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Rod Parsley : biography

January 13, 1957 -

Rodney Lee Parsley (born January 13, 1957) is a prominent American Christian minister, author, television host and evangelist. He is senior pastor of World Harvest Church, a large Pentecostal church in Columbus, Ohio and founder and president of The Center for Moral Clarity, a Christian grassroots advocacy organization. He is also founder of Breakthrough (a media ministry), the Bridge of Hope missions organization, Valor Christian College, Harvest Preparatory School, World Harvest Ministerial Alliance, Metro Harvest Church (an inner-city and prison outreach), Latin Harvest Church (a Spanish-language church in Columbus) and The Women's Clinic of Columbus.

He has been a guest on CNN's Larry King Live, and airs daily on the Daystar TV Network and the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

McCain 2008 endorsement

Parsley personally endorsed the presidential campaign of Republican nominee John McCain, who called Parsley a "spiritual guide". McCain had actively sought Parsley's endorsement during his Republican primary battle with Mike Huckabee, who was drawing substantial support from the religious right.Ross, Brian. , ABC News, 2008-05-22

McCain later rejected Parsley's endorsement based on Parsley's statements regarding Islam. Parsley was quoted as stating that he "do[es] not believe that our country can truly fulfill its divine purpose until we understand America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed” and that Muhammad is "the mouthpiece of a conspiracy of spiritual evil"., New York Times, 2008-05-23,, ABC News, 2008-05-22

In repudiating Parsley's comments, McCain stated, "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." McCain further distanced himself from Parsley, stating, "I've never been in Pastor Hagee's church or Pastor Parsley's church. I didn't attend their church for 20 years, and I'm not a member of their church. I received their endorsement, which did not mean that I endorsed their views."

Thereafter, Parsley withdrew his endorsement of McCain's candidacy., The Columbus Dispatch, May 24, 2008

Political activism

Parsley is a political independent. "My Declaration of Independence," http://cmc.rodparsley.com/Perspective.aspx?id=46, retrieved 6-25-10 He is a critic of liberal positions on social issues, including abortionRod Parsley, "Silent No More," p. 141. and the movement to expand the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples."Marriage on Trial in California," http://cmc.rodparsley.com/Perspective.aspx?id=30, retrieved 6-25-10 But he has also worked on behalf of prison re-entry legislation, women's rights initiatives and anti-poverty programs. His most recent book, "Living on Our Heads," singles out liberals Chris Matthews, Bart Stupak, Mia Farrow and the late Christopher Hitchens for praise. "Living on Our Heads," pp. 175-183

Parsley became increasingly involved in U.S. politics following his work on the 2003 Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. During the summer of 2004, Parsley announced the establishment of the Center for Moral Clarity. He openly criticized Sweden for the conviction of Åke Green under Sweden's hate crimes legislation.

On October 3, 2004, Parsley gave a sermon titled "Uncensored: While Freedom Still Rings". In the two-part sermon, Parsley expressed opposition to the view that there is a separation of church and state in the U.S. Constitution; to same-sex marriage; to partial-birth abortion; to hate speech legislation in California, Canada, and Sweden; to sexual orientation themes in children's books; to racism; and to poverty. Parsley has said that the U.S. government, by funding Planned Parenthood, is complicit in "genocide" against African Americans, because Planned Parenthood performs abortions in the black community.

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