CNN host Piers Morgan said he believes the Bible and the U.S. Constitution are “inherently flawed” and asserted that it’s time for the Bible’s position on gay rights to be amended.
“It’s flawed,” Morgan said during an interview with evangelical pastor and author Rick Warren. “Both the Bible and the Constitution were well-intentioned, but they are basically, inherently flawed – hence the need to amend it.
“I do not believe the Bible is flawed,” Warren said. “What I believe is flawed is human opinion because it constantly changes.”
The British-born talk show host held his ground during a lengthy conversation about the Bible and gay rights.
“But you and I know the Bible is, in many places a flawed document,” Morgan said – a point of disagreement with Pastor Warren.
“My point to you about gay rights for example – it’s time for an amendment to the Bible,” Morgan told Warren. “You should compile a new Bible.”
“Not a chance,” Warren replied. “I willingly admit, willingly admit that I base my worldview on the Bible which I believe is true. And my definition of truth is – if it’s new it’s not true. If it was true a thousand years ago, it’ll be true a thousand years from today. Opinion changes but truth doesn’t.”
“We’re going to agree to disagree on that,” Morgan said.
Robert Jeffress, pastor of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas, Tex., told Fox News that Morgan was incredibly off-base with his remarks.
“For Morgan to label God’s divine revelation as ‘flawed’ because it doesn’t confirm to his own opinion is the epitome of arrogance,” he said. “My guess is that the Bible will be around a lot longer than Morgan’s program.”
Paul Kengor, the executive director of The Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College, told Fox News that to doubt the Constitution is one thing, “but to assume the infallible authority to judge the words of God is something else altogether.”
“It’s quite ironic that at this sacred time of year, Christmas, we’d be talking about truth allegedly changing and the need to amend sacred Scripture,” Kengor said. “It’s also remarkable to watch secular liberals like Piers Morgan assume unto themselves the extraordinary authority to divine what in the Bible is true and what is not, what is flawed and what is not, and where certain “amendments” supposedly need to occur. Do they fully realize precisely what powers they are proclaiming?”
But Jeffress did find a silver lining in Morgan’s comments.
“At least Piers Morgan recognizes what many Christians fail to comprehend– that both the Bible and the Constitution define marriage as a union between a man and a woman,” he added.
The CNN host has been under fire in recent days after he launched a crusade for gun control laws in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
He used his Twitter account to call Wayne LaPierre, the head of the National Rifle, a “dangerous, dim-witted, deluded menace to American safety.”
During an interview on his CNN program Morgan called Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt a liar and an idiot.
“You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?” Morgan asked Pratt.
“You don’t give a damn, do you, about the gun murder rate in America?” Morgan asked. “You don’t actually care.”
That encounter led to the creation of a petition on the White House website calling for Morgan to be deported. Tens of thousands of people have signed the petition alleging that “British citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment.”
But it appears there may be some people in England who would prefer that Morgan stay on the American side of the Atlantic Ocean.
A second petition on the “We the People” website was launched called, “Keep Piers Morgan in the USA.”
“There are two very good reasons for this,” the petition states. “Firstly, the First Amendment. Second and the most important point, no one in the UK wants him back.”
The petition was reportedly started by a Briton and now has more than 5,000 signers.
A third petition calls for the White House to keep Morgan in the country to protect his Constitutional rights. That petition has more than 1,000 signers.