MSNBC's Matthews Attacks Ben Carson for Quoting Bible In Answer About Donald Trump
On his September 10 Hardball program, cradle Catholic Chris Matthews voiced his disdain for political candidatesdiscussing their religious faith and/or citing the Bible at a campaign event. The target of Mr. Matthews's wrath was Dr. Ben Carson, who recently quoted from the biblical book of Proverbs to answer a question related to Donald Trump. For his part, guest Michael Steele, a former RNC chairman and a fellow who once studied for the priesthood, agreed that he'd rather neither Trump nor Carson talk about their religious faith:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Michael Steele, I don't know what to say except, this is so high school. I'm sorry. It's not a great case for the Republican thinking here. I don't care what, it's summer, winter, fall, or spring. They're talking like high school kids yelling at each other at recess.
You know, first of all it's about, your girlfriend is not as good looking as mine and then it's you're not as good looking as mine and then it'smy hair versus your hair and now I'm a better religious guy than you because I know more Bible citations than you. I don't think the doctor looked too good either. What's he talking about this stuff for? How about a big fat "no comment" when it comes to religion?
MICHAEL STEELE: Or just end that passage, that Bible passage on faith with himself. Put the period there and not go into, "well I don't know that that applies to him."