McCain May Pray For Pastors to Zip It

Hagee not talking, but another high-profile preacher may be in news soon
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2008 9:33 PM CDT

(Newser) – John McCain may be heading for his own preacher problems, but at least one of his problematic pastors is clamming up for now, Newsweek reports. John Hagee, who called Hurricane Katrina “the judgment of God,” and Catholicism a “false cult system,” recently answered a request for comment by saying, “It's better that I don't.”

McCain is walking a tightrope with Hagee; the senator condemned the remarks on New Orleans but has not renounced his endorsement. But there’s another pastor, and perhaps another scandal a-brewing: Rod Parsley, McCain’s self-described “spiritual guide,” has preached that America’s historical duty is to see Islam—a “false religion” and “the greatest religious enemy of our civilization and the world”—destroyed, Mother Jones reports.