Glenn Beck, social justice and the Bible 

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Glenn Beck is calling on Americans to run from religions that preach social justice, and the Republican Party has answered the call. The party, which promotes catchy slogans such as “Monsanto Is a Person, Too” and “Exxon: A Company with a Heart of Gold,” is now almost completely justice-free.

There is but one thing that stands between Beck and victory and between Monsanto and all the Lebensraum a corporation could desire: an insidious book that long ago should have been banned, and would have been if Beck’s predecessor in the Ministry of Truth had been successful. Let me draw Group Leader Beck’s attention to a few of its more dangerous passages, every one of them cause for a book burning.

“Blessed are the poor.” People who say things like that obviously haven’t visited the Utah Legislature’s lobbyist love nest.

“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him … If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.” Sounds like the redistribution of wealth to me.

“O Lord … thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress.” Is it any wonder the poor are always with us? This book encourages them in their sloth. It’s time they stood on their own feet.

“Trust ye in the Lord … for he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low ... The foot shall tread it down, even the foot of the poor.” That’s revolution, Group Leader Beck; social revolution, and it’s not good for business.

“Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.” An unstoppable flash flood of social justice? Scandalous!

“The Lord will judge the elders of his people and the princes thereof, for ... the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What mean ye that beat my people to pieces and grind the faces of the poor?” Bleeding-heart liberal, if you ask me.

Of the almost numberless ways this book undermines the profit motive and the God with the Invisible Hand, this one, however, is the worst. This one, all by itself, should condemn the book to the pyre: “But the Lord of Hosts shall be exalted in justice, the Holy One of Israel sanctified in righteousness.” The effrontery of saying that God is exalted by social justice and not by superpower! Do you see, Group Leader Beck, how this undermines America’s claim to be God’s favorite empire?

Hail, Group Leader Beck! And Hail to the Christians who staunchly refuse to disown him!

Ed Firmage Jr.
Salt Lake City

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