Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Glenn's God

I wonder which God Glenn Beck wants Americans to return to. A converted Mormon, perhaps we should consider this:

Mormon theology is a form of restorationism that shares a common set of beliefs with the rest of the Latter Day Saint movement, including use of the Bible, as well as other religious texts including the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants. It differs from other Latter Day Saint movement traditions in that it also accepts the Pearl of Great Price as part of its canon, and it has a history of teaching eternal marriageeternal progression, and plural marriage (although the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had abandoned the practice by the early 20th century). Cultural Mormonism includes a lifestyle promoted by the Mormon institutions, and includes cultural Mormons who identify with the culture, but not necessarily the theology.

The Latter Day Saint movement, including Mormonism, originated in the 1820s in western New York. Founded by Joseph Smith, Jr., the faith drew its first converts while Smith was translating the text of the Book of Mormon. This book described itself as a chronicle of early indigenous peoples of the Americas, portraying them as believing Israelites, and calling for their "restoration" to the Christian faith. Smith translated over 500 pages in about 60 days[3], claiming that it was an ancient record which he translated "by the gift and power of God"[4]. During production of this work in mid-1829, Smith, his close associate Oliver Cowdery, and other early followers began baptizing new converts into a Christian primitivist church, formally organized in 1830 as the Church of Christ.

[Text via Wikipedia.  Read it all here.]

Beck would like us to believe he's just a "rodeo clown", an attention-getter who will do whatever it takes to distract; but Mormonism is a proselytizing faith and he does have quite a soapbox at the moment.

To paraphrase Beck himself:  I don't have the answers; I'm just asking questions!

His particular faith aside, perhaps he wants the country to embrace a God that allowed him to utter the following on his September 9, 2005, radio show:

...it took me about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims' families. Took me about a year. And I had such compassion for them, and I really wanted to help them, and I was behind, you know, "Let's give them money, let's get this started." All of this stuff. And I really didn't -- of the 3,000 victims' families, I don't hate all of them. Probably about 10 of them. And when I see a 9-11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, "Oh shut up!" I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining. And we did our best for them. And, again, it's only about 10.
But the second thought I had when I saw these people and they had to shut down the Astrodome and lock it down, I thought: I didn't think I could hate victims faster than the 9-11 victims. These guys -- you know it's really sad. We're not hearing anything about Mississippi. We're not hearing anything about Alabama. We're hearing about the victims in New Orleans. This is a 90,000-square-mile disaster site, New Orleans is 181 square miles. A hundred and -- 0.2 percent of the disaster area is New Orleans! And that's all we're hearing about, are the people in New Orleans. Those are the only ones we're seeing on television are the scumbags -- and again, it's not all the people in New Orleans. Most of the people in New Orleans got out! It's just a small percentage of those who were left in New Orleans, or who decided to stay in New Orleans, and they're getting all the attention. It's exactly like the 9-11 victims' families. There's about 10 of them that are spoiling it for everybody.

[Text via Media Matters (with their original emphasis).  Read it all here.]

I wonder how Beck's fans would react if they were reminded what lies under his "rodeo clown" costume....

[Image via TPM.]