According to news reports MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has decided it’s OK to go after Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential hopeful Willard Mitt Romney on the basis of his religion and last week he called Mormonism an “invented religion.”
Reportedly O’Donnell criticized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, making insanely inaccurate claims about the church’s founding and attacking Willard for believing in Mormonism.
“Mormonism was created by a guy in upstate New York in 1830 when he got caught having sex with the maid and explained to his wife that God told him to do it,” O’Donnell said on his MSNBC show. “Forty-eight wives later, Joseph Smith’s lifestyle was completely sanctified in the religion he invented to go with it. Which Mitt Romney says he believes.”
O’Donnell, whom I thought was brighter than this, has stepped off in Glenn Beck zone of television commentary.
I hate to say it, and I do mean I hate to say it, but I find myself agreeing with FOX PAC’s Bill O’Reilly, who responded to O’Donnell’s “smear” comments by saying if O’Donnell had done the same about Islam or another religion, he would’ve been immediately fired. While I agree with O’Reilly partly, I disagree partly, because if O’Donnell said the same things about Islam he’d have been offered a show at FOX.
O’Donnell clearly knows there’s no religious test for holding political office in the United States, and he also knows a cheap shot when he throws one; with all there is to criticize Willard Mitt Romney on he chooses to pick on his faith?
It’s beneath him, and the way O’Donnell’s going after the Mormon Church one can only assume he has a monstrous size axe to grind; whatever the problem, it’s not good journalism; it’s not good political commentary; and it’s not good to leap into the political gutter next to the race baiting, religious haters.