Aldrich Ames, IOU - (Ass Mess): The US bigotry-slamming war intensified today as former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney defended his religious belief in being able to secure the Republican as well as the national vote for the 2008 White House following some nifty footwork from the Reverend Al Sharpton earlier this week.
Sharpton had targeted his knock-out punch by challenging Romney to come out in public and say whether he believed in the past teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when blacks were not considered equals:
"So do they or do they not go to heaven when they die, Mr Romney? Because it wasn't so long ago that official doctrine said no. Or is there now a 'special place' reserved upstairs for people of color so things don't get too crowded in whites' only heaven?"
Romney parried Sharpton's blow by saying he knew the Lord "was no bigot and neither am I" but declined to clarify what he thought the Lord's personal plan might be for Rev Sharpton during the 2008 campaign, the period immediately following the campaign and in the ever-after when the outspoken Christian minister attempts to secure his own right of passage past the fabled pearly gates.
A return televised slanging match is expected next month.