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Martin Bashir: Herman Cain Should Resign From His Church Over Affair Allegations (VIDEO)

Martin Bashir

First Posted: 12/03/11 10:38 AM ET Updated: 12/03/11 01:59 PM ET

MSNBC host Martin Bashir called on Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain to resign from his church over his alleged 13-year affair with an Atlanta woman.

Bashir has not minced words about Cain on previous occasions, and he continued that pattern on his Friday show. He mentioned that Cain is set to make a major announcement on Saturday --one that many suspect will herald the end of his presidential campaign. (UPDATE: Cain ultimately announced that he was suspending his campaign.) But he said that it wasn't enough for Cain to leave the race.

"Isn't it time he also considered resigning his position as an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church in Atlanta?" he said. "...If Herman Cain is proven to be lying, and drops out of the race, doesn't that also disqualify him from holding a position in the local church?"

In an ultra-harsh assessment of Cain's behavior, Bashir quoted from the "statement of faith" from Cain's church: "nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on Earth but his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel."

"If Mr. Cain withdraws from politics, then he must surely resign his position in the Church because one thing's for certain, hypocrites can lie in the pew but should never lead from the pulpit," Bashir concluded.

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On Oct. 31 Politico broke the news that two women had filed sexual harassment claims against Herman Cain when he ran the National Restaurant Association 20 years ago. At the time the story was published the women wished to remain anonymous, but one, Karen Kraushaar, came forward on Nov. 8, the day after a third woman, Sharon Bialek, held a press conference alleging she was sexually harassed by Cain.

Kraushaar, a Treasury Department spokeswoman, was an employee at the National Restaurant Association during the time Cain was head of the group. She did not discuss the details of the claim, but her attorney described the story Bialek told as familiar. "I'm not authorized to give specifics, but the conduct is similar and it's corroborating evidence for the complaint my client filed." Kraushaar received a settlement of about $45,000.

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