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    CAIR Welcomes McCain’s Rejection of Bigoted Pastors





    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/23/2008) – The Council on

    American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed Sen. John McCain’s decision to

    reject Ohio pastor Rod Parsley’s endorsement of his presidential bid.





    CAIR yesterday applauded Senator McCain’s repudiation of

    Texas pastor John Hagee--who has made prejudiced comments about Muslims, Jews

    and other Christians--and called on the presumptive Republican nominee to take

    similar steps with Parsley.





    SEE: CAIR Calls on McCain to Renounce Second Bigoted Pastor







    SEE Also: Critics tie McCain, too, to extremist pastors







    Referring to Parsley’s anti-Muslim diatribes McCain

    yesterday said, "I believe there is no place for that kind of dialogue in America,

    and I believe that even though he endorsed me, and I didn't endorse him, the

    fact is that I repudiate such talk, and I reject his endorsement."





    SEE: McCain rejects pastor's endorsement (Associated Press)







    Parsley, pastor of the World Harvest Church of Columbus,

    Ohio has referred to Islam as an “anti-Christ religion” and has expressed

    support for “seeing this false religion Islam destroyed.” He also described

    Islam’s prophet Mohammed as "the mouthpiece of a conspiracy of spiritual

    evil." McCain has previously praised Parsley, saying he is "one of

    the truly great leaders in America,

    a moral compass, a spiritual guide."





    SEE: McCain’s ‘Spiritual Guide’ Wants America to

    Destroy Islam







    “Senator McCain’s decision to reject Parsley’s vile speech

    put the pastor’s bigotry back on the political sideline where it belongs,” said

    CAIR Legislative Director Corey Saylor. “This was the right thing to do. We

    hope that McCain's principled stance against bigoted political speech sets an

    example for others in this country to emulate."





    CAIR, America's

    largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide

    and in Canada.

    Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue,

    protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that

    promote justice and mutual understanding.





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    CONTACT: CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor,

    Tel: 202-384-8857, E-Mail:; CAIR Strategic Communications

    Director Ahmed Rehab, Tel: 202-870-0166, E-Mail:; CAIR

    Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail:



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