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Beck as leader: Preaching to the choir?

How's this for a contradiction? One day after his "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial, Glenn Beck said of President Obama that "people aren't recognizing his version of Christianity," and has referred to the president's beliefs as "liberation theology."

But there are plenty of people who don't recognize Beck's beliefs as Christianity, either. The conservative media figure is a Mormon, an adherent of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some 30 percent of Americans, according to a 2007 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, do not believe Mormons are Christians. Mormons, meanwhile, strongly defend their place within the Christian tradition.

As a result, it's more than a little perplexing that after the rally, talk radio hosts were debating whether Beck may have "seized the mantle of the religious right," as this story in today's Post notes. "In a matter of hours, Beck went from a hugely popular media figure .... to a spiritual player," writes Michelle Boorstein, "embracing a new and overtly religious rhetoric that made him sound like an evangelist." She raises a fascinating question: Could a Mormon end up the unlikely leader of the religious right?

Religious leaders seem mixed on Beck's role. Boorstein reports that Richard Land, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, says he does not believe Mormons are Christians, but compared Beck to Billy Graham and agreed to be part of a group of more than 200 clergy members he is calling his "Black Robed Regiment." Meanwhile, evangelical bloggers and organizers have criticized Beck's emerging influence, while prominent pastors have defended him.

The idea of a Mormon leading the Christian right may have seemed impossible not too long ago, given the roles we usually ascribe to leaders. We tend to think of those who've developed a following as some kind of blend of their disciples. They are, we imagine, one of us, a mirrored manifestation of our values and our beliefs, albeit typically with more ideas, more intelligence or a more compelling way of articulating a shared vision.

Or in Beck's case, the powerful platform of Fox News from which he can attract already willing conservative devotees. Beck is a reminder that people see what they want to in the people they follow, especially if they already identify with them in ways that may be more powerful than their differences. With his own brand of fire and brimstone, the conservative media figure is preaching to the choir, so to speak. And the media pulpit has arguably become the most powerful one of all.

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sam781:How dare you say I hate America because I don't believe Beck and the rightwing lies and untruths.I was in Manila in WWII. What in the hell have you done for this country except believe the morons who want to destroy it?.

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | September 1, 2010 11:41 AM

Who gives you Mormons more crap about being Christians ... than other Christians?

And you very well know which of them are doing it the most, which of them are saying the most hateful things about you. You know you'll never be invited to dinner there, and you know they'll never vote for your politicians.

Other Christians.

It isn't the atheists giving you that crap, we're quite sure you people are Christian.

Posted by: eezmamata | September 1, 2010 11:34 AM

Beck is another rightwing hypocrite

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | September 1, 2010 11:13 AM

back in the early 60's people thought the beatles were going to destroy society.

Beck is just another wannabe beatle, making the most of his celebrity.

We don't do mass movements really well here in the US. If I thought there were a god, I'd thank it for that.

Posted by: eezmamata | September 1, 2010 8:59 AM

Boy the poor Mormons have taken a beating from many of those that have commented. Are Mormons Christians? Attend a Mormon church service or two and decide for yourself. Talk to individual Mormons about the topic. Does judging Mormons by Beck make a lot of sense? No more than judging Catholics by Kennedy's actions. Or hating Conservative Jews because of their dress. To belittle Catholics, Jews, Protestants, Muslims or Mormons, does little to help our nation.

Posted by: richard36 | September 1, 2010 8:58 AM

Sending the mainstream media to cover Glenn Beck is like sending your grandfather to a rap concert.

First comes the furrowed brow, then the shake of the head, then the inevitable retreat to the provincial world they/he came from.

Similarly, Jena McGregor pokes and prods at the Beck phenomenon without ever getting anywhere close to comprehending it.

The truth is, Beck is neither a spiritual leader nor a conservative leader, but rather, a conduit that enables working Americans to express their outrage at an elitist, tone-deaf, overspending, overcontrolling government.

Of course, none of this could possibly make sense to the MSM, which sees nanny-state government as the answer to everything -- and still regards Obama as, in the words of Newsweek's Evan Thomas, "sort of God."

If I were a WaPo editor who wanted an intelligent and insightful story written about Beck, I would say to my reporters, "Raise your hand if you think ObamaCare was a good idea."

And I wouldn't even consider assigning the story to anyone with a raised hand.

Posted by: UponFurtherReview | September 1, 2010 7:45 AM

It's amazing that fanatics of the right and left use the same language and don't even notice. For example:

Preaching to the choir of under educated and unthinking individuals is the problem. The repetition of messages that underscore that liberal atheist Democrats have a monopoly on what is moral and proper in terms of what it means to be American is just the same tactic that Italian and Nazi fascists used when they worked their way into power. Today's neo-communist left-wing Democrats denigrate "conservatives" and push them into stereotypical boxes to isolate and intimidate. If reporters spent a little more time reading up on history they wouldn't make such asinine comments about preaching to the crowd. This preaching to the crowd with carefully scripted sound bites is how the Dems plan to fight the elections in November. Unless, Republicans get off their duffs and come up with emotive and effective sound bites that counter the ones used by these neo-communists, we might as well kiss this country's future good-bye.

It's the language of name-calling and hate...not one of issues.

Posted by: NamelessModerate | September 1, 2010 7:30 AM

"The political non-political religious experience of Beck and his minions last weekend on the mall confirmed that in America today anyone and any idea no matter how poorly defined can be a rock star."

You do realize the same is true of Obama as well?

If Obama wasn't black, he'd still be a professor at Harvard writing magazine article for The Atlantic.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | August 31, 2010 10:17 PM

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I know you are trying hard, but you don't know what you are talking about. President Obama is a scholar and a good and decent man. He has not demeaned and defamed any of you fools who have done nothing but demean and defame not only him ,but his wife and daughters using the most vicious, racist, and sickening words and posters.
President Obama was a student at Harvard and the first black person to be voted President of the Harvard Review, a very prestigious position. His teaching was at the UofChicago as a constitutional law professor.
There now you know he is not really an alien, muslim, communist, marxist, fascist, Kenyan medicine man.
He is simply a good and decent man who has raised the Klans from the dead for daring to live in our nation's house.
Maybe his elevation to President was also God's Divine Providence that Beck and Palin like to think they have exclusive rights to. fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | September 1, 2010 7:16 AM

The thing that intrigues me is that Utah senior (Morman) senator Orrin Hatch has endorsed the building of the mosque. Hatch understands religious intolerance better than Beck.

Now former MA governor Mitt Romney and NV senator Harry Reid, both also Mormons, are opposed.
Read

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/09/01/hatch_backs_muslims_on_planned_nyc_mosque/

Posted by: dotellen | September 1, 2010 6:30 AM

Your framing is incorrect. Beck is being paid and promoted by Ruppert Murdock to manipulate his audience to comply with the Murdock agenda.

Posted by: BillKeller | September 1, 2010 6:12 AM

Beck is not a Christian, he is a mormon

Posted by: ChrisW1958 | September 1, 2010 1:00 AM

Magellan, perhaps you should do some research before you post. Your comments make about liberation theology make absolutely no sense. Did you consult with the doofus who things Obama was a professor at Harvard?

Personally, I'd love to see the financial statements of this rally that Beck originally planned to hype his new book. Did any money actually go to the named charity?

Posted by: thmas | August 31, 2010 11:42 PM

Since the writer brought it up in passing, perhaps she could educate us on what "liberation theology" is all about. Rather than snide insinuations as to the specter of "mormonism", how about an explanation as to why white people must become black so as to achieve a post-racial utopia?

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Posted by: msai39 | August 31, 2010 11:26 PM

The problem is the choir is getting bigger by the day. The crowds would have been much larger except that his fans are mostly in their 60's and 70's. My neighbors love the guy as do most of the people I know, and this is Manhattan....They don't go because the wife had recent knee replacement and the husband has lung problems. Most of his followers are voters but cannot move around as the young energetic crowds that attend the "peace rallies". They have too many aches and pains from time gone by but they long for the return of the old times..I go to a lot of social events in NYC liberal and conservative, wealthy and not so wealthy, but all of whom know we are in trouble in every way they can think of and know that he brings a fresh outlook, a fresh view and they know they need and want something new to believe in.. The election will make this clear in 2 months..

Posted by: james_m_reilly1 | August 31, 2010 11:16 PM

Preaching to the choir of under educated and unthinking individuals is the problem. The repetition of messages that underscore that conservative religious Republicans have a monopoly on what is moral and proper in terms of "traditional American values" is just the same tactic that Italian and Nazi fascists used when they worked their way into power. Today's neo-fascist Right-wing Republicans denigrate "liberals" "immigrants" and push them into stereotypical boxes to isolate and intimidate. If reporters spent a little more time reading up on history they wouldn't make such asinine comments about preaching to the crowd. This preaching to the crowd with carefully scripted sound bites is how the GOP plans to fight the elections in November. Unless, Democrats get off their duffs and come up with emotive and effective sound bites that counter the ones used by these neo-fascists, we might as well kiss this country's future good-bye.

Posted by: kerryberger | August 31, 2010 11:09 PM

WATCH GLENN BECK SCREAM ABOUT HOW MUCH HE HATES THE 9/11 VICTIMS, HERE:

www.GlennBeckIsNotMartinLutherKingJr.com

GO TO THE FOLLOWING SITE AND CALL ON ADVERTISERS TO DROP SPONSORSHIP OF GLENN BECK AND HIS REPULSIVE, DIVISIVE, RACE-BAITING JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY FRED KOCH-SUCKING VENAL HACK DRIVEL:

http://www.colorofchange.org/beck/

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Posted by: redjanuko | August 31, 2010 10:58 PM

Glenn is building a Morman Mosque/spiritual
playground and recreational center ON ground zero. I bet he got his fat a$$ whipped everyday in school. He is a Wimp.

Posted by: tuttlegroup | August 31, 2010 10:36 PM

Beck is the biggestCharlatan in the history of our country, who is as adept at bleeding money from those poor lost minnions of the radical right. They ar sirring up trouble in hopes that one of thei kook followers will attempt harm on a democratic official. They are gun crazy wackos.

Posted by: tuttlegroup | August 31, 2010 10:21 PM

"The political non-political religious experience of Beck and his minions last weekend on the mall confirmed that in America today anyone and any idea no matter how poorly defined can be a rock star."

You do realize the same is true of Obama as well?

If Obama wasn't black, he'd still be a professor at Harvard writing magazine article for The Atlantic.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | August 31, 2010 10:17 PM

You just don't get it. The 8/28 rally was a wonderful and enlightening experience. To bad all the liberals want to portray this event as something it wasn't. This just goes to show you how shallow the left is. They are trying their best to pick it apart at every corner. You just can't stand to see a huge number of Americans sharing the American experience, something the far left would never understand as they hate America and American values.

Posted by: sam781 | August 31, 2010 10:14 PM

Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, and their Fox "news" sponsors are jokes no matter how large their niche audience becomes. The political non-political religious experience of Beck and his minions last weekend on the mall confirmed that in America today anyone and any idea no matter how poorly defined can be a rock star.

Thank God if I whined as much as Beck and Palin my family and friends would kick me in the back side and wake me up. At least "they" can't take that away from me.

Posted by: TomMiller1 | August 31, 2010 10:00 PM

A gold-scamming religious leader? I thought Pat Robertson had an exclusive with that one. Beck is an embarrassment to any segment of our nation. He is mentally unbalanced, has no reality-based analysis, and zero viable ideas. Beck is only an asset to those who want to prevent the crazies from taking over in November.

Posted by: revbookburn | August 31, 2010 9:56 PM

As a practicing Mormon I am highly offended by Glen Beck. Whatever people may think of our origins and theology, nothing in GB's behaviour or comments are in accordance with what the teachings of the Church. Yes, we have the Book of Mormon, but we have a Bible based theology, predicated on New Testament teachings. In all GB does and says he contradicts the basic precepts of Christ's teachings.

Furthermore, as a practicing Mormon, I am highly offended by GB and am shamed that we belong to the same religion.

Posted by: montecristo141 | August 31, 2010 9:43 PM

reference the episode of South Park regarding Mormons for an unbiased opinion. I won't link anything so you won't suspect me of phising...

Posted by: dcdoug | August 31, 2010 9:42 PM

reference the episode of South Park regarding Mormons for an unbiased opinion. I won't link anything so you won't suspect me of phising...

Posted by: dcdoug | August 31, 2010 9:40 PM

We saw your signs at the last rally you goons attended, we've seen and heard Glenn Beck's race-baiting tirades, and you are not fooling anyone but yourselves, pinheads.

Posted by: redjanuko | August 31, 2010 9:07 PM

I think I finally understand what Beck means about restoring honor - we need to return to having duels.

From now on, if my neighbor makes a disparaging remark about my lawn, I will challenge him to a pistol duel at 50 paces to restore my honor. If a slovenly clerk is rude to me at 7/11, I slap him with my glove and demand satisfaction with sabers or epees - his choice.

With our honor restored, we will all be happier.

Posted by: maggots | August 31, 2010 9:05 PM

Go here to watch an interesting video and sign:

www.GlennBeckIsNotMartinLutherKingJr.com

Then go here:

http://www.colorofchange.org/beck/

These morons who claim that because they lost election our country has lost its honor get only one vote in November - for every one of those goons who actually his or her way to the right voting district, bring bring TWO registered voters with you to the polls in November. I'd love to see them looking more stupid and stunned than they looked when Obama was elected. Let's run the bigoted right-wing hacks out on a rail.

Posted by: redjanuko | August 31, 2010 9:04 PM

To paraphrase H. L. Mencken, Glenn Beck is proof that no one can go broke if he wraps himself in the flag, pounds on a bible, and carries a cross.

Beck's new-found religion is just another act -- his crying got old so he needs another schtick. And the "faithful" will eat it up.

What is it about religous belief that makes people stupid?

Posted by: OldRedneck | August 31, 2010 8:58 PM

I want to know what the Mormon leadership has to say about this.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | August 31, 2010 8:56 PM

What nonsense to accuse Beck. The gathering had nothing to do with denomination; Beck was addressing values not theological distinctions and spiritual regeneration, whatever the context of our experience; not theocracy but personal revaluation of the character of what we give in life to life.

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Posted by: AJAX2 | August 31, 2010 8:22 PM

So he's a Mormon?! No wonder I never could take anything he says seriously. And all along I thought he was just an idiot. This explains everything.
He's an idiot and a Mormon and people still listen to him. God help us.

Posted by: gnomek2 | August 31, 2010 7:58 PM

Glenn Beck has a secret plan to turn America into a Mormon country.

Posted by: bendan2000 | August 31, 2010 7:52 PM

Yes, Beck is a loud mouthed, opinionated, partial commentator. But is he any different that some guy named "Ed" on MSNBC, or Keith Olberman, also on MSNBC, or any of the other loud mouted, opinionated, politically biased, ax to grind commentators parading themselves as journalists? The whole industry has sunk to new lows. Unfortunately, I have to rely on foreign media outlets to put together a picture of what is happening in our world. I can't get an unbiased, "unpolitical" view from our own media.

Posted by: logan303 | August 31, 2010 7:51 PM

You guys at the Post and other media outlets keep legitimizing Beck's attacks on this country, especially our popularly elected government, something we can't say about 43's election in 2000.

Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and the ranting anarchist at Fox News do the Taliban work very well in this country. Middle east extremist don't need to attack this country as long as the radical right does their work for them.

Who should we blame? Try the big business media.

Posted by: BigTrees | August 31, 2010 7:42 PM

I don't believe he will become the leader of the Christian right. I'm not a right wing Christian, but I know how I respond to Mormon teachings. Trying to impose them on a Christian conservative political movement or on the mainstream will be hard to do.

Beck's rally could be the end, not of his influence, but of his appearance of having overwhelming influence. Now he might become the leader of just another right splinter movement, Mormons trying to impose their what-some-see-as-cultlike vision on us all through the government.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | August 31, 2010 7:27 PM

Mr. Beck is a clever, young white boy who has latched on to a famous black, very well educated leader with degrees in sociology, theology, PhD from Boston University, student of civil disobedience who studied in India.The good news for Mr. Beck is that he had a bullet proof vest and J. Edgar Hoover wasn't around to tap his phone and peek in his bedroom and call him a commie! A lot of white folks will adore him even more...plain talk works and God is always popular!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | August 31, 2010 7:27 PM

Who needs another TV evangelist?
Beck's gone off the deep end and will loose those who understand the purpose of separation of church and state.
He's loosing me...
He may as well join the constitutional party which existed long before he sobered up.

Posted by: Ospatt | August 31, 2010 6:39 PM

If one will take notice Beck suggest this and that but never follows through on anything,he lets the weakminded let their imagination run away with themselves but in truth Beck is only an empty shell which goes to show you can fool some of the people all of the time.Surely there are too many people who think for themselves to ever let a nut like Rand Paul or Sarah Palin get elected to national office.

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | August 31, 2010 6:19 PM

Probably 20% of those surveyed think Beck is a Muslim.

Posted by: pjohn2 | August 31, 2010 6:16 PM

My question is this; why are 'Evangelicals' so easily duped. They used these same ploys in 2004 to get G.W. Bush re-elected by courting the religious folks, saying that they will restore decency, moral values and the like. They had the majority after that election (House and Senate) but no 'moral' legislation was enacted only more benefits for the FAT CATS!!!! Evangelical Christians wake up (if anyone lacks wisdom ask God who freely gives wisdom - James 1) and smell the coffee....don't fall for the okie doke again! PLEEZ!

Posted by: RoxaneJohnson | August 31, 2010 5:54 PM

Religious leader? I have yet to see a true religious leader carrying out bag fulls of money for preaching the word of God.

Posted by: kchses1 | August 31, 2010 5:26 PM

Time to define "Liberation Theology". It may be bandied about Fox entertainment but I've missed the definition they have attached to Obama. I doubt very seriously Obama even knows what they are talking about. The term was first foisted on the reicht but a little known but influential group that launched basically with Reagan the "Peace Through Strength" coalition on Capital Hill and registered as the American Security Council Education Foundation. They were intimately involved with Ollie North and the Contras and had these VCR tapes they produced that pivoted on Cuba and so-called Liberation Theology which was by their definition communist priests trained by Moscow/Cuba. You may remember the high profile assassinations of several priests and Nuns in Central America during this period. Anyway, I know a few Churches supported the peoples of Central America but few really supported the concept and Roman Catholics especially were cleansed of any leanings all through the '80's.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | August 31, 2010 5:18 PM

Holy Quetzalcoatl!

Posted by: phvr38 | August 31, 2010 5:05 PM

BUT DOES NOBODY KNOW WHAT THAT PUDGEY BODY TYPE INVARIABLY TURNS OUT TO BE???

Posted by: whistling | August 31, 2010 4:45 PM
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Point well taken, but I know from family members' experience that the same body type is created by some anti-psychotic meds. That seems for more likely to me, given his history. Generally, these days, if he were a child molester, that would have surfaced by now.

Posted by: abqcleve | August 31, 2010 4:57 PM


EXCUSE ME!

IS this silly mouth off

A leader of the Christine right?

Or a Morman who thinks Christians don't know the way to salvation.

The Tea Parteries are truly stupid. Don't know history, don't know sense, don't know their heads from their butts.
You one of them?

Posted by: whistling | August 31, 2010 4:56 PM


CRAZY INSANE.

Is there one of you who didn't see the Glenn Beck body type in high school...

bluggery, fat, feminine mouth off

who was as gay and silly as possible...
\
And still we are to believe that this little mouth off is a leader of real people?

I though 'heartland' people would've caught him from day one. My GOD, what are you?
After six generations in Iowa, I'd think you'd see this little priss from a thousands miles away!

Posted by: whistling | August 31, 2010 4:53 PM


BEEN ROUND MUCH?

Have you noted, without exception, what the body type, fat, blubbery, sissy

means in the end? You wouldn't want trust themr children with them...baby sitting...

Beck is one of them. Why hasn't some
knowledgable 'scientist' named it?

You heard it first: this guy has problems beyond his background of drug and booze problems.
This is one sick baby screamer.

HOW DID WE GET TO THIS?

And please give me credit when all of it comes to light. Though we know his
followers are not the brightest.

BUT DOES NOBODY KNOW WHAT THAT PUDGEY BODY TYPE INVARIABLY TURNS OUT TO BE???

Posted by: whistling | August 31, 2010 4:45 PM

What a distinct and refreshing difference between war-mongering Glenn Beck Christians in the US and Mormon, Adventist, Protestant and Catholic Christians I work and live with here in Mexico who haven't pimped their Personal Lord and Savior to exploit as a hateful, intolerant, right-wing Fox News political wedge issues.

In the US, it's not your father's Christianity any more. Beck, Dobson, Robertson et. al. saw to that.

Posted by: areyousaying | August 31, 2010 4:39 PM

***They are some of the most provincial, close minded,hypocritical,sanctimonious, oppressive and self righteous folks around***

Sounds about right...and they love to convince each other that they're other than a tribe of superstitious emptyheads...they're the reason there will not be a Republican landslide at the polls. They make great entertainment for the media, but hopelessly incompetent leaders whenever they manage to slither into office.

Posted by: Jerryvov | August 31, 2010 4:37 PM

Hitler didn't get into power 'all by himself'. Hitler gave many speeches, and people listened. They must have liked what he had to say to follow blindly (even if it was themselves who put on the blinders). Most people will do just about anything to avoid thinking for themselves. Beck's speech was long on rhetoric and deficient of any thought out game-plan. History may not repeat itself, but it rhymes fairly well. When people start mixing religion and politics they usually produce a toxic blend. The crusades, the inquisition even the Salem witch trials; when religion is in power the depths of evil are explored.

Posted by: jimjohnd | August 31, 2010 4:37 PM

Conservative Christians love to deride liberal Christians as fluffy bunnies who decide what they want to believe and then cherry-pick just enough Christianity to back it up. This goes to show that conservative Christians are all too prone to the exact same thing.

Posted by: DoctorWhom | August 31, 2010 4:25 PM

Mormons don't wear crosses. Try to find a cross on a Mormon building.

Anyone who can rationally "choose" Mormonism has just demonstrated his utter lack of decision making skills. BIC Mitt Romney doesn't get a free pass either. He went to the temple and thought it was all good - bad decision making skills.

Mormons may be good people, but they are not in any way Christians. To call them so perverts the definitions of both Mormon and Christian so badly as to make them meaningless.

Posted by: tmschlitzer | August 31, 2010 4:21 PM

Why not? Mormons and Glenn Beck Christians share the same Dan Quayle "family values":

- return to back alley abortions
- discrimination and even violence against gays
- demonizing "non-believers", Muslims and Mexicans
- education and health care is "socialism"
- pre-emptive war in Iran
- subjugation of women
- endless war to prop up defense contractors in Bush's Depression

They deserve each other and now forever shall be intertwined along with Soap Opera Sarah and her white, inbred teabagger cousins of Fred Phelps . Amen
-

Posted by: areyousaying | August 31, 2010 4:17 PM

Be he morman or fundamentalist it makes no difference as long as there's a cross over his heart he can preach to the assembled klaverns.

Posted by: whocares666 | August 31, 2010 4:14 PM

Yes, he is preaching to the choir and the choir seems to be growing in numbers.

Posted by: 45upnorth | August 31, 2010 4:04 PM

For me, this speaks to the bankruptcy of what passes for the Christian right these days. I miss Jim & Tammy...at least they didn't want to hurt anyone.

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | August 31, 2010 4:03 PM

Beck's "choir," comprised of his followers, is vocal but tone deaf and out of tune---out of tune with life's beauty and humanity. As Doris Egan observed, "Rational arguments don't usually work with religious people. Otherwise, there wouldn't be religious people."

Posted by: Calexico | August 31, 2010 3:58 PM

The religious Right apparently doesn't really care too much about exactly what their leaders believe, as long as their leaders beliefs include contempt for liberals. They believe whatever their leaders tell them is true, and distrust anything they hear from any other sources, since other sources are, by definition, 'liberal media'.

In other words, they have set up an impenetrable wall between themselves and conflicting views from the outside world, so nay evidence to the contrary of their beliefs will be rejected.

Posted by: samsara15 | August 31, 2010 3:53 PM

beck right on... marry 12 wives and lead america to religious path, such a crock

Posted by: hemisphere | August 31, 2010 3:52 PM

I personally know several Mormans and find them all caring and good people. But like with all proselyting religions I wonder whether the leaders aren't trying for a wide power grab on the backs of the good people who believe the myths and gobbledygook present in all the religions. Could Beck be just a stalking horse in Mitt Romney's run in 2012. Shifting his affinity for the ridiculous Palin to the Mormon Romney in the primaries. Just sayin'.

Posted by: bobtich | August 31, 2010 3:51 PM

I'll be the first one laughing when the next 2012 president of the US will be a Mormon- and HE WILL BRING US BACK TO THE RIGHT PATH...!

Posted by: american17 | August 31, 2010 3:45 PM

Makes perfect sense to me after living under Mormon rule in Utah for 13 years. They are some of the most provincial, close minded,hypocritical,sanctimonious, oppressive and self righteous folks around. Any Christian can come along as long as they tithe and jump through the hoops, which Beck obviously does. And of course if you don't behave you are punished by not being able to attend Temple, even for your kid's wedding!

Posted by: elkofan | August 31, 2010 3:44 PM

How can anyone claim to be a Mormon AND want to be regarded seriously? Joe Smith??C'mon!!

Posted by: shanks1 | August 31, 2010 3:43 PM

I'm a little puzzled that Beck now presents himself as a religious leader, but he works for an organization that emphasizes lashing out at various groups of people and that apparently places little emphasis on truthfulness. None of my Bibles has Jesus teaching us to "hate thy neighbor," but quite a few of the people working at Fox follow that principle.

Posted by: dnice1 | August 31, 2010 3:31 PM

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