Glenn Beck Spoke at a Christian College, and Evangelicals Are Mad Because He's a Mormon

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There are several thousand reasons one might credibly object to Westlake resident Glenn Beck delivering a university commencement address. One is that he represents the antithesis of facts and learning and reasoned debate, i.e. pretty much everything an institution of higher learning holds dear. Another is that he's a fearmonger who's built a media empire by playing on the most vile racist/xenophobic/Islamophobic/partisan impulses of his audience.

Beck's appearance late last month at ultra-Christian Liberty University in Virginia has become controversial for an entirely different reason: because he's a Mormon.

His address, Religion News Service columnist Jonathan Merritt writes with a raised eyebrow, was "rife with Mormon theology in which he showcased a valuable Mormon relic" and expresses surprise that there was "no outcry from students, parents, or faculty."

"Some conservative evangelicals, many of whom believe Mormonism to be a non-Christian religious sect," Merritt wrote in a followup column, "will undoubtedly squirm at the insinuation... [it] might actually be a Christian."

Count radio host Janet Medford among them. "Why in the world is a Christian school hosting somebody [who] is part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints saying stuff like that [Mormons are Christians]?" she wondered on her radio show.

And the Christian News Network provided a platform to Tricia Erickson, the ex-Mormon who authored and author of the anti-LDS screed Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters?

"It's wrong," she said. "It's like me opening my front door and saying to a Muslim, 'Come on in. If [my children] like what you have to say, it's up to them. They can decide; you can just preach to them.'

"If you're a parent, certainly you're not going to have someone come into your home [and be] around your children that is going to distort their judgment of Christianity, and that's going to tell them things that are blasphemous to a living God and pose them as the truth. At universities, we as adults have to protect our youth. These are going to be our future leaders."

It's all just slightly insane and allows Beck to play the martyr.

"I don't apologize for who I am," he said on his radio show earlier this week. "I don't apologize for my faith. I don't apologize to anyone."

"There is no difference between you and the people who are trying to run other people out of the square," he continued. "See this is the reason why progressives are so frightening. This is why you lose a lot of people. This is why your churches are dwindling. You think you're standing for something when instead you're standing for hate and bigotry and I think Jesus was hanging out with prostitutes and sinners wasn't he?"

If Jesus were still around today, he'd no doubt be hanging out with Glenn Beck.

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RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

"There are several thousand reasons one might credibly object to Westlake resident Glenn Beck delivering a university commencement address. One is that he represents the antithesis of facts and learning and reasoned debate, i.e. pretty much everything an institution of higher learning holds dear. Another is that he's a fearmonger who's built a media empire by playing on the most vile racist/xenophobic/Islamophobic/partisan impulses of his audience.

Beck's appearance late last month at ultra-Christian Liberty University in Virginia has become controversial for an entirely different reason: because he's a Mormon."

Put him at the top of the Democratic Ticket for President.  He checks all the requisite boxes to be a politician, plus right-wing zealot fundamentalists hate him!

lebowski300
lebowski300

Yeah, but how does Becks feel about a Hoodie? That's what we really need to know.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Mormonism is as crazy as $cientology.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Someone  said ." The only thing church folk hate more than sin is competition"

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Falwell's spawn there had a chance to showcase the level of their assimilation of the teacings of Christianity. And they DID. no doubt jebus is sooo proud.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

"We generally don't actively want to write about Glenn Beck, for more or less the same reasons we don't go around touching other people's cold sores."


-Dallas Observer

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Another is that he's a fearmonger who's built a media empire by playing on the most vile racist/xenophobic/Islamophobic/partisan impulses of his audience.

That's why I like lib sites, the angry ignorant bile just gushes. Eric cried when wrote this.

MattL11
MattL11

I first (mis-)read the headline as "...and Evangelicals Are Mad Because He's a Moron." My first thought was "that's never upset them before." I stand corrected.


However, if I decide that objecting to a speaker merely because of his or her religious beliefs is dumb, does that mean I'm siding with Glenn Beck? I'm between a rock and a hard place here. Help! 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Another is that he's a fearmonger who's built a media empire by playing on the most vile racist/xenophobic/Islamophobic/partisan impulses of his audience.

tkewley
tkewley

Does Beck add ANYTHING of value to the national discourse?  Can we, as a nation, not simply agree that his 15 minutes are up, so that we don't have to hear from or about him ever ever ever again?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@lebowski300

I think he wears gray.

The Original Hoodie is at the Smithsonian now. I would charge $80 for replicas.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

I doubt a scientologist could get almost half the country to vote for him in a presidential race.

Anna_Merlan_Voice
Anna_Merlan_Voice topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Wait wait wait, Observer is Libtards is now pretending to be Myrna? And quoting my old articles to somehow rag on Eric? This place is getting fucking weird. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  It's either true or Beck is putting on a sly act.  I remember tuning in to Beck's show one night and he was in front of a world map, armed with a pointer, explaining how the Bushes and Obama were conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to take over all of North Africa and Europe and turn it into an Islamist Empire.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@MattL11 

No, it speaking out against something is not the same as speaking out for something else.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@tkewley 

His 15 min. are NOT up.  As long as their are crazy-assed Christians who want to hear folks spew cold-war rhetoric, Beck will have an audience.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Yes, he showed what small minded turds are at liberty u.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tkewley

Actually, he's going to be focusing on making movies I hear. You can boycott them, just like you can ignore him now.

Some people though, regrettably, will continue to view his movies, visit his websites, listen to his speeches and the like. The pisser of it all, he's making a helluva lotta money.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@tkewley  You're talking about the nation that made celebrities of Honey Boo-Boo and redneck, duck-call makers.

WTFBatgirl
WTFBatgirl

@Anna_Merlan_Voice Welcome to the battlefield of hate where it is now acceptable to call women "cunts" for being "too old".  Where first time posters are beheaded so Ruddiski can add another LIKE to his knife.   Rationale is history.  Racism is the new black.  To quote Fun Boy Three, "the lunatics have taken over the  asylum".  


And wham-bam and suddenly a group of five have decided A hate spewing attention seeker from Florida knows what is best for ALL Dallas.  Nice to see you here, but lay low, wear your burka with your shit reflecting helmet, and for the safety of us all, don't mention anything about women having any rights or listing any reason gays should not be sent to Gitmo.   



TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Oh, I'm certain you did. Right before you stuck your hand in the toaster.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  Is rolling one's eyes at the demagoguery that Beck produces the same thing as boycotting it?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TheRuddSki


Well, if Tommy won't come out of the closet and dress in drag, then Travolta would have to recruit Greta Van Susteren as v.p.





TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

That won't work, it's a woman's turn. Maybe if one of them goes trans?

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

How did I miss the bios with state of residence?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@WTFBatgirl

In Florida, we feed people like you to the sharks. But the sharks spit 'em out.

Anna_Merlan_Voice
Anna_Merlan_Voice topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @TheCredibleHulk I admire that you try to make Jewish jokes part of the fun where I'm concerned, but that one... doesn't work. Dreidel into knish would be funnier, kind of. Shabbos candle into knish would actually work as a rough anatomical metaphor. 


Do some reading over the weekend and we'll try to regroup Monday, ok? I believe in you, Observer is Libtards. Always have. 

Anna_Merlan_Voice
Anna_Merlan_Voice topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk Hi, Hulk! Would you rather touch Glenn Beck's cold sores or spend five minutes in a room with Observer is Libtards? Or fight the largest of Myrna's cats?


Seriously, we could get a solid game show going here. 

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@RTGolden1 You misunderstand. I realize there are "high-info" voters on the conservative end of the spectrum, which is why I'm insinuating that Beck's brand of bs appeals most readily to the low-info cons who are more readily swayed by demagoguery.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@CogitoErgoSum @TheRuddSki Interesting how the term "low-information 'x' " usually mean that 'x' doesn't agree with the speaker's views.  No matter where on the spectrum the speaker lies.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@CogotoErgoSum

Infotainment, like Bob Scieffer?

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  C'mon. This guy is infotainment incarnate. He was a pretty much a-political morning DJ that was fired numerous times who got lucky when he found a way to exploit the low-information conservative/libertarian crowd's greatest fears. His snake oil hit the scene at just the right time, lucky for him.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@CogitoErgoSum

Rolling your eyes, boycotting, twitter wars...

#catharsis.

Funny thing is about beckophopia, an Islamist nutter can behead someone while promising to gut Jews at random, and no-one really notices or cares. But if Beck reports on the act and the words - Islamophobia!!!

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