The Thing About Glenn Beck Is

Posted: March 19, 2010 in Uncategorized
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…no matter how ridiculous he is, some things need a response before one can sleep.

Beck and U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) went on a self-righteous rant about the upcoming vote on health care reform legislation this weekend, possibly on Sunday. Here’s the transcript:

Speaking on the Glenn Beck show, King said a vote on the Sabbath was sacreligious.

“They intend to vote on the Sabbath, during Lent, to take away the liberty that we have right from God,” he said.

Beck agreed.

“Here is a group of people that have so perverted our faith and our hope and our charity, that is a — this is an affront to God,” Beck said.

“But I think it’s absolutely appropriate that these people are trying to put the nail in the coffin on our country on a Sunday — something our founders would have never, ever, ever done. Out of respect for God,” Beck added.

Here’s the audio.

Now, before I go into this, let me say that, in general, I have no problem with an argument that ties one’s faith and understanding of God to politics (you may have noticed). But I do have a problem, like my priest used to say, with stupid Christians. King and Beck might want to flip through their copy of the New Testament. There are some slightly inconvenient passages in there. For example:

He left that place and entered their synagogue; 10a man was there with a withered hand, and they asked him, ‘Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath?’ so that they might accuse him. 11He said to them, ‘Suppose one of you has only one sheep and it falls into a pit on the sabbath; will you not lay hold of it and lift it out? 12How much more valuable is a human being than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath.’ 13Then he said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and it was restored, as sound as the other. 14But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.

I’m not exactly a fan of the current health care reform legislation. So much was bargained away, or given away for nothing in return. And watching House progressives display their characteristic lack of strategy and backbone was a sight to see, even after the supplemental war funding vote fiascoes of the last year. I certainly don’t cast Democrats in the role of Jesus. But the fake outrage–shouting God’s name from the rafters–over a vote intended to make broken bodies whole on a Sunday…well, Beck and King should think about the role into which they’re casting themselves.

UPDATE: Much has been said already about Glenn Beck’s awful stunt attacking the phrase “social justice” in Christian teaching. I won’t go into the full range of the stupidity here. I’ll just make two observations.

Here’s the video of his little stunt:

Uh, small point, Mr. Beck. If you want to go all “biblical” on us, you’re signing up for a far, far more radical version of property redistribution than that being pushed by the Democratic Party. As part of an ideological movement that loves Leviticus so much, I find it hard to believe you never heard of the year of Jubilee. You know…the twice-a-century reset of wealth and land holdings. This is widely held as being the referent for Jesus’ declared “year of the Lord’s favor” when he begins his public life in the synagogue.

Beck’s assault continued assault on “social justice” degenerated into the sort of name-game hat tricks he’s known for. See here and skip to 1:00 in. (I don’t go in for Lawrence O’Donnell/Keith Olbermann, by the way…this is just the only clip I could find on short notice):

America, I’d like to alert you to another code word:

People’s Republic of China
Democratic Republic of Congo
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Etc., etc….

So what do we think about Republicans? We should think the same thing we thought about them before, because I’ve just made a ridiculous insinuation.

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