MSNBC’s O’Donnell: Eliminate Bible from swearing in – Americans, Obama don’t believe

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell said the Bible should be eliminated from the swearing in ceremony on Inauguration Day.

On Thursday’s “The Last Word,” O’Donnell commented on the recent brouhaha surrounding the Presidential Inauguration Committee’s choice of pastor’s to give the benediction at the event.

The swift removal of pastor Louie Giglio from the schedule, after revelations of sermons opposing homosexuality surfaced, caused the MSNBC host to ask if the Bible is really appropriate for the swearing in of the president.

Instead, the president should consider swearing the oath on his daughters, suggested O’Donnell.

“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?”

O’Donnell, in a rant about the absurdity of the Bible, said the following:

“We will ensure that whoever delivers the benediction rejects the same parts of the Bible that President Obama rejects and most Democrats reject, even though every word of the Bible is the word of God,” O’Donnell said. “As I’ve pointed out … no one accepts all of the teachings of the Bible. No one. … 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. ”

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  • sunflower

    Rosie O'Donell also thinks she can create life…………..

  • Diogenes

    This is merely my opinion, but for all the importance Obama places on the Bible, they had might as well use a Kenyan phone directory.

    • Dr. Johnny Velazquez

      Hey Diogenes, Maybe he should place his hand on a restaurant menu, or some type of manual. I don't believe that the Bible means much to him.

  • Tommy Fore

    Go ahead and push the WORD of GOD aside. Bible prophecy can't be fulfilled unless you do. I sincerely pity you people.

  • Tommy Fore

    You are right on target Diogenes.

  • http://facebook sebrinia

    I don't know who this O'donnell character thinks he is but he doesn't speak for all Americans.. for I am quite sure that his statement "filled with things that no one in the United States of America believes" shows just how out of touch with reality he is, and as far as the bible being taken out of the Inauguration of O'bama,, it doesn't matter to him if it is there or not for him to place his left hand on and swear,, it means as little to him as do his wife and children I suspect. because if they meant everything to him he would have his heart and mind in the right place to lead this once great nation.

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    If someone swears on the Bible, but happens to be Jewish, or Muslim, or Buddhist, what exactly does that mean? Nothing. Even if the swearing person is Christian, from the looks of things, I don't think that means much either. I think Mr O' Donnell is just stating the unpopular obvious. Other than tradition, what does it mean? I don't think much. Just a reminder, also. Obama won. He is the President, like it or not. All this Kenyan, Muslim, Un-American back mumbling is pathetic. It's as sad as those people who still have the Romney-Ryan campaign sighs on their land. Sad. Time to work together. Whatever, you think, it's time to work united. Or, you could just leave. Or, as Romster said: "self-deport". Bye.

  • Boca Legend

    Bible, scmhmible…………if you think about it, shouldn't Numbnuts actually get sworn in with his hand on a copy of the U.S. Constitution?

  • David

    Larry, Larry, Larry you are showing your ignorance. You need some Doctrinal understanding!

  • Jeanette Grayeb-Miha

    O'Donnell does not speak for the majority of Americans, and I would argue, that he should be fired for his irresponsible remarks. This is not the first time this elitist journalist has made remarks that are anti-Christian, and anti-God. We are not a seucular nation like he would like everyone to believe. If that is his conclusion, he should move to Russia or China. The communists would welcome him. He's a disgrace to the profession of journalism.

  • Observer

    He doesn't understand the bible. The Law of Moses was long done away with the coming of Christ. Once a government removes God, the government becomes god. Talk to any young adult in China and they will tell you that ther is no god and the government is God and to trust the government. Then they will explain that they learned the religion of government being god in school. We are not far from this. First we limit guns, next religion, then speech, then any other right that people have until government has total control over mankind. This is a poisonous path, it is old as time. Worn out used up retried again and again but in the end it always fails for it cannot work. America is the new idea and breeds hope because it stands for the opposite of government being God. America can work, if we simply do what we have been doing. It has only been as we have stepped away from our values that our country has slipped downward. I trust I god and my fellow Americans. Others trust in government or men who hold power to secure there freedoms. Some assume these men can be trusted, but it is the nature of men once in power to usurp more power and authority. Very few men withstand the lure of unrighteousness dominion. George Washington was one of them, there are others but the list is short. Thus government unless checked and balanced will ultimately excercise unrighteousness dominion. Maybe this type of talk is fun fora tv show but it will lead to our destruction as a free society, and the cost of freedom is always blood so it will not be easy to get back. Wake up people, read your history books, travel the world and personally interview those you find and you will find that the above is true and correct. God bless America!

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