Despite the immense media hoopla surrounding Don Imus and Al Sharpton, the civil rights leader doesn't seem to have practiced what he preached, after he made what's believed to be a derogatory statement against presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
Sharpton said "those of us who believe in God" will defeat Romney, a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints. He denies that he was questioning the Mormon's own belief in God, but rather contrasting himself with Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author he was debating.
"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." READ MORE
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Here's What FOX Fans Are Saying:
“I feel that Al Sharpton has made a career out of making derogatory statements. This one aimed at Mitt Romney is another in a long run of verbal abuses. He seems to always get a pass from the media. He never practices what he preaches. From Tawanna down to Imus, and now Romney. I think it is time for this phony preacher to get his due and get knocked off his perch. If only no one paid attention to him he might go away.” — Marcus
“Sharpton has been getting a 'pass' for his racist and hurtful mouth for too long. It's time he 'pays the piper' as he always calls for others to do. He should lose any job he has, if he has one.” — Walt
“Who cares what Al Sharpton has to say? What counts is what the voters think of what Mitt Romney (or any other candidate) has to say.” — Jessie
“I think it is obvious that Mitt Romney believes in God. He radiates righteousness and goodness compared to 'Rev' Sharpton who comes across as racist and hypocritical. Sharpton's mission is to use the 'RACE' card anytime he can. He is not interested in civil rights for anyone who is not black. I am sure that Mitt Romney is proud to not be considered the kind of 'Christian' or God-like person that Sharpton is. Listen to Mitt Romney's words; his words and actions will tell the story. ” — Bonnie (Columbus, OH)
“I think his remarks were from his heart and that is what he believes. Let's let Al Sharpton talk, let's let Jessie Jackson talk, let's let John Edwards talk, let's let Hillary talk, let's let Obama talk. I believe in the end if we let these people talk, the Republicans will win back the White House. The American people are very smart and will see through these people.” — Bob (Ellensburg , WA)
“Al Sharpton talks the talk but does not walk the walk. He might want to look to Jesus and become a servant and heal instead of starting trouble with people. I also noticed he does not seem to have a forging attitude with others. Please become a peace maker not a trouble maker.” — P.L.
“To be completely honest with you, I don't think anything of anything Sharpton has to say.” — Mike
“Everyone in this country should know by now that Al Sharpton is a moron, and a phony. Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and Sharpton is a moron.” — Ronti
“I think he's a hypocritical bigot, And those are probably the nicest things I can say about Mr. Sharpton.” — Bill (Rochester, NY)
“He is a flat out clown. Why does anyone listen to this idiot anymore. As for being a man of God, please!” — Shawn` (Georgia)
“Al Sharpton is an idiot and I cannot believe the amount of people that listen to him and believe him. Like he is the end-all, be-all when it comes to religion. If he was anything of a man, he would apologize and stop making stupid public comments. If Mitt had said something like that about him, Sharpton would be calling for him to withdraw his candidacy. There is always a double standard when it comes to Sharpton, when are people going to start realizing that and stop listening to him. ” — Dani (California)
“It matters not what Al Sharpton thinks about his God's influence on an election ... it's his right.” — RL (Portland, OR)
“Al Sharpton's bigoted remark offends people of all religions. The LDS church is a Christian faith. They are the first to send aid around the world when disaster strikes. Maybe what Sharpton meant in his explanation of they don't believe in God the way he believes in god is the Mormons are a giving religion and Sharpton's is always taking.” — Chuck
“Mr. Sharpton talks a big game but never delivers. He runs to and fro, anywhere there's a camera, stirring people up and getting people angry. When will folks wise up and realize he's only there for the publicity, keeping his name in the media and earning any money he can off of poor people that put their trust in him. He's always the first one to spout off about what someone says and now here he is doing the same thing. Mr. Sharpton just stay home, America is sick to death of you.” — Bama
“Mr. Sharpton is a master of double-speak. This certainly isn't the first time he has said one thing and then claimed he meant another. With his dismal record in ethics and veracity, it's a wonder that anyone listens to him at all. I doubt that any significant number of Al's supporters would vote against Romney solely on the basis of his religion. I don't think Mitt ever had much of a chance of garnering votes from Mr. Sharpton's followers, so I guess it really doesn't matter what Al says about him or his religion.” — Phil (East Greenbush, NY)
“I found the Rev. Al Sharpton's comment about Mormons and Romney's candidacy disturbing. I believe that someone who is an advocate for Civil Rights would show better judgment in commenting on a faith that has been attacked, criticized and discriminated against in the U.S. and the world since its origin. To say that Mormons don't believe in God the way I do is to say that they go not believe in God at all. Mr. Sharpton would do himself some good to sit down with Mormon church leaders and learn what the Mormon faith is all about.” — Ryan (Pullman, WA)
“When will Mr. Sharpton take off his other face since he seems to have two. He challenges Imus on his comments and demands that he be fired and then makes a statement about a man who is an honorable, family man. His comment on Mr. Romney's belief seems to be stooping pretty low. The difference between Imus and Mr. Sharpton is that Imus didn't deny that he made the statement and made an effort to apologize. I haven't read anywhere yet that Mr. Sharpton has apologized to Mr. Romney. Maybe it's time for Mr. Sharptongue (oops) to turn in his Bible and get one that actually has the scripture that has the golden rule, 'Do unto others as ye would have them do unto you.'” — Steve
“His comment was against Romney as it was said ,just because Romney is a Republican. How disgraceful and immoral a man, that's supposed to be of the cloth, to say anything or act the way he does . I think he should keep his famous wanna-be butt out of politics. He knows nothing. Preachers like him are a dime a dozen” — Vicky (North Carolina)
“Al Sharpton doesn't mind pointing the finger of blame on all the transgressors who say or even think anything that he doesn't agree with. There he is playing the race card regarding every conceivable remark made by any white person. But, as is his style, he will not take any responsibility for the remarks he makes and twists the truth rather than apologizing. He is a racist. He has done more to polarize the races than just about any other public figure in recent history. I think MLK would be very disappointed in him.” — Suzanne (Gainesville, GA)
“There's not much room for Al Sharpton to wiggle on this one. Clearly he meant it as a slur against Romney's faith. The Reverend should do what real men do and fess up, then make an apology like Imus did.” — Don (Oakdale, CA)