Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Beck makes up facts about Faith in Public Life

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The blogoshere is buzzing about Glenn Beck's announcement of his having been diagnosed with macular dystrophy, but his continued deceptions and hypocrisies are being ignored. Maybe this is just old news, but Beck keeps it fresh pretty much every show. On his show of 7/19/2010, he addressed the radio campaign that is running in areas where he is scheduled to speak, and then proceeding to pick "facts" about the organization behind the ads out from down under (not Australia).

tells the truth?
Faith in Public Life certainly has its focus on Glenn Beck's war against social justice. After noting that the organization got funding from George Soros to the tune of $450,000, Beck played the radio ad going out over the airways in advance of his appearances around the country:

Would you support a leader who said Jesus' teachings can lead to Naziism? Or who attacks Christian pastors for preaching the full gospel? Then why do so many Christians tune into Glenn Beck? By deriding pastors who preach the justice taught by Jesus and the prophets, Glenn Beck has urged listeners to follow his piecemeal gospel. Scripture teaches that the tongue can be like a small fire that sets a whole forest ablaze, and Christians are cautioned not to praise God in one breath while cursing those made in God's likeness in the next....

Beck responded in mock disdain: "I hate that guy, even though it's me. I'm going to rethink my whole life George...even though I never said anything like the teachings of Jesus would lead to NaziismNever."

Now for the facts: From the May 28 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program:

BECK: So here's what Simon Greer, president and CEO of Jewish Funds for Justice, says:
"Glenn Beck, you are a con man. And America is not buying it. I exhort you to stop bottling your ideological agenda and labeling it theology. Americans deserve and demand better. You have told us not to look in -- what not to look for in a house of worship, but now I ask you what kind of house of worship do you desire? 'Make sure your church puts God first and politics and government last.' The question is, how then do we put God first?"
BECK: God is truth. And he lights a fire. God changes hearts. God goes directly to your heart. Government goes directly to your wallet.
[Greer] says, "All of us are created in the image of the divine, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. To put God first in faith is to put humanity first." Is that true? He then says, "This is a democracy." No, it's a republic. There's a difference, you should look it up. "The government is you, me, and 300 million whom we share with our nation. Government is one way which we care for our neighbors, and tradition tells me to care for my neighbor as I care for myself. Here's what we do for each other as Americans: We grow food, we create jobs, we build homes, pave roads, teach our children, care for our grandparents, secure our neighborhoods. Government makes our country function. To put God first is to put humankind first. To put humankind first is to put the common good first."
This leads to death camps. A Jew, of all people, should know that. This is exactly the kind of talk that led to the death camps in Germany. Put humankind and the common good first.
Help me out, how did that lead to death camps? How does that lead to death camps? Because that's what they'll say: "Oh, Glenn Beck is talking about death camps." Help me out. Let's think of this logically, and we can back it up with documentation. How does that lead to death camps?
GRAY: Well, because if certain people are hurting the common good, they have to be removed from society.
BECK: ...It's all the same argument. Once you get into the common good, it's over. And this is the perversion that every minister, pastor, priest, bishop --  every single person in America, every rabbi should be at the pulpit saying the same thing -- get away from anyone who talks about the common good. Because the common good -- if you put that first, and you reject individual -- you are headed for the death camps. [Emphasis added]

The record is clear: Beck's claim that he "never said anything like" that is false. 

Beck continued on this subject by pointing out to his audience that the "front page" of their website listed healthcare 28 times. Click on this graphic and count.

Beck also claimed that immigration was mentioned 12 times, climate justice 10 times, social justice 11 times, Glenn Beck 13 times and Jesus 0 times. Look at this "front page" and tell The Glenn Beck Review how Beck could have come up with those numbers. OK, Jesus was not mentioned, Christianity is mentioned once. On the front page, last updated July 15th, healthcare is mentioned 0 times, immigration 0 times, climate justice 0 times, social justice 0 times, Glenn Beck 5 times. From where did Beck pull the numbers he claimed on his show? Freedom Works? Americans for Prosperity? From down under? It turns out that Beck was probably talking about the Faithful America website:

Beth Dalman, online organizer for the group explained in an e-mail that "[w]e are a multi-faith group, on our homepage you will find several references to faith and values.There is, however, a link on the hompeage with the documentation for our ad, which does mention Jesus and the relevant scriptures.” Does Beck care about subtleties like this? Number of references to Glenn Beck on that front page: 7, not 13 as Beck claimed. It's clear that Beck did not do the counting because of his eye disease...if he actually has macular someone is passing along misinformation to him. Then he spouts it: the buck stops with Beck. Millions of them. Deceit pays.

One thing is nearly certain before listening to another episode: Beck will not correct himself. He spews information and misinformation on a regular basis, but he virtually never corrects his record. Beck was partially correct in stating that Soros funded FIPL to the tune of $450,000. FIPL sought funding from Soros' Open Society Institute and received two grants for $225,000. Soros did not interact with the group in any way.

Beck opened this show by saying, "To restore this country, we must be grounded in the truth." Later, when he was promoting his 8/28 rally/book release event, which was then 40 days and 40 nights away, he claimed that hope is truth. He exhorted his followers to "Stop all the lies for the next 40 days...little lies even. Be honest.

The Glenn Beck Review is still waiting for Glenn Beck to take his own advice. Until he does so, Mr. Beck is a liar and a hypocrite. Hope is not truth, but many people hope Beck starts telling the truth all of the time. Beck is the first person who needs to Be Honest!

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Lisa Houserman said...

I heard him say this 40 day and 40 night deal and I believe he will never make it!

Jeannie said...

I think you don't understand what he said.

He was saying, in other words, that if you put groupism, groupthink, "common good" ahead of the individual, meaning individual rights, then you get into eventually being like Stalin, Mao, Hitler, etc.

Socialists don't understand why their economics does not work and when their policies fail they ratchet down some more until they are controlling everyone and everything.

Big brother is arriving piece by piece.

The Glenn Beck Review said...

Jeannie, what does your comment have to do with my point, namely that Beck was pulling "facts" about Faith in Public Life" out of his ass.

I understand your fear. It gets articulated every time there's a liberal in the White House. News flash for you Jeannie: liberals want to preserve capitalism and to make it work for everyone, not just the ones fortunate enough to make it to the top of the rat race.

Big brother always shows up in a time of war: under Lincoln, Wilson, FDR, Nixon, Bush and now still under Obama. War is the door through which Big Brother arrives, not comprehensive reform legislation.