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Thursday, February 28, 2008

John McCain and the "Patriot Pastor"



Lost in the shuffle of Tuesday's John McCain-Bill Cunningham dust-up was that, at Tuesday's Memorial Hall rally, McCain had at his side the Rev. Rod Parsley, the Columbus mega-church pastor and televangelist who was out touting Ken Blackwell for Ohio governor in 2006.


(Parsley is on McCain's left in this photo; former senator Mike DeWine on his right.)

Parsley formed an organization called Reformation Ohio to get Christian conservatives registered to vote and bring them into the political process. In 2006, Parsley, pastor the World Harvest Church in Columbus, worked hand-in-glove with the Rev. Russell Johnson of Lancaster, who formed the Ohio Restoration Project in order to form a corps of "Patriot Pastors" who would spread the word among their flocks to support candidates like Blackwell.

At Memorial Hall, while McCain gave Cunningham a tongue-lashing for his disparaging remarks about Barack Obama, Parsley stood at the candidate's side, nodding his head in agreement.

McCain's repduation of Cunningham may have set off a wildfire of anti-McCain sentiment among the voters who listen to conservative talk radio, but having an influential evangelical leader like Parsley on his side might help cut McCain's losses.


19 Comments:

at 2:36 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong again, Howard.

Parsley doesn't have much influence in southwest Ohio. Since this election could be decided by Butler, Warren, and Clermont counties [as in 2004], McCain's repudiation of Cunningham could cost him the presidency.

I guarantee you that Bill Cunningham is more popular among Republicans and Independents in southwest Ohio than McCain is. Juan McCain is about to reap the whirlwind of talk radio.

 
at 2:55 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If, as the 1st comments would suggest, John McCain is so popular, why are Democrats showing up in strong numbers for the primaries. In many cases the ratio of Dems over Repugs is 2 to 1. This would lead most people to beleive that a Democrat will be president. The only decisions to come from Hamilton, Butler, and Warren that matter will be is it Hillary or Barrak. The GOP is DEAD!

 
at 2:57 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Embarrassing" is...how the city of Dallas welcomed JFK to town in 1963.

"Embarrassing" is...how the democrat Mayor of the city of Toledo welcomed the U.S. Marines to town earlier this month.

"Embarrassing" is...electing democrat Jerry Springer the mayor of Cincinnati after he was caught paying a hooker with a personal check.

Nothing about the recent John McCain appearance is embarrassing to the city of Cincinnati. Bill Cunningham is a Great American!

 
at 3:23 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain embraces anti-Catholic pastor

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/02/28/mccain_endorsement_angers_cath.html


HOUSTON -- The president of the Catholic League today blasted Sen. John McCain for accepting the endorsement of Texas evangelicalist John Hagee, calling the controversial pastor a bigot who has "waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church."

Hagee, who is known for his crusading support of Israel, backed McCain's presidential bid Wednesday, standing next to the senator at a hotel in San Antonio and calling McCain "a man of principle."

But Catholic League President Bill Donohue said in a statement today that Hagee has written extensively in negative ways about the Catholic Church, "calling it 'The Great Whore,' an 'apostate church,' the 'anti-Christ,' and a 'false cult system.'"

"Senator Obama has repudiated the endorsement of Louis Farrakhan, another bigot. McCain should follow suit and retract his embrace of Hagee," Donohue said.

 
at 3:49 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barack Hussein Obama is an empty suit full of empty promises.

Are the liberals in the mainstream media going to take me away to the re-education camp now?

In the words of our leader, bring it on!

 
at 3:52 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain is taking the high road and SW Ohio is left in the gutter.

McCain will lose in the battle between Republican reliance on fear and hatred of other Americans, and will lose the presidential election because we are more comfortable with our own , self serving bigotry.

McCain is the real American in not condoning the racist rants of the ever eogtistical Cunningham

 
at 5:20 PM, February 28, 2008 Blogger Quim said...

Aren't these "Patriot Pastors" the tax evaders who toured around the state giving Blackwell the same award over and over again during Blackwells pointless bid for governor ?

 
at 5:24 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The concept of the "Patriot Pastors" is really distasteful, in my opinion. If my church ever started suggesting how I should vote, I'd leave and never come back.

Churches becoming campaign machines? What's next -- advertising toothpastes and soft drinks from the pulpit?

 
at 6:18 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Politics have no place in the church. We should all be disgusted by those who mix the two worlds.

The thing is, McCain hates these guys too. I'm sure that he was gritting his teeth the whole afternoon.

 
at 7:31 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was leaning toward McCain vs Obama but I've got wonder....
How did he and/or his people allow this mess to happen? Deters & DeWine are this dumb?
Will Mike DeWine become one of his top advisors? Sorry John.

 
at 9:10 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meaningless noise. mcCain will lose big, Obama wins all 50 states and all 88 counties in Ohio, Dems get veto-proof in the Houe, filibuster-proof in the Senat, and the Repugnicant Party goes the way their policies took millions of American families-- BANKRUPT!

 
at 9:52 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meaningless noise. mcCain will lose big, Obama wins all 50 states and all 88 counties in Ohio, Dems get veto-proof in the Houe, filibuster-proof in the Senat, and the Repugnicant Party goes the way their policies took millions of American families-- BANKRUPT!

 
at 10:02 PM, February 28, 2008 Blogger Jake The Ace said...

All four wheels have fallen off of the 'Straight Talk Express'.

 
at 11:48 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever happened with the IRS probe of Parsley & Co.'s tax-exempt status and political fund-raising?

 
at 8:33 PM, February 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Great American embarrassment" to his family, Cincinnati & the few decent Republicans left behind.

Hope the money will make you happy, Willie.

 
at 12:17 AM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parsley never had anything to do with Russell Johnson. It was all concocted by a bunch of liberal Pastors and the media bought it. The two of them were at a meeting hosted by Parsley. Johnson sent out a flyer to about two hundred of his "Patriot Pastors" calling it a meeting Presented by "russll Johnson and Rod Parsley". Parsley has never been to a "Patriot Pastor" meeting. He has never said the word Patriot Pastor. THe media linked the two because they need Johnson for the infractions and parsley for the media. Go ahead. Try and find a single quote of Rod Parsley saying "Patriot Pastor" Try and find a record of him and Johnson in a room together (other than the one time mentioned above). It never happened,

The IRS gave Parsley a "Clean Rating" 18 months ago.

 
at 6:34 AM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howard: how is someone "influential" when he doesn't deliver?

That's like describing Jane Prendergast as a "reporter" instead of "City Council's Social Secretary."

 
at 10:47 AM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

A comment above mentions that politics has no place in the church. Let's make sure that Sharpton, Jesse, and the local useless Baptist "ministers" get the memo.

 
at 8:06 AM, May 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the IRS was supposed to yank non-profit status from organizations (churches) who pooled their financial resources to endorse politicians? What happened to the AWOL IRS? Has it's little wrists been tied by the greedy racist fraudulent Bush Administration?

http://www.bccmeteorites.com/misconduct-planetary.html
SRD

 
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