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Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Glenn Beck Check, Part II: If Beck is a Man of His Word, He Must Leave His Church

Beck's Latest Lunacy:
Leave Your Church if it
Teaches Social Justice


This past week, Glenn Beck took his crazy "progressive" witch hunt to an all-time new level of stupidity. Now even religion has fallen under the "progressive" "socialist" "communist" blanket of Beckonian doctrine. That's right, if your church teaches "social justice" you are supporting socialism! But don't believe me, here's Beck in his own words:
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!
Yes, you heard him right. If your church teaches "social justice" in any way, you MUST leave that church. Well, being that I happen to be a devout member of Glenn Beck's faith (yeah, there are Mormons out there who are embarrassed to death by Beck) I thought we ought to apply Beck's "socialist" "communist" "progressive" litmus test to the Mormon faith itself. Again, keep Beck's own words in mind: "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."

"It is unfortunate that it is taking so long to bring full ECONOMIC JUSTICE to women. The feminization of poverty is both real and tragic. That is why you should work very hard to prepare for your future by gaining some marketable skills."

~James E Faust, Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, September, 1986 (Link can be found here).

Wow! Not only economic justice but FULL economic justice...and for women nonetheless! Surely enough to make Beck's head explode with rage!

And let's not forget President Thomas S. Monson, the current president of the Mormon Church who created a 4th official mission for the church: "Care for the Needy."

"This can only be a positive...to bring SOCIAL JUSTICE to those in need." (Link here).

And the Mormon Tabernacle Choir being honored for, "The achievements of those who beautify the world, especially in the fields of religion, SOCIAL JUSTICE, and the arts." (link here).

Or Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, an apostle of the Mormon church who stated:
Our Heavenly Father expects that we do more with our riches than build larger barns to hold them. Will you consider what more you can do to build the kingdom of God? Will you consider what more you can do to bless the lives of others and bring about SOCIAL JUSTICE in their lives?
Or how about the fact that the Mormon Church recognizes that the Old Testament teaches and supports the idea of social justice:
From proclaiming the preeminence of the merciful, just, and righteous God of Israel to asserting higher ethical and social responsibilities concerning war, women, slavery, marriage, family, and the poor and downtrodden, the teachings of the Old Testament spoke for a better humanity, stirring people to lead lives answerable to a supreme God. This ancient scripture set forth codes of human conduct as well as a doctrinal foundation that have endured the ages and influenced the history and cultural development of much of the modern Western world. Old Testament doctrine and moral values also represented a dramatic departure millennia ago from the belief systems of the cultures surrounding ancient Israel.

[...]

The morality of “Love thy neighbor as thyself” (Lev. 19:18) came logically from a God who said, “Ye shall be holy: For I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev. 19:2). These concepts from Sinai helped inspire later prophets such as Amos, Isaiah, Micah, and Jeremiah with their great resounding cries for compassion and justice—a “prophetic protest against social injustice [that was] without close parallel in the ancient world.”

Some skeptics see the Bible as the enemy of history and science without realizing that, in part, it made science and history possible. Surrounding Israel were religions of accommodation that merely sought to help people survive in, not change, their worlds. In contrast, “Judaism … affirmed that [history] was a meaningful process leading to the gradual regeneration of humanity.” 15 By introducing the concept of linear historical progress—the idea that because history is leading to a millennial state, our actions matter in helping create a better world—the Old Testament inspired great changes in human history. Whereas other religions of the period never “produced a major social revolution fired by a high concept of social justice, … ‘the prophets of Judah were a reforming political force which has never been surpassed.’"
And let us not forget some of the teachings of the Book of Mormon itself:

From the Book of Alma 1: 27-28, 30:
“And they did impart of their substance, every man according to that which he had, to the poor, and the needy, and the sick, and the afflicted; and they did not wear costly apparel, yet they were neat and comely.

And thus they did establish the affairs of the church; and thus they began to have continual peace again, notwithstanding all their persecutions.

And thus, in their prosperous circumstances, they did not send away any who were naked, or that were hungry, or that were athirst, or that were sick, or that had not been nourished; and they did not set their hearts upon riches; therefore they were liberal to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, whether out of the church or in the church, having no respect to persons as to those who stood in need.”
And Mosiah 4: 16-19:
And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.

Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just—

But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.

For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?”
Beck continues his rant by stating that if his own church teaches social justice, he is putting them on alert:
Social justice and economic justice are code words. If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish. Go alert your bishop. I don’t care what the church is. 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 that social justice thing, I’m in the wrong place.
So now he presumes to tell the leadership of the Mormon Church how to run things. Well, let me be the first to say, "DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT!"

Time to walk out on your church, Glenn...that is, if you are a man of your word.

You can hear Beck's comments on this video. Sorry, it's the only one I could find that had it. I don't support the commentator's views 100%. Just listen to the Beck audio.

5 comments:

WKen said...

For the record, I try not to blame all of the LDS for the lunacy that is Glenn Beck.

Given that he says, very openly, that he only picked a religion because he had to do so to get married, and he only got married because he wanted to have sex, he isn't really a believer in anything.

He's an idolator. His biggest idol is the US as he sees it.

I love the part of the audio in which Stu and Glenn decide that they should just educate the religious leaders of the world.

I don't think that the Pope, the head of the LDS (sorry, I forgot the title ... Prophet? Apostle?), or the like are interested in hearing from his ignorant mind.

Brad Hart said...

Very interesting, WKen. I'd be interested in any sources you might have on the part about why he married his wife. That would be worth looking in on.

Thanks for the comment!

WKen said...

My source is actually listening to Beck himself.

I used to do so just so that I couldn't be attacked for criticizing him and not listening.

I finally decided that it wasn't worth the agony.

I'll try to find it quoted somewhere, preferably someone posting the audio.

It was one of those times when I hoped that believers who take him seriously were listening and would realize that this guy isn't one of us.

Bob Robinson said...

Great stuff. I'm going to quote you tomorrow on my blog.

WKen said...

Not exactly what I wanted, but here it is. When asked why he converted, here's the explanation:

"I apologize, but guys will understand this. My wife is, like, hot, and she wouldn't have sex with me until we got married. And she wouldn't marry me unless we had a religion."


And that's from a favorable article written by John Stossel.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/06/17/a_refreshing_spin_on_cable_tv_97025.html


I might add, I've heard him talk about his wife on-air. It's pretty lousy. Call me crazy, but I think that somewhere in the promises to love, cherish, honor, etc. one's wife, not mocking her on the air should be included.