Beck against Christianity

"On his daily radio and television shows last week, Fox News personality Glenn Beck set out to convince his audience that "social justice," the term many Christian churches use to describe their efforts to address poverty and human rights, is a "code word" for communism and Nazism. Beck urged Christians to discuss the term with their priests and to leave their churches if leaders would not reconsider their emphasis on 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!" "    Politics Daily


The Catholic Church has many problems, but its teaching with regard to "social justice" is not one of them.  Glenn Beck has now drawn a line in the sand between the emerging proto-fascist political  forces that he seems to want to lead and a 2,000 year old religion with 1.2 billion adherents.  He urges Catholics and other Christians to leave their churches?  What does he offer in exchange?  He likes to talk about the Nazis and the Communists.  What will his movement be called?  pl

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36 Responses to Beck against Christianity

  1. Matthew says:

    Answer: The Fountainhead.
    Isn’t that the “ethics” of selfishness he espouses anyway?

  2. J says:

    Beck and his ‘little beckies’ will be called NazComms or is it CommNaz’s. Hmm….putzs’ anyway they’re spelled.

  3. Lee says:

    I suppose history is riddled with demagogues whose sanity could be called into question by the majority. But their voice and absurd conspiracy theories could only be heard within shouting distance within their small home towns and cities.
    What happens now that a for profit media empire gives this “logically-impaired crackpot” the power to reach the four corners of the world, with prime time television and radio shows?
    For what purpose does this company seek to profit from such insane ranting?
    To what dark end do we find ourselves with such a large audience tuning in daily, hanging on every twisted illogical chalkboard conspiracy? Beck’s analysis and chalk-lines are purely “non-euclidean” -his utterances follow his own unique laws of logic and association.
    I’m reminded of “Rwandan Radio” and the mind-poison it spread and eventual ‘trigger’ it pulled.
    I’m also reminded of still more distant times and voices, that an entire generation had to rise up and fight to silence.
    History repeats itself, but never so precisely.
    Yet, it does repeat.
    But does it repeat because the good amongst us remained and continues to remain silent?
    You have a voice and an audience, dear Col.
    Please, keep ‘fighting’ and never stay silent.

  4. Chicagoan says:

    Since Beck is a Mormon it’s possible he doesn’t realize exactly how offensive this is and why. As a Mormon I would hope he would understand the value of religious tolerance.

  5. N. M. Salamon says:

    Very nicely put. Colonel your posting of the problem and your comments are very greatly appreciated.

  6. Castellio says:

    The path the Nazis took: replace universalist ethics with nationalist demagoguery.

  7. BillWade, Nh says:

    I never have paid attention to this guy. There’s nothing more I can say.

  8. frank durkee says:

    The irony here is simply that the Kingdom, from whence come the social Justice teachings of the Gospel and the church, is at the center of Jesus’ ministry and God’s clear intent as set out in Scripture.
    Fr. Frank Durkee

  9. anna missed says:

    It was Karl Marx who wrote;”(religion) is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness. The demand to give up the illusion about its condition is the demand to give up a condition which needs illusions.”
    So according to Glenn Beck, “social justice” (as preached by Christianity) is a code word, and by implication, an illusion created as the harbinger of communism? I guess this makes Marx and Beck in agreement about the deceptive nature of religion, for exactly opposite reasons.
    I bet Joe Stalin could straighten all this out.

  10. rjj says:

    Beck’s audience knows Hayek’s warnings about demagogues, crackpots, crusaders, and the Doers of Good flying the banner of Social/Economic Justice. The anti- message establishes he is none of those things (demagogue, crackpot, etc.)
    Apparently The Doing of Good has a lot in common with fragrans flatorum suorum.
    From Father Coughlin’s 1934 “NATIONAL UNION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE” recruitment brochure:

    God wills it !
    This is the new call to arms —not to become cannon fodder for the greedy system of an outworn capitalism nor factory fodder for the slave whip of communism.
    This is the new call to arms for the establishment of social justice !
    God wills it! Do you?

    Link to Father Coughlin’s broadcasts.

  11. rjj says:

    In case it is not clear, I mean Beck is merely flying the banner upside down.

  12. SubKommander Dred says:

    I think that wanker (Beck) is so tweaked on cheap methamphetamine (badly cut with drain cleaner) that it’s become a total freak show from his side of the screen. I don’t understand how he’s been able to go on this long…a guy like that, you know sooner or later, something is gonna pop. Beck is the kind of guy who eventually is found face down dead in a hotel swimming pool early one morning, wearing only a garter belt, stockings and heels. He’s a total freakout manic crazy clown juggling hand grenades and pulling the pins with his teeth. It’s a preposterous show on a ridiculous network, viewed by and adviser to millions of my fellow Americans, who don’t want any of that intellectual learnin’ stuff and other mumbo jumbo; you just keep that Commie Socialist hippie crap away from me, boy!
    Yes, it’s back to future for our boy, Beck. The Militia Movement and the anti-government paranioa of the New World Order of the 1990s have arisen, like Dr Phibes after a lengthy sleep, and it’s got that mutant, John Birch Society mojo going for it now. Tie that up with a cockroach like Beck and you get something really ugly brewing in this country.
    Pete Deer

  13. s nadh says:

    They should call it: Myra Breckinridge. As in obtuse, rounded at the pointy ends. Civilization is crumbling.

  14. Paul Escobar says:

    I don’t agree with Pat’s sentiment: “What does he offer in exchange?
    Beck aims his M16 at the equilvalent of sloths. The weaker & more gentile the game, the better (Catholics, aging hippies, 3rd world relics, etc.).
    Meanwhile, his political opponents are busy aiming wobbly bows & arrows at the equivalent of pumas & cheetahs (the banking system, housing crisis, empire, etc.).
    For a raging population yearning to hunt, Beck offers easy game.

  15. different clue says:

    From what I have read, Beck has caused enough sponsors to de-sponsor his show that his show is now costing Fox News a little bit of money. Since Rupert Murdoch owns Fox News, that means that Beck is costing Murdoch a little bit of money.
    But Murdoch supports the vision of society and human relations which Beck is advancing. Rupert is willing to spend many millions of dollars to keep Beck on the air in hopes of making America Beckist. If people of other countries fear a Beckist America, perhaps they could organize a world wide boycott against
    all bussinesses which buy any ads in any Murdoch properties. Perhaps such a movement could cost Murdoch so much money worldwide that Murdoch would cancel the Beck show to make the economic pain stop. But without such a movement, we will never know.

  16. johnf says:

    There’s a reason why the Catholic Church has been opened to so much vilification in recent years, and why paedophilia amongst a few of its priests has been given so much prominence.
    The Catholic Church is the last major institution in the West which stands up, unremittingly, for the poor, and which opposed, absolutely, the Iraq War.
    (The BBC can’t decide which side of the divide it stands on).
    I take pride in that.

  17. Trent says:

    Whenever somebody posits the Nazis without discussing German policy towards the Jews from ’33 to ’45 they mark themselves as assholes. Technically the term “asshole” could include the naive, ignorant, stupid or disingenuous. My Jewish classmates at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem called the non-contextual invocation of Nazis, “manipulative” and “wanky.”

  18. He and his ilk of televangelists and assorted oddballs are neo-Fascists.
    I explain in some detail the 19th century historical roots of Fundamentalist Christian Zionism, its relationship to 19th and 20th century Fascist and Imperialist currents, and its penetration of the Republican (and Democratic) parties in the US. “Dark Crusade: Christian Zionism and US Foreign Policy” (London: Tauris, 2009).
    Of course, we can put aside the issue of whether or not Mormans are Christians. I do not cover Mormanism in my book as it needs separate treatment.
    We do note that the Pentecostalist Fundamentalist Sarah Palin sports an Israel flag pin…having been duly “discovered” by the Neocons.
    A number of authors (scholars, journalists, writers) have explored the issue of US fundamentalism and neo-Fascism including:
    Chris Hedges, American Fascists. The Christian Right and the War on America (New York: Free Press, 2006)
    Sarah Posner, God’s Profits. Faith, Fraud and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters (Sausalito: PoliPoint Press, 2008)
    What we are seeing on the political stage today in the US is in effect a replay of the 1930s activity of the “American Liberty League” a Wall Street led Fascist lobby railing against the New Deal and Franklin Roosevelt. The League backed all manner of “conservative” groups and spokespersons across the US. The Landon Campaign in 1936 and the Republican Party itself disavowed the Liberty League.
    The post World War II so-called “Conservative Movement” picked up where the prewar American Liberty League left off.
    Significant elements of the “Conservative Movement” had the goal of penetrating the Republican Party and taking it over. Mission about accomplished these days. Thus the Republican Party today is NOT the party of Ike or even Bob Taft…it is something quite different.
    The “Conservative Movement” also penetrates the Democratic Party via the Liebermans etal….
    From an analytical perspective (and counterintelligence) just where did/does the Australian Murdoch get his financing and powerful backing? Whose (foreign and transnational) interests is he serving?
    “Ayn Rand” that is Alissa Rosenbaum was a Nietzschean IMO…supermen beyond good and evil should be super greedy now shouldn’t they? Real “American Values”…right.

  19. Dan M says:

    There’s a bank of TVs in front of my desk at work. Every day at 4, (or 5?) when Mr. Beck comes on we take a coffee break to watch the mad scribbling, the flailing and the facial contortions. We ponder why seemingly innocuous words like “justice” are triple underlined on his blackboard. Then we go back to work refreshed (we always leave the sound off).
    Any rate, here’s a link to Hofstadter’s “Paranoid Style in American Politics.”
    It even has a bit about the 19th century “Jesuit scare.”

  20. Fnord says:

    Hey, its pure Satanism. Read LaVey or any of the other satanists. All requirements of a individual by his/hers community is a sin against the ubermensch ability to act freely. Compassion is sin. Ayn Rand with a active evil twist.

  21. 505thPIR says:

    No statistic is more damning of our public education system than the numbers of people who actually take Beck seriously and follow his lead. None.

  22. jamzo says:

    bishop fulton j sheen had a tv show in the fifties where he talked about christianity, catholiicism and anti-communism
    he had no guests and he wrote on a blackboard to highlight ideas he expressed during his lecture
    i was reminded of this when i saw that glen beck used a blackboard in the same way
    i wondered if it was coincidence or if he was imitating the bishop

  23. Cieran says:

    There’s a reason why the Catholic Church has been opened to so much vilification in recent years, and why paedophilia amongst a few of its priests has been given so much prominence.
    Well, since the so-called “conservatives” decided to declare war on Islam (with something like 1.5 billion adherents), apparently their great success on that front has inspired them to declare war on Catholicism (with something like another 1.2 billion adherents).
    The silver lining in all this wingnut nonsense is that these idiots will soon run out of major world religions to pick fights with.

  24. In my book, I explain how a certain young Fundamentalist Christian Zionist preacher, Billy Graham, was picked up and promoted by the powerful Hearst and Luce press in the post WWII era of the 1940s and 1950s.
    Graham, who became a co-called “spiritual advisor” to US presidents, was a useful tool for the liberty League elements of the Wall Street crowd who regrouped after WWII. His “antiCommunist” 1957 “Crusade” in New York City was underwritten by Wall Streeters.
    The role model for “Billy” Graham in some ways was “Billy” Sunday, whom Wall Street also backed against the “Socialist” agitators of his day.
    Some would have us believe that the doctrines of Graham and his ilk represent a sort of an “American” national religion.
    Beck and Hagee and the late Falwell and such fall into this category of promoting some supposed “American” religion.
    What we are looking at the the phenomenon of certain elites manipulating mass politics through various “bases.” Julius Caesar and the Mob(s) etc.
    The cult of Caesar, the Imperial Cult, becomes transformed in the USA to the Fundamentalist Cult asserting itself as the Imperial Cult in League with its pro-Israel Zionist brethren.
    Instead of post WWII “antiCommunist” Crusades, we now have anti-Muslim crusades…
    The overall technique of using Christian Zionist mass movements for domestic and foreign policy purposes was of course developed and implemented by Lord Palermerston in England circa 1839-1840….
    For Graham see

  25. Scolomin says:

    This is the same man (Beck) who called the wife of a competing dj and made fun of her recent miscarriage during his radio show. He’s much more careful now.

  26. Thomas says:

    Beck does realize US “others” have the second ammendment right too?
    A trip to the mall with a Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods to get a basic rifle or shotgun. Or a roadtrip to the Ft. Bragg area pawn shops for the more specialized goodies. Either way, what makes these factions think no one will fight back? Because they can silence them from Print News, TV and Radio? Internet is more powerful in this century (credible views and voices are read world wide in real time).
    In the worst case nightmare that the New American Fascists come (back) to power, their arrogance, ideological blinders, and basic feeblemindedness will make it a rather short stay, though severally damaging.
    With regards to our fellow citzens following folks like Beck, how many are psychologically/spirtually off balance by the recent events in the world? The people I know have a world outlook based on Revelations and Daniel. We have seen how operatives use this to manipulate them for political power and wealth. And what kind of backlash is awaiting when people realize they have been played? No one likes being made a fool.
    As the threads here have been indicating recently, it is time for the United States to take a step back and assess the situation as adults. If we can’t resolve our issues, well then let US crash with everyone’s eyes open. No more “if we only knew” excuses.

  27. Castellio says:

    I’m not sure if this is what Trent had in mind, but here is an article in Truthout relating Beck to Julius Streicher…

  28. Thomas,
    The “Revelation and Daniel” stuff you mention is part of the Fundamentalist cultic ideology and relates specifically to the doctrines of “Dispensationalism.”
    There has been a growing Fundamentalist subculture in the US since about the time of the Civil War/War Between the States. By World War I, this subculture was well established.
    Specialists estimate roughly about 25 million Americans fall into the hard core Fundamentalist/Christian Zionist category. Sixteen million South Baptist Convention plus 9 million various Pentecostals and Charismatics etc.
    Fundi leaders like Hagee boast about 50 to 100 million but this seems somewhat exaggerated to me.
    As I noted earlier in this thread, Christian Zionism was a cult established in the United Kingdom in the early 1800s by a number of oddballs, including John Nelson Darby (defrocked British priest) the man who spread the cult in the US between about 1859 and 1872. This is the origin of what evolved into American “Fundamentalism” by the end of the 19th century and early 20th prior to WWI.
    In the UK, the cult was useful, as domestic political backing, to Lord Palmerston in his Middle East diplomacy which favored the creation of a Jewish entity in Palestine and support of Turkey against Russia. Palmerston created this policy in about 1839-1840.
    My book “Dark Crusade” (London: Tauris, 2009) gets into all this in some detail. Focusing more on the political, however, I do not go into an extensive analysis of the cultic ideology of these people.
    Father Stephen Sizer in the UK presents an extensive technical analysis, from a traditional Christian perspective, of the cultic ideology in his book: Christian Zionism. Road to Armegeddon? (Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 2004). Rev. Don Wagner in the US has also written extensively from a technical theological perspective on the Dispensationalist- Fundamentalist-Christian Zionist cult ideology.
    The cult ideology and doctines were established by the late 1840s, so what is coming out of Hagee’s mouth these days is a recycling of the established century and a half old cult doctrine.
    In my book, I examine and explain how this “voter block” or “base” of Christian Zionists has operated politically and has been used politically in the US.

  29. walrus says:

    Mr. Kiracofe,
    “From an analytical perspective (and counterintelligence) just where did/does the Australian Murdoch get his financing and powerful backing? Whose (foreign and transnational) interests is he serving?”
    My guess is that Murdoch made a Faustian deal with the American Jewish lobby when News Limited almost went into bankruptcy.
    Murdoch forces his editors into self censorship. A simple check to see if any Murdoch publication has ever said anything seriously negative about Israel, or seriously positive about Palestinians should confirm my guess.

  30. Thomas says:

    Thank you for the response. I would agree with the 25 million figure with 1/3 being activists (attending special meetings, volunteering, proselytizing, etc.). The followers of this ideology have had their world turned upside down with recent events and the Neo-conservatives used it for all its worth. Unfortunately.
    The Manipulators are the ones to focus on as they can still instigate an Armageddon, but the results won’t be what they expect. One could say of World War One, five empires entered only one came out, and not for long.
    I see changes for the positive coming. Many of us want to move on with life and are weary of the inept craziness. Influential common sense Consevatives understand they need to rein in the radicals or they won’t have a say in matters for a long time. While checking e-mail today, the MSN page had an article about political quitters. George Will had a recent column about Palin being an unelectable. So steps are being taken. It will be interesting to see how Tea Party style candidates do in the upcoming primary and general elections.
    With regards to Murdoch, I was fascinated by his overwhelming bids for the NFL and Nascar TV rights in the early 1990s. His financiers would accept such sunk costs if it allowed them to establish a US media presence to push their long term political goals and it did. Their overall problem is the lack of understanding in the everchanging human dynamic. Interesting times we live in.
    Always enjoy reading your posts.

  31. Castellio says:

    Interesting second to last paragraph, Thomas. Have you followed the Goldman Sachs support for the Asper family purchases, and now, due to the Canwest bankruptcy, the fight between Goldman Sachs and Shaw….
    It goes on…

  32. Thomas says:

    No, I will pay the story attention now. Thanks.

  33. Adam L Silverman says:

    To understand Murdoch, as well as where his financing, or rather his willingness to run (parts of) NewsCorp on a deficit, Wolffe’s “The Man Who Owns the News” is the must read.

  34. Castelliio says:

    Thanks, Adam.

  35. Nelson says:

    Jesus preached social justice.
    Jesus healed the poor.
    Jesus brought Lazarus back to life without asking him for an insurance card.
    Jesus was poor, he was born in a manger. But he fed the poor and promoted the “common good”.

  36. Hi I’m from Spain
    Many things are not understood but I think I understood much
    Sorry for my bad English

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