Glenn Beck, who recently opened his own university, has opened up an old wound that ought to get him kicked off the air, but, of course, it won’t.
He suggested that the Jews killed Jesus (Christ, not Montoya).
That the Romans (Italians) killed Jesus is kind of settled, but the Christ-killer image is still vibrant for anti-Semites, many of whom share spooky, economic conspiracy theories with Beck.
It’s not illogical to assume that people who suck up Beck’s race and religion-based fear-mongering, might already have a little stock in the mother of all conspiracy theories: that Jews killed Palestine's most famous son.
This was in one of his a long ramble on his teevee show in which Beck (or should we say, Professor Beck?) shat on Christian social justice, Rev. Wright, liberal Christianity, and the SPCA. “Social justice isn't in the Bible,” he’s fond of saying. Liberation theology, by his lights, is a "perversion" that is connected to Marxism and presents the poor as victims of injustice. Jesus was a warrior who would kick your ass, not a sap who let himself get all emo with the halt and the lame.
"This is kind of complex, because Jesus did identify with the victims. But Jesus was not a victim. He was a conqueror...Jesus conquered death. He wasn't victimized. He chose to give his life....If he was a victim, and this theology was true, then Jesus would've come back from the dead and made the Jews pay for what they did. That's an abomination."
This is all pin-head dancing as far as we’re concerned, we’re not Christian, Jewish or big on theological controversies. The statute of limitations has long run out on Jesus' murder... if h e ever lived in the first place.
But it’s strange to see how inured we all are of things Glenn Beck says.The man prattles over his gigantic microphone with outrageous ignorance and flim-flammatory blah-blah, and it’s remarked upon only by Keith Olbermann, Huffington, and a few liberal pundits.
His racism, anti-Semitism, and lightly-breaded calls for violence and revolution are just chuckled at anymore.Beck's a member of Church of the Latter Day Saints, and we know Mormons do not view the Jewish faith as deicidal. They’re smiling philo-Semites, believing they’re also sons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
(They just want to convert Jews, which is probably annoying to them- (as it is to all of us) but, hell, nobody gets crucified).We still wonder how LDS, who own many of the radio and teevee stations on which Beck appears, justify their part in Beck’s business plan.
Especially with their alleged new code of civility. For spiritual disestablishmentarians like us, LDS’ institutional hypocrisy is par for the course for most religions, but for one trying to compete in the hardball marketplace of religions, it seems potential converts might be slightly off-put with this blabbermouth as a front man.
Bad marketing plan. Mormons: we liked you better when you just brought over a covered dish and a BOM.