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Does Glenn Beck Think We Should Just Pray When We Need Medical Care?

Reported by Ellen - January 8, 2010 -

Glenn Beck was still on his “I’m not a misinformer” tirade yesterday (1/7/10) (and, ironically, still misinforming). Part of yesterday’s polemic was a defense of his attack on health care reform as somehow sacrilegious. “Health care is not a right,” Beck declared. “We all know where the rights come from… God is the grantor of rights, no one else.” With video.

According to Beck, all our rights come from “our Creator,” because the Declaration of Independence says men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” In my view, this does not mean that the Creator is the only endower of rights. Otherwise, you could argue that women’s suffrage is not a God-given right, either.

So, if you lose your job or your health care premiums skyrocket or you come down with what your insurance company calls a “pre-existing condition,” apparently Beck thinks you should just start praying.

Beck seems to think he has a real pipeline to God. Beck went on to accuse progressives, not just of being misguided in their belief that health care is a right, but of using that angle to make other Americans dependent on them, “not dependent on yourself” and, therefore, not respecting God. In other words, better you should die for lack of decent health care than to go against Beck’s idea of God’s will.

Beck closed the segment by suggesting that resisting health care reform is also God’s will. “Disobedience to tyranny is obedience to God,” he said. And it was perfectly clear who he thought was the tyrant.