MSNBC anchor’s comments about Mormon religion under fire

Posted at 7:36 AM, Apr 06, 2012

An anchor on MSNBC is getting some major criticism over his comments about Mitt Romney and his religion.  Romney is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

On the show called "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell," the host talked about how religion plays a key factor in the political debate and then he talked about the Mormon religion.

"Part of Romney's religion problem is that he's a member of a new religion," said O'Donnell on The Last Word aired Tuesday.  "Established religions like Judaism, which is about 4,000 years old and Christianity, which is about 2,000 years old, don't easily warm up to new religions like Romney's which is only 182 years old."

O'Donnell goes on to make comments about how the Mormon religion started.  Watch the video clip to see more of his speech.

O'Donnell's comments have already sparked a war of words with another well-known opinionated anchor.  Fox News' Bill O'Reilly said O'Donnell's comments were a "smear" and if he had said the same thing about Islam or another religion, he would have been immediately fired.