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Keith Olbermann Blames Organized Religion for Gay Marriage Delay

Keith Olbermann Blames Organized Religion for Gay Marriage Delay

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Keith Olbermann on Thursday accused organized religion of fighting same-sex marriage in New York and elsewhere because it's good for business.


Olbermann has moved his Countdown program to Current TV, where he used one of his special comments to, first, proclaim that gay marriage is inevitable, and then to blame religion for holding it back.

"Every year the margin by which this country supports this grows," he said of marriage equality. "And within a decade, or perhaps less, it will be universal in this nation. Period."

When gay marriage is legal everywhere, "the opponents will be revealed for carrying water for a larger kind of orthodoxy," Olbermann predicted. "Their church is opposed to same-sex marriage because same-sex marriage means diversity, and diversity means peaceful interactions between members of different groups and religions, and peaceful interactions means fears and prejudices are diminished, and the diminishing means those churches' cartel in the religion business is jeopardized."

Indeed, opponents of marriage equality in New York invoked religious arguments. For example, onetime New York Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree predicted "anarchy" because of a loss of moral values and described heterosexual marriage as "the only relationship that actually mirrors a relationship with God."

Olbermann sees naivete in religious arguments.

"If you think big league religions are only about faith and not at all about business or about keeping people scared, then you have not been paying attention in church or out," he told viewers.

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Lucas Grindley is VP and Editorial Director for Here Media, which is parent company to The Advocate. His Twitter account is filled with politics, Philip Glass appreciation, and adorable photos of his twin toddler daughters.
Lucas Grindley is VP and Editorial Director for Here Media, which is parent company to The Advocate. His Twitter account is filled with politics, Philip Glass appreciation, and adorable photos of his twin toddler daughters.