In The Crucible, why doesn't John Proctor like Reverend Samuel Parris?

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I like it not that Mr. Parris should lay his hand upon my baby. I see no light of God in that man. I’ll not conceal it.

John Proctor feels the same way that many of the other Puritans in the community feel about Reverend Parris; however, John alone is courageous enough to voice his opinions about Parris.  

John sees through Parris.  Parris claims to be a pious religious leader in the community, and John Proctor doesn't believe it.  He does not believe it, because John doesn't see Parris acting in a manner that would be considered pious and humble.  

But Parris came, and for twenty week he preach nothin’ but golden candlesticks until he had them. I labor the earth from dawn of day to blink of night, and I tell you true, when I look to heaven and see my money glaring at his elbows - it hurt my prayer, sir, it hurt my prayer. I think, sometimes, the man dreams cathedrals, not clapboard meetin’ houses. 

Proctor sees Parris as a greedy man that uses his religious position to get his congregation to do his bidding.  

The reader tends to support John's suspicions throughout the play.  For example, Parris seems to worry more about what the witch trials will do to his reputation rather than what it will do to his congregation.  

There is a faction that is sworn to drive me from my pulpit. Do you understand that?

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