Lawrence O’Donnell and Harry Reid

As many are aware, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who has a history of graceless on-air anti-Mormon bigotry, let loose again the other night, provoked by the existence of Mitt Romney:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/295247/lawrence-o-donnell-theologian-noah-glyn

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/295309/lawrence-odonnell-bigot-kevin-d-williamson

Now, some are raising the question of whether and how Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate Majority Leader and also a Mormon, ought to respond to Mr. O’Donnell and MSNBC:

http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2012/04/04/does-harry-reid-have-the-courage-to-boycott-msnbc-over-lawrence-odonnells-bigotry/

It’s a good question.

My own inclination would be, if I were in Senator Reid’s shoes, to tell MSNBC that I would do no more interviews with them unless and until Mr. O’Donnell publicly apologized.

But, although I can’t think of any right now, there may well be good reasons for him not to do that.

I will say this, however: 

Some Latter-day Saints seem to be predicting that Senator Reid will do and say nothing about Mr. O’Donnell’s appalling bigotry because, they believe, Mr. Reid is more of a Leftist than he is a Latter-day Saint.

I want to go on record as disagreeing.  I don’t share Senator Reid’s politics.  I’m a political conservative with strong libertarian leanings.  But from the little bit of personal interaction I’ve had with him, and the considerable amount I’ve heard about him from Las Vegas and Washington DC Mormons, and the materials I’ve read about him, I have every reason to believe that Harry Reid is a committed Latter-day Saint, and no reason to believe otherwise.

There is, however, nothing at all to keep you from addressing comments about Mr. O’Donnell’s anti-Mormon rants to MSNBC (here).  I’ve already done it, and it would be good for their souls to hear some criticism.  Lots and lots and lots of it.

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