Est. May 2008

27 December, 2012

The Guy Just Can’t Help Himself

By now you’ve probably heard about Piers Morgan’s anti-Second Amendment tirades; it’s led to two petitions – one to have him deported, the other to keep him in the US (apparently, even England, his home country, doesn’t want him).

But Mr. Morgan’s Constitutional ignorance doesn’t particularly bother me (he is, after all, English, not American); what bothers me more is his biblical ignorance, something that’s all too common among professing Christians and non-Christians alike these days.

I’m talking about an interview he had with Saddleback Church’s pastor, Rick Warren, televised on Christmas Eve, of all days.  In this interview, he doubled down on his ignorance by saying to Pastor Warren that ‘[b]oth the Bible and the Constitution were well intentioned but they are basically, inherently flawed. Hence, the need to amend it[.]’  How, specifically, is the Bible flawed and in need of amending, in Mr. Morgan’s theology?
My point to you about gay rights, for example, it’s time for an amendment to the Bible.
And I’ve got to give Pastor Warren credit: I’ve had some problems with things he’s said in the past, but here he was spot-on in his reply:
“I do not believe the bible is flawed,” Warren replied.

“Both the bible and the Constitution were well intentioned, but they are basically, inherently flawed. Hence, the need to amend it,” Morgan continued. “My point to you about gay rights, for example, it’s time for an amendment to the bible.”

“No,” Warren replied.

“You should compile a new bible,” Morgan laughed.

“I willingly admit that I base my worldview on the bible, which I believe is true,” Warren said. “Opinion changes, but truth doesn’t.”
If Mr. Morgan had thought he’d caught hell over his Second Amendment commentary, it was a picnic compared to how he was dismantled via Twitchy, Michelle Malkin’s alternative-to-Twitter.

According to Wikipedia (that bastion of truth), Mr. Morgan is Roman Catholic; according to a compilation put together by Hollowverse, it seems as though Mr. Morgan might be more comfortable labeling himself as ‘spiritual, not religious’, as this piece of a quote indicates (at least to me):
I believe in this superior being, a God. And therefore, the questions which always baffle atheist, the hard reality of life, I believe there is something greater out there, there’s a greater entity, which is a spiritual being that allows comprehension on a scale we could never understand. (emphases mine)
Not the God, but a God, a generic ‘something greater out there’, a ‘greater entity’, a ‘spiritual being’.  Either he’s not real sure of his Christian faith, or he’s dissembling in order not to offend.

The problem with trying so hard not to offend is you end up offending somebody.

And since, in Mr. Morgan’s mind (it seems), as well as in the minds of an awful lot of liberals these days, offending folks who stand by the Constitution and who stand by the Bible isn’t really offending anybody of importance.

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