Lawrence O’Donnell is predictably liberal. That may actually be an understatement. He’s not only a liberal, he’s stridently anti-conservative. His liberalism primarily consists in his political views, but a recent monologue reveals that he is liberal theologically as well.
The video above is O’Donnell’s commentary on Louie Giglio’s removal from the President’s inaugural program. In the course of his commentary, he sets off some rhetorical bombs. He holds up a copy of the Bible and says that nobody really believes what’s written in it, much less President Obama. O’Donnell then argues that it is absurd for the President to swear an oath on a book that he doesn’t even believe.
This video is riddled with a fair amount of theological naiveté. O’Donnell has too high a concentration of error to respond to each and every point, so I’ll just leave it at one observation.
Notice that O’Donnell agrees with Giglio about the aims of the gay rights movement. In essence, the gay rights movement does not merely seek equal rights. It seeks for every citizen in the country to recognize that “gay is good.” It’s making a fundamentally moral claim—a claim that requires consent. Those who refuse to consent to the new morality must be marginalized and set outside the bounds of rational discourse.
O’Donnell is not alone in this opinion. Even though he sounds fairly strident and angry, his thesis is moving into the cultural mainstream. More and more people are buying into the idea that gay is good, and that gay relationships should have equal moral standing with heterosexual marriage.