Thursday, March 18, 2010

Glenn Beck's Hypocrisy And Perversion Of Faith - Do Mormon's Observe Lent?

Glenn Beck has been at it again, decrying the Democrats push for health care reform as an "affront on God."

From The Huffington Post:
Glenn Beck and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) expressed harmonized outrage on Beck's radio program Thursday about news that the House might vote on the health care reform package this Sunday. Voting on a Sunday, they said, was offensive and heretical.

"They intend to vote on the Sabbath, during Lent, to take away the liberty that we have right from God," King said.

"Faith has been perverted," Beck responded, then repeated. "They are going to vote for this damn thing on a Sunday, which is the Sabbath, during Lent."

Beck continued:

"Here is a group of people that have so perverted our faith and our hope and our charity, that is a -- this is an affront to God."
I had made one observation regarding Beck's comments: Beck, a Mormon, is dissatisfied because the final vote will be held on a Sunday, but as far as I am aware, Mormon's do not celebrate the Catholic holiday of Lent. While Beck was raised a Catholic, I would think that his conversion would prove to show that he has turned his back on the faith. With that being said, I question who exactly is perverting faith to suit their political needs. This would be the same as if Beck voiced his dissatisfaction with votes cast during Ramadan or Hanukkah. We didn't even hear a peep about the religious implications regarding the Christmas Eve vote, so why should we listen to him now?

Glenn Beck had recently gotten into some hot water with religious leaders last week, including top members of his own faith, when he urged listeners to leave their parishes should their preachers advocate "social justice," so his most recent push against the legislation seems to be a little disingenuous, and it appears to me that he is playing on the fears and faith of his followers to oppose any reform. Why else would Beck evoke Lent and the Sabbath in his attack against the bill, despite stating that he believes the day was not chosen on purpose, but is merely coincidental, which in itself alone seems as a political maneuver of his own - distancing himself from making accusations against the administration while allowing his insinuations to ferment with his most devout followers, which tend to be the right-wing christian base of the Republican party. That way, when confronted with his constant aggravation, Beck can weasel his way out of an answer why still keeping face with his fans...

As a side note, I would think that signing legislation to extend health care to over 30 million more Americans would be in the tradition of sacrifice, as commonly practiced during Lent. What better way to show one's love and devotion for their fellow man, as well as god, by providing health care to those who cannot afford what the right consider to be a luxury, not a right?

1 comment:

  1. Now I have no problem with Republicans and honoring the Sabbath. Perhaps they could find a reliable proxy to vote in their stead, while they spend the day with Supply-side Jesus. Perhaps Alan Grayson would volunteer. ;-)


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