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)

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The fifth and final session of Conference is here. It’s been a spiritually rich and fulfilling weekend listening to inspired prophetic counsel from the Prophets, Seers, and Revelators of the Church. (more…)

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It’s a beautiful cool, but sunny Sunday morning here in the heart of California’s Central Coast–or as we like to say–just another dull day in Paradise. The Fourth Session of Conference is about to begin, and I’m enjoying the Choir’s singing on Music and the Spoken Word. It’s a very calm and peaceful way to begin such a Sunday morning. For ‘nacle discussions of this morning’s session, see Times and Seasons, and Mormon Mentality. (more…)

tabernacle_choir.jpgPriesthood Session Conference notes. Mormon Mentality also has an open thread on the Priesthood session.  See also the Priesthood session notes over at the blog Rise Up. (more…)

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Saturday’s afternoon session of Conference is about to begin. You can listen and/or watch live on the Church’s website at LDS.org. Fortunately you won’t have to rely on my sparse notes, as the full transcripts of Conference are posted usually by the following Thursday also on the Church’s website. You can choose from a variety of different languages as well. The Deseret News also has a General Conference section on their website. For the iPod crowd, Sixteen Small Stones has some excellent links already posted to podcasts of the Saturday Morning broadcast. They were put up quite quickly. For the Bloggernacle links on Conference see my morning post. (more…)

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Saturday Morning, the first weekend in October, and it’s again time for the Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Around the Bloggernacle, you can find these Conference threads: Times and Seasons has an open thread; By Common Consent didn’t have a thread up as Conference opened, but if you’re in to a rowdy Saturday morning, Ronan as an open Rugby thread over there; Feminist Mormon Housewives has a thread on Conference traditions; Mormon Mentality, has a bingo version of Conference, and an open conference thread as well; Zelophehad’s Daughters has a Conference poll; Our Thoughts also has an open thread. (more…)