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RUSH: Last night — this is from the New York Times today — last night Christopher Hitchens and the Reverend Sharpton had a debate, and it was sold out. I don’t know what the capacity of the place was, but it was before a crowd that packed the Celeste Bartos Forum at the New York Public Library’s Beaux-Arts headquarters on Fifth Avenue. Mr. Hitchens said he realized that belief in God was something that a lot of people hold dear. Mr. Sharpton — this is on printed page five of the New York Times — the Reverend Sharpton, ‘Mr. Sharpton, in a jab at Mitt Romney (and the Mormon religion, which Mr. Hitchens had criticized because it once endorsed racial segregation), added, ‘As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyway, so don’t worry, that’s a temporary situation.” So here is now the man who basically is the chief of police of speech at NBC and CBS, Al Sharpton, who now says, ‘Well, as for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyway, so don’t worry, that’s a temporary situation.’ Would you call that racial bigotry? What would we call this? Religious bigotry? The thing is, nothing will happen. It could be hate speech. Could it be a call to arms to anti-Mormonism, get these people up in arms? He doesn’t really believe in God; get out there and vote against him, or whatever. At any rate, nothing will happen to the Reverend Sharpton on this, because the Reverend Sharpton is a minority, and minorities, because they have no power to be any of the isms, like racists, bigots, or any of that, the Reverend Sharpton will not be held accountable or called to account because minorities are just trying to be heard, in the dialogue, just trying to be heard. Mitt Romney, I think, ought to ask now for Secret Service protection, ladies and gentlemen, because of this hate speech from Reverend Sharpton.

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