US talk show host blasts the use of the Bible at Obama’s inauguration

Click on pic for Lawrence O’Donnell's video

Click on pic for Lawrence O’Donnell’s video

MSNBC talk show host Lawrence O’Donnell has outraged many Christian viewers by claiming:

No one accepts all of the teachings of the Bible – no one. There are no literal followers of the word of God as presented in the Bible left on earth. If there were any, they would have to be burning people at the stake all day, every day.

O’Donnell’s comments, according to the Christian News Network, came in the context of a discussion about the withdrawal of Pastor Louie Giglio’s withdrawal from the inauguration after he was criticised for an anti-gay sermon he delivered in the 1990s.

In discussing the matter, O’Donnell claimed that no one believes the Bible, and that it has no business being a part of the inauguration.

He said:

Still, the President, following one of our most absurdest traditions in the government that invented the separation of church and state, will put his hand on this Book filled with things he does not believe – filled with things that no one in the United States of America believes – and with his hand on this book, he will recite the oath of office. And his hand on this Book is actually supposed to make you believe that he really believes what he is saying in taking the oath of office, even though the Book is filled with things that you and he do not believe.

He then offered his suggestion for replacing the Bible at the ceremony.

Now, wouldn’t it be better if the President’s hand was on the shoulder of one of his daughters, suggesting that he was honoring the oath of office as much as he honors Sasha and Malia?

During the segment, O’Donnell also claimed that Michelle Obama is a descendant of slaves, and that he found it ironic that Obama would be sworn in on a Book that he believes endorses slavery.

This time, as it was last time for the first time in history, the Book will be held by a First Lady who is a descendant of slaves. But the Holy Book she will be holding does not contain one word of God condemning slavery. But that same Book, which spends hundreds and hundreds of pages condemning all sorts of things, and couldn’t find one sentence in here to condemn slavery, does indeed manage find the space to repeatedly condemn gay people, as the now banished Louie Giglio said it does.

He added:

And as the First Lady is holding that Book for the President, sitting someone near them will be a pastor who the Inauguration Committee will make sure is much more adept at hiding what that Book actually says than Louie Giglio was.

Obama is scheduled to be sworn in on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible on January 21. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago, setting millions of slaves free across America.

Following his comments, which have been reported by major news outlets nationwide, a number of Christians have expressed their disgust and disapproval.

Wrote one commenter.

What he says is almost amusing if it weren’t so sick.

A man named Hal chimed in

O’Donnell also shows his ignorance about the Constitution. Separation of church and state does not occur in the Constitution. It was mentioned by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to assure a friend that the Church was protected from the state by the wall of the Constitution. He never once said the state should be protected from the Church!

Another remarked.

Lawrence will have to explain his position when he meets his Maker. He wouldn’t even call the Bible the Bible. He said, ‘That Book’.