Anyway, McCain kinda-sorta distanced himself from John Hagee--and then only after über-Catholic firebrand Bill Donohue blasted him enough times, certainly not because the St. John-worshipping media said anything remotely negative. And it looks like Parsley is the new sage--Rod Parsley, that is. He's an Ohio megachurch pastor and John McCain's latest "spritual guide" (McCain's words). Is it me, or does it seem to you, too, that John McCain is unnaturally fond of megachurches? Behold:
And last month:
McCain campaigned yesterday in Cincinnati, where he appeared with the Rev. Rod Parsley of World Harvest Church of Columbus. McCain called Parsley a "spiritual guide," while Parsley later labeled McCain a "strong, true, consistent conservative." …
Parsley shared the stage with McCain during a rally at Hamilton County Memorial Hall in Cincinnati but didn't speak.
In a later interview, Parsley said he supports McCain because the senator will be tough on national security and "protect the unborn."
UPDATE: Surprise, surprise. McCain's latest spiritual guide calls for war (I don't think America will be very keen--we've already got one.) From Mother Jones (my bolds):
Senator John McCain hailed as a spiritual adviser an Ohio megachurch pastor who has called upon Christians to wage a "war" against the "false religion" of Islam with the aim of destroying it.
On February 26, 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, a television studio (where Parsley tapes a weekly show), and a 122,000-square-foot Ministry Activity Center. That day, a week before the Ohio primary, Parsley praised the Republican presidential front-runner as a "strong, true, consistent conservative." The endorsement was important for McCain, who at the time was trying to put an end to the lingering challenge from former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a favorite among Christian evangelicals. A politically influential figure in Ohio, Parsley could also play a key role in McCain's effort to win this bellwether state in the general election. McCain, with Parsley by his side at the Cincinnati rally, called the evangelical minister a "spiritual guide."
Also at Cogitamus.