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Burns: 'Al Sharpton Is A Pompous Ass'

County delegate disagrees with Sharpton's position on same-sex marriage.

Del. Emmett Burns and the Rev. Al Sharpton don't agree on the issue of same-sex marriage—and that's putting it mildly.

The five-term Democrat who represents Randallstown and Woodlawn, had some unkind words for Sharpton during an interview Thursday with Kenneth Burns, a State House reporter for WNAV in Annapolis.

"Al Sharpton is a pompous ass," said Del. Burns, adding that Sharpton "doesn't speak for anybody but himself most of the time."

Sharpton, a Baptist minister, recently released a video in which he supported the passing of a same-sex marriage law in Maryland.

Del. Burns, a pastor at Rising Sun Baptist Church, and in the past has sought to pass an amendment to the Maryland Constitution defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Burns went on in the interview to criticize Sharpton's preaching credentials.

"What kind of a Baptist preacher is he?" Del. Burns said. "He has never pastored a church. He's never had a congregation. All he does it run around the country and suck up to big movie stars so he can preach at their funerals when they die."

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Chuck Burton February 11, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Do something or don't do something because, "I said so", and I'm strong enough to make it tough on you if you disobey. So you're saying government DOES have the right to legislate morals, because government has all the power to say "I say so". So we don't need philosophical or spiritual reasons to do or not do something - we don't need churches or learning - only big government telling us what's right or wrong. Is that what you're saying? "Big Brother is watching you!".
anthrogirl February 12, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Any form of gov't is born out of philosophical beliefs. Religions that operate within the controlling sphere of a particular form of gov't, must support the philosophical beliefs of the gov't. If not, serious destabilizing conflict can ensue & we've seen examples of that. The US could exist without religion. We have laws that secure basic human rights & we have a code of justice. The US could not exist without a government.
Chuck Burton February 12, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Unfortunately, you are right - but the question now is whether the US can continue to exist with the government we the people have allowed to take over just about everything.
Paul Amirault February 12, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I would have you consider who exactly has or is about to take over the country? I would argue the very few with a lot of money.
Marv February 15, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Frank, Your comments on Feb 10th were absolutely spot on! I could not have said it ay more succinctly. Keep fighting the good fight as I will, too. As for Paul, forgive him for he knows not what he says. Probably bought the CNN, PMSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, etc etc line of BS real good...oh well.

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