Beck Goes on Bizarre Jesus Rant
Which includes the claim that the Jews killed Jesus
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 15, 2010 12:02 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Glenn Beck devoted his show last night to a bizarre theology rant, in his ongoing attempt to discredit the idea that social justice is compatible with Christianity. Beck called liberation theology a “perversion” that “is extraordinarily dangerous,” because it suggests that Christians owe something to the poor or oppressed. “Jesus was not a victim, he was a conqueror,” Beck argues. “If Jesus was a victim and this theology was true, he would have come back from the dead and made the Jews pay for what they did. That would be an abomination.”

There’re just a couple problems here, writes Elizabeth Dias of Time. “The Jews did not kill Jesus, the Romans did,” she points out, “and revenge does not exactly sound like Jesus’ command to love one’s neighbor.” Beck’s conveniently ignoring the mountain of biblical passages that deal with helping the poor, and with following Jesus’ example of humility. He’s pretending that “Christianity is nothing but a pull-yourself-up-from-your-bootstraps spirituality.” Even Beck must have known he was a bit out on a limb: "If you just tuned in," he said at one point, "boy, this has got to be the weirdest damn episode you've ever heard on the Glenn Beck program." Listen to it here.

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Snowleopard
Jul 21, 2010 5:02 PM CDT
I still don't understand how someone can call themselves a christian, and yet not believe that society should do things like giving healthcare to those who couldn't otherwise afford it. Every other 1st world nation provides this to it's citizens, and yet the richest country in the world pretends that it somehow can't afford it. Beck pretends to be against this because it's "institutional", but if it relieves suffering then why does it matter? Isn't it more effective once it's codified into law? And because of what's been passed in the healthcare bill, I'd argue that Obama is behaving more like a christian than those GOP legislators that opposed subsidizing healthcare for the poor. The right wing has perverted the teachings of Jesus, becoming all those things that he fought against: "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." -Proverbs 31:8-9 "If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered." -Proverbs 21:13 "The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern." -Proverbs 29:7 "But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just." [Luke 14:13 &14.] "Jesus answered, 'If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'" -Matthew 19:21
ItsYourDecision
Jul 17, 2010 2:38 PM CDT
The government should not decide a woman's right to choose termination of her pregnancy either, nor should they pay the cost if she chooses to do so. That should also be between her and God. It shouldn't be up to the government, or anyone else for that matter, to decide an issue based on certain peoples 'religious views. It says so in the Constitution. Right-winged conservatives have too many double standards. There way or no way?
Scottie Freeman
Jul 17, 2010 11:30 AM CDT
Its fun watching one wacko go after another