Hillary Clinton's West Virginia win yesterday will be criticized for exploiting her traditionalbase of white,blue collar workers.McCain faces a more serious base problem though: Moderate Republicans like me are tired of overlooking Islamophobic figures like Ohio'sReverend Parsley,who are humored by Republican candidates because of their supposed ability to deliver votes.
Showing the self-control of a junkyard dog,Parsley barks in one of hisvideotaped sermonsthat Islam must be destroyed and that America was founded,in part,to eradicate the religion.At the end of the clip,he exclaims: "We get off on warfare." What?How dare he compare the chaos the Muslim world has been thrown into with his being sexually satiated!A Taliban rocket shot into my aunt's Pakistan home a few weeks ago,where it bounced off the walls of her bedroom like a trapped animal before it blew up part of the house.And that turns Parsley on.That's just disgusting.
Although McCain's campaign says he hasnever attendedParsley's sermons,McCain still praised him at a February 2008 rally as a "moral compass." Calling my holy book,that I receive comfort and tolerant guidance from every day,the revelation of "demon spirits" isn't morally guided.If McCain thinks so,then he and I are going to have to part ways in November.Until McCain distances himself,I am not going to let my preference for lower taxes outweigh my abhorrence of bigotry.Arab and Muslim voters,and Muslims of the world,whose newspapers havecovered Parsley's Islamophobia,won't take the association well either.
P.S.I will be asking McCain why he doesn't denounce Parsley's Islamophobia via Glamour's Editor-in-Chief,Cindi Lieve,who will be interviewing McCain with Glamour's readers' questions in an upcoming issue.Submit your questionheretoday!