Below you can find some of the notable comments made Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Political roundtable guests included former Newark Mayor Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.; ABC News political analyst and special correspondent Matthew Dowd; ABC News senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny; and editor and publisher of The Nation Katrina vanden Heuvel. Our special religion and politics roundtable included writer and religious scholar Reza Aslan; Rev. Calvin Butts, Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York; author and atheist Susan Jacoby; Dr. Richard Land, of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; and Sojourners president Rev. Jim Wallis, author of “On God’s Side.”
King describes North Korean government as ‘organized crime family’
KING: As far as I see, this is not even government. It’s more like an organized crime family running a territory. They are brutal, he is brutal, his father was brutal, his grandfather was brutal. I don’t see any purpose at all in [direct talks with North Korea] at all. It would demoralize our allies in Asia, certainly in South Korea, and it would — to me — serve no constructive purpose whatsoever.
Vanden Heuvel on gay marriage: ‘justice delayed is justice denied’
VANDEN HEUVEL: “Justice delayed is justice denied. But I think that the Supreme Court is lagging so far behind now that marriage equality has won in this country… It is moving in states, it is moving politically. And I think you’ve seen, perhaps, the most rapid mass evolution on an issue, among our politicos as well. They know where the future of this country is. It is also a qualifier to win a next generation.”
So I think whatever happens in the court, and it may well be that Kennedy’s — Justice Kennedy’s consuming affection for state rights does lead to overruling DOMA, I think we are going to see a social, moral, and political paradigm shift that is extraordinary.
King supports President Obama’s position on guns
KING: Let me say, I support the president’s position on guns. So I’ll say that. Having said that, it’s going to be very difficult to get very meaningful legislation through the congress, because despite what [Mayor Booker] was saying… is that you get a majority of Americans who don’t seem to want this type of legislation. And I support it. So I’m — I am again, supporting legislation on gun trafficking, on background checks, assault weapons, all of that. But I just don’t see the intensity building up.
Vanden Heuvel states ‘the Republican Party is a values challenged party’
VANDEN HEUVEL: If they don’t go along with immigration. I mean, as you head into 2014, the Republican Party is a values challenged party. They have big problems on immigration, on same-sex marriage, on gun reform, commonsense gun reform. So I think this is going to be a test case
Land thinks immigration reform ‘needs to be done’
LAND: “Immigration reform is tearing the social fabric of the country. It needs to be done. The lack of doing it is causing havoc that will be difficult to repair in the social fabric of the country. And there is a way to do it, and a way to do it that’s fair, and a way to do it that will heal the country.”