As first reported by TheBlaze.com, Lawrence O'Donnell used his MSNBC show Friday to issue a rant against the Bible because it calls homosexuality a sin, and accused Christians of hating gays. He characterized the Bible as a hateful book that demands the death of those who do not follow its rules. O'Donnell laughed as he waved the Bible and quoted Scripture while mocking the belief that it included the inspired Word of God.
A self-proclaimed socialist and former TV writer, O'Donnell then criticized President Obama for planning to place his hand on two Bibles as he is sworn in (President Abraham Lincoln's Bible and Martin Luther King's Bible will be used) and suggested he not use a Bible at the inauguration. "This book (is) filled with things he (Obama) does not believe, filled with things no one in the United States believes," he said.
O'Donnell claimed there are many different versions of the Bible, and said it was proof that its contents should not be believed. He did not point out that the different versions were simply translation versions, and the different translations do not contradict the teachings or intent within.
O'Donnell said the Bible condones death sentences for prostitutes, adulterers, and those who do not keep the Sabbath. He failed to provide exact examples or reference their context. The Bible contains not only the Word of God, but also historical accounts and geneology records. The Old Testament does include cultural traditions and practices, but they were not intended for modern believers. Jesus Christ himself confirmed this in the New Testament. His forgiveness of the prostitute (John Chapter 8), when some demanded her execution, is proof of this.
Rather than place his hand on a Bible when he takes the oath of office, O'Donnell said the President should place his hand on his daughter's shoulder instead.
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