Lawrence O'Donnell

What is newsworthy about Lawrence O’Donnell scoffing at “the end of the world”?

Last week, Lawrence O’Donnell attempted to live up (or arguably down) to his Beck-bashing maestro predecessor Keith Olbermann by unleashing a litany about Bill O’Reilly, the word “hype”, Glenn Beck, the Bible and something about the end of the world.

The predictable MSNBC vs. FOX head-butting session wouldn’t have caught my attention except for one thing – the MSNBC host used the talking points skirmish to discredit the world’s most renowned literary source: The Bible.

After playing a very short clip of Beck chatting about the premonitory nature of the book of Revelation, O’Donnell scoffed on March 17th,

“The book of Revelation is a work of fiction describing how a truly vicious God would bring about the end of the world. Now, no half-smart religious person believes the book of Revelation anymore. Those people are certain that their God would never turn into a malicious torturer and mass murderer beyond Hitler’s wildest dreams.”

I’ll briefly interrupt this message to say: The above assessment of Revelation is dead wrong (click here to read more on the subject).

O’Donnell inferred that Beck’s mention of Revelation will cause people to think they can give up on life and be irresponsible. But after hearing Beck’s emphasis on preparedness and self-governing and reading Jesus Christ’s emphasis on the same (Matthew 25), it’s obvious that O’Donnell is completely missing the point.

Anyway, however agnostic he might have tried to be on this issue, the former executive producer and writer of The West Wing couldn’t go on for very long without dropping his skeptic extraordinaire guise:

“Glenn Beck doesn’t know if this is the end of the world. Luckily for you, I do. I know – and I know it with absolute certainty – this absolutely is not – it is not the end of the world…”

Pardon me again: It’s easy to dismiss after-the-fact that the natural disaster which occurred in Japan was not “the end of the world”. No single disaster signals the actual end of the world, and Beck didn’t say so. He merely said what any person who acknowledges entropy and current events would say: There is a steady, interdependent decline going on worldwide. Watch out so you don’t get caught off guard.

Beck and other Bible-believers just happen to have the advantage of citing a source that actually has a track record of predicting the future

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