Glenn Beck Defends the Indefensible – his ignorance

You can read and listen to the entire thing here, but Glenn spouts idiotic conspiracy theories that only those who wear ten foil hats and wait for the rapture by aliens from Planet 3145a would believe. He says,

Where I go to church, there are members that preach social justice as members–my faith doesn’t–but the members preach social justice all the time. It is a perversion of the gospel. … You want to help out? You help out. It changes you. That’s what the gospel is all about: You.

No, the Gospel is not about the individual, Glenn. If you listen to him to you know, actually listen to him, then you are blackening your soul and while I couldn’t add it to the list of biblical sins, just yet, I am sure that at the very least, it is unChristian.

And yes, Glenn, even your church teaches social justice.

The LDS have “a vision of a different world, a world where injustice and oppression, poverty and ignorance would be dispelled and a world where men and women would be brothers and sisters” (Alexander B. Morrison, in Church News [14 Oct. 1995]: 4).

According to an LDS organization,

LDS scripture and prophetic teaching speak out strongly for social justice: for peace, equality, democracy, human rights, and wise stewardship of the earth’s resources. Latter-day Saints are enjoined to “plead the cause of the poor and the needy” (D&C 124:75) and to work towards a society in which “there [are] no poor among [us]” (Moses 7:18). We are challenged to “renounce war and proclaim peace” (D&C 98:16). The Book of Mormon teaches that “there should be an equality among all” (Mosiah 27:3) and calls us to stand against racism, gender inequity, and injustice on the principle that “black and white, bond and free, male and female;…all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33). The scriptures commend democracy, constitutional law, and human rights (Mosiah 29:26; D&C 98:5; D&C 101:77), while speaking harshly against inequity, exploitation, oppression, and violence (2 Nephi 20:1-2; 3 Nephi 24:5; D&C 38:26; Moses 8:28). Scripture teaches us that we are stewards of the earth and its resources, which should be used “with judgment, not to excess” (D&C 59:20).

Kent P. Jackson, associate dean of religion at Brigham Young University, said in an interview:

“My own experience as a believing Latter-day Saint over the course of 60 years is that I have seen social justice in practice in every L.D.S. congregation I’ve been in. People endeavor with all of our frailties and shortcomings to love one another and to lift up other people. So if that’s Beck’s definition of social justice, he and I are definitely not on the same team.”

I will tell you this, though, that the next time the missionaries come to my door, the conversation will be short.

“Hello, we are from the Church of  -”

“Wait, before you go on, I’ve got two words”

Awkward pause.

“Glenn Beck”

“Sir, we…”

“Glenn Beck”

“But we…

“Glenn Beck”

If you need a lesson in social justice, read Amos. The Gospels. The bible. The entire bible.

But I know the LORD will help those they persecute; he will give justice to the poor. (Psa 140:12 NLT)

I am not Mormon, nor am I promoting Mormonism, but Glenn is a moron (play on sounds there) and fails to understand even his own dogma and leaders.

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

25 thoughts on “Glenn Beck Defends the Indefensible – his ignorance

  1. In a civilized world, this would be the end of Glenn Beck. He would be relegated to the anonymity that he so richly deserves.

    However, we live in the world that allows Rush Limbaugh to proclaim that he supports family values despite his three divorces and Viagra scandals, and claim to be a role model despite his drug scandals.

    People are blind.

    You’re right, though … Beck isn’t even a good Mormon. Drop the second “m,” though, and you’ve got him nailed.

        1. Some people aren’t lemmings, though…

          freethinker n. One who has rejected authority and dogma, especially in religious thinking, in favor of rational inquiry and speculation.

  2. Joel

    Thanks as always for the scoop on Beck. I find it unbelievable how many people follow him as if he were the new prophet, especially conservative evangelical Christians. It is amazing when aberrant ideology espoused by morons like trumps the Gospel. The man is a disgrace but that unfortunately will neither slow him or his followers down.

    Peace, Steve+

    1. Thank you, Fr. Steve.

      No, people do not tend to listen when you start telling the truth. If I could connect him to the Masons or Illuminati, or the Jesuits, then they would listen.

  3. Supporting and promoting social justice are good Christian acts. They are also good Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Pagan acts. It should be obligatory for all of us if we are to be truly human. Is Glenn Beck part of humanity?

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