The retired Quad Cities minister who delivered a controversial invocation at John McCain's Saturday rally in Davenport was "honored" Monday at the "Worst Person in The World" by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.
Rev. Arnold Conrad, past pastor of the Grace Evangelical Free Church, won the award, a nightly feature on Olbermann's "Countdown" program, for his prayer:
"I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god - whether it's Hindu, Buddha, Allah - that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons"
"And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they're going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and Election Day."
Conrad's invocation was delivered before McCain arrived.
"While we understand the important role that faith plays in informing the votes of Iowans, questions about the religious background of the candidates only serve to distract from the real questions in this race about Barack Obama's judgment, policies and readiness to lead as commander in chief," a McCain spokesperson said later Saturday.