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. ”