Friday, August 13, 2010

Beck responds to Faithful America ad criticizing his attacks on social justice.

I find it simply extraordinary that Beck doesn't get this.

He has already been challenged to debate the issue, a challenge which he is apparently too scared to take up. He prefers to issue his pronouncements and never have to answer other people's challenges, except as he does here, by attacking the people who dare to challenge him - "Let's look at who these people are? What they believe in? - and, almost inevitably, finding that they are - through his almost manic ability to find associations where there are none - part of Obama's network of Czar progressives.

But what really amazes me is that no Republican has taken him to one side and asked him, "What the f@ck do you think you are doing?"

The Republicans, like the British Conservative party, fight very hard to avoid the label of being the Party of the Rich. To that end, the Republicans always portray themselves as being against "elitism", although their reading of that term always differs violently from any rational person's understanding of what elitism is. Theirs is usually a protest against education and facts, which in their minds are things that "elitists" are overly reliant upon.

But Beck's logic when it comes to religion ignores the teachings of the bible, where the need to help the poor is often advocated:

Luke 3:11. And [John the Baptist] would answer and say to them, "Let the man with two tunics share with him who has none, and let him who has food do likewise."

Mt. 5:42. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

Prov. 19:17. He who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his good deed.

Mt. 19:20ff. The young man said to Him, "All these commands I have kept; what am I still lacking?" Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
Leaving aside the fact that he is simply wrong when it comes to the Bible's attitude to what Beck refers to as "social justice"; Republicans should worry that he is undoing much of their work at portraying themselves as on the side of the little guy.

It's for that reason alone that I am simply amazed that no-one has ever whispered "shut up!" into his ear.


daveawayfromhome said...

Republicans need way out wackos like Beck around, so that when the "mainstream" GOP proposes policies (that are far to the right of ordinary people) they dont sound as nutty as they actually are because Beck, and those like him, propose things far worse.

daveawayfromhome said...
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Kel said...

That's a very good point, Dave.