Glenn Beck


Lots of noise today from the political right.  Lots of discussion about “restoring honor to America” and “getting back to God.”  On this I can agree with those who so proclaim from the nation’s capitol, today.  The path, however, lies through keeping the commandments, and not adhering to the philosophies of men.  America has strayed from Her primary purpose as the Cradle of the Restoration, but not through any political sins–so called.  Rather, Her people like many before have strayed from the Commandments of God, and no longer worship Jesus Christ.  This is where America’s fundamental problem lies.

The solution is rather simple–but most, likely will not see it because of the simplicity.  If we truly want to restore honor to America and get back to God, we should begin to keep His Commandments and we will prosper in the land. The best way to do that is to follow the Brethren, not Beck. We will restore much more honor to America and get much closer to God by reading more of the Scriptures, praying more to God, serving others, than by all the breast beating and pontificating from Washington D.C.  Choose you this day . . .

Glenn Beck, the fiery talk show host and Fox News personality delivered a commencement address at of all places, Liberty University.  There’s a pretty decent round up on a variety of blogs: (more…)

The Church Newsroom has announced that the First Presidency is urging U.S. Members to participate in the United States Census.  A letter will be read from the pulpit in all U.S. congregations:

In a letter to be read in all U.S. congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the First Presidency urged Mormons to participate in the 2010 United States Census:
“The United States Constitution mandates that a census be counted every ten years. This census is used to determine the makeup of state legislatures, local school boards, and other government bodies and to determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Church also uses census data for planning purposes.
“The Census Bureau will soon deliver census questionnaires to every household in America. We urge all members to respond to them in an accurate and timely manner. It is an important obligation for all citizens to be counted in the census.”
That such a letter needs to be read at all says some disturbing things about some of the far right politics of some Church members.

Glenn Beck, the right wing fringe commentator has not only embarrassed himself by calling President Obama a racist–he has embarrassed the Church and Mormons everywhere.  In late July the firebrand exclaimed:

This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy — over and over and over again — who has a deep seated hatred for white people or white culture, I don’t know what it is . . .  I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people. I’m saying he has a problem, this guy is, I believe, a racist.

Of course the claim is nonsense, of the same genre as much of  Rush Limbaugh’s hate speech, and that of Shawn Hanity.  But, what makes Glenn Beck’s comments more harmful is that he claims he is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The Church does not need this type of publicity or association.  Mormons everywhere ought to denouce the comments and Beck for making them.  Why–because these comments perpetuate erroneous and harmful stereotypes of the Church and its membership.  The post Proposition 8 media spin has already harmed the Church’s image painting Mormons who stood for religious principle as propagating hate and intolerance and being on the fringe.  Glenn Beck’s comments only fuel that fire.

The more reasoned secular world is distancing itself from Beck’s ridiculous claims.  Already advertisers are pulling their ads from his show–and rightly so.  Mormons should do likewise.  I, for one, as an active participant in the community of Saints denounce Glenn Beck, his comments, and the harm it does to the Church.  With friends like Glenn Beck–the Church needs no further enemies.

UPDATE 7:30 p.m.  David G’s comment just saved from the spam filter has some important links I wanted to highlight–Thanks David:

Glenn Beck and the Revivalism of Mormon Millenarianism?

The government is the devil:  Glen Beck and Mormonism Redux

Glenn Beck on Smoking (Make certain to watch the video)

Glenn Beck and Drinking Wine

Other Links

Are Glenn Beck’s Values Mormon Values?

Glenn Beck: Mormon Sadly

The Glenn Beck conundrum

Latter day taint

Glenn Beck Doesn’t Speak For All Mormons (Mormon Times)

Glenn Beck Doesn’t Speak For All Mormons (Deseret News)