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 Dr. Francis

    Mr. Lawrence O’Donnell’s comments are clearly shortsighted and irresponsible. I thought I had see enough efforts to garner attention and shore up ratings, but this must be a new low.
    Christianity is a lifestyle, a choice one makes, not forced! Not for everyone, but only for those who make that choice. With a focus on Revelation, this fact is implicit in the comments by Christ; “He who has an ear, let him hear…” Please see; Revelation 2:11, 29; and 3:6, 13, 22.
    Mr. O’Donnell, what if you discover on the last day that the Bible was wrong what would you have lost? Now, what if however, the Bible is true! It reminds me of the proverbial Ostrich who would stick it’s head in the sand and call it safe.

  • Proudscalawag

    Personally, I think the man I AFFECTIONATELY nickname ‘Friar Lawrence’ may have gone a bit over the top on Revelation, but that’s not to say he thinks the whole Bible is nonsense! He is, after all, the product of an excellent CATHOLIC education and at times he sounds reminiscent of Fray Anton Montecito, the friar who had the temerity to remind his fellow Spaniards that the natives of the New World were as human as they. I think O’Donnell would agree with LutheranChik that Revelation is an allegory or, as I term it, a parable of what happens when any earthly organization (INCLUDING religious ones) declare themselves absolute and either answerable only to God or, depending on what they believe, only to themselves. No, I believe Friar Lawrence to be a well-grounded believer.

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