Martin Bashir | June 15, 2012
>> the wings. this weekend's annual faith and -- will have the following breakout sessions. and obama 's assault on israel, whatever that is. these topics will be discussed by a panoply of stars raging from donald trump to newt gingrich . the speech every is waiting for comes tomorrow morning. what kind of reception will he get from many conservative christians who regard mormonism as her receipt cal and a cult. his latest is "sex, mom & god." good afternoon, frank.
>> hi, martin.
>> in listening to the speeches today, we heard a great deal about freedom, and virtually nothing about faith. is that badge their candidate is a mormon or people like newt gingrich have finally realized talking about faithfulness may not be the stronge suit.
>> i think what you have to understand when they're in action these days they speak in orwellian double-speak. what's the common denominator of all their faith and freedom? politics. it's to take away the freedom of choice for women, to take away contraceptives from women who work for roman catholic institutions, to take around choice for women, to take away gay marriage . this is not freedom. this is another form, the american form of sharia law being imposed because of religious fayyad. this is naked anti- obama politics masquerading as faith. that's all that's going on.
>> one of the breakout sessions is titled, and i'm quoting, building bridges to the hispanic community. how exactly is that going to work, given the president's proposal to stop deporting young illegal immigrants, while mitt romney 's answer is self-deportation?
>> well, as you take about in my bhook, when you're looking at the religious right, you have to balance their hatred, do they hate the mormonism of mitt romney more than they hate the pretended islamic faith , quote/unquote of the president? do they hate the hispanic and brown people and people of color in this country more than they will embrace their own hispanic evangelicals. in this particular case i think we'll go with race-based politics. they have lied about our first african- american president , and they will turn their backs on their hispanic brothers in christ in the christian community in order to maintain their race-based american and race-baiting white politics.
>> let me read you something from a "new york times" editorial, written by david mason a mormon professor "i suspect that mr. romney is a tape cal politician that should he occupy the office, he studiously avoid the appearance of being any bus a w.a.s.p. mormons are christian enough to know how to spitingly abuse their power. what is your reaction to that?
>> let's be honest we have the first african-american sitting in the white house , and obama was a young man when the norman church that romney belongs to still would not allow black men toss bishops or pastors, as we would call it for most denominations' backgrounds. nobody wants to talk about it, but there's a lot of racial tension, just as the tea party and the religious right have lied about our president consistently using everything in the book except to come out and say what's bothering him, which is a black man sitting in the white house , which in their view belongs to white people in perpetuity, so in this confrontation between our first mormon president if he becomes president, and our first african- american president , you have a collision that i think is quietly driving the evangelicals and conservative roman cath likes and others crazy. there's a whole other side that is about faith and freedom. there are moderate roman catholics , moderate evan jell calls such as the wild goose festival. it's about right-wing politics, there are alternatives, someone like myself who is a christian is one of them.
>> indeed, and grateful to have you. frank schaefer, thank you,