Former Pentecostal Preacher Jerry DeWitt Appears on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

Earlier today, Jerry DeWitt appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to talk about his new book Hope after Faith: An Ex-Pastor’s Journey from Belief to Atheism:

Jerry is a natural on camera and did a nice job deflecting the Christian attitudes of the hosts.

I’ll be posting an excerpt from the book later today!

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  • Beth

    I love Jerry.

  • Gus Snarp

    I hate Joe Scarborough. Could he be a more smug, condescending windbag? He’s like Bill O’Reilly, Jr. Give him a few years on his present path and he’ll be screaming at people, cutting off interviews, and rambling nonsensically about tides.

    • foot152

      Next to “smarmy” in the dictionary you’ll find a picture of Joe. My favorite MSNBC host changes, my least favorite doesn’t.(Joe)

    • Reginald Selkirk

      I don’t watch Scarborough regularly, but I was not impressed with his performance in this segment.

      * Too much of it was about him “Well of course I believe, but this guy here has a different view.”

      * Had to get a member of the clergy for “balance.” At least they didn’t get that horrible Fr. Morris character I have seen on FauxNews.

      * Showed poor interviewer skills. Like the time he started asking a question, then had to interrupt himself with his own view, so that by the time he finished the camera was on Jerry, but it was not clear what question was being asked. Unprofessional.

      And to the priest, about how Jesus was all nice and inviting without being harsh:

      John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that
      believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the
      name of the only begotten Son of God.

      John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that
      believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth
      on him.

      Ah yes, that warm fuzzy inviting wrath of God. Thanks, padre.

  • Mario Strada

    Joe Scarborough, why do people watch this guy? The last thing I need is some windbag on cable tv telling me how I should live my life.

    • CottonBlimp

      I want to vomit every time he tries to be snarky.

      Proper snark requires soft-spoken wit and subtlety. He just bellows out casual insults and screeches hysterically if anyone responds in kind.

    • Pawel Samson

      Scarborough’s main appeal is that he portrays himself as an old-school moderate Republican, although it’s not evident in this particular clip. I usually watch his show in the morning at the gym because nothing else is on, and yes he’s annoying – but he’s definitely no O’Reilly or Hannity.

  • Mairianna

    I like most of the folks on MSNBC (MHP and Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow), but I can’t stomach the Morning Joe show….it’s annoying to say the least.

    • Paul Reed

      My first thought was: Is that Matthew Perry? Wearing glasses?
      My second thought was: Nah, this guy’s annoying and not at all funny.

  • WallofSleep

    “I might have to believe in a god I don’t fully understand.”

    I think Stevie Wonder said it best: “When you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDZFf0pm0SE

  • Katwise

    It would be great if Rachel Maddow were to interview Jerry, along with Dan Barker of FFRF.

  • Carmelita Spats

    The cynical warlock in a dog collar echos the chilling words of a schizophrenic, “I might have to believe in a God that I don’t fully understand.” So, when this God asks you to kill your kid in order to prove your faith, you might not “fully understand” but you’ll do it anyway. How does the warlock in the dog collar distinguish between mental illness and a “God-that-he-does-not-fully-understand”? Superstition is dangerous. Superstition has consequences.

  • Rain

    He did pretty good. He had the preacher guy bragging that some of his best friends are atheists just so he could look less silly with the funny collar. Way to represent. I don’t trust his Canadian accent though.

  • Gideon

    I was struck by the remark to the effect of “coming out of a period of doubt with more faith than ever”. If contradictory evidence ends up *increasing* your level of certainty, your epistemology needs some work…

  • Garret Shane Brown

    Kind of annoyed me how Joe Scarborough had an obvious christian agenda in this, deflecting all of the conversations back to the pastor when the segment should have actually been about the book. Why was there a pastor on that panel to begin with?

  • sware73

    I snorted out loud when the priest said, “…some of my closest friends are atheists.”

  • baal

    “Hope after faith, I call that hopelessness” <–nearly accurate copy of Scarborough at 1:26.

    I guess I'm just happy that Jerry DeWitt got air time on a morning show. It's probably too much to ask that hosts don't also sound like bigots (they aren't used to any other language about atheists/ism).

  • Rose Tyler

    Good interview. I’m not sure where all the judgemental hate for Joe comes from, but I thought the fact that Jerry Dewitt had a venue to speak, and was able to do so in a frictionless manner (by all) was great!


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