Rep. Karen Bass, a top contender to be former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate, responded Saturday to a Daily Caller News Foundation report showing that she praised the Church of Scientology while she was a member of the California state assembly.
“Ten years ago, I attended a new building opening in my district and spoke to what I think all of us believe in — respect for one another’s views, to treat all people with respect, and to fight against oppression wherever we find it,” Bass said in a statement issued on Twitter.
“I found an area of agreement in their beliefs — where all people, of whatever race, color, or creed are created with equal rights, which is what my remarks were about,” she continued.
The DCNF reported on Friday that Bass touted the Church of Scientology at the opening of one of the controversial church’s buildings in Los Angeles on April 24, 2010.
“This day and this new Church of Scientology is an exciting moment because I know your goal and your commitment is truly to make a difference,” Bass said at the event, which was led by Scientology president David Miscavige. (RELATED: