While speaking with Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren on CNN's “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Christmas Eve, host Piers Morgan suggested amending the Bible to fit his liberal worldview on gay rights and same-sex marriage.
Newsbusters' Randy Hall said that Morgan referenced a passage “that states adultery is punishable by being stoned to death.” Warren explained the passage was “a civil law” for the nation of Israel and not a “moral law” that has a wider application, Hall added.
“Both the Bible and the Constitution were well intentioned but they are basically, inherently flawed. Hence, the need to amend it,” he said.
“My point to you about gay rights, for example, it’s time for an amendment to the Bible.”
Warren's response was short and sweet: “Uh, no. Not a chance. What I believe is flawed is human opinion, because it constantly changes.”
“I do not believe the Bible is flawed,” Warren said. After all, he added, “why does it say 'Holy' on the Bible?”
“His insistence on amending the Bible amuses more than it shocks, because it’s impossible to take Morgan seriously,” Ed Morrissey wrote at the conservative blog Hot Air. “He’s needling Rick Warren, nothing more, and attempting to provoke him into a heated exchange. Warren is simply smarter than Morgan, and takes a pass.”
Hall said this is not the first time Morgan has suggested amending the Bible.
“How literally should people take the Bible? And should the Bible be an evolutionary thing, rather like the Constitution was amended a few times?” he asked Jeff Foxworthy in August.
As Morrissey explains, if one believes the Bible is the divinely-inspired, inerrant Word of God, then one would find Morgan's suggestion absurd.
“God is, after all, unchangeable — or He wouldn’t be God at all,” Morrissey added. “It would be equally absurd to think that anyone would base their faith on the amended product, a Gospel According To Piers, if you will, unless people decided that Piers is either God Himself or a new prophet, in which case he’d probably have a better gig.”
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As contentious as the subject was, Hall said the conversation “ended amicably, with Warren telling Morgan that 'we need more of this kind of talk.'”