HuffPost Editor Roy Sekoff appeared on The Joy Behar Show Wednesday night to talk about religion in politics and the controversy surrounding Sarah Palin's "In God We Trust" coin conspiracy. Joining Roy, was Libertarian and magician Penn Jillette.
Behar started off the discussion by playing a clip from Fox News, debunking claims by former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin implying that President Barack Obama was trying to secularize the nation's currency by moving the term "In God We Trust" from the faces of American coins and onto the edge of coins. The decision to move the term was made by a Republican-controlled Congress and was approved by Former President George W. Bush.
Roy argues that Palin has never let the facts get in the way of a good raging paranoia. He points out that the "scary thing" is that Palin admitted to her source for the claims: a friend. The former governor of Alaska never bothered to research her friend's claims.
Behar goes on to ask Roy and Jillette about the Stupak Amendment to the House health care bill, the Catholic Church's influence on health care legislation, gay marriage, and the Mormon Church's support for an anti-discrimination statue that would protect gays and lesbians in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Asked if the Mormon Church and other institutions were being fair to gays, Roy said no:
They're obsessing about marriage and they're obsessing about abortion. But not much talk about poverty. Not much talk about the poor. And if you took out all the mentions of poverty and the poor from the bible, very thin book."
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