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Dick Morris: Many Americans Agree With Rod Parsley On Islam

Reported by Ellen - May 23, 2008 -

In Part 2 of his two-part segment on last night’s (5/22/08) Hannity & Colmes, Alan Colmes asked pundit Dick Morris about Senator John McCain’s connections to pastors John Hagee and Rod Parsley. Noting that McCain had renounced Hagee but not Parsley (although McCain has since renounced Parsley as well), Colmes asked if Hagee and Parsley should not tarnish McCain as much as Rev. Jeremiah Wright did regarding Obama. Morris dismissed the McCain connections as inconsequential then added that he thought “a lot of people would probably agree” with Parsley’s statements that “Islam is an anti-Christ religion, predicated on deception.” Morris also made it clear that there’s a racial component, too, that makes Hagee and Parsley more palatable. With video.

According to Morris, McCain’s connections to Hagee and Parsley are not as significant as Obama’s to Wright because “He didn’t baptize the kids, he didn’t marry the kids” and “we know John McCain.” Morris continued, “Look, if Obama had been in the Senate for 20 years and been in public life for 30 years and run for president before, none of this would be out there because we’d know the guy. But the problem is, we don’t know him and that’s why these doubts bring out latent fears that terrify a lot of downscale white voters.”

Of course, cable news' 24/7 video loop of Rev. Wright acting like an angry black man as compared with no video of Hagee or Parsley may have made a difference, too. Take a look at Brave New Films' video about Parsley and McCain and ask yourself whether public perceptions might have been different had that film run as often on television as "God Damn America" did.

Colmes noted that McCain did not renounce the endorsement of Parsley, “who said ‘Islam is an anti-Christ religion, predicated on deception.’ (McCain) said Parsley is a spiritual guide, Parsley is a moral compass. They’ve not renounced each other. And so how does that not stick to John McCain when he sought the endorsement at the time of the Huckaboom to make McCain more palatable to the evangelical right and he clearly did not do a good vetting job on either Hagee or Parsley?”

Morris replied, “Well, it’s one thing to deal with (Hagee) whose entire world view is antithetical to yours, as you suggested it is with the other minister. But that (Parsley) happened to make a comment about Islam and a comment that many Americans would agree with...”

Colmes broke in. “That it’s a deceptive religion?”

Morris said, “That it’s an anti-Christ religion. I’m not a religious expert but I think a lot of people probably would agree with that.”

In a late-breaking development, possibly occurring during or after Hannity & Colmes, McCain also rejected Parsley's endorsement.