Friday, March 12, 2010

On Beck's Reinterpretation of Christianity...

When Beck spoke last week, he was talking to the Catholics in his audience, particularly those on the far right.

Look again at what Goodstein wrote (emphasis added):

In attacking churches that espouse social justice, Mr. Beck is taking on most mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic, black and Hispanic congregations in the country — not to mention plenty of evangelical churches and even his own, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mr. Beck said on his radio show on March 2, “I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words.”

“Am I advising people to leave their church? Yes! If I am going to Jeremiah Wright’s church,” he said, referring to President Obama’s former pastor in Chicago. “If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish. Go alert your bishop.”

Beck doesn’t have any listeners among Jeremiah Wright’s crowd, but he’s got plenty of conservative Catholics. For these Catholics, Beck is equating Wright with that liberal priest you don’t like, and encouraging you to talk to your bishop and get this guy pulled into line.

Now do you see who Beck is really trying to reach?


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