Christians Boycott Beck for Church Bashing

Host says 'social justice' preaching is 'code word' for Nazism
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2010 10:08 AM CST
Christians Boycott Beck for Church Bashing
Glenn Beck addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference.   (AP Photo)

For Glenn Beck, it may have just been business as usual when he compared “social justice” to Communism and Nazism last week and told parishioners to leave churches that espouse the doctrine, but the comments irked one leader enough for him to call for a boycott by all Christians. Rev. Jim Wallis heads Sojourners, a Christian antipoverty group. Whatever Beck’s reasons, he writes on his blog, “what he has said attacks the very heart of our Christian faith, and Christians should no longer watch his show.”

Beck called social justice a “code word” for Communism and Nazism, Politics Daily reports. Communism and Nazism? “They both subscribe to one philosophy,” he explained, and “here in America” that’s social justice. “Am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!” Whoa, say religious scholars. It’s not just hippy-dippy East Coast churches that preach social justice. “One way to read the Book of Mormon is that it’s a vast tract on social justice,” a historian tells the New York Times of Beck's chosen faith. “A lot of Latter-day Saints would think that Beck was asking them to leave their own church.” (More Glenn Beck stories.)

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