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Lawrence O’Donnell Attacks Mitt Romney’s Religion

The breathtaking cowardice and hypocrisy of the mainstream media.

In a monologue on his show on April 3, Lawrence O’Donnell stated the following when describing Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith:

“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. Forty-eight wives later, Joseph Smith’s lifestyle was completely sanctified in the religion that he invented to go with it, which Mitt Romney says he believes.” (see here starting at 3:35)

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects free speech, so Mr. O’Donnell’s public critique of Mormonism is perfectly fair game. However, as I wrote in a recent post (see here), the mainstream media is hardly equal-handed in its public criticism of all religions. Some religions are apparently deserving of “great respect” while others can be acerbically derided as per the latter quote.

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I wonder if Mr. O’Donnell would be as willing to critique other religions with equal alacrity. My feeling is that there is one particular religion that he would not dare utter a single negative word against. I wonder what might be at the root of his trepidation.

Cowardice coupled with the erection of rules of discourse as instituted by the politically correct thought police is inching us closer to institutionalized privileged classes within American society in particular, and the West more generally. Free speech has to apply to the equal criticism of all religions, lest we shall no longer live in a free society.

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Gad Saad is Professor of Marketing at Concordia University and author of The Evolutionary Bases of Consumption and The Consuming Instinct.


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