"Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and civil rights activist Al Sharpton traded angry, racially charged accusations yesterday, with Romney alleging that Sharpton had uttered 'bigoted' comments about Mormonism.A couple comments for Romney:
On the campaign trail in Iowa, Romney was asked about Sharpton's comment during a debate Monday that 'those of us who believe in God' will defeat Romney. The former Massachusetts governor told reporters that such a comment 'shows that bigotry still exists in some corners.'
Sharpton angrily denied Romney's charge in a telephone interview yesterday, and he accused Romney of stoking a verbal war with him to gain support among conservatives.
Sharpton said his comments have been taken out of their original context -- a debate about religion with journalist Christopher Hitchens, who Sharpton said had suggested that Mormonism once advocated segregation."
- Don't get into a spitting contest with a man who is so skilled at it.
- Don't worry too much about an avowed atheist's take on the details of religious history.
There are plenty of substantive reasons to question any given candidate's positions without resorting to religious bigotry.
Unfortunately, the quadrennial presidential political shenanigans are on us even earlier than usual.....