Glenn Beck the Mormon Blames Progressives for Perverting Religion

Beck blames progressives and warps history to boot

In a desperate attempt to lure Fox News viewers back that have abandoned him Glenn Beck launched Founding Fathers Friday today, but instead of talking about the Founding Fathers, Beck announced that the progressives, led by Woodrow Wilson have perverted religion. Beck said, “They got into our faith and religion. They perverted it. They controlled it.”

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

Beck started his Founding Father Friday by using the Founding Fathers as a jumping off point to attack progressives. Beck said, “After the past 100 years we’ve come to realize that they nothing but a bunch of old, white, rich racist heathens. The myth of our Christian founding has been obliterated, and at best we now know, maybe they were deists at best. Let me tell you how this all started, Woodrow Wilson. Woodrow Wilson wanted to transform America along with Teddy Roosevelt. They were both progressives. The progressive movement had started. It was about 1915-1920. The whole thing was falling apart, and they could get America to really go for it. They couldn’t control Americans. They couldn’t do it. They wanted to transform America, so they had to do three things, and tell me if they have accomplished them. One, undermine faith in religion. This is the point when social justice comes in. It’s no longer about equal justice or about redemption. It’s social justice. They got into our faith and religion. They perverted it. They controlled it. They convinced us that we shouldn’t be faith going people. These people weren’t. What? Really? God, that’s so yesterday.”

Let’s begin with the basic history that Beck got wrong. First, Beck is confusing the progressive movement with the modern redefinition of the term progressives, by liberals who are too scared to identify themselves as liberal. Secondly, the progressive movement began not in 1915, but in 1890. It lasted not for five years, but for thirty. Third, the progressive movement was not about controlling people. It was a movement of the middle class that organically sprung up as a response to corruption in politics and business of the Gilded Age. The progressives were interested in cleaning up corruption, which Glenn Beck is supposedly also interested in. Fourth, Woodrow Wilson was religious. He was a Presbyterian. Fifth, Teddy Roosevelt was Dutch Reformed, but he also congregated with Episcopalians.

Beck also said that Wilson wanted to transform America, which is a direct unstated comparison to Obama. It is interesting that Beck constantly tries to align himself with the Founding Fathers without mention that none of the Founding Fathers were of his own Mormon faith, because the LDS was not founded until 1830. Why does Beck continue to mislead his audience into believing that he shares their mostly Evangelical faith? Why is Beck afraid to talk about his Mormon faith? He has nothing to be ashamed of, but he also knows that the social conservatives, especially those on the far right have a very negative view of the Mormon faith.

Here is Beck discussing his conversion:

It’s a real shame that Beck, much like his fellow Mormon Mitt Romney, feels that he has to hide or minimize his faith from his viewers and socially conservative Republicans, because some strains of evangelicalism consider the Mormon Church a cult, and if they feel generous some will label the church a Christian cult. While Glenn Beck is telling his white, Bible Belt, evangelical audience that progressivism has perverted religion, he personally is practicing a religion that some in his audience consider a perversion of Christianity. Such is the hypocrisy of Glenn Beck.

3 Replies to “Glenn Beck the Mormon Blames Progressives for Perverting Religion”

  1. I hope all them thar Southern religious conservatives have caught on to the fact they are living a perverted religion

    Although we should thank him for starting a new program with the same old garbage that is chasing people away.

  2. >…Let’s begin with the basic history that Beck got wrong. First, Beck is confusing the progressive movement with the modern redefinition of the term progressives, by liberals who are too scared to identify themselves as liberal.

    From the democratic socialist monthly, In These Times>…The term “progressive” has evolved a great deal over the past 35 years.

    By the ’70s, many ’60s veterans had concluded that working “within the system” had become a viable option. As a result, many leftists stopped using rhetoric and slogans that had marginalized them from the political mainstream. Labels like “radical”, “leftist”, and “revolutionary” sounded stale and gratuitously provocative. And so, gradually, activists began to use the much less threatening “progressive.” Today, “progressive” is the term of choice for practically everyone who has a politics that used to be called “radical.”

    On a somewhat parallel track, in the ’80s, liberal politicians found themselves under attack by the Reagan inspired right-wing of the Republican Party. Soon, conservatives succeeded in changing “liberal” into something akin to a dirty word and liberal politicians began to avoid any association with the term whatsoever.

    By the early ’90s more and more Democratic politicians began referring to themselves as being “progressive.” For most of the ’90s, though, this shift was so gradual that only the closest political observers seemed to even notice it. Notably, the progressive label was not only picked up by liberals like Ted Kennedy, but also by centrists like Bill Clinton and his cohorts in the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC).

    In fact, during the Clinton administration a tug of war ensued between centrists, liberals, and the left over who owned “progressive.” But by the end of the ’90s, “progressive” belonged to the left-wing of the Democratic party as well as to those activists who had one foot in the party and one foot outside of it—to its left.

    Since 2001, “progressive” has become considerably more vague in its meaning and application. With a hard right-wing administration in power, the differences between various left of center groups and politicians became less important than the need to stand up in opposition to Bush’s disastrous policies.

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