Skip to comments.Chris Matthews Excoriates: Rick Santorum Is a 'Theocrat' and Franklin Graham Is a 'Disgrace'
Posted on 02/09/2012 11:01:49 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
Only two days after admitting that Barack Obama has a problem with his "frightening" birth control decision, Chris Matthews on Thursday was back on offense. He berated Rick Santorum as a "theocrat" and knocked Reverend Franklin Graham as a "disgrace."
The Hardball host singled out Family Research Council President Tony Perkins as the representative of all those who would question Obama's faith. Matthews interrogated, "Tony, do you think this president is a Muslim?" He added, "Why [do] your people" make such allegations?
An exasperated Perkins replied, "no" and shot back, "My people?...The things that we have said have always been about the President's policies. That's what we can clearly analyze. I don't know what's in a man's heart."
Matthews sought to draw a distinction between Obama and Santorum, mocking, "Tony, there's a big difference...between being a theocrat and believing a president should impose his religious believes and someone who is anti-religious."
The liberal anchor brought up Santorum's 2005 speech on the Senate floor about the Terri Schiavo: "Don't you think that's verging on more theocracy in this country than the French Revolution?"
Matthews previously smeared Rick Santorumon on January 5, 2012, saying that the former senator wants a "theocracy" that will "trump the Constitution."
A partial transcript can be found below:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Franklin Graham is a disgrace. Okay? I don't think he's the typical Christian minister, do you? With his commentaries on Islam and his comment- his partisanship?
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Tony, there's a big difference and a lot of space- and we call it America- between being a theocrat and believing a president should impose his religious believes and someone who is anti-religious. I mean, let's talk about Santorum here. You gotta play defense a little bit here. You think Santorum is legitimate? Santorum, during the Schiavo case, went into the Senate floor with just two other senators and he played chaplain that night when the Senate- [Video of CPAC appears onscreen. Santorum is praying with some people.] Look here. Laying hands or whatever you called it going on here. A religious-style crusade for the President of the United States. He was the guy that brought this session, intervening in the Schiavo case in Florida, which I think cost him his seat by the way, and played chaplain. Don't you think that's overreach? Don't you think that's verging on more theocracy in this country than the French Revolution?
TONY PERKINS: No. When you're actually talking about theocracy, you see this administration using its power to impose this ideology and extract allegiance from the public.
MATTHEWS: Tony, do you think this president is a Muslim?
MATTHEWS: Why does your people, why do people like Rick Santorum standby-
PERKINS: My people?
MATTHEWS: Well, Rick Santorum stands by while a person, right in front of his face, accuses the President of being a Muslim. And he says nothing about it.
PERKINS: [exasperated]: I don't know. I mean, look, the things that we have said have always been about the President's policies. That's what we can clearly analyze. I don't know what's in a man's heart. I don't know if he's accepted Christ as his savior. If he says he has, that's between him and God.
More than a few FReepers in the Anti-Santorum crusade can now look affectionately upon Chris Matthews as their leader.
Meanwhile Santorum has picked up endorsements from extremists like Mark Levin, Phylis Schlafly, Tom Tancredo, and James Dobson.
Don’t forget Jerry Boykin. I can’t think of a better, more credible military endorsement for the era we’re in.
Newt Gingrich would make a very good president over what idiocy we have going on in the White House right now.
I am sure Chris Matthews cannot stand Gingrich as well, truth be told. He despises both Santorum AND Gingrich.
Making people pray to Jesus or keep kosher is theocracy.
Saving lives and railing against sexual deviancy is not theocracy but basic ethics and morality that is self evident to anyone.
“He despises both Santorum AND Gingrich.”
And I’ll be happy with either.
“More than a few FReepers in the Anti-Santorum crusade can now look affectionately upon Chris Matthews as their leader.”
Matthews interrogated, “Tony, do you think this president is a Muslim?”
I interrogated, Matthews, was Obama raised a muslim? Did Obama attend muslim schooling? Has OBama ever renounced that training and schooling?
When did Levin endorse Santorum?
The Hardball host singled out Family Research Council President Tony Perkins as the representative of all those who would question Obama’s faith
Tony Perkins does not represent me. I represent and speak for myself.
I have no question about Obama’s faith. I know that it is not Christian. His steadfast support for killing the innocent and his current attacks on the Catholic Church in trying to force them to abandon their beliefs are not the actions of a Christian
Chris Matthews is rather boring.
Not any creator, but the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. ....Where do you think this concept of equality comes from? It doesnt come from Islam. It doesnt come from the East. - Rick Santorum
(Santorum is praying with some people.] Look here)
And exactly what is wrong with that Mr Matthews? Have you never read any history? Do you not know that our founders as they wrote and after the wrote the Constitution often prayed before during and after their deliberations? That they opened and closed meetings with prayer? That they called on God for guideance often? It is Mr Santorum that has the essence of America, its founding and its Constitution, not Barack Obama or for that matter you..........
Big deal, Matthews is and will be spitting angry at anyone who threatens the supremacy of the The ONE! He’s going after Santorum now, but he’ll be just as bad if Newt or (God forbid) Mittens gets nominated.
Why anyone would give him the time of day is beyond me.
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