Glenn Beck Attacks Pastors, Doesn't Understand What Church Is

If you Google “church ‘social justice,’” you get 2.3 million results. “Faith ‘social justice’” yields  2 million, and “Judaism ‘social justice’” gives 1.2 million more. The Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis even has an “Office for Social Justice.”

According to Fox News’ resident bigot Glenn Beck, the Archbishop of St. Paul and most of those other webmasters are all either Nazis or Communists.

"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, the idea, hang on, am I advising people to leave their church... yes!... If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish."

Code words? When you actually ask the Minnesota Catholics what they do, they’re pretty up front about it: “We base our activities on the biblical and theological foundations of Catholic social teaching… We emphasize the ‘option for the poor’ by pursuing issues which address the dignity and rights of people who are socially, politically, or economically disadvantaged.” 

But no, it is impossible, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that such people are telling the truth. We know this because there was once someone else who meant something different by "social justice." Do you know who that someone else was?


Specious logic aside, Beck’s quote proves he doesn’t understand what church is even ABOUT, not if he thinks it’s the pastor’s occasional choice of language that defines the place. Something that was lost during 2008’s kerfuffle about Pastor Jeremiah Wright is that church is about far more than the Sunday sermon. Pastors come and pastors go, but congregations remain. Church is about community and family. It is about learning and worshipping together in order to grow in ways we never could as individuals. It is not just about filling the lives of those inside the church, but about making a difference in the church's larger community - social justice. In fact, at the church where I currently work, a survey conducted during a recent priest transition said only 55% of parishioners consider the sermon an important part of their church experience. Music and youth opportunities were around 80%.

The fact that Beck would encourage people to leave a church because a pastor or priest defines certain justice Scriptural passages – passages Beck may wish don’t even exist – with two particular words shows that the man knows absolutely nothing about faith, church, or Scripture. While I don’t want to question his personal morality, it’s only going to get harder not to regard him, and his network, as false prophets or charlatans.

If you’re a person of faith and would like to push back against Beck, the New Evangelical Partnership, run by the former Vice President of the conservative National Association of Evangelicals, is trying to raise $5,000 to produce and distribute a video using Matthew 25 to respond to Beck.

Tags: Glenn Beck, Fox News, social justice, religion, faith and politics (all tags)



Well it doesn't really matter what Beck

has to say about any Christian denomination.  He left that faith years ago.

by Khun David 2010-03-05 07:30PM | 0 recs
RE: Well it doesn't really matter what Beck

Well it had to happen. The doctrines of conservatism don't sit well with the message of Christ.

by vecky 2010-03-05 07:36PM | 0 recs
RE: Well it doesn't really matter what Beck

I think that's unfair and I think it's wrong to use religion that way.

Christ told us to help the poor and show His love. He didn't say we have to do it with government, only that we have to stand up to oppressive governments. It's obvious, methinks, that we should use the best tools at our disposal to achieve the goals Christ gave us, but not everyone's going to say that government is an effective tool. Someone can simultaneously believe it's important to help the poor and that governments are incapable of doing so. I think they're wrong, but it's a disagreement on the capability of government, not of values and goals. It's a disagreement on how to implement the message of Christ, not on the message itself.

Now, if you said the doctrines of the Republican Party don't sit well with the message of Christ, I'd be a lot more inclined to agree, because Bush was by no means conservative. Tortue is not conservative and it is not Christian, but it is Republican. Etc. etc.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-05 07:42PM | 0 recs
RE: Well it doesn't really matter what Beck

Well maybe we define conservatism differently then. Both Bush and torture are conservative ... don't look at it, it's them who make the argument. And Beck was not talking about "government", though it should be noted that churchs in their functions and structure are not terribly different from government (collect tithes, provide services for the common good, have a command system, etc). Next he'll be railing against them for being a community organization (which they are).

by vecky 2010-03-05 09:43PM | 0 recs
RE: Well it doesn't really matter what Beck

Yes, as they, Pilate was a governor; Jesus was a community organizer (and then some). :)

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-05 09:52PM | 0 recs
Government is us, community

Government is us, the community.  It is We, the People making decisions for ourselves instead of others making decisions for us.  So I am not sure what you mean when you say government is not an effective for helping the poor.

by davej 2010-03-09 08:10PM | 0 recs
RE: Government is us, community

I completely agree with you. A lot of people don't. It's not up to me to explain their ideology, only to acknowledge that it exists. But I'm with you 100%.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-09 08:59PM | 0 recs
RE: Well it doesn't really matter what Beck

These must be his favorite people:

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-05 07:37PM | 0 recs

go to and search social justice. Zero results. Go figure.

by alectimmerman 2010-03-05 10:14PM | 0 recs
RE: huh

I can deal with that. Semantics; they could just call it "justice" or even, blech, "charity." But nope - what's more bothersome is that "poverty" yields zero results as well, and simple "justice" yields only two.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-05 11:56PM | 0 recs
This is good too. Look who is "Mormon of the year!"

Wonder how the Beckster likes being in a Religion where Harry Reid is the most outstanding member!

by alectimmerman 2010-03-05 10:18PM | 0 recs


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