At his daily press briefing today White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about Glenn Beck’s attacks on Obama’s Christianity. Gibbs said, “People are entitled to their own opinion as ill informed as it may be, but they’re not entitled to their own facts. The president is a committed mainstream Christian.”
Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about Glenn Beck claiming that Obama believes in liberation theology, and that he is a Marxist Christian, and he answered, “I don’t know the answer to that, but I will say this Bill, I, a crude paraphrasing of an old quote, people are entitled to their own opinion as ill informed as it may be, but they’re not entitled to their own facts. The president is a committed mainstream Christian. I have no evidence to guide me that Glenn Beck would have any kind of genuine knowledge of what the President does or does not believe. Gibbs was asked, “So this Marxist form of theology?” Gibbs replied, “I can only imagine where Mr. Beck conjured that phrase.”
If I may translate for Sec. Gibbs. Glenn Beck is making s**t up. He has no factual basis for his claims that Barack Obama is anything, but a mainstream Christian, but in case any of you brainwashed Fox News viewers happened to have stumbled across this, hear me now. Barack Obama is a mainstream Christian, and Glenn Beck has no idea what he is talking about. In other words, F-you, Glenn Beck.
Here is Beck explaining his view of Obama as a “Marxist Christian” :
Gibbs was correct. Beck has absolutely no evidence to support his claim that the President is not a Christian, and that is what this is really about. Beck knew that he could not go down the Right Wing Nut Job Path that Obama is a secret Muslim path, so he invented an attack on Obama’s faith that is designed to make Evangelical Christians fear and hate the President of the United States. It is obvious that Beck devised the liberation theology nonsense to distract from the fact that he once called Obama a racist. It is also an attack intended to motivate the Evangelicals to vote Republican while also smearing Barack Obama as a Marxist.
Many Americans have been waiting for the White House to respond to these unpatriotic character assassinations against our Commander In Chief. This is nothing American about attempting to divide the country based on race and religion, but this is exactly the strategy that Beck and the Republican Party are pursuing. As Robert Gibbs demonstrated today, the way to counter these attacks is not to get down in the mud with Glenn Beck, but to use the large megaphone of the presidency to spread facts.
Glenn Beck may be on radio and television every day, but he only reaches a few million people. Neither Beck nor Fox News can match the communications power of the White House and the President. I believe that it is way past time for this White House to put their bully pulpit to use combating the baseless smear campaigns that have been undertaken by the Right Wing media. Hopefully, the White House has finally realized that they can reach and speak to more Americans on their worst day than Glenn Beck can on his best.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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