Thursday, March 25, 2010

Glenn Beck on MLK

Just saw an article about Glenn Beck by Jim Wallis, who is currently under the Beck attack due to his stance on social justice.  In the article Wallis cited Beck talking about MLK as a great example of a person against violence. 

I totally agree with this, as does Wallis.  I wonder if Beck is aware of MLK’s stance, especially toward the end of his life about the United States:

"Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shores, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the 16th century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population."

MLK believed that the US made genocide a policy in our colonial existence as well as after our Independence.  He made it clear that when the Native Americans would not be enslaved, we had to import slaves. 

I wonder if Beck knows that MLK’s next big push in life was toward Economic Justice in America.  In a recent article on MLK:

Noting that a majority of Americans below the poverty line were white, King developed a class perspective. He decried the huge income gaps between rich and poor, and called for "radical changes in the structure of our society" to redistribute wealth and power.

Beck, did you know that MLK, who we celebrate for his courage, took a courageous stand against the economic injustice in America?  Did you know that the reason that we don’t view speeches of MLK from his last year of life is because they are laced with anti-war rhetoric, a negative view of the history of America, and treatises on the radical redistribution of wealth? 

Beck, did you know that if MLK were making these speeches today, you’d be calling him a commie? 

Beck, did you know that people like MLK and Wallis and Wright can be good strong Christian men, who care deeply about people in our country AND are PATRIOTS even though they question the motives of the founders, the methods of our colonialism, the legacy of our past, and the current social and economic injustice?  I feel like if Beck were presented with the above question, he would either say: NO! or have some sort of synaptic episode that would push him over an edge. 

The way that Beck teaches, there is no inbetween.  The only patriot and true american-christian is one who is against any expansion of government regulation or control and believes that the founders were purely moral and God-inspired authors of a Declaration and Constitution that are inerrant and unchallengeable. 

Again, I am just voicing and probably overstating my shock at the one-sided argument that Beck offers on his show.  He does not allow himself to be challenged live on tv, and takes a very cowardly approach to battling his detractors with out of context attacks.  It is shocking to me that people believe in this guy, that they can watch him and not see through it.  Shocking.

No comments:

Post a Comment