Those of you who had March 2, 2010 in the “When Will Glenn Beck Say Something to Get Himself Kicked Off the Air?” pool would likely be trying to decide where to spend the money, were Beck employed by any network other than Fox News. Beck, maybe the loudest, and certainly the dumbest, figure of the American right, has made headlines and lost sponsors in the past few years for, among other things, accusing President Obama of being a racist, equating the American progressive movement with Nazism and Stalinism, and most recently, declaring that the United States Constitution contains no guarantee of a right to teeth.
Yeah, Glenn’s an idiot. But this time he may have gone too far. The latest target of his incoherent, flailing demagoguery is . . . Christianity.
Not all of Christianity, and not all Christians — just those that want to use their church as a tool to help the less fortunate. Those commie bastards. “I beg you,” Beck told his radio audience on March 2,
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. . . . Am I advising people to leave their church? Yes! . . .
If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish. Go alert your bishop and tell them, “Excuse me, are you down with this whole social justice thing?” If it’s my church, I’m alerting the church authorities: “Excuse me, what’s this social justice thing?” And if they say, “Yeah, we’re all in on this social justice thing,” I am in the wrong place.
By the way, it is his church, despite Glenn’s protests to the contrary. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been all in on this social justice thing since the days before Utah was a state. Sure, they were slow to come around on the whole “equality of women and non-whites” thing, but they’ve always been reliable when it comes to feeding the poor and taking care of the sick.
It took about a week, but word has finally gotten round, and people are starting to get a little pissed at Glenn and these latest incredibly stupid things he said. You’ll find no better, more thrilling rebuke than this one from film critic, and the best blogger on the internet, Roger Ebert:
I was on the brink of picking up the phone and asking Francis Cardinal George if he was down on this whole social justice thing, but then I recalled that I no longer use the telephone. Do you suppose the cardinal texts? I know some priests pretty well, and two ministers I went to high school with, and a rabbi, and I have a Muslim friend who teaches that faith in Chicago universities, and I work with a Buddhist, but it’s no use asking them. They’re all down on this social justice thing.
What are the words “social justice” code for? Why, Nazism and Communism, says Beck: “Social justice was the rallying cry — economic justice and social justice — the rallying cry on both the communist front and the fascist front.” Beck even went so far as to cite Jesus Christ, saying, and I quote: “Nowhere does Jesus say, Hey, if somebody asks for your shirt, give your coat to the government and have the government give them a pair of slacks.” Well, Beck has me there. It is quite true that nowhere does Jesus say that. Nor, for that matter, does he ever say, A wop bop a lu bop, a wop bam boom! . . .
What is social justice, anyway? I think it involves civil rights and liberties. It involves a trial in a fair legal system. It involves freedom of speech and the practice, or non-practice, of religion. It involves a living wage and decent working conditions. As my father often repeated, “A fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay.” Which of these areas does Glenn Beck believe the Communists and Nazis excelled in? . . .
Beck has strayed way, way off beyond conservatism, to a land where reason itself is an evil conspiracy. . . . Does Glenn Beck speak for average Americans? His logic indicates they must be attending churches that preach Communism and Nazism from the pulpit every Sunday. Why are they so slow to catch on? Now that Beck has alerted them, where can they flee to worship? What will become of them? They have been cast out into the wilderness, where nothing makes sense anymore. The lonely, barren, ignorant wilderness, silent but for the gnashing of Glenn Beck.
Read Ebert’s entire post on Glenn Beck’s idiotic stand against social justice.