Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Beck: Liar, Lunatic, or Oh Lordy
Wow! That is all I can say. Well, not really, since I'm posting about the guy. Glenn Beck has really gone off the deep end with his latest rant. He has passed the last stop on the way to Crazytown. I thought I was watching Pat Robertson on the 700 Club for a minute. But for all of his ranting, Beck seems to know very little of the Christianity he professes. In an earlier show, he made some crack about "swords into plowshares" being a "commie plot". It very telling that he is unfamiliar with one of the most famous images from the New Testament.
He cries about how we should follow the ten commandments, lamenting that they have been removed from a park. He then follows this with the standard right-wing fundamentalist claim that no one can pray in school. Children can pray in public school as long as they are not causing a scene or disrupting class. But teachers and other government employees cannot coerce children to pray. He is breaking one of the very commandments he wants others to follow. What about the ninth commandment? The one about not bearing false witness? Oh, I see. Do what I say and not what I do. He can cherry pick his Christian commandments, but others must obey them all.
Glenn Beck follows an all too familiar format, a former drunk, now drunk on Jesus. He talks about an empty void inside everyone that must be filled with his god. He has traded an addiction to alcohol and drugs with an addiction to religion. His void was formerly filled with alcohol and drugs and is now filled with Jesus and an authoritarian church structure. He projects his own feelings of worthlessness and moral weakness on everyone else. Sorry, Mr.Beck, but I have a happy and productive life, filled with family. I don't have an empty void waiting to be filled. I also don't need an authoritarian structure to give my life purpose and morality.
Beck rants on and on about how "the godless" are corrupting American society and are responsible for all its social ills. Replace the "the godless" with "the Jews" and anyone can see exactly where he is going. I won't be surprised if one day he appears wearing a brown shirt on his show.
I thought of this scene in V for Vendetta when I heard Glen Beck. Friendly Atheist also has it posted as well.