Barack Obama has of late taken a great deal of criticism about Reverend Wright and his hate-filled speeches and positions. Out of necessity, Obama has broken the ties with the controversial minister who has been Obama’s mentor, friend, and pastor.

But Obama is not the only candidate with a fanatical minister who spouts a hate-filled philosophy. John McCain has his very own version of Reverend Wright. In fact, McCain has embraced two – count ’em – two controversial ministers – and they have embraced him.

On February 26th of this year, McCain appeared at a campaign rally in Cincinnati with the Reverend Rod Parsley of the World Harvest Church of Columbus, a supersize Pentecostal institution that features a 5,200-seat sanctuary.

With Mike Huckabee’s success at co opting the religious right, McCain had to do something – anything – to generate support from that sector. His desperation to land the support of right-wing religious conservatives has led him to throw common sense to the wind and to accept the endorsements of the ranting televangelist Rod Parlsey. The following YouTube clip provides a flavor of Parsley’s philosophy.

Reverend Parsley espouses the notion that government funds are being used to support Planned Parenthood, which in turn provides abortions to African-Americans. His remarks are truly frightening as he urges his constituency to believe that this is a government-financed “genocide” of the African-American community.

Yet, when Reverend Wright railed against the government accusing it of creating the AIDs epidemic to exterminate the African-American population, he was pilloried for his comments. See any similarities?

In February, John McCain was also endorsed by John Hagee, another fanatical right-wing minister leading a mega-church located in San Antonio, Texas. The following is a YouTube clip of Hagee’s philosophy.

Here is my question to all Americans as they muddle through this presidential election year. How do we condemn Barack Obama’s minister and leave John McCain literally unscathed even though he is supported by two ministers preaching hate and violence?

I will wager you that Parsley’s views about the war between Islam and Christianity are held more widely than anyone wants to admit. And I will also bet that deep inside, many Americans are willing to buy into Parlsey’s hatred and fear of Islam.

And Hagee? Not much better as you listen to his ravings about various entities including the Catholic Church. Listen to his outrageous comments about the destruction of New Orleans as God’s punishment for homosexual activity.

Twenty years or twenty minutes. Not a bit of difference when you tie yourself to ministers who espouse hatred. Now let’s see if the American people will condemn John McCain in the same manner and with the same venom that they have condemned Barack Obama.


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. Andy says:

    Thanks for posting Charlotte. Reverend Parsley and John Hagee scare the hell out of me. I know fire and brimstone sermons are designed to do just that, but my fear derives from staying as far away from these type of fanatics as possible. And to think, I was under the impression the basis of Christianity was about loving your fellow human beings and doing unto others as you‘d have done to you.

    Cable channel 10, televises the sermons of both Hagee and Parsley. Its unbelievable how many people attend the services and give financial support to these ministries.

    It is important for me to note, I believe most Christians do NOT support this hateful rhetoric and fanatical beliefs. Just as most Muslims do NOT support the hateful rhetoric of Islamic extremists. Although, I am not a Christian or a Muslim, I do feel a person’s faith or lack there of, is a personal and individual issue/choice.

    I would ask the people of faith to consider focusing on universal themes, which the majority of human beings on Earth share. Love, compassion, forgiveness, empathy, tolerance and hope. Proselytizing and pushing one’s beliefs of whether or not Mohammad, Buddha, Jesus, Krishna, or the host of all other religious deities who have graced this Earth is the chosen one or supreme being, almost always serves to divide us.

  2. Maverick says:

    Obama Attended Hate America Sermon
    Contrary to Senator Barack Obama’s claim that he never heard his pastor Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. preach hatred of America,
    Obama was in the pews last July 22 when the minister blamed the “white arrogance” of America’s Caucasian majority for the
    world’s suffering, especially the oppression of blacks.

    Senator Obama has sought to separate himself from his pastor’s incendiary remarks, issuing a statement Friday rejecting them
    as “inflammatory and appalling” but failing to renounce Wright himself for his venomous and paranoid denunciations of

    In his press release, Obama claimed, “The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not
    statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity [United Church of Christ] or heard him utter in private

    Appearing on cable news shows this past weekend, Obama claimed when he saw recent videos that have Wright making such
    comments as “God damn America,” he was “shocked.” Obama implied that the reverend had not used such derogatory
    language in any of the church services Obama attended over the past two decades.

    If Obama’s claims are true that he was completely unaware that Wright’s trademark preaching style at the Trinity United Church
    of Christ has targeted “white” America and Israel, he would have been one of the few people in Chicago to be so uninformed.
    Wright’s reputation for spewing hate is well known.

    In fact, Obama was present in the South Side Chicago church on July 22 last year when Jim Davis, a freelance correspondent
    for Newsmax, attended services along with Obama. [See: ”Obama’s Church: Cauldron of Division.”]

    In his sermon that day, Wright tore into America, referring to the “United States of White America” and lacing his sermon with
    expletives as Obama listened. Hearing Wright’s attacks on his own country, Obama had the opportunity to walk out, but Davis
    said the senator sat in his pew and nodded in agreement.

    Addressing the Iraq war, Wright thundered, “Young African-American men” were “dying for nothing.” The “illegal war,” he
    shouted, was “based on Bush’s lies” and is being “fought for oil money.”

    Obama’s most famous celebrity backer, Oprah Winfrey began attending Wright’s church in 1984. Last year, Newsmax
    magazine reported that Winfrey abruptly stopped attending years ago, and suggested that she did so to distance herself from
    Wright’s inflammatory rhetoric. She soon found herself a target of Wright, who excoriated her for having broken with “traditional
    The Reverend Wright’s anti-white theology that Senator Obama expressed surprise over is evident on the church’s website.
    The site says the congregation subscribes to what it calls the Black Value System, which is described as a disavowal of “our
    racist competitive society” and the pursuit of “middle-classness.” That is defined as a way for American society to “snare”
    blacks rather than “killing them off directly” or “placing them in concentration camps,” just as the country structures “an
    economic environment that induces captive youth to fill the jails and prisons.”

    “In the 21st century, white America got a wake-up call after 9/11/01,” Wright wrote in the church-affiliated magazine Trumpet
    four years after the attacks. “White America and the western world came to realize that people of color had not gone away,
    faded into the woodwork or just ‘disappeared’ as the Great White West kept on its merry way of ignoring black concerns.”

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