August 31st, 2010

Will the Real Glenn Beck Please Stand Up?

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By Emily Geiger

I just can’t take it anymore.

I’m a diehard conservative, socially and fiscally. I’ve been to a Tea Party Rally. I want Obamacare repealed, the bailouts to stop, and taxes to be cut.

But I just want to puke every time I see Glenn Beck’s face.

I can’t help it. I think the guy’s a fraud.

First, he was just annoying. It amazed me how he’d go from trying to be Mr. Funny-guy comedian to teary waterworks worthy of a Kleenex spokesman in under 10 seconds. The too-frequent waterworks just struck me as insincere. Nobody cries that much. Interestingly, I’m pretty sure I’m right about that because the waterworks have drastically decreased now that Beck is the superhero of the Tea-Party movement. Apparently, superheroes don’t cry, or at least they don’t cry on a daily basis.

But, now I think he’s gone from annoying to hypocritical.

This became ever so evident a few weeks ago when Beck decided to publicly state that gay marriage was no threat to America. Here’s what he said in an interview with Bill O’Reilly.

O’Reilly: Do you believe that gay marriage is a threat to country in any way?
Beck: A threat to the country?

O’Reilly: Yeah, is it going to harm it in anyway?

Beck: No I don’t. Will the gays come and get us?

O’Reilly: No, okay. Is it going to harm the country?

Beck: I believe that Thomas Jefferson said: “If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket what difference is it to me?

That is not something any true social or fiscal conservative would ever say. A true conservative recognizes that the promotion of a behavior that contributes to the breakdown of the traditional family and is a prime factor in the spread of deadly disease is not a good thing. A true conservative realizes that, as Jan Mickelson says, the question “how has gay marriage affected your marriage” is just a ploy.

The moral costs of gay marriage are obvious. But even if you are not a “values voter” kind of person, a true fiscal conservative realizes that the breakdown of traditional families costs us in terms of welfare, the spread of deadly (and easily preventable) diseases costs us in terms of healthcare, and, while gay marriage might not directly affect your own marriage, the governmental sanctioning of gay marriage is really just an effort for gay partners to gain access to the monetary benefits afforded to married couples, i.e. social security benefits, access to family health plans, etc. Can we really afford to strain the social security system any more than it already is? What do you think will happen to the cost of your healthcare when an extremely high-risk group of people are added in to your insurance pool?

And the reason I have a problem with Beck personally over these remarks is because they are at odds with everything he has claimed to be in the past.

This is the guy who has proclaimed that his conservative Mormon faith brought him out of addiction to alcohol. This is the guy who cried like a baby because he was so upset when Mike Huckabee allegedly mischaracterized a Mormon belief about the relationship between Jesus and satan.

Now, Beck himself blasphemes his faith by openly contradicting a major belief held by the LDS church (that homosexuality is a sin and gay marriage should be opposed), and we’re supposed to ignore the fact that he’s just made himself a gargantuan hypocrite?

That was bad enough, but then, this past weekend, at his “Restoring America” rally in Washington, D.C., did another 180 degree turnaround, making remarks such as:

“Something beyond imagination is happening. America today begins to turn back to God.”

Beck exhorted the crowd to “recognize your place to the creator. Realize that he is our king. He is the one who guides and directs our life and protects us.” He asked his audience to pray more. “I ask, not only if you would pray on your knees, but pray on your knees but with your door open for your children to see,” he said.

Gee Glenn, how do you think it goes over when everybody else’s kids see you take an amoral stand on marriage? Is that really a sign that America beginning to turn back to God?

And before the comments start, this is not at all an attack on the Mormon faith. While I don’t agree with Mormons theologically, I greatly admire their political stances on social issues. What bothers me is when people are inconsistent. And when someone claims to be a faithful Mormon, and then later comes out and stabs the traditional marriage movement in the back, a movement that the LDS church has spearheaded across this country, that’s inconsistent.

Beck should take a lesson from his Christian brothers and sisters. Hypocrisy is what has been a major stumbling block for a lot of Christian leaders over the years, and it seems the same is true for Mr. Beck.

The scary thing is that, like the hypocritical Christian leaders that have gone before him, this hypocrisy can, and likely will cause more damage to Beck’s cause than any good he’s done.

About the Author

Battleground Iowa
Emily Geiger writes from a conservative perspective on everything from politics to religion to pop culture. Like the original Emily of Revolutionary War era, this Emily is delivering important messages crucial to winning the raging war of the time, but today, this is a culture war rather than a traditional one. And, like the original Emily, sometimes it takes a woman to do (or say) that which lesser men lack the courage and tenacity to do.

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