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Sunday, March 14, 2010

WHY DOES GLENN BECK HATE JESUS?



Amy Sullivan, writing in Time Magazine, asks the quesstion.  I've said on various blogs covering this latest embarrassement from FOX News' leading crackpot that Beck apparently knows nothing about Chritianity and even less about his adopted faith, Mormonism.

When Beck urged his listeners and viewers to leave their churches should they hear their pastors talk about "social justice" or "economic justice" because those are code words for "Communism" and "Nazism," he knew he would get the attention he so desperately craves and needs to keep his audience tuned in to listen to his paranoia.  He needs listeners to keep his ratings high and, therefore, justify the obscene amounts of money he receives to spread his lies and disinformation.  The problem for Beck is that he has to keep topping himself with more and more idiotic irrationalities and brainless theses-- his claim that social justice is a form of  Communism and Nazism.  He should have checked with the Elders of his own Church before he made a colossal ass of himself. 

Apparently, Beck crossed a line here.  You don't mess around with Jesus in America.  Beck did, and he's reaping the whirlwind that he so richly deserves.

Give a fool enough rope, and eventually he'll hang himself.  Good job, Glenn.

Why Does Glenn Beck Hate Jesus?



Posted by Amy Sullivan Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 4:40 am

When Glenn Beck told listeners of his radio show on March 2 that they should "run as fast as you can" from any church that preached "social or economic justice" because those were code words for Communism and Nazism, he probably thought he was tweaking a few crunchy religious liberals who didn't listen to the show anyway. Instead he managed to outrage Christians in most mainline Protestant denominations, African-American congregations, Hispanic churches, and Catholics--who first heard the term "social justice" in papal encyclicals and have a little something in their tradition called "Catholic social teaching." (Not to mention the teaching of a certain fellow from Nazareth who was always blathering on about justice...)



He also managed to bring the National Council of Churches--once a powerful umbrella organization for Christian churches--out from hibernation, in the form of a withering response from leader Peg Chemberlin. Progressive evangelical leader Jim Wallis, taking a page from his conservative counterparts, is calling for Christians to boycott Beck's shows. And Beck has given the folks who come up with slogans every week for church signs plenty of material to work with.After initially doubling-down on his statements, Beck is now trying to walk them back somewhat, making a distinction between religious injunctions for individuals to help the poor and the broader notion that society has an obligation to care for the "least of these." But as religious scholar and blogger Mark Silk points out, that's not what Beck's own tradition--the Latter-Day Saints--believes:

"Not to belabor the point, but the Judeo-Christian tradition from which Beck's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints springs expects the poor to be provided for as a matter of public law. And indeed, in the days when the LDS Church ran its corner of North America as a theocracy, that's just what it did."

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

From Media Matters, which has been doing research on Beck's past:

The animosity between Beck and Kelly continued to deepen. When Beck and Hattrick produced a local version of Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" for Halloween -- a recurring motif in Beck's life and career -- Kelly told a local reporter that the bit was a stupid rip-off of a syndicated gag. The slight outraged Beck, who got his revenge with what may rank as one of the cruelest bits in the history of morning radio. "A couple days after Kelly's wife, Terry, had a miscarriage, Beck called her live on the air and says, 'We hear you had a miscarriage,' " remembers Brad Miller, a former Y95 DJ and Clear Channel programmer. "When Terry said, 'Yes,' Beck proceeded to joke about how Bruce [Kelly] apparently can't do anything right -- about he can't even have a baby."

"It was low class," says Miller, now president of Open Stream Broadcasting. "There are certain places you just don't go."

"Beck turned Y95 into a guerrilla station," says Kelly. "It was an example of the zoo thing getting out of control. It became just about pissing people off, part of the culture shift that gave us 'Jackass.'" Among those who were appalled by Beck's prank call was Beck's own wife, Claire, who had been friends with Kelly's wife since the two worked together at WPGC.


http://mediamatters.org/blog/200909220037

Some hero you got there you rightwingers.

tnlib said...

The extreme right has no class, they are the cruelest and most mean-spirited group of people I've ever seen, and they are anything but Christian. They are consumed with hatred - not only for the President but for the country they profess to "want back." They have no compassion for their fellow man and everything has to be their way or no way.

Beck and Co., including Pat Robertson, are over the top but still they're the darlings of radio/tv. I guess they bring in the advertisers and revenue is certainly more important than the truth.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Leslie,

I've saved all the comments certain people on the right have written about Mrs. Obama and her campaign to fight childhood obesity.

The remarks are sickening and YES they are indeed racist, including the recent one from someone named Z-Man who compared her to a poop streak in his underwear.

TRUTH 101 said...

The right is quite comparable to the nazis or any other hate based cult. They're favorite propagandists espouse hate of something or several things at every opportunity. They make up "boogeymen." They rewrite history that isn't convenient to their message.
They wrap themselves in the Flag while pissing on what it stands for.

Austin M. said...

Yes, William, I agree with you. These people are accusing Glenn of things he has not done. They say he hates Jesus, when, in fact, he is Morman. He hates the Churches which preach Marxism, in the form of Social Justice. Social Justice is a "code word", if you will, for "Redistribution of Wealth." Stop attacking him, when Jesus says that, "Those who have not sinned may throw the first stone." Have you ever sinned? Then shut up! Don't try to make yourself seem superior to Glenn, simply because you disagree with him. I don't agree with you, and am I spouting lies about you? No, I am not. That is why you need to accept the fact that Glenn is a well-respected individual, and stop attacking him with half-truths.
Thank you,
Austin

JUDGE TRUTH 101 said...

In the late 1800"s the Pope issued an encyclical which came out in support of labor unions. The Catholic Church is pro labor, pro worker and also stands for social justice.


Glenn Beck shows his bigotry against Catholics with his comments. He truly is a religious extremist, no better than the little fat bastard Sadr of Iraq or Mullah Omar.


That the Austin guy, whom I suspect is also the same anonymous guy, supports Beck reveals them for either the mindless fools, or bigots they are.