also passed a constitututional ban on gay marriage equality.

    The sword is one of the show and tell props he uses to promote his "Holy War Against Homos" and others in opposition to his definition of Christianity. He's actually raked in money selling two versions of it to his faithful. One 27 inches and another 37 inches long.

    If there is any gay person who still believes that McCain has an ounce of integrity, just put your rod on Rod's chopping block now.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Mar 7, 2008 1:21:25 PM

  15. This would be the perfect way to sink McCain's campaign. I think we should have stuff like this to make McCain's campaign difficult in the swing states.

    Its going to be hard for me to vote for the Democrat, but I guess the more that things change, the more that things stay the same like Bush's 2004 campaign.

    I am not going to reward the spiritual terrorists like Hagee and Parsley this time, but I do fear for our nation if Al Queda attacks us because we elect a Democrat for president.

    Posted by: Matt from California | Mar 7, 2008 2:25:18 PM

  16. Jeff, please vent EVERY morning. Very thoughtful writing. Probably like many of you, I grew up in that evangelical, pentecostal environment. Vestiges of it still pop up from time to time but mostly, I now see it for the evil it is. And, it IS evil!

    Michael B., I do not mock these people. I respect the depth of their belief. But, it is a respect based on fear--these people believe to the cores of their being that the judeo-christian neurosis, I'm sorry, religion is "god"-inspired and that their bible is a literal, historical document. These are college-educated men and women, professional people, as well as the blue-collar people, who believe this! And, they vote and they have tremendous financial and political power. And, they are not afraid to use it--as we have sadly seen these past 20 years (since Ronald Reagan).

    These people are dangerous because their beliefs allow to them to look at gays and lesbians and not see loving, feeling human beings but to see only an evil that must be fought and, if necessary, eradicated.

    It would seem that the forces of logic and reason are on our side. We have made tremendous advances in the last 30 years. I tell anyone: if you did not experience some of your childhood or young adulthood during the 1950s or 1960s or before, then you cannot possibly imagine how bleak and despairing life was for anyone who had queer feelings.

    Rod Parsley and all the rest of his kind are dangerous and vile. That John McCain has taken to groveling before them, believing that he needs those millions of "christian" votes to take the presidency indicates to me that we are not through with them yet.

    We must be prepared that the internecine warfare the is going on between Clinton and Obama will only give the 2008 election to the Republicans on a silver platter. The struggle between those two unfortunately remind me of the bitter struggles of 1968 that decimated and neutered the Democratic Party.

    I am not one of those who thinks there should be a summit and those two should make their peace and their deals. That would be a panicked reaction to the possibility of a Republican Party on the rebound.

    But, like in 2000 when Al Gore pulled his petulant "I'm my own candidate" tantrum and proceeded to lose an election that was his to win, the Democrats once again appear to be more interested fighting amongst themselves instead of fighting for American and for all of us who want freedom FROM religion. It would seem that once again, in an election that is the Democrats' to win, they will lose it spectacularly.

    Rod Parsley, James Hagee and their followers can only look on at the Democrats' primary mess and the Democrats' continued Congressional impotence and lick their lips, drooling at the possibility of a McCain presidency and the chance to place the Supreme Court in the hands of rightist and unprincipled ideologues for the next two generations and to finally get that Constitutional amendment to essentially make queer humanity unconstitutional.

    Posted by: mike | Mar 7, 2008 2:27:53 PM

  17. Calling all Log Cabinites

    Paging all Log cabinites

    How do you reconcile this?

    Totaly insane posturing and Mccain a@@ kissing from log cabinites coming in 3.....2......1

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Mar 7, 2008 3:03:58 PM

  18. I dont think McCain deserves an endorsement, on a conservative oriented blog McCain said YES I will endorse the anti-SSM amendment to the California state constitution.

    The Haggee and Parsley pandering and the open endorsement of anti-SSM initatives in 2008 are the reason why I have u-turned on McCain.

    From California's leading conservative political blog The Flash Report:

    Today Senator John McCain spoke to members of the Council for National Policy (CNP). The group is made up of influential conservative leader types from around the country.

    "I just spoke to a CNP member who told me that in response to a question from one of the members, asking the Senator if he supports three ballot measures in states this November to ban same-sex marriage, one of them being here in California, McCain was unequivocal: "YES."

    (For those confused because we already passed Prop. 22 here in California, this measure in November would be an even stronger measure to codify marriage as being between and man and a woman.)"

    Posted by: Matt from California | Mar 7, 2008 3:23:00 PM

  19. McCain fancies himself as Goldwater's Heir, but Goldwater would never have sought the favors of nuts like Parsley. (Goldwater was a bit rhetorically nutty, but otherwise sane, particularly as he got older.) McCain seems willing to compromise on certain principles to get votes, but it could all be cynical posturing. He's really not the heir to Reagan or Goldwater, he has more Nixonian traits, though I guess he's less paranoid, but perhaps even more self-deluded. And LOTS angrier.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 7, 2008 3:28:33 PM

  20. Goldwater was a bigot, under the guise of states rights to keep blacks without rights, the same thing McCain says when it comes to gay rights, and, said when he was fighting for the anti-gay marriage issue in Arizona, to which the viters said no to hatred and bigotry. Rod Parsley? Everytime I see this man, I see confused 'straight' and in the closet all over him, his obsession is sick.

    Posted by: Sebastian | Mar 7, 2008 3:37:54 PM

  21. that guy has always been a sweaty bitch immitating the southern-baptist-preacher cadence that obama has recently affected.

    i trusted it from the righteous soul and breath of MLK jr. but, from obama it rings hollow, and from this piece of shit, it just makes me want to vomit.

    i used to have some respect for mccain, but his nose is so far up the shrub's and the right-wings ass holes that i am almost ashamed for myself for entertaining that notion. i guess political expediency trumps years in a p.o.w. camp. may god (he/she) have mercy on mccain's tainted soul.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 7, 2008 4:04:44 PM

  22. The closer McShame moves to people like Hagee and Parsley the less chance he has to get elected. Keep it up scar face. As for the pastor I to thought how long until we find out who he's screwing?

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Mar 7, 2008 6:30:51 PM

  23. NIC

    I agree 100% except on bringing Obama into this particular thread/ topic

    Your passion for Hillary is commendable but lets focus on being anti-mccain and the theocrats in this thread at least.

    We can agree on their insanity.


    No log cabinites today??? I know they read and post on towleroad. Come on guys, lets hear what you have to say about this.


    "What I think we should find most offensive about Christian conservatism is the notion that Man needs saving from himself to begin with. That we're taught from toddlerhood that we are innately prone to "sin" is, in my opinion, a sort of societal emotional abuse. Why can't we focus on our innate tendency towards freedom, or happiness, or charity, or love, or even just companionship, or food, or nature? Why "sin"?"


    Except I wouldn't say "a sort of societal emotional abuse"
    I would say it is 100% psychosocial rape / abuse. No sort of about it.

    It took me years to get out of the crazyness that is conservative xtianity that was the detrement of friendships and a few boyfriends. Now at least I am just crazy crazy :-) instead of that kind of psychoocial abusive crazy, and at least I keep my particular crazy crazy off of national television.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Mar 7, 2008 6:44:54 PM

  24. JEFF,
    while i was focusing on the superficial, jimmyboyo snapped me back. indeed, if we want to fix on an ideal, we should not be begging the question. if we start with the assumption that we, as human beings are ugly, sinful things, then it is moot; it is all academic. why should we bother?

    but that assumption is not a given. i contend that we are pure beings whose souls are imbued by a joyful entity (or entities) who want us to prosper, or at minimum, to just get along. if we start from that assumption, then we have something to build on. that idea is what gets us up and out of our beds every day. the Sisyphean ideal that we must soldier on no matter the adversity, no matter the weight on our shoulders, no matter the absurdity of the universe is the exestentialist stuff that dreams are made on.

    i have been castigated on this site for making what i thought was an appropriate reference of a poem by eecummings to heath ledger's untimely death, but i will take that gamble again. matthew arnold's "dover beach" ends with these lines:

    Ah, love, let us be true
    To one another! for the world, which seems
    To lie before us like a land of dreams,
    So various, so beautiful, so new,
    Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
    Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
    And we are here as on a darkling plain
    Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
    Where ignorant armies clash by night.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 7, 2008 8:44:57 PM

  25. My thanks to Mike and Jimmyboyo. And Nic, and thanks for the Matthew Arnold. Love it.

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 7, 2008 9:10:29 PM

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