On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

MSNBC host says no intelligent person believes the Bible

Thumbnail image for lawrence odonnell.jpg“The Last Word” show host Lawrence O’Donnell lashed out at the Almighty as well as the Book of Revelation last night on the “Rewrite” segment of his news commentary show.


He’s MSNBC’s Senior Political Analyst as well as the Emmy-winning producer and writer of NBC’s “The West Wing,” which explains that show’s penchant for portraying believers as freaks, crazies and threats to national security.

During the “Rewrite” segment of his program, O’Donnell criticized other news shows for over-hyping the situation in Japan.

He specifically lampooned Fox News’s Glenn Beck for citing the Book of Revelation in a segment, then declared:

“The book of Revelation is a work of fiction describing how a truly vicious God would bring about the end of the world.”

But O’Donnell wasn’t finished.

“No half-smart religious person actually believes the Book of Revelation,” he proclaimed. “They are certain that their God would never turn into a malicious torturer and mass murderer beyond Hitler’s wildest dreams.”


Then, he had to get out one last jab at Beck, whose audience is about ten times as large as O’Donnell’s:

“Glenn Beck, of course, does believe the book of Revelation.”

Beck cites the Bible and St. John’s vision of the Apocalypse upon occasion, however frequently laments that the end of the world is beyond his expertise.

That, too, annoyed O’Donnell: “Why would anyone listen to a guy who doesn’t know if this is the end of the world when there’s another guy on MSNBC at eight every night who can tell you with absolute certainty, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that this is not the end of the world? What do I have to do, change the name of the show to ‘The This is Not the End of the World Show with Lawrence O’Donnell?'”


O’Donnell needs to check out the Tenth Commandment — “Thou Shalt Not Covet.”

“Don’t listen to Beck. Listen to me,” he seems to be screaming.

Too bad O’Donnell doesn’t believe the Bible. He might find a role model in the Apostle Paul, who from prison wrote in Phlippians 4:11: “… I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Adeshayo Adebunmi

    He doesn’t have the Rhema, hence his ignorance.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rienna

    It’s heartbreaking that a figure such as he uses popularity to disrespect God,wherein it should be the reverse.
    It won’t be too long, that Mr. Lawrence O’Donnell and the rest of us will find ourselves trembling before the Almighty.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Phyllis Osburn

    Mr O’Donnel will one day bow his knee to Almighty God.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Bobbie Smith

    I do believe every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He
    is God and will always be God from the beginning to the end. His word is truth and everlasting. This includes the Mr. Lawrence O’Donnell who does not have the last word, that will be God who has the final say. And that is the final answer. He will also begin to plead “Father, forgive for I know not of your power and might.” I am
    sure he will not want to be forsaken in that final hour. He can and will say to many “Sorry, I never knew you, go and serve the one that you have served before.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Suzanne

    There seems to be a creeping hatefulness in many tv/radio talk hosts. They seem unable to express their opinion, unless it is trashing any contradictory opinion in an inflammatory, insulting, condescending manner. Civility seems to be declining nationwide. The Golden Rule is a pretty good one to live by, and “Love thy neighbor”, too.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sister Cookie

    Honestly, he is an idiot. But we are blessed to live in America where we can freely say what we wish, Praise The LORD! That doesn’t necessarily mean he is speaking intelligently.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Freida

    This guy is going to get a big surprise when the end comes !! All the lefties want to convert everyone else to their way of thinking. He is not the intelligent one like he thinks he is. The majority of Americans believe the Bible, and we are the intelligent ones !!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rodger D

    I have just a few words for Lawrence O’Donnell but He probley won’t read them Lawrence O’Donnell you shell surely die how many more years do you think you can strum up for your sake? you just helped fulfill Revelation it called blastfeemy O yes call me irrelevant for my spelling also. If you don’t beleave any of it were is the threats to national security Mr.O’Donnell

    Part of your comment Mr.O’Donnell

    ”They are certain that their God would never turn into a malicious torturer and mass murderer beyond Hitler’s wildest dreams.”
    Thay could be right It won’t be god you left out a few!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment mark S

    Actually, Revelation is not about the end of the world although it is commonly taught that way. The Revelation is about the fall of Rome and the victory of Christianity over that then pagan empire. At the very beginning of the book John tells us the purpose of the book is to give comfort to the 7 churches in Asia Minor. Telling about events to take place would hardly do that. The book tells that Gods people win against evil through faith and patient endurance. I am both intelligent and a believer in the Bible and Revelation. I’m afraid I don’t agree with Beck or O’Donnell.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment LutheranChik

    Thinking people understand the Book of Revelation for the apocalyptic allegory, grounded in the Book of Daniel, that it is; and furthermore, they understand that it’s not about a Wotan-like war god who, at the end of all things, “kicks fannies and takes names,” but rather that it’s about Christ the Lamb of God, whose “power made perfect through weakness” finally triumphs over the world as it is. It was a book written for the persecuted Church — specifically for persecuted Christians in Asia Minor — to help people maintain hope and courage in the face of harrassment, arrest and worse at the hands of the Roman Empire. Lawrence O’Donnell, in criticizing politicians and pundits who try to hijack Revelation in service to their political agendas, isn’t saying anything that a well-read mainstream Christian doesn’t understand about this book of the Bible. For those of you who need some help in this regard, you might want to check out Craig Koester’s “Revelation and the End of All Things,” Augsburg Fortress Press, which is a readable, lay-accessible, non-goofy discussion of the Book of Revelation.

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