Chris Matthews Compares Paul Ryan’s Pro-Life Views to Sharia Law

National   Steven Ertelt   Oct 17, 2012   |   12:13PM    Washington, DC

As viewers prepared for last night’s debate between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, MSNBC host Chris Matthews went on a rant against Paul Ryan over his pro-life views, comparing them to Sharia Law.

Matt Vespa, of Newsbusters, caught Matthews’ rants and blogged about them.

“A little over a half-hour before the debate, Matthews went on a tirade against the pro-life movement,” he said. “His fury mostly centered on Rep. Paul Ryan, whose pro-life views, according to Matthews are akin to Sharia law that is practiced and advocated by radical Islamists.  He also sounded the alarms that the Republican ticket may want to “operate [the United States] under a religious theory.”  After exposing the theocratic conspiracy of the Republicans and the Sharia enemies within – Matthews came off as utterly unhinged.”

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Newsbusters provided a transcript of Matthews’ remarks:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: I think it’s the hottest issue that’s not been exploited. And I use that positively, exploited. I don’t know how this president can’t bring it up tonight. Because there’s a grand canyon of difference between Obama, who’s very pro-choice, and, for example, the Republican ticket this year, which would give 14th amendment rights, whatever that means, life, liberty, and property rights, to a fetus that had just been — or rather, an egg that had just been fertilized, right after sex, if you will. And to have that notion that that would be a person under this personhood thing that Ryan’s pushing, and under the 14th Amendment rights, the platform that Romney’s running on. This is extremism! I say center right tonight; it’s almost like Sharia. You’re saying to the country, we’re going to operate under a religious theory, under a religious belief. We’re going to run our country this way, to the point of making a woman’s decision to have an abortion, her reproductive rights, as criminal, perhaps murderous.