A little old-fashioned karma comin’ round?

Rev. Al Sharpton (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 of us who believe in God" will defeat Republican Mitt Romney for the White House. But Sharpton denied he was questioning the Mormon's own belief in God.

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.

The comment was first reported Tuesday in a blog on The New York Times's Web site.

The Romney campaign, which has been wary of campaign trail criticism of Romney's faith, jumped on the Sharpton comment. If elected, Romney would be the first Mormon to serve as president.

"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."

Romney himself said Monday during an appearance on 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. … 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."

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.

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.

"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."


  1. mojibyrd

    Al Sharpton needs to learn when to keep his mouth shut also, why is it okay for him to make disparaging remarks but if someone else does he is all over them.

    Impeach Bush Now & Cheney toooooooo

  2. KYJurisDoctor

    Though his comments may have been overboard, I do not see anything wrong with Sharpton calling out Romney on the Mormon faith’s discriminatory practices. Now Romney’s comment that his father marched with King demands some PROOF.

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  3. philodox

    …Insert foot.
    These are the interesting ones to me:
    those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don’t worry about that
    “What I said was that we would defeat him, meaning as a Republican”
    Does the mean that non-republicans don’t really believe in God?

  4. Razor

    I thought the basis was separation of church and state. Why is religion the topic of discussion most heard from these pundits? If God had any say in the matter of government you would see nothing but a firestorm and smoldering ruins where the distric of columbia once existed. I’m sure man needs to have faith but faith in our leaders has brought nothing but disappointment for many years now. It is time to examine the historical facts and record of the candidates.
    Who has always voted against big government, against the Iraq War, against the Patriot Act, against the National ID Card, etc. Who has returned funds and who does not participate in the congressional retirement fund scam. Ron Paul is the man, the only man that has the moral fiber to save this constitutional republic. He deserves the support of all Americans who are sick of the status quo.