If you want to watch a fantastic two minutes that embody the progressive mindset, you might consider watching (courtesy of Mediaite.com) this clip from CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”
In an interview with Pastor Rick Warren, Morgan said this: “There is still an element of the Bible that is flawed.” Mr. Morgan went on to say, “Both the Bible and the Constitution were well intentioned, but they are basically, inherently flawed. Hence, the need to amend it. My point to you about gay rights, for example, it’s time for an amendment to the Bible.” When Warren replied, “No,” Morgan continued: “You should compile a new Bible.”
Of course. It turns out the Bible is a “living book” in the same way the Constitution is a “living document.” And since someone has to amend both the Bible and the Constitution, perhaps we can enlist the enlightened Piers Morgan to do the job. I can hardly wait to read the finished products. They will be fashionable, post-modern, and undoubtedly an improvement over what Solomon, King David, Jesus, and James Madison came up with.
And if that wasn’t enough, Morgan, rather than Warren, decided to take on the role of preacher. “The debate should always be respectful,” according to Morgan. “By the way,” he added, “it applies to politics, too. The moment it becomes disrespectful and discourteous and then rude and then poisonous, you never achieve anything.”
By the way, this civility sermon comes a week after Morgan interviewed Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, and called Pratt “an unbelievably stupid man” and “dangerous.” Then, in order to underscore the importance of respect and courteousness in public discourse, Morgan accused his guest of being a liar. Morgan added, “You shame your country.” And then Piers told Pratt, “You don’t give a damn, do you, about the gun murder rate in America.”
All of which got me to thinking. If Morgan does amend the Bible, he might want to begin with a verse in the book of Matthew, where Jesus repeatedly upbraids the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. That way Morgan could inject poison into our political discourse one week and preach against it the next, and feel perfectly wonderful about himself.