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Cowardly Beck Dodges Debate Over His Social Justice Attacks

Reported by Ellen - March 17, 2010 -

As News Hounds’ Alex noted, Beck has been walking back his attack on “social justice” by saying that when he told his listeners to “run as fast as you can” if they found the words “social justice” or “economic justice” on their church’s web site, what he really meant was that “social justice" is code language for Big Government and that his audience “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.” Ever the thin-skinned one when it's his widdle feewings at stake, Beck was obviously reeling from the barrage of condemnation his remarks evoked from Christians around the political spectrum. But instead of accepting Rev. Jim Wallis’ challenge for a public debate, Beck responded by doing a special show yesterday (3/16/10) on “faith, hope and charity.” Rather than debate, Beck spoke only to a guest who agreed with his new interpretation of his comments and helped him pretend that it was only liberals masquerading as Christians who were criticizing him. With video.

The guest was the ultra conservative David Barton, a player in the Texas curriculum controversy that Priscilla has covered so well. As Alex has posted about him, Barton is a religious extremist in the form of a pseudohistorian who has hobnobbed with neo-Nazis. But there was no mention of Barton's controversial (some might say "radical" profile) on the "we report, you decide" network. He was presented with an innocuous introduction as “the founder and president of Wallbuilders” and the author of a book (which we will not plug by naming).

At the beginning of the segment, Beck said, “I’m under attack now from the quote, unquote Christian community. It’s not the Christian community, it’s the progressive community covering themselves or wearing the mask of Christianity.”

Maybe it soothed Beck’s fragile ego to claim that the Christians attacking him were progressives – the supposedly dirty word Beck hurls at everyone he doesn’t like – but the truth, as he surely knew, was that Beck’s "social justice" comments have been criticized by a conservative Catholic blogger and a Mormon professor at Utah State University.

Sympathetically hostile, Barton wasted no time joining the fight. “The religious left community is... I’ll say this so you don’t get in trouble, really more concerned about government than they are about Scriptural truth or even about God helping people. They want government to be the mechanism.”

Beck, seemingly forgetting what he had really meant, went back to his anti-social-justice jihad. He now said social justice is “a very clever trick that has been played on many Americans because they don’t know its roots.”

Not even Barton wanted to go there. He said social justice “is a good thing but the deal is that it’s to be handled by churches, synagogues, and individuals, not by government. The problem with social justice is, who delivers.”

Beck went back to his previous “what I really meant about social justice” stance, and said, “Right.”

Barton gave the viewers a little “history lesson” about social justice being hijacked by secular liberals. Given Barton’s very questionable history on history, I didn’t pay much attention.

Beck, perhaps seizing on yet a new explanation of his views, said, “What I’ve been saying is, all these things (faith, hope and charity) have been rotted.” He went on to read an excerpt from Benjamin Franklin saying that the "best way" of helping the poor is "leading or driving them" out of poverty, not to give them "public provisions."

So if Beck is so fired up about his belief and he’s being unfairly persecuted by fake Christians, why isn’t he willing to confront them face-to-face in public?

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