BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- The Rev. Al Sharpton, who recently urged that radio host Don Imus be fired for making a racially insensitive remark, said in a debate that "those who really believe in God will defeat" Republican Mitt Romney for the White House.
Those who really believe in God!!! Oh boy, this is going to be good. The battle of the faith’s
But Sharpton denied he was questioning the Mormon's own belief in God.
Just like a Christian, say something, then say that it is not what you meant when people respond poorly. It is the same argument that they use when defending the old testament. The old “out of context” argument.
Rather, the New York Democrat said he was contrasting himself with Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author he was debating at the time.
"As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don't worry about that; that's a temporary situation," Sharpton said Monday during a debate with Hitchens at the New York Public Library's Beaux-Arts headquarters.
Um, doesn’t seem like there are many different ways that you can take that!
The comment was first reported Tuesday in a blog on The New York Times' Web site.
The Romney campaign, which has been wary of campaign trail criticism of Romney's faith, responded aggressively to the Sharpton comment. If elected, Romney would be the first Mormon to serve as president.
I don’t know about Romney’s politics but I have a feeling that Mormonism is a big enough enemy of American Christianity that he will not win. See Romney is in a similar boat with Atheist. If you do not at least claim Christianity in this country you have no shot at gaining high political office. So many feel that this invisible apparition in the sky actually has something to do with one’s ability to run a country. I have no problem with anyone of any faith leading the country if they can make sound decisions and protect the right of all belief systems.
"It is terribly disheartening and disappointing to hear Reverend Sharpton offer such appalling comments about a fellow American's faith," said Romney spokesman Kevin Madden. "America is a nation of many faiths and common values, and bigotry toward anyone because of their beliefs is unacceptable."
Excellent response by the way.
Romney chimed in himself Monday during an appearance on the Fox News program "Hannity and Colmes."
"I think there are differences between different faiths in this country. And there will be battles between different religions," Romney said. "That's a great thing about this country. We don't decide who's going to be in office based on what church they go to."
Sounds to me like Romney is a very smart man. I disagree though that this country doesn’t elect someone based on what church they go to. We most certainly do
In a tape of the debate, Sharpton can be heard defending the role of religion in the civil rights movement and shunning any suggestion that there wasn't a religious underpinning to the efforts of its leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Then Sharpton spoke of Romney, although a tape reviewed by The Associated Press does not reveal why.
Because he is a bigot and a hypocrite, that is why. Christ! It is OK for him to bash people based on anything he feels appropriate but when someone else does it, there is hell to pay!
In a later interview with the AP, Sharpton denied questioning Romney's belief in God and suggested the Romney camp was trying to stir up a controversy because of their political differences.
The master of spin strikes again. Dude you are on tape saying it. The only thing you are doing now is proving to everyone that you are a liar.
"What I said was that we would defeat him, meaning as a Republican," Sharpton said. "A Mormon, by definition, believes in God. They don't believe in God the way I do, but by definition, they believe in God."
He said he was contrasting himself and other believers with Hitchens, who is the author of a new book, "God Is Not Great."
Last month, Sharpton led the calls for Imus' ouster last month after the talk show host referred to members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos."
Of course this will be the end of this story. No one will ask Sharpton to step down over his comments, there will be no firings, no lawsuits, and no public outcry. Why? Two main reasons. Mitt Romney is white, and Mitt Romney is not a Christian. Anyways, I was disgusted enough to point it out, now I am done with it too.