Will Mac Reject His Radical Pastor's Nod?
Salon cites double standard that protects evangelical extremists
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2008 2:59 PM CST

(Newser) – Barack Obama gets grilled over unsolicited praise from Louis Farrakhan, but John McCain draws no flak for “proudly” accepting the endorsement of a homophobic, Islamophobic evangelical pastor. Grotesque double standard, Glenn Greenwald calls it in Salon. Tim Russert made Obama “jump through multiple hoops” to disown the Nation of Islam leader, but no one’s complaining that Mac’s “honored” to be John Hagee’s choice, he notes.

The “mega-church”-leading Texan has said all Muslims are programmed to kill, God sent Hurricane Katrina because a New Orleans gay pride parade “was going to reach a level of sexuality never” before managed—and the Rapture should be hastened by waging Middle Eastern war. But the GOP is allowed to court “the most warped and twisted religious figures around,” Greenwald grumbles—as long as they’re Christian.