This wasn't the best week for Sen. John McCain's (former) religious advisers, the Revs. John Hagee and Rod Parsley -- primarily because the Republican front-runner has effectively given them both the political heave-ho following the public re-airing of their takes on Israel and Islam, respectively.
With the nomination well in hand, John McCain has at last rejected the endorsement of pastor John Hagee, who once suggested that the Holocaust was a case of divine providence. McCain stood by Hagee in the past, when the minister's incendiary remarks about Catholicism and the supposedly divine cause of Hurricane Katrina first came to light.
Looks like Sen. John McCain is being endorsed by more than one controversial preacher -- the apparent "must-have" of leading presidential hopefuls this election cycle. Meet the Rev. Rod Parsley, whose support McCain sought and won, according to Brave New Films and Mother Jones, which have launched a collaborative effort to expose Parsley's alarming beliefs about Islam and America's role on the world stage.
Hey everyone, John McCain has his own controversial preacher on his team! And look, he's not wearing a flag pin on his lapel either! These points weren't driven home by media types like George Stephanopolous, whom Jon Stewart accuses of taking a ride on the "Sweet Talk Express" instead of giving McCain a proper grilling.
Whatever their true private beliefs, presidential candidates in America are constantly required to provide proofs of faith, often through their connections with various religious figures. Benedictions from the pulpit bestow an aura of righteousness -- except, of course, when the pastor or minister is a disreputable kook whose endorsement should be an embarrassment.