Christopher Hitchens and Rev. Al Sharpton were on Hardball yesterday. It’s their second time meeting since a public debate in May when Sharpton made this controversial statement about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney:
“As for the one Mormon running for office, those that really believe in God will defeat him anyway, so don’t worry about that. That’s a temporary situation.”
They discuss the Roman Catholic Church’s stance that Catholics who run for office must share the Church’s extreme anti-abortion views. But that’s not nearly as humorous as Hitchens’ soundbytes…
The short video of those lines can be downloaded here (WMV).
Here’s what happened: Sharpton said the War in Iraq was not religiously-motivated, but rather the result of “a personal hallucination” by President Bush and Hitchens.
Hitchens says this in response:
Well, I’ve lived to see the Rev. Sharpton denounce rhetorical maneuvering, so that should be enough for me this evening.”
And a bit later, we get this nugget from Hitchens:
You’re the guy who proves you can get away with anything in this country if the word ‘Reverend’ is in front of your name.”
Even more shocking?
Hitchens has a water bottle in his hand instead of a cigarette or alcohol.
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