Stop me if you’ve heard this one:
(Actually, don’t. I like telling it.)
Glenn Beck enters a church riding on a mule. The pastor sees him and says, “Get that jackass out of here!”
“That’s a mule,” Beck protests.
The pastor says, “Shut-up, jackass. I was talking to the mule.”
Faithful America, a group of religious people who don’t wish to be spoken for by the likes of Sarah Palin or the Tea Party movement, has launched an ad campaign against Glenn Beck, reminding us of his attack on churches that promote social justice from earlier this year, and arguing that Beck’s insistence that Christians leave such churches on the grounds that they are analogous to Nazi and communist dictatorships is directly contradictory of the Bible’s teachings regarding loving one’s neighbors and caring for the poor.
Beck has responded to this the same way he responds to everything: by accusing his critics of being pawns in an Obama-led conspiracy to destroy him. Using a glance at the About page of Faithful America’s website as his only evidence, Beck and his radio producers/co-hosts declared “This is the Obama administration.”
Here is Glenn’s evidence that Faithful America is a secret arm of the Obama government, from the group’s About page:
Faithful America is an online community of tens of thousands of citizens motivated by faith to take action on the pressing moral issues of our time. We come from diverse faith traditions but share a unifying commitment: to restore community and uphold the common good in America and across the globe. In service to this core commitment, we seek to:
· end poverty and promote economic security for all
· promote peace and restore America's commitment to human rights and diplomacy
· prevent the catastrophic effects of climate change
· counter hate speech and misinformation in the media pertaining to people of faith
· work for welcoming communities where immigrants and people of all faiths are welcome
Let’s assume for just a moment that Glenn is correct, and Faithful America is an Obama-spawned front organization. Even so, how can anyone seriously have a problem with this? A group that wants to end poverty and war, protect the environment, answer bigotry and build an open, ecumenical society — shit, even a dirty atheist like me can get behind that!
So, it seems, can most Christians. Even the environmental bit. Sorry, Glenn.