Saturday, March 13, 2010

Drop Dead, Jesus!

For the life of me, i just can not understand why people listen to, and follow, Glenn Beck. Here's a link to an interesting article about his latest antics from the Huffington Post.

In the article, a Catholic priest shows just what Beck meant, when he told his listeners:

"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 i'm no scholar of history or social justice, but it seems to me that a great number of the people we Americans have called "heroes" over the years have earned that reputation, not by fighting for their right to be rich, but by fighting for the rights of the poor, the under-served, and the outcast. Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela are just a few. Are we, as a nation, a nation of immigrants, a nation of religious, political, & social tolerance, a nation that dares to lecture the world on human rights, forgetting these values? Are we forgetting these values or have a large number of people simply chosen to throw them away?

How can a man like Glenn Beck have a following in this country?

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