Glenn Beck Hates Exodus Film For Showing God as Petulant Child, Moses as Terrorist


Glenn Beck, the self-proclaimed “fusion of entertainment and enlightenment,” thinks Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings is “one of the more dangerous movies” he’s seen, “religiously speaking.”

Not because, as 20th Century Fox puts it, “Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.”

Not, in other words, because the film, like the Bible,


He doesn’t even complain on the basis of Entertainment Weekly’s “fact-checking” of the film.

But ironically, because the film accurately depicts “God as a petulant child and Moses as a terrorist.”

According to Beck,

We all had Charlton Heston as our Moses icon and so we have the story right. This is going to become the story that your kids will see if you watch it on Netflix. You don’t have to go to the movie theater. People will just go, I’m curious, I want to see it. They’ll watch it and they’ll watch it with their kids. And this will be the story of Moses that will embed in their head.

I don’t think it’s the worst movie I’ve seen. I think it’s one of the more dangerous movies I’ve seen religiously speaking because it’s all screwed up. I think this is a very subversive movie for religion. If you’re holding out hope that this was going to be good, it’s not. Don’t give them any money. Don’t give them any money. Don’t rent it on Netflix. Don’t do anything. Avoid this one literally like the plague that it is.

As I’m watching it, I’m thinking to myself, who are they appealing to? Because as a religious person, as somebody who believes in Moses, somebody who believes in God, somebody who believes in the Ten Commandments, somebody who believes in Exodus, I’m offended. I’m like deeply offended. That you are taking a prophet of the Lord, one of the most humble men of all time and you’re making him an al Qaeda member. It makes absolutely no sense.

It is enough to make you wonder if Beck, like Michele Bachmann and others, have ever actually read the Bible they purport to champion. God IS a petulant child in the Old Testament, whacking people left and right for not worshiping him, or for “disobeying” him. Both Jews and Christians have behaved like religious terrorists over the centuries, Moses not least among them.

Just look at what God did in the Book of Exodus (4:21-23):

And the Lord said to Moses, ‘When you go back to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders that I have put in your power; but I will harden is heart, so that he will not let the people go. Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord: Israel is my firstborn son. I said to you, ‘Let my son go that he may worship me.’ But you refused to let him go; now I will kill your firstborn son.

What kind of sick, twisted character is this God? It’s not that Pharaoh is apparently naturally ill-disposed to letting Moses go, but God “Hardens his heart” and then punishes him for doing what God made him do, by killing his son.

In the film, God is represented by a child, who talks to Moses like God is speaking through him, leading to another Beck complaint:

“And God is a twelve-year-old, maybe ten, eleven year old kid…and petulant would be too kind of a word. He’s like ‘I’m not going to wait around anymore because I’m eleven now!’ It’s bizarre. Moses becomes the latest member of ISIS…he decides to become a terrorist.”

Really, this is brilliant casting, because that’s exactly how God behaves in the Old Testament. And that is precisely what the Bible makes Moses.

And the entire story of Exodus is nightmare theater of pain contrived by God; Again we find (7:1-5):

The Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his land. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and I will multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt. When Pharaoh does not listen to you, I will lay my hand upon Egypt and bring my people the Israelites, company by company, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment. The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out from among them.

Again this is all cruel theater orchestrated by God, hardening Pharaoh’s heart and making him say no to Moses so that God has an excuse to punish Egypt for doing what God made them do. You can’t make the story sound worse than it is, because it literally can’t get any worse than it is.

You have to expect Hollywood to throw in its own flourishes. It’s Hollywood, after all. But nothing Ridley Scott has done here even compares to the horrors contained in the Bible itself. Beck and his friends are complaining about what is essentially fluff. It is the story in the Bible they ought to be horrified by.

For example, Beck’s crew complains that Christian Bale, who portrays Moses in the film, and based on things he’s said – “I think the man [Moses] was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life” – never read the Bible.

No, but he did read the Torah. Jewish scripture not good enough for you, Mr. Beck?

This is an interesting criticism coming from the Religious Right, which seems institutionally opposed to reading the Bible, and I think it’s clear that they have no moral high ground where Bible knowledge is concerned.

If Beck wants to complain about the film he ought to complain that it doesn’t follow the Bible closely enough, but nobody would watch such a film. Actually, it would do those of us opposed to the Religious Right’s agenda if such a film were ever made, because then we’d be talking about the Bible and not a film, about God and not Ridley Scott.

It would force a conversation we have never had as a society about what, precisely, is in the Bible. And that is a conversation we sorely need to have, and the sooner the better, given how determined the Religious Right is to teach the Bible to our children in our public schools, and what happens to parents who complain.

As you can see from Beck’s review that is not a conversation the Religious Right is willing to have. He would rather complain about a movie than actually address the story upon which the movie is based.

25 Replies to “Glenn Beck Hates Exodus Film For Showing God as Petulant Child, Moses as Terrorist”

  1. And here I thought the worst thing about the ,movie was the white casting, and making every person of color in the movie a slave. But does that bother Beck. Nope. Evidently Moses was just a white guy like him, and his quarrel with the God-casting is not that the boy is white, just that he is a boy. Golly, the sane Dems were already not going to pay to see this schlep; now Beck is calling off the RW too? Guess it will be gone before Christmas, and so is the worst movie ever, Cameron’s makeup Christmas saving. Someone tell Santorum there is no market for more li=ying movies about the wonder he thinks he’ll run for POTUS again!

  2. Glenn Beck is no religious scholar. Indeed he can’t even really decide what religion he is. He just continues to blow those dog whistles for his simple minded followers who obviously don’t want to think for themselves, read for themselves.

    Glenn Beck continuously sells them junk science, religious bunk, schizoid theories and hucksters bad investments.

  3. Glenn Beck, just another CINO mouthpiece. Pretend you love America and Christianity, then behave like a right wing extemist terrorist by hating all not like yourself, otherwise, sympathetic to the Nazi agenda. Beck is no American.

  4. In speaking of the union of commerce and religion, I note that when the Ten Commandments first premiered in Homestead, Florida, I (then a curious teenager) watched the movie for the fleeting markers that signalled when the reels were being changed. Lo! As Moses crawled across the desert, dying of thirst, a little Coca Cola emblem flitted across the screen.

  5. One has to ask themselves why Moses would drag people through the desert when the Egyptians had outposts all through the desert. Why would he take people to the land of Canaan, when Canaan was already under the jurisdiction of the Egyptians?
    The Bible fails to mention that a small group of Israelites left Egypt because there was no longer any work for them. The history of Ramses also fails to mention any plagues.
    But archaeology does tell us that a couple of cities towards the edge of the desert were attacked for food and weapons.
    The ability for people to make up stories is simply one reason why I could never believe in religion.
    Glenn Beck is another reason.

  6. In other more plain words he hates the movie because it portrays this God person to be the petulant child he acts like and Moses to be the terrorist he was. Every myth that the BuyBull sells the gullible has been either explained by science and research or debunked by science as well.

  7. and yet “Passion of the Christ” was “a great movie because it told the story of how jesus died (tortured)”
    the religious right (but mostly wrong) confuse me.
    I have thought for a very long time that the “god” in the bible was an awful lot like a petulant child especially with the 10 commandments where laws to help people live together don’t start until # 6, although # 5 is also good idea (but shouldn’t be a law).

  8. Illustrating the trouble with religionists, of any/all stripes. My god (belief) is better than your god (belief). Tedious.

  9. Anybody who claims to worship Jesus Christ, but rejects the values of Jesus Christ is laughable when talking about what the Bible says.

    According to the scriptures, Jesus Christ welcomed the sinners and unclean, embraced the outsiders and the poor, fought with the Righteous, and warned about how difficult it is for a wealthy man to enter the kingdom of Heaven.

    So whose values should a Christian emulate? Those of Glen Beck, or those of Jesus Christ?

  10. Beck’s Biblical view is one better suited to 1970’s Saturday morning cartoons. God is a combination of Space Ghost, Superman, Underdog, and Dudley Do-Right: all powerful, unerring, and dedicated to Truth, Justice, and the American way.

  11. Let’s be candid here. The folk tales that were collected into the Old Testament created God in man’s image, giving him human characteristics as a way to explain events that semi-nomadic pastoralists had no other way of explaining. Things like earthquakes, floods, droughts, plagues of insects. To put it more briefly, the need for a God stems from man’s inability to accept that “stuff happens.”

    Of course it didn’t take too long for the Glenn Becks of 600 BCE Judah to figure out that these stories were a great way to manipulate people.

  12. Come on Kevin! Jesus wasn’t tortured! Just ask Dick Cheney! He’ll tell you those were just ‘enhanced interrogation techniques!’

    All of this religious nonsense has my brain thanking me every day for being an agnostic.

  13. First off, God is NOT a little child, throwing a fit because he didn’t get his way. Christians believe, I being one of them, that God does what he does for a reason. Does God deserve our praise and obedience? If you’re a Christian, your answer would be yes! The being who created the universe, the God of singing stars and oceans deeper than we can fathom; why wouldn’t you want to give credit where credit is due to somebody like that? And let’s not forget love… A silly notion to some, while to other’s it is the driving force behind God’s heart and will. Was Glenn right in his statements? That was his opinion. But I do know one thing for sure, and that is this: That God works all things together for the good of those who love him. Have you ever had a parent discipline you out of love? That’s what God was doing in the Old Testament.

  14. Sounds good but I can tell you’re a youngster and you are just repeating what you have been told. Just a little info for you to check out about the Biblia. The original Bible was written in Hebrew by Jews for Jews. It is what we refer to as the Old Testament and the Jews, today, call it the Torah. So, unless you are a practicing Jew it’s really not applicable to your religion as a non Jew. The Biblia was translated about seven times before it was translated into English as the King James version by King James, the Monarch ruler of England. His purpose was to translate it so that he could control those colonists in
    America since he was not able to control them in England. His English translation is the least reliable of all of the translations because of his motive.

    You call him Jesus and that wasn’t even his name. There is no “J” in the Hebrew language so what was his name??? You call him “God” and that was not even his name. Study and learn.

  15. This God person I merely the formulation of ancient mankinds need to explain the universe around him. And a blanket EXCUSE for his weakness. Atheists are stronger willed people who have no need for such immature fears.

  16. have you studied and learned? jesus isn’t mentioned in the Old Testament, which is in Hebrew. he is in the New Testament which is in Greek. study and learn. [WINK]

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