Meet Rod Parsley

parsley.jpgMother Jones has assembled some highlights from the anti-Muslim screeds of Rev. Rod Parsley, who’s been tagged as John McCain’s answer to Jeremiah Wright. McCain’s defenders respond that Parsley, who has campaigned with McCain and whom McCain praised as “one of the truly great leaders in America,” is not nearly as close to the Arizona senator as Wright is (was?) to Obama.As God-o-Meter read and watched the excerpts from Parsley’s sermons, it couldn’t help but think: there’s got to be a good number of Republican voters, particularly in the party’s conservative religious base, who agree with him. Judge for yourself. Video reel produced by Mother Jones and Brave New Films, article (below) by Mother Jones’s David Corn:

According to Parsley, there’s no coexisitng with Muslims. He tells the tale of a Christian man who once dared to sell land to a mosque rather than to a church—an ominous sign that Christianity is losing the struggle against Islam. “You need to understand today” who was responsible for 9/11, Parsley nearly shouts. “Muslim Islamic fundamentalists and extremists are what did that, and your government and politicians and preachers want you to snuggle up next door to them and allow them to build a mosque next door to your church, while you sing hallelujah.”The preacher paints a dark picture:Islam is growing rapidly and is becoming more violent. America has historically understood herself to be a bastion against Islam in the world…History is crashing in upon us…Americans need to wake up…We can tell you…Britney Spears’ lyrics to her latest CD. But we don’t know anything about other religions…’We ought to just all get along’…’We shouldn’t say anything about other faiths.’ Excuse me. Excuse me. The fact is that Americans are woefully ignorant of other faiths. This is not only tragic. But when it comes to Islam, now the greatest religious enemy of our civilization and the world, it’s dangerous.The problem, Parsley insists, is not radical Muslims who have hijacked a faith, but the religion itself:I must state three important truths…No. 1, the God of Christianity and the God of Islam are two separate beings…Mr. Bush, I support you. You need to stop saying that the God of Islam and the God of Christianity are the same God…No. 2, Muhammad received revelations from demon spirits, not from the living God. No. 3, Islam is an anti-Christ religion that intends, through violence, to conquer the world. Did you get those three truths?In a long riff, Parsley maintains that Muhammad was tricked by a demon into believing that he had heard the word of God. Thus, he asserts, the entire religion of Islam is based upon a satanic deception: “Muhammad was tragically beset by a demon which he mistook for the living God. He thus became a mouthpiece of a conspiracy of spiritual evil…There are so few who will talk about [this].”


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posted May 9, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Parsley is an idiot. So is McBush.

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posted May 9, 2008 at 11:48 pm

Parsley is barely a garnish on the entree of religion. He simply proves himself to be a self-deluded fool. All he wants is an audience. I expect that once the press – bored with constant McCain/McBlah – will glom onto this nerfherder and make a whole salad out of him. Added to it McBlah’s wife hesitation to reveal her financial records, we should be treated to a week of McCain on a spit. That has GOT to be better than this weekend of beating the Bush daughter’s wedding into our weary eyes.
Look – this guy is a loose cannon who needs to get stuffed. McBlah would do well to completely disassociate himself from him.

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Paul Shiras

posted May 10, 2008 at 10:54 am

These attacks will do little to hurt McClain for two reasons.
1) People don’t care if you say outrageous things about Islam because they want to have a common enemy and Islam is a convenient target. After all Islamics caused 9-11, didn’t they?
2) 13% of the people in America think that Obama is Islamic and that he is anti-American while McClain is “White, Right and All-American” and therefor the only choice.
Also, you recall that the radical Rev. Hagee has had little effect on McCain even though he puts Roman Catholics in the same group as Islamics.
People react to what they want to hear, not the truth.

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posted May 10, 2008 at 2:28 pm

P. Shires – This is all sad, but true. I think Obama has a lot to do to craft the image he wants people to know. He is doing well, so far – but he will need to do a lot better to counter the bizarro stuff that the “swift-boaters” are sure to throw up (as in “regurgitate”).

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posted May 11, 2008 at 10:15 pm

Parsley is wrong on his brand of religion, this “word of faith” nonsense. But he is historically accurate about Islam and Muslims. It is not Parsley’s fault that most Americans are ignorant about the history of Islam, or downright brainwahed by the tolerance and diversity hordes teaching our youth a bunch of PC bull—. Islam was begun by a an angelic vistor – the Angel Gabriel – giving Mohammad a different version of history than that of the Hebrew/Israelite prophets in the Torah. That is not something that Parsely is incorrect about. Islam has been a violent way of life since Mohammad slaughtered and subjugated the inhabitants of Mecca. Westerners better wakeup soon to the insanity being taught far more by secularists than by whacky preachers like Parsley. Or, they better learn how to speak, read and write exclusively in Arabic. Or die. Let the truth not be subjugated.

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posted May 12, 2008 at 10:53 am

I don’t get how people can insist that Obama is “closer” to Wright than McCain to these bigots. Belonging to a church is like belonging to a family or community. For a lot of people, the idea of leaving a family or a community just because some members, or even one of its leaders, say things you don’t agree with is totally nonsensical.
On the other hand, a political campaign is ALL ABOUT picking and choosing your allies and seeking their endorsements directly. McCain has actively sought out the blessings of these guys SPECIFICALLY, despite knowing what their political and theological positions are. In this sense, it seems quite obvious that McCain should come off worse here than Obama.

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posted May 23, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Intellectual, emotive arguements are entertaining. If you however, want to get to the truth you must deal with facts. Read the Quran. Just read it and then factually argue that Muslims are not taught from childhood to hate the Jews (they call Pigs and Monkeys) and Israel (Israel must be destroyed and restored to the Muslims – they beleive). Or what about the passage that every man will one day be made to bow the knee to Mohammad or suffer death by the sword (cutting off of head). Or maybe you could just do a little research on the many years of hate, and violence by the Muslims against Israel and the West.

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