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Is Al Sharpton a Bigot?
Thursday, 2007 May 10 - 7:57 pm
Good old Al is taking a beating this week.

Al Sharpton, in a debate with atheist author Christopher Hitchens, had this to say about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney: "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."

What's not clear is what he meant by "those who really believe in God". Sharpton's explanation is that he was contrasting believers versus atheists, and his meaning was that atheists didn't have to worry about turning out votes to defeat Romney.

Critics are taking the statement to mean that Mormons don't really believe in God, and are blasting Sharpton's comment as religiously bigoted.

I have to say, it's hard to judge the real meaning of Sharpton's comment, but regardless of what he meant, Sharpton really had this coming to him. As a guy who will jump on anything that even hints of racial bigotry, he needs to be a lot more careful minding his glass house.

On the Republican side, it's interesting how gleefully they're jumping on this. Normally they would be the ones defending comments like this, saying they were taken out of context, or that PC liberals were being too sensitive. Now they're the ones getting their panties in a twist.

Notably, I don't know of any Democrats who have leapt to Sharpton's defense. Al: you made your bed, now you have to lie in it. By yourself.
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Comment #1 from JohnC (Guest)
2007 May 11 - 11:44 am : #
Al Sharpton has made a career of "reverse racism". the idea that he is some how balanced or a positive role-model for liberals is ludicrous

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