MSNBC host Alex Wagner and former Republican congressman Ron Paul engaged in a heated debate Thursday regarding Paul’s scheduled appearance at a summit organized by an admittedly anti-Semitic catholic group.
Rep. Paul is scheduled to share his thoughts on foreign policy at the Fatima Center’s “The Path to Peace” conference in Canada. The Fatima Center is a catholic organization that’s been described as a “hard-core anti-Semite group,” and references on some of their websites "the duty incumbent upon Catholics of combating valiantly for the integral rights of Christ the King and opposing Jewish Naturalism" and to "Satan's plans against the Church," among which is "the granting of full citizenship to the Jews."
When Wagner called Rep. Paul out on the accusations, and asked him if he would reconsider speaking at the conference, he said, "No…I'm going to a conservative, Catholic group that is pro-peace, and wants to hear my foreign policy and my take on economy," he said. "I wouldn't be on this station if I had to have a litmus test.”
Then, Wagner and Rep. Paul briefly quibbled over the partisan divide before Wagner explained her line of questioning and provided evidence of the Center’s anti-Semitic views. Rep. Paul then postulated he was brought onto the show to bash Catholics, to which Wagner responded she was raised Catholic.
A spokesperson for the Fatima Center told Raw Story that the conference has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, asserting, “All speakers share one thing in common: a keen understanding that the nations of the world suffer profound disorder, that evil and shocking immorality are on the rise, that war and violence steadily increase, that the stability of our entire social order is at stake, and that a solution to the present chaos is of utmost necessity,” in a statement.