Scarborough Says 'Judge Not' . . . Then Calls Kyl And DeMint 'Un-Christlike'

Update: Joe denies judging Kyl and DeMint.  See video after the jump.

Call it an episode of Short Self-Attention Span Theater . . .

Mere moments after citing Matthew 7's instruction to "judge not, that ye be not judged," Joe Scarborough judged Jon Kyl and Jim DeMint to be "un-Christlike."

Scarborough's strange self-contradiction came in the course of his diatribe against the two Republican senators for having criticized Harry Reid for threatening to keep the Senate in session through Christmas.

View video after the jump.



Marvel at Joe failing to practice what he had just preached.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: I'm blown away.  I mean that [Kyl's statement] is offensive. It's offensive that people would use Christianity for political leverage.

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[For Kyl and DeMint] to be self-righteous? I mean, judge not that ye be not judged. Do we want to go through Bible verses?  But questioning Harry Reid's Christianity? Suggesting he's blasphemous?

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I don't usually say this, but I think Sen. DeMint, who I know and like and respect, and Jon Kyl, owe Harry Reid an apology.  And I will say it.  I will go there: it is un-Christlike.  I will go there.  It is un-Christlike to judge another man's faith in the way they have judged Harry Reid's faith--a devout Mormon; a devout Christian.
 

 

In a strange sequel, when the subject arose later in the show Joe denied having judged Kyl and DeMint.  Declaring people to be "unChristlike"=not judging?  O-kay. View the video.

SCARBOROUGH: So speaking about outrageous, we were speaking of course about two Republican senators saying that, questioning Harry Reid's Christian faith, suggesting that his actions were sacriligeous. And as I suggested, if you look at the words of Jesus, we were told judge not that you be not judged. So just on the basis of it, it's interesting, them being judgemental actually makes them go against the teachings of Jesus.  It puts them in an interesting position. I of course do not judge them. It's not my job.

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.