When I got hired by Air America they asked who I like in radio and I said I like Ira Glass, This American Life, and I really like this guy Glenn Beck. And I shit you not, the guy who was sort of leading the interview, he didn’t last long at the company, said, 'We’re going to be a liberal channel.' I’m like, 'Yeah, I’m pretty confident in my politics.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says President Barack Obama is a “committed, mainstream Christian” – contrary to the claims of Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck.
Beck recently claimed that Obama practices a version of Christianity that is not recognized by most people. Beck says this “liberation theology” is all about “oppressors” and “victims.”
And here’s the direct exchange from the White House Press Office transcript of today’s briefing.
Q Robert, for the last four days, Glenn Beck has criticized the President for believing in liberation theology, which he calls a Marxist form of Christianity. I’ve got two questions. One, does the President, to your knowledge, even know what liberation theology is?
MR. GIBBS: I don’t know the answer to that. I will say this, Bill, a crude paraphrasing of an old quote, and that is people are entitled to their own opinion, as ill-informed as it may be, but they’re not entitled to their own facts. The President is a committed mainstream Christian. I don’t — I have no evidence that would guide me as to what Glenn Beck would have any genuine knowledge as to what the President does or does not believe.
Q When is he going back to church?
Q So this Marxist form of Christianity —
MR. GIBBS: Again, I can only imagine where Mr. Beck conjured that from.
Glenn, our “Divine Destiny” as a nation does not include societal approval for people who want to use the anus for sex. The “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” don’t endorse such behavior. And neither should you.
Funny, they used to be opposed to all sodomy, but now it’s just “us[ing] the anus for sex.” I guess BJs are back on God’s plan. Phew.
Not to mention, since when is this just a gay thing? And what about lesbians, does this mean they’re part of God’s plan?
THE SHOT — A shot from today's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington D.C., where folks like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin will rail against all of America's problems (caused by the Democrats!), while also raising money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a charity that sends cash to military families when they die in the wars George W. Bush launched.
What was the point of today’s Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin rally in which tens of thousands of Tea Party supporters swarmed the Lincoln Memorial in DC? No one, including Palin or Beck, seemed to really know. There was lots of talk about “restoring honor” but what that means exactly is still unclear.
“For too long, this country has wandered in darkness,” Mr. Beck said Saturday. “This country has spent far too long worrying about scars and thinking about scars and concentrating on scars. Today, we are going to concentrate on the good things in America, the things that we have accomplished, and the things that we can do tomorrow.”
Mr. Beck was followed on stage by Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska governor, who said she was asked, in keeping with the theme of the day, not to focus on politics but to speak as the mother of a soldier.
“You have the same steel spine and the moral courage of Washington and Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Palin added. She said it was “humbling” to be with the “patriots” who had gathered for the rally, people who understand “to never retreat.”
Palin said Americans will always be successful because they are guided by grace. “We will always come through, we will never give up and we shall endure,” the former Alaska governor said as a “U-S-A” chant broke out.
There’s been much commotion about Beck’s decision to hold the rally on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Beck seemingly tried to deflect some of that backlash by inviting King’s niece, Alveda King, to speak at the event. You may recall that she was also invited by NOM to speak at their Atlanta tour stop.
“Looks like Glenn Beck could have benefited from attending the AFTAH Truth Academy I Hate Faggots Academy [order DVDs or CDs of the Academy HERE; order online through AFTAH’s donate page]. Beck is a doing incredibly important work in helping to save America from the misnamed ‘progressives’ — but evidently he is woefully ignorant about the real threat that homosexual activism poses to this nation and our precious freedoms. Memo: to Glenn: people of faith — like Matt Barber and Julea Ward — already have been fired or discriminated against for defending the historic Judeo-Christian sexual ethic. And this began happening before ‘same-sex marriage’ became the dominant issue in this cultural debate. The oppression will only get worse if homosexual ‘marriage’ is legalized nationally through an activist court ruling.” – Porno Pete LaBarbera, clutching his pearls after Glenn Beck shrugged off same-sex marriage as an unimportant issue.
PORNO PETE’S LIES:
1. Matt Barber was NOT fired for his Christian beliefs, as debunked here on About.com’s Urban Legends site. 2. Julea Ward was NOT discriminated against for her Christian beliefs, she flatly refused to abide by the secular rules of a government-funded university.