Friday, March 12, 2010
Beck Attacks the Church...
On the other extreme of certainty, we have Glenn Beck in the news, telling people to leave their progressive, Catholic, Anabaptist churches because they are communists or fascists or whatever it is he's saying. Beck's own words...
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.
Now, first off, I rarely post comments from the lunatic fringe or from the court jesters of the Right (Beck, Limbaugh, Savage, etc). For the most part, I think they just say crazy stuff to get more listeners and, thus, it's best to just ignore them. But, since this is a recent theme around these parts, I thought I'd post his comments.
And I wonder how long before he'll back off his nutty call. After all, he's not only attacking the smaller Anabaptist and progressive types, he's striking at the heart of what many moderates and especially the Catholic Church feel are critical Christian teachings (ie, "Christian teachings" = actual teachings of the Christ, Jesus).
Jim Wallis has called for a boycott on Beck's show. If he turns off all the moderate, Catholic, Anabaptist and Progressive Christians out there, can his show take that kind of a hit? (Of course, the progressive and Anabaptist types probably aren't watching/listening to him anyway, but still...)
Wallis has also offered to go on Beck's show (or any place Beck is willing to meet) to discuss this matter reasonably. That would be interesting, if it were to happen. I sort of doubt that it would, but it might be interesting.
Oh, that Beck were interested in at least a little ambiguity and a lot less hostile attacks on people of faith.