In the US there is supposed to be a separation between religion and state, but the GOP depends on right-wing extremist Christians’ votes so these and similar tactics have been prevalent for generations.
“Tricky Dick’s” Southern Strategy of coded or veiled racism to induce the south’s traditionally conservative white voters to vote for the GOP needed a religious leader’s backing for those bible thumpers. This bible thumper extraordinaire turned out to be Billy Graham. After the Kent State Massacare Nixon had to appease his base by showing up on a friendly college campus. He went to the University of Tennessee as he found out that his good friend the Reverend Billy Graham was holding a crusade.
The next reincarnation of the GOP’s malicious attempt to violate of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution was the Moral Majority, U.S. political action group composed of conservative, fundamentalist Christians. Founded (1979) and led (1979-87) by evangelist Rev. Jerry Falwell, the group played a significant role in the 1980 elections through its strong support of conservative candidates. The Moral Majority was dissolved in 1989.
Glenn Beck who is notorious for his non-inclusive small tent is trying pretend that he is a civil rights leader.
The article “Wallace To Beck: ‘Do You Have Any Credibility Talking About Reclaiming The Civil Rights Movement?'” proves that even his lying hypocritical fellow FOX propagandist’s can’t stomach Beck’s lies.
The article states “Yesterday, right-wing “rodeo clown” Glenn Beck preached to reported 87,000 supporters at his “Restoring Honor” rally on the National Mall. Pitching the event as a “non-political” reclamation of the civil rights movement, Beck cultivated an air of revival and sold the crowd on “a religious brand of patriotism.” “America today turn’s back to God,” he proclaimed.
Today on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace waded into Beck’s psyche to try to clarify Beck’s true beliefs. Noting Beck’s claim that “divine providence” allowed him to reclaim the civil rights movement from “racial politics,” Wallace asked Beck about his previous declaration that President Obama was racist and wondered if he has any credibility “reclaiming the civil rights movement” because of that statement….
Beck later said he regretted calling Obama a racist and that the real problem with the President is his alleged belief in “liberation theology.” When Wallace then noted that Beck called President Obama’s faith “a perversion of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” and wondered who made him “the God Squad,” Beck called the President “demonic”.
Beck neatly tied it all up and said that he was not the source of the attacks, but Pope Benedict, who, the article quotes as saying “that it is demonic not divine when theology crosses into the line of doing that which only the divine can do. He was speaking specifically about liberation theology.”
If Beck wants to attack Obama why can’t he do so openly? He wants to have a way to backtrack and blaming Pope Benedict fulfills that requirement.
The article “Beck Blasts Obama’s ‘Perversion Of The Gospel,’ While Evangelicals Blast Beck’s ‘False Gospel'” describes that Beck has no moral authority or religious standing. How does he have the audacity to attack Obama’s religion?
The article notes one evangelical group, via Christian Newswire, attacked Beck as it states “Glenn Beck promotes a false gospel. However, many of his political ideas can help America. … Mormonism is not a Christian denomination but a cult of Christianity. … Many endorse false gospels including Mormonism.”
Beck billed this rally as being apolitical. Of course that was a lie. The article also noted that Beck called on another FOX celebrity to help him walk back from that and politically attack Obama as the article states “The next day, on Fox News, Beck morphed his purportedly “non-political” message into a stinging political missive against Obama, claiming the President’s worldview was shaped by “Marxism disguised as religion.” Beck attacked Obama as “a guy who understands the world through liberation theology, which is oppressor-and-victim.” “People aren’t recognizing his version of Christianity,” Beck added:
“You see, it’s all about victims and victimhood; oppressors and the oppressed; reparations, not repentance; collectivism, not individual salvation. I don’t know what that is, other than it’s not Muslim, it’s not Christian. It’s a perversion of the gospel of Jesus Christ as most Christians know it,” Beck said.”
At some point Beck will have his mug somewhere saying the rally was apolitical.
The article “The myth of Beck’s ‘apolitical’ event” demonstrates that as just as it was with “Tricky Dick” anytime his lips are moving you can be sure that Beck was just lying again.
The article states “Of course the event was political. Sarah Palin, the sweetheart of the political Tea Party movement, was a speaker. Congressmen such as Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) helped with fundraising, and the astroturf experts at FreedomWorks (originally set up by David Koch, and chaired by former House Majority Leader, Dick Armey, and also the group behind efforts to derail healthcare reform,) along with Tea Party Patriots, offered volunteers as well as logistical advice.”
What Beck is attempting to do is contained in the title of the article “Is God a Republican?: Why Politics Is Dangerous for Religion”. Beck wants us to forget about the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Doesn’t the GOP, including Beck, always say they honor the United States Constitution?
The article states “Ralph Reed says that government cannot make people moral. Nonetheless, a pledge that it can seems to be on every candidate’s lips. Under pressure from the Christian Coalition, Republicans have tried to make character the issue of presidential politics in 1996. The result has too often been the worst sort of religious politics, a politics of moral name-calling that implicates many religious people in scurrilous attacks upon Bill Clinton as a moral leper. The New England clergy who demonized Thomas Jefferson during the election campaign of 1800 followed a similar strategy. It proved to be a disastrous failure for the Federalist Party, and it all but destroyed the Congregational Church. History doesn’t always repeat itself. But the thought that it might ought to give Reed some sleepless nights.”
Beck always gets weepy-eyed about honoring the United States Constitution. When it is to his advantage that is violated. Beck would do anything for GOP gain.