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Lawrence O'Donnell on the Bible, the Oath of Office, and the Ousting of Louie Giglio: VIDEO


Lawrence O'Donnell last night looked at the ejection of Rev. Louie Giglio from the inauguration ceremony over what he says it says in the Bible about gay people, as well as the use of that book in the inauguration ceremony, and the ironies present therein:

“This time, as it was last time for the first time in history, the book will be held by a First Lady who is a descendent of slaves. But the holy book she will be holding does not contain one word of God condemning slavery. Not one word. But that same book, which spends hundreds and hundreds of pages condemning all sorts of things and couldn’t find one sentence in here to condemn slavery, does indeed manage to find the space to repeatedly condemn gay people, as the now banished Louie Giglio says it does. And as the First Lady is holding that book for the President, sitting somewhere near them will be a pastor who the Inauguration Committee will make sure is much more adept at hiding what that book actually says than Louie Giglio was.”


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  1. I laugh secretly when I hear that someone has a degree in theology. It's like hearing them say they have a degree in stupidity. "You mean, you paid for that?"

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Jan 12, 2013 7:59:31 AM

  2. The bible should be in a museum along with the other artifacts of ancient history. Put it alongside the Code of Hammurabi and other primitive writings and documents. But don't use it as a moral guide for a modern civilized nation. We no longer stone people to death for adultery, working on the sabbath, cursing ones parents, homosexual relations etc. We no longer permit slavery. We do not allow our military to kill every living thing in a country we are at war with. These are just a few of the things that the "holy" bible mandates. Belief in biblical morality is barbarism. The authors of the bible were primitives who didn't know any better. WE DO !!!

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 12, 2013 8:45:10 AM

  3. I agree with Adamblast. We have zillions of learned theologists saying the Bible speaks out against gays, and zillions saying it doesn't. They cancel each other out. All this tortured "they really meant temple prostitute" might be nothing but face-saving claptrap, a desperate attempt to avoid facing an unflattering reality via technicality. Ask yourself: what if your side is wrong? Is the Bible still worth venerating?

    Posted by: Yeek | Jan 12, 2013 5:40:12 PM

  4. Although it's not about homosexuality but about problem translations in Helenistic Greek... one word which absolutely defies translation is in the usual liturgical version of the Lord's Prayer (i.e. from Matthew).

    @Francis: The *only* to get many Christians to accept gays and marriage equality is if they can somehow find it in the Bible. You cannot appeal to science, facts, and logic when this group dismisses them completely. (Of course, they also dismiss liberal interpretations of the Bible, but it gives us a starting point.) Eventually, some will retain their views, but others will find what they need in the Bible in order to accept reality. After all, it is common, but not assured, that ideas do migrate from left to right. The good news is that there are signs of pro-gay thinking among younger evangelicals.

    @Oh Dear!: My point about M-L-M thought was that there are virulent non-religious anti-gay groups - in this case on the left. This was the ideology that spawned communism and has therefore left its mark on the former communist countries.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 12, 2013 9:48:35 PM

  5. ...& like I said before, whether anti-gay left(secular)/right(religion) they have the ability to transcend.

    Posted by: oh dear! | Jan 13, 2013 4:30:22 PM

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