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  • Glenn Beck and the Buzz About Social Justice

    Fox News commentator Glenn Beck recently raised concerns about churches promoting social justice.  He noted that the term “social justice” has been linked with Marxist economics and government redistribution of wealth, and he called it “a perversion of the gospel.”

    Various Christian commentators have responded that social justice is a central theme in many Protestant and Catholic churches. A concern for the poor and justice in society, they argue, aligns with the teachings of Jesus and the Old Testament prophets.

    All of this buzz reveals the great amount of passion and confusion surrounding the notion of social justice in our culture today.

    Many have used the idea to advocate redistribution of wealth. Others, especially young adults, use “social justice” more generally, simply to signal their interest in issues like poverty, sex trafficking and social breakdown.  They rightly note a concern for the poor and others in need throughout the pages of the Bible.

    The question isn’t whether it’s important to care for those in need, but how to act on that concern in ways that do the most good.

    Numerous Christian scholars and leaders address questions of social justice by emphasizing the importance of civil society.  Catholic scholar Michael Novak, for example, has argued that social justice has to do with the “elementary habits of civil society.” And Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-Chief of WORLD Magazine, has highlighted the importance of building interpersonal relationships from the bottom up.

    This question is taken up in a new resource from The Heritage Foundation called Seek Social Justice: Transforming Lives in Need.  This six-lesson DVD and small group study guide provides a framework for understanding poverty and social breakdown and what to do about them.

    Seek Social Justice emphasizes the role of social institutions such as families, charitable groups, and businesses in promoting the common good.  It also provides helpful clarity about the important role churches specifically can play in caring for those in need. And it addresses the proper but limited role of government in a just society.

    This innovative curriculum can be viewed in its entirety, or ordered for the cost of shipping and handling, at www.seeksocialjustice.com.

    Stephen Roberts, a visiting religion fellow in the DeVos Center on Religion and Civil Society, contributed to this piece.

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    48 Responses to Glenn Beck and the Buzz About Social Justice

    1. Trey, Texas says:

      I like Glenn Beck, but the problem I have with him and his criticisms of social justice is the fact that the way that he criticizes it is by generalizing that "social justice" as a whole is bad and evil. When that is emphatically wrong. There is no inherent problem with seeking social justice. However, as you and The Heritage Foundation have pointed out, there is a proper way to seek social justice and that government really isn't the proper way. All I hope and wish Beck will do is if he agrees with what I have explained, he will begin to clarify how he views social justice and what he is criticizing. If he doesn't agree with me, then he needs to lead his program and correct himself because he'd be dead wrong this one.

      I hope Beck reads this Foundry post, and sees my comment.

    2. Diane, FL says:

      This is what Glenn Beck was talking about…denominations like Obama's United Chuch of Christ that support abortion, racism, and homosexuality, supporting gov't laws that fund abortion and sex changes, etc all in the name of "social justice":
      http://www.ucc.org/justice/issues.html

      Here is Obama's former church of 20 years (where Reverend Jeremiah Wright married them) that is part of UCC.org called Trinity United Church of Christ: http://www.trinitychicago.org/index.php?option=co

      Look on Youtube for videos of Jeremiah's Wrights racist, anti-american sermons

    3. Mr. Black says:

      Mr. Beck Sir: Having read your commentary concerning 'social justice', It does not surprise me in the least, that pastors are teaching this bilge. As a committed disciple of Christ Jesus and one who scoures the Holy Bible; especially for the purpose of contending for the faith,(Jude 1)…It is very disconcerting, that so many so-called Christians get their lack of knowledge from other no-nothings and wordly pastors, more concerned with counting nickles and noses, than preaching the inerrant word of God. We as believers are to feed the poor, clothe the naked, visit the widow and be a father to orphans. No where in the teachings of Lord Jesus are we required to participate in any schemes to redistribute the wealth of others; whether by taxes, voting in accomplices, reparations , deceit ,guile or by invincable willfull blindness. Thou shall not steal covers it all. The next time someone hollers 'social justice', you put down that false book of Mormon and pick up the true word of God. Praying for you brother. MCC

    4. Billie says:

      There is a difference between "social justice" and "government control of social justice." Jesus preached individual justice, personal responsibility and not to infringe on others. The bible doesn't ever suggest holding the hands of government to gain social justice. I agree with Glenn Beck. any church that falls for government's infiltration of social justice, is a church I will not give positive notice to.

    5. John Wilkinson, Dubl says:

      Do you believe that gentlemen and women should be condoning disrespectful protests by either right or left wing protesters? Has our society degraded to the point where self proclaimed patriots feel at home making racist comments about a fairly elected President of the United States? And how productive is it for our nations elected representatives to sanction a just say no policy while complaining about being locked out of discussions about health care.

      I may not believe in adding more debt to the trillions the previous two administrations added – and I am opting to vote for a Republican in the next California election. But I think the Republican party has sunk to the level of the old southern democrats – attacking the person rather than the issues.

      I am an independent and think our two party system has to go!

    6. Matt, VA says:

      FYI: The links in paragraphs 7 and 9 don't work.

    7. Kim, Texas says:

      Glenn was commenting that the few churches that preach the gospel of big government should be shunned. You probably knew that and purposely twisted the story to ignore the truth that there are those who are perverting christianity for their political ends.

      If you really believe in social justice as you describe it you would be incensed at what is being done to the language and would join with Glenn in decrying such false teaching rather than insist that you are doing nothing wrong. Glenn is trying to point out the discrepancy.

      I would not be a member of a faith that preached socialism or marxism. Helping each other and loving one another comes from God, but can not be compelled. Those who would compell it, though their intentions may be to do good, are not true believers and would take away our God-given rights.

    8. SB Owner Springfield says:

      A free man with no property is wealthier than a man with riches living in tyranny. Beck is right about the radicals running our government today. They learned well from Saul Alynski, speaking in terms of the one you want to control.

    9. John Jay, London, UK says:

      The global dream has got to be changed – and changed fast…!!! Whilst incentive and fair reward are acceptable in principle, no truly civilized society could justify its highest earning individuals – (no matter what they do…!!!) – receiving a personal income more than twice – (TWICE…!!!) – that of its lowest…!!! We are all human and we can all claim similar needs – NOT GREEDS…!!!

    10. Barbara Frances Delo says:

      There are so many people who are natural conservatives, both fiscally prudent and concerned about the moral direction of our nation, AND also genuinely concerned about their fellow man. It think it's vital that we make ourselves visible – get out there and shatter the image of Republican/Conservatives as heartless, money hungry, old foggies.

      COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATIVES could become the new 'Million Man (Woman) March!!!!!

    11. James, Florida says:

      The ONLY way to social justice is to preach the Gospel.

    12. Rob Kelly, NY says:

      Glenn clarified more than once what he was talking about after that show. Come Mr Black, people who watch/ listen to him know this. You clearly do not. He has a problem when the church is pushing governments version "social justice" and how it relates to Marxist principles.

    13. Dave - Chelsea, MI says:

      "John Wilkinson, Dublin, CA 94568 on March 17th, 2010 at 8:18pm said:

      Do you believe that gentlemen and women should be condoning disrespectful protests by either right or left wing protesters? Has our society degraded to the point where self proclaimed patriots feel at home making racist comments about a fairly elected President of the United States? And how productive is it for our nations elected representatives to sanction a just say no policy while complaining about being locked out of discussions about health care.

      I may not believe in adding more debt to the trillions the previous two administrations added – and I am opting to vote for a Republican in the next California election. But I think the Republican Party has sunk to the level of the old southern democrats – attacking the person rather than the issues.

      I am an independent and think our two party system has to go!"

      I've attended more than a few Tea Party Rallies and marched on Washington DC last September —- Sorry, I didn't witness ANY racism being spewed, not to say that there are not racists among any and all groups at any given time — but certainly you are painting with a broad brush in your argument. Further, the most personal attacks that have been levied at me or at "protestors" typically come from the Left….in that experience it seems when the Left (and this certainly could be true with some from the ultra-Right) has no argument, they ALWAYS revert to name calling……Too bad – by involving more Americans in the legislative process, we have a good chance of electing principled leadership. Our society is currently bereft of that leadership currently, top to bottom.

    14. Trey, Texas says:

      I agree, now I want to here Beck specify between true social justice and the progressive view of social justice. Because right now Beck slams social justice as a whole calling it wrong, when social justice isn't what's wrong, it's the "progressive view" of social justice that's wrong.

      To be frank, Beck doesn't have the credibility to tell Christians which churches they need to leave or not leave (I agree with him, but since he's not a Christian himself, he doesn't really have the credibility to tell Christians which churches to leave). Because he's a Mormon. For all the time and research Beck puts into American history, progressivism, etc., he seems to have not done much research into the "religion" that he joined (Mormonism). Don't get me wrong, the Mormons that I have met a very nice and great people. And if Beck truly believes in the beliefs of Mormonism, then believe them. However, Beck still needs to do research into both Mormonism and Christianity so that he can know that Mormons aren't Christians. Just want him to realize the difference between Mormonism and Christianity, whether he leaves the Mormon Church because of a true conversion to the true Jesus Christ is between him and God and whether God has chosen to draw Beck to Him (the true God). I just want Beck to understand the difference between the two churches.

    15. Pete Stroempl of For says:

      The 8th Command states: Thou shalt not steal.

      The 10th Commandment states: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife or property. This is an imperative from God.

      That the statists would tax me to redistribute my property is a sin. It is a perversion of what is called justice. Therefore, the idea of redistribution through taxation is sinful. The State has the obligation to protect private property. When it becomes the proxy to theft through taxation to serve "social justice".. it loses my consent because it is sinful and evil.

    16. curt in Columbus says:

      There's social justice then there's Social Justice. Churches and communities are allowing the federal government to nationalize it at their own peril. If churches, towns and state don't start telling the fed to keep their money and get the %*&# out, there will remain as much social justice as there is money in the social security lock box! (worse than none)

    17. ROBERT HARKINS COLOR says:

      Social Justice is a leftist euphemism. Like all leftist euphemisms it sounds elegant, well reasoned, and moral. It is also conveniently vacuous and misleading. It is to the leftist a means to characterize the theft of American wealth and freedom, and the imposition of a totalitarian state, in an image that appears benign. After all who but the "ignorant" could possibly object to social justice.

      The leftist use of the word social justice demeans the Christian idea of social justice. As Christians we believe in charity, love and respect. We believe that we are our brother's keeper–in the sense that we are a people who will feed the hungry,and succor the poor.

      Radical Liberation theology, most prevalent in South America, intends to transform religion into Marxist doctrine. The attack is typical of communist tactics everywhere. We need only look to the expanding number of NGOs, communist inspired who disguise their identity and purpose with American platitudes. The ACLU, is perhaps a perfect example. In the name of civil rights, this leftist organization is hard at work in its attempt to destroy America. The National Council of Churchs (A name as American as apple pie) is a leftist organization the pushes communist themes.

      Mr. Beck is deal on in challenging the use of euphemisms. We should all of us condemn their use and cross examine those who would use them so as to discover the truth.

      What precisely do you mean by social justice. Define it. How would you finance it? What is is scope. Precisely how will its goals accord with our Constitution? Will social justice in the Christian sense be voluntary or will it be compulsory. What impact will this social justice have on property rights and other human freedoms. Will this social justice require a transfer of wealth? If so how much? What protections will it afford to those who have worked a lifetime in the creation of after tax wealth. Will you use the courts to impose this social justice rather than to seek it through democracy? Tell me, precisely your view of property rights. Is the property I earn mine, or do you claim a greater right to it in the name of social justice?

      There are more questions of course. The Christian may answer these questions honestly. Try asking them of a leftist. Believe me you will get anything but a straight answer. That is because the leftist has embraced the phrase much as in the nursery rhyme a wolf dresses in sheep's clothing.

    18. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      The Bible says we should look after the widows and orphans the Mayflower Compact, and the papers drawn up at Jamestown also said that everyone should work and that the widows and infants would be exempt, if you didn't work you didn't eat. Children were taught from an early age that they had to pulltheir share, besides teaching reading and writing younsters were taught to tend the kitchen gardens, girls to sew and knit. Older children went on to learn how to hunt for the boys the girls tended household chores and younger children. Isn't it different today, the kids today are pampered, no chores, and most do anything to keep from working. They all know how to play video games and they expect a car when they turn 16. As a Parent my late husband and I set out rules, no cars were bought, they had to have a job and then get a car they would pay for, incl. Ins. To bad they stopped having paper routes for kids, my boys all had spending money they earned delivering papers and they knew good service produced tips, they loved Christmas where they got tips and sweets. They later went on and worked after school in restuarants, not fast food, they washed dishes and one did short order cooking. Today all 9 of my children and 2 stepchildren have made good successful lives. This WAS the American way.

    19. Joseph Gerant, (USN, says:

      Get off the Cross. Give a man a fish and you inherit a famil. Teach a man to fish and he never again goes hungry.

    20. Joseph Gerant, (USN, says:

      Get off the Cross. Give a man a fish and you inherit a family. Teach a man to fish and he never again goes hungry.

    21. John Hyland says:

      Beck and others are trying to get across the message that we should not rely on Government for the work that Churches, Charities, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Food banks, shelters and a host of similar should and are doing in addition to we as neighbor to neighbor should be doing. Unfortunately, liberals don’t get this message. Studies show that Conservatives give twice as much in food donations, volunteer work and money to these agencies as liberals and Conservatives are more likely church goers. It all adds up. Dems keep talking they are the party of the poor.. Wrong! All they do is request and force Congress and state governments to increase the amounts given to the poor instead of doing it themselves. Big difference.

    22. Corky, Howey in the says:

      Social injustice? The Foundry won't let me write what I want tot say…

    23. Tony, FL says:

      The left has a long history of trying to use words that are commonly understood to mean one, good and positive thing to describe something else evil and bad, corrupting the word in the process.

      In an apolitical context, for example, “social justice” would be understood by any reasonable person to describe the abolition of such socially unjust things as affirmative action, abortion, welfare, and hate-crime laws. This is exactly the kind of meaning I guarantee any Catholic church has in mind when they talk about social justice. But it is not what springs immediately to mind because, in their attempt to try to legitimize some of the most reprehensible policy positions on the planet, the left has instead tainted the term itself so that when you hear it you immediately thing of social injustice on a grand scale.

      This is not the only term that has been subjected to this treatment. Consider that most of us give not the slightest thought to the irony of what kinds of things the term “liberal” is used to describe anymore.

    24. Norma in Nebraska says:

      RE: “The global dream has got to be changed – and changed fast…!!! Whilst incentive and fair reward are acceptable in principle, no truly civilized society could justify its highest earning individuals – (no matter what they do…!!!) – receiving a personal income more than twice – (TWICE…!!!) – that of its lowest…!!! We are all human and we can all claim similar needs – NOT GREEDS…!!!”

      I am not sure I even know what this means!!!! Why should the “global dream” have to change because the “uninspired” want a free handout? Are we to ALL strive to be mediocre? Are we all entitled to “share the wealth” just because we breathe with no responsibility on our part? Are those who choose to make the necessary sacrifices to become financially successful to be punished for their determination? Are the top 5% in our country REQUIRED to take care of the masses who CHOOSE not to contribute, but instead stand around with their hands out WAITING for financial assistance? Since when have we changed our work ethic to the point where there is no satisfaction in achieving our own success . . . or failure?

      You see unbelievable “success” stories every single day . . . ones where a person has grown up in a failing environment and finds the determination within themselves to lift themselves up and OUT of the unsuccessful heritage. Those very people succeed because of determination, self-confidence, the willingness to sacrifice, being willing to work hard, and making difficult choices. They did NOT succeed because someone provided every want and need allowing them to sit at home all day long to eat, sleep, and wait for their next monthly check!

      Why do people strive to come to America? It is because there is an opportunity to make a better life for themselves, allowing them to CHOOSE to be the best person they can be . . . BUT their success or failure should be based on THEIR input, not on how many “freebies” they can receive.

    25. Robert Stane, Quincy says:

      Mr. Gerant,

      Hard work, resourcefullness, being thrifty, being debt free, as well as helping those unable to help themselves, like the elderly and disabled vets are all Biblical principles. Your comment "get off the cross" pretends that there is a better source of ethics than the Word of God. In the entire history of mankind, you will not be able to find one! What is the logical conclusion of atheism? Atheist Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot killed over 170 million innocent people in the last 75 years. "If I have not charity…I am nothing" 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

    26. DANNY HALTER TENNESS says:

      CHARITY IS A VERY GOOD THING TO THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED IT;BUT THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLES KINDNESS,CHARITY COMES FROM THE HEART,NOT FROM A BUNCH OF BLEEDING HEART LIBERALS WHO WANT TO GET EVERYONE DEPENDENT ON THE GOVERMENT HANDOUTS.MY CHURCH GIVES MONEY TO PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING THROUGH HARD TIMES,AND WE TRY TO HELP THEM GET THERE FEET BACK ON THE GROUND.

    27. philip says:

      WHEN GOVERMENT REQUIRES ME TO GIVE TO THEIR DICTATED CHARITY THIS IS NO LONGER CHARABLE ITS ANOTHER FORM OF TAXATION OR STEALING CHARITY COMES THE HART . GLEN BECK ON SOCIAL JUISTICE IS NOT THE GOVERMENT ROLL BUT THE FREE WILL OF THE PEOPLE . THE CHURCR ROLL IS TO HELP THE POOR , PROPLE OF NEED TO HELP THEM AND NOT TO SUPORT GOVERMENT FORCED CHARITY MANY CHURCHES OF TO DAY HAVE FALLEN FROM THE TEACHING OF SCRIPTURE AND MAKE THEIR OWN RULES GLEN IS RIGHT IN COMENT ABUT SOCIAL JUSTICE TRYING TO BRING IT TO OUR ATTENION FRSSDOM CAN NOT BE GRANTED BY MEN ONLY BY OUR CRATOR GOD WE WERE FOUND AS ONE NATION UNDER GOD

    28. Erich Harrold Calfor says:

      Distract, divide, all are ploys of the "Progressives"! They are rife in both parties and they have the same goals. COMPLETE CONTROL to turn this republic into an OLIGARCHY.

      OUR APATHY has allowed them to use our tax monies to fund their agenda and with this HealthCare legislation they will have us so bound and restricted it will turn our lives into

      government SLAVES. I hope to God we have not waited TOO LONG to stop this total

      SUBVERSION OF OUR CONSTITUTION.

    29. Robert Stane, Quincy, CA says:

      My degrees are in Christian Ministry. From a Biblical point of view, the Gospel of Luke is known as the “Social Gospel” and it has an emphasis on caring for the poor. Jesus said, “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide…a treasure in heaven that will not wear out.” Luke 12:33. And also “Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your heart” Luke 6:38 Jesus talked much about giving to those in need, but He never talked about taking from those who were rich. The Marxist idea of redistributing wealth is not a Biblical one in that it breaks two of the Ten Commandments given to Moses: “You shall not covet (desire) …anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17 And “You shall not steal.” Exodus 20:15. God recognizes an individual’s right to private ownership. Wealth comes from God and each person must give according to his own conscience and not be forced.

    30. John, Charleston SC says:

      If the Progressives who have suddenly become interested in the teachings of Jesus Christ because of Glenn Beck’s comments, why aren’t we seeing them standing for an end to abortion, teaching abstinence as birth control, and ending the form of welfare practiced here that shackles and demoralizes the poor. The socal justice that Beck opposes is the very evil that is designed to put us under the jack boots of the federal government. If the left is concerned about the teachings of Jesus Christ, stop using his name as a curse word, and end your protest of prayer in schools.

      “Blessed are the poor in spirit for the kingdom of God belongs to them.” These are the poor that Jesus is concerned about, the rest of it is a concern of the world.”

      God bless,
      John.

    31. Frank, Tampa FL says:

      Great comments. We ( http://www.OneChristianNation.com ) requested clarification from Glenn regarding his comments. Our request was not aimed at rebuking Glenn but because we felt we understood the context of his comments, we intended to help spread the message.

      The Christian faith is quite clear and many posts above are spot on with theology. Jesus Christ never preached Social Justice in terms of government forcing benevolence on its citizens. Our God is gracious and merciful and ONLY desires for us to choose His ways.

      Caring for the sick and the poor is a matter of the heart and is directed and driven by the spirit of God that dwells within us, each according to his measure.

      This topic should indeed be a wake up call for the Church as it clearly points out that we have much room to improve. Be encouraged, we believe God is stirring in the hearts of His followers and although we're many members, we are one body in Him. Together we can restore the soul of our nation and revive America, for the glory of the Lord.

      We love what The Heritage Foundation is doing for the cause of freedom and we hope to one day prove as worthy toward the cause of Christ in America.

      -Frank Chimento

      One Christian Nation

    32. freedom says:

      Was Beck was talking was that it is right for churches and communities to practice social justice but when government uses it it perverts social justice and turns it into a way to gain power and control over the people. That is why he shunned the churches supporting Big Government because by blindly wanting the government enforce social justice takes a way the freedoms and rights of those who do not wish to.. This great country was build, and founded on the principle that we are free to choose for our selves how we live our lives and that the government in NO WAY SHOULD TELL US WHAT WE MUST DO!!!! This is what the Government is getting to by perverting the idea of social justice,.. Social justice when used through truly charitable organizations like churches and community centers are good things. But when government uses "social Justice" we will all pay with our freedoms and liberty.

    33. Al Wunsch, Fl says:

      Mr Harkins, CO is correct, Social Justice is also a leftist euphemism. The progressives have used the corruption of the meaning of words as part of the process of destroying the underpinnings of our Judeo-Christian philosophy that are the tenets of our great country. The words, Social Justice raise a red flag for me because of the connection of so many groups/governments that claim to be for social justice and/or human rights while they are really about such things as abortion, redistribution of wealth and other marxist ideas. From a Catholic view, we find similar problems where some catholics, usually referred in some media, as cafeteria catholics, try to use caring for the poor to offset accomodating abortion and do so under the guise of social justice. With the Obama administration, we see some organizations such as the Catholic Hospital Assoc in dc appear to make a similar rationalization, supporting the healt care bill, presumably to get government funding. Christ said give to Ceasar what is Ceasars and to God what is God. He also said take care of the poor but He did not say make Ceasar take care of the poor. It's not the federal government's job. Funny, isn't it, that the same people who supported Roe vs Wade and said the government has no business telling a woman what to do with her body is now trying to tell us what to do with our body, our health, what we pay and, if sick, whether we should live.

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    35. Shawn says:

      I am so thankful that America is beginning to wake up!Blessed is the nation whos God is the LORD!

    36. james carlyle, texas says:

      How does the Heritage definition of "Social Justice " align with the concepts of George Soros?

    37. Sam, WI says:

      As I understand "Social Justice" (in the context that Glenn Beck refers to), is that in order to right past wrongs, they have to be completely reversed. For example, in order to make up for caucasians discriminating against various minorites, caucasians have to be discriminated themselves. I fully understand that many people would call me paranoid for suggesting that government is attempting to do such a thing, but I would never bring up that idea around Liberals, even if I was joking.

    38. Terry, MA says:

      I see that this forum is one where Mr Beck is preaching to the converted. The basic fact is that he is duping all of you with a basic form of hate messaging. He is working to revive a sense of fear reminicent of McCarthyism that can be used to further his rascist agenda. The United States was founded on the principal of freedom FROM government imposed religion. Most of the people I read here seem to want the government to IMPOSE their belief in a particular form of religion on the rest of us. I am sure that every church, mosque, synagogue and secular institution in the land has it's own idea of what Social Justice is. Each individual in those institutions taking part in the acts of charitable giving and activities for good should not have to be labeled and smeared by Mr. Beck simplistic and bigoted view of the world. Keep your Bibles at home or in your particular church they do not reflect the view of every American or it's Constitution.

    39. Bot says:

      Glenn Beck knows more about charity than Harry Reid, who needs to pay more attention in Sunday School class. True charity requires volition on the part of the giver and gratitude on the part of the receiver. Their church understood this when the LDS welfare program was established.

      .

      When the government extracts taxes from us unwillingly to provide largesse to their voting base, that is not charity. It is extortion. Just look at Barack Obama and Joe Biden's gifts to charity 0.0013 percent of their income. Compare that with Glenn Beck or Mitt Romney's gifts to charity (11 to 13 percent).

      .

      It is always easier for politicians to reach into someone else's pocket to display their "social justice". That's the problem with using "other people's money" (OPM). It is misplaced moral priorities

    40. Denise Lang says:

      Glenn Beck seems to know nothing of the Gospels and I can listen to him no longer. He seems twisted with hate and opposes all I've been told that Jesus taught.

    41. cecelia taff, cross says:

      Social justice is another word for forced government redistribution of your wealth that you have worked so hard for.If you want to help some one, it should be your choice, not the government!

    42. Cecelia Taff Cross P says:

      Social justice is another word for forced government redistribution of your wealth that you have worked so hard for. If you want to help some one, it should be your choice not the government!

    43. Doris Jude Porter says:

      Glen Beck is a neo con torturerous tea party hate monger , pimping hate is his name dividing America is his game.

    44. Al Horton, Boston says:
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    46. Johnny America says:

      Americans need to wake up the fact that Beck is simply another opinion pushing charlatan who is a product of mormon cult theology that he mixes with parts of Catholicism and his personal core as a dry alcoholic. And for the record, he is a Mormon and not a Christian. The two are not the same. The religion of Islam has more in common with Christianity than the mormon cult.

      As someone with a graduate degree in religion, I can say with all qualifications that Mormonism fits all parameters of a cult and has none of the parameters of a religion. A cult is any group (regardless of its size) that interprets the doctrines of a religion in an unorthodox fashion. Cults have come out of all major world religions and Christianity is no exception. The problem here is the fact the most Christians do not understand the difference between the two and they easily fall for the lies of Mormon missionaries or Jehovah’s Witness cultists when they come to one's door.

      Glenn Beck is a complete total idiot who has no honor, does not support America’s troops and would not know the first thing about restoring honor to the USA. On this idiots radio show and Fox Network program he consistent demonstrates all the unstable behaviors of a dry alcoholic which include grandiosity, judgmentalism, intolerance, impulsivity, ADD and indecisiveness. Alongside that reality, Glenn Beck does not possess a single ounce of journalistic integrity, has no college degree, has no qualifications and he is definitely not a true conservative. But then, what can anyone expect from someone who can't find anything filthier than their own personal reflection. Since people like Beck cannot survive on the basis of any personal merits, they survive by putting others down with lies and half truths in order to feel good about themselves.

      The truth about Beck is that he a dry mormon alcoholic who never got the counseling required for alcoholics. To further complicate things and confuse people, Beck flippantly throws around Christian terms like "God", "Jesus","Holy Spirit" as well as voices of other so called "Spirit Powers" on his radio talk show. Beck is a mormon in active standing with the mormon church and is not a Christian. Mormonism teaches many gods, that the god of the earth was once a man who attained godhood status, there is no trinity, the cross of Christ means nothing and that Jesus Christ and Satan were brothers.

      They have some very twisted ideas that do not come from the Christian Bible or Christian doctrines and they are laughing all the way to the bank with each temple they build.

      Because Beck does not possess a single ounce of journalistic integrity, he is the perfect abortion poster child for Fox Network. The people who love what Beck says are no different than the impressionable sheep who loved every speech made by Adolph Hitler in his early years when he brought Germany into an era of economic prosperity These same sheep also blindly followed Hitler into one of the darkest chapters of world history. Beck and the Fox Network both cater to the same lowest common denominator of demagoguery.

      Someone should have asked Beck which of the many mormon gods he kept talking about during his argument with himself on Saturday on the square in DC. Like a typical dry alcoholic, Beck even lied on national television when he spoke about holding a document signed by George Washington. That event never took Place. Unfortunately, people who love being led around by the nose do not realize that Beck is talking about a different god than that of Christianity, Judaism or Islam.

      Beck has been a product of mormon cultism from the day he started doing a radio talk show as an opinion pusher. This idiot never even went to college, has no clue what is really in the US Constitution or what the founding fathers really believed and intended. You don't have to have a degree in psychology to see that Beck exhibits all the signs of a dry alcoholic. The only reason this unstable impressionable idiot fell into mormonism was because the woman he wanted to have sex with would not do so unless they got first got married and joined a church. From that point, they joined the mormon cult where Beck’s unstable mind went even further out into left field through mixing Catholicism with mormonism. Glenn Beck is as big a charlatan as Joseph Smith or that 5th grade graduate (Charles T Russell) who started the Jehovah's Witness cult.

      This is Glenn Beck in a very accurate and concise nutshell. Considering the fact that Becks personal views are extreme Marxist Libertarian, his form of patriotism is false and he is a person who has no real substance or depth. It will not surprise many of us when Beck’s next big thing is to come out of the closet and announce his homosexuality to the nation. Simply put…he is just another predatory neocon who is pushing the buttons of very ignorant & impressionable people who love being told what to think and believe.

      We live in a period of history where it has become very socially acceptable to be stupid and follow extremist idiots like Glenn Beck, Adolph Hitler, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Christine O Donnell and Rush Limbaugh. Chicanery and lies are their middle names as these people have no ounce of integrity and are masters at perverting truth, facts and history. Even now…Beck is probably masturbating while watching Fox News video footage of Christine O Donnell & Sarah Palin while brainstorming over his next round of vile spew for his opinion pushing points on the radio or TV.

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