NEW YORK – Atheist activists arenâ€™t the only ones looking to nix the Bible and references to God from President Barack Obamaâ€™s inauguration. MSNBCâ€™s Lawrence Oâ€™Donnell also took aim at the holy book today, dismissing its purportedly heinous contents and urging the president not to include it in his Jan. 21 inaugural ceremony.
After discussing Pastor Louie Giglioâ€™s recent decision to remove himself from Obamaâ€™s choice of benediction speakers, Oâ€™Donnell launched into a tirade against the Bible and its presence at the historical event. In addition to defending the gay rights movement against Giglioâ€™s nearly-20-year-old sermon, the MSNBC host dismissed the Bible as an antiquated book that virtually nobody can agree with in its entirety.
Â â€œNo one accepts all of the teachings of the Bible â€” no one,â€ Oâ€™Donnell proclaimed. â€œThere are no literal followers of the word of God as presented in the Bible left on earth. If there were any, they would have to be burning people at the stake all day, every day.â€
The host noted his belief that the Bible mandates that prostitutes be burned at the stake and that those who commit adultery and fail to keep the Sabbath also deserve death.
â€œThe Bible has more death penalties in it than Texas law,â€ he added, urging Obama to simply put his hand on one of his daughterâ€™s shoulders, rather than on a Bible, when he takes the oath (Obama is actually planning to place his hand on two Bibles â€” one that was owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and another by Lincoln).