Friday, March 12, 2010

Glenn Beck on Social Justice

Last week on his radio program, Glenn Beck spoke out strongly against social justice:
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. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes! If I'm going to Jeremiah's Wright's church? Yes! Leave your church. Social justice and economic justice. They are code words. If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish.
(from Chrisianity Today magazine)   As Beck explained elsewhere in his program, what he means by "code words" is that terms like "social justice" were also employed by Nazis and Communists to rally their followers.  I guess that means that anyone who preaches social justice could be leading us down the path to totalitarianism.  So I followed Beck's suggestion and searched my temple's website for the term "social justice."  Lo and behold, I found over 100 references to social justice: discussion groups, programs, seminars, committees, you name it.  Little did I know that all the do-gooders at my temple are actually advocates of tyranny.  So if you follow Glenn Beck, I guess you should run away from my temple, and presumably any church, synagogue or mosque that uses the words "social justice" or "economic justice."  I'm thinking that following this advice would empty out an awful lot of pretty mainstream churches.

I also wonder where Glenn Beck's followers are going to find a church that preaches social injustice.  Presumably, if social justice is a bad thing, that we should run away from, then we should be trying to create more social injustice.  But for some reason you don't find too many preachers advocating injustice as a way of sparing us from totalitarianism. 

What next for Glenn Beck?  Now that he has come out firmly against social justice, will he be telling us to turn away from brotherhood next?  Should we distrust compassion?  What about love?  How do we know those aren't code words also?   Next thing you know, the only churches that will be acceptable to Glenn Beck's followers will be those openly advocating hate, intolerance, and fear.  Or maybe that's already a pretty good summary of Beck's message.


  1. Supporting and promoting social justice are good Christian acts. They are also good Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Pagan acts. It should be obligatory for all of us if we are to be truly human. Is Glenn Beck part of humanity?

  2. Ron, telling people to be kind to the unkind, help the less fortunate, and volunteer your time are "good Christian acts." Being told "the man" is out to get you or you are part of an oppressed class and should revolt is not.

  3. Glenn Beck knows more about charity than Harry Reid, who needs to pay more attention in Sunday School class. True charity requires volition on the part of the giver and gratitude on the part of the receiver. Their church understood this when the LDS welfare program was established.

    When the government extracts taxes from us unwillingly to provide largesse to their voting base, that is not charity. It is extortion. Just look at Barack Obama and Joe Biden's gifts to charity 0.0013 percent of their income. Compare that with Glenn Beck or Mitt Romney's gifts to charity (11 to 13 percent).

    It is always easier for politicians to reach into someone else's pocket to display their "social justice". That's the problem with using "other people's money" (OPM). It is misplaced moral priorities

  4. I get your point about charity, Bot, but I don't see how taxation is equivalent to extortion. Taxation is difference from extortion because I and a lot of other people pay taxes willingly. I vote for politicians who promise to raise taxes, and I vote directly for tax increases to fund transit and schools, etc. Second, unlike extortion, I get more than equivalent value in exchange for paying taxes. In return for paying taxes, I get schools, roads, security, courts, and yes, some measure of social justice. Try living in a place with hardly any taxes, like Afghanistan for example, and you might appreciate what you get in return for paying taxes.