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Glenn Beck Nails Himself to the Cross as Christian Groups Protest “Social Justice” Slurs

Reported by Alex - March 12, 2010 -

Who would have predicted this: Glenn Beck, the prophet of doom, and aspiring Saviour of the Nation, has finally pissed off the Christians. And I don’t mean only the progressive Christians who, like so many Americans, have pretty much ignored his lunatic ravings all along. Nope, he’s done gone and riled up the middle-of-the road and even some conservative Christians, and now they’re fightin’ mad. So mad, in fact, that Sojourners, the online presence of well-known progressive pastor Jim Wallis, has put up a petition page where Christians of all stripes can go to tell Beck off, and has suggested “turning off Glenn Beck”. Meanwhile, cry-baby Beck is back-pedalling like mad, saying that when he implored Christians to leave churches which advocate for social or economic justice he only meant churches which advocate big government policies. And here’s the best part: all of a sudden Glenn Beck is a staunch advocate of the wall of separation between church and state! Bwaaaahahahaha!
With audio and video.

Update: Jim Wallis, whose petition had over 20,000 signatures as of early this evening, has challenged Beck to a public debate on Beck's show. H/T Cuentame.

This issue has taken a while to build, with Beck drip-feeding the “‘social justice’ is code for Marxism/Communism/Fascism/the end of America” meme into the brains of his radio audience on and off since as far back as last May if not before. In December he railed against pastors and rabbis who preach “social justice” and “economic justice”, the “Marxist codewords” for the “new global order”. Oh, and preaching about healthcare is wrong too: “Go three clicks from your church website and you’ll be at HCAN!” But he really only picked up a full head of steam this month when he began exhorting people to leave their churches if they preach social justice:

“I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read all of the passages of the Bible as you want to read them and as your church wants to preach them are going to come under the ropes in the next year. If it lasts that long it will be the next year. I beg you, look for the words ’social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words.
Now, am I advising people to leave their church? ….. YES!”
(Glenn Beck Program, March 2 – listen here)

And then there was this later that day on his evening show, as Beck waved around little cards with Nazi and Soviet Communist insignia on them and displayed the words SOCIAL JUSTICE on his fake 1950’s teevee:
"Both the communists, who are on the left -- they say -- you know, these are communists. And the Nazis are on the right," Beck said. "That's what people say. But they both subscribed to one philosophy, and they flew one banner. One had the hammer and sickle; the other was a swastika. But on each banner read the words, here in America, of this -- 'social justice.' They talked about economic justice, rights of the workers, redistribution of wealth, and surprisingly -- I love this -- democracy."

Beck told his radio audience, “Ask your Bishop, are you down with this social justice thing?” Yo,yo,yo, Beck, check it out – a lot of Christians ain’t down with your "thing" about social justice. According to last night’s Raw Story,
- Bread for the World, a Christian group devoted to eradicating world hunger, has started a petition to demand that Beck stop spreading "misinformation and fear" through his radio and TV broadcasts; and
-The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, a group advocating -- among other things -- nuclear disarmament and responsible environmental policies, has started a campaign to raise money towards a video rebuking Beck's assertion.

Today’s New York Times reports,
The Rev. Jim Wallis, who leads the liberal Christian antipoverty group Sojourners, in Washington, called on Christians to leave Glenn Beck.
“What he has said attacks the very heart of our Christian faith, and Christians should no longer watch his show,” Mr. Wallis wrote on his blog, God’s Politics. “His show should now be in the same category as Howard Stern.”

Oooooh, that's gotta hurt. But it's not only the progressives. Conservative Catholic blogger Joe Carter was scathing at First Things:
Could Beck’s claim be construed as “anti-Catholic?” Yes and no. I think if anyone else had made the remark it would have been hard to dismiss the anti-Catholic undertones. But Beck is a special case: He is too prone to say any dumb thing that pops into his head and too ignorant about history and religion to truly understand the implications of his statement. This doesn’t excuse him, of course, but it certainly is reason not to be too shocked when a self-professed “rodeo clown” advises people to leave their churches over Catholic “code words” like social justice.

Ignorant indeed. Beck said today that individual acts of charity are acceptable to him (gee, thanks, Glenn), but as Rev. James Martin S.J., editor of the liberal Jesuit magazine America, comments in an excellent article with an equally excellent title, Glenn Beck to Jesus: Drop Dead,
“[O]ur responsibility to care for “the least of these” does not end with simple charity. Giving someone some money, or clothes, or shelter, is an important part of the Christian message. But so is advocating for them. It is not enough simply to help the poor; one must address the structures that keep them that way. Standing up for the rights of the poor is not being a Nazi, it’s being Christian. And Communist, as Mr. Beck suggests? It’s hard not to think of the retort of the great apostle of social justice, Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife, ‘When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.’

Glenn’s own Mormon church ain’t too down with Glenn’s Gospel of Individual Piety, either:
Philip Barlow, the Arrington professor of Mormon history and culture at Utah State University, said, “One way to read the Book of Mormon is that it’s a vast tract on social justice.”
“A lot of Latter-day Saints would think that Beck was asking them to leave their own church,” he said.
Mr. Barlow said that just this year, the church’s highest authority, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, issued a new “Handbook of Instructions” in which they revised the church’s “threefold mission” and added a fourth mission statement: Care for the poor.

So, with the cries of the affronted faithful ringing in his ears, Glenn Beck, Uber-Patriot and Leader of the 9/12 Movement, spent this afternoon doing what any fine, upstanding, patriotic movement leader would do: he backpedaled. Like mad. And whined. Example:
Jim Wallis comes out and he has started to attack me personally because I said in this program that "social justice" is code language for Big Government...If your church is preaching social and economic justice you'd better do some digging and find out what that means, because if that means Big Government, then you don’t have a church, you have an organ of the government. Separation of church and state! It's weird that I have to argue with someone like Jim Wallis about the separation of church and state!!

Yep, it’s weird all right, Glenn, given that you are on record as having said this:
“Progressives have built up this wall of separation between church and state and it's nonsense. It is not what we were founded on. We were found on 10 little safety tips that nobody can even put in any public building anymore or dare we utter them. Let's take down that fictional wall. It never existed. It was to protect the churches. Save the republic...”

Score so far: one whine, one lie. Beck continued,
Now, of your church is talking about social justice [this was said in a sneering, sarcastic tone] in the way that you empower yourself to go out and help the poor, then that’s exactly what Jesus, or Allah, or Buddha, or whoever it is, would like you to do...so now they're ramping up a boycott on Christians, to boycott our show. Look out, here it comes again, gang: THE SMEAR. (Audio1, below)

The score now: two whines, one lie, and one backflip, followed by more of the same:
- We are gonna receive an awful lot of heat...and come under attack...and receive death threats...I AM THE ENEMY..YES.I.AM. Why such a concerted effort to silence me? Because I have the answer... (audio 2)
- "There's a lot of people that will say 'social justice,' and some people don't mean Marxism, but others do" (Audio 3 -This clip is so full of guff it deserves a post of its own – have a listen)

More ranting here and here. This last clip (Audio 4) is a real beaut, a classic example of Glenn Bck's Messiah complex:
“I told you six or eight months ago: they are going to try to separate you from me... and if I don’t survive, I don’t survive…that’s ok…I’m doing the best I can…I have no regrets…but just know, they are going to try to separate me from you, and they will do it with lies."

I swear, if you listen carefully enough you can hear the nails going in.

H/T News Corpse

Audio 1

Audio 2

Audio 3

Audio 4