An open letter response to an article on Glenn Beck’s website titled “A Land of Monsters’: Beck Fires Back at Those Attacking Liberty University for Inviting Him to Speak,” which he posted on May 20, 2014.
On Friday, April 25, 2014, Liberty University invited Glenn Beck–advertised as “one of America’s Best Known Media Personalities, Author, Radio and Television Host, Patriot”–to spend the day. Among other things, he hosted his nationwide radio show from the top of the Vines Center and spent the morning in President Jerry Falwell, Jr.’s suite. The most egegious invitation, though, was allowing Beck to man the pulpit at a chapel-like gathering for Liberty students called “convocation.” What quotes did Beck leave out of this talk? And what questions do I have for Glenn Beck?
by Lori Arnold – Christian Examiner
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Each weeknight a charismatic cherub-cheeked Glenn Beck, spectacles alight on the midpoint of his nose and an oversized blackboard at the ready, pontificates on Fox News about politics, prompting some to label him America’s professor. His conservative viewpoints have fueled a frenzy of criticism from the liberal left, while earning him a coveted spot of honor among fiscal and social conservatives, desperate for someone of substance to carry their mantle. “He has gathered a huge audience,” said Craig Hazen, professor of Comparative Religion and Apologetics at Biola University in Los Angeles. “They want to own him in some way.” But over the summer, Beck unceremoniously switched gears, saying he was sensing a need for America to return to its spiritual roots.
By Bill McKeever
How far Christians can join hands in political efforts with those of other faiths is, admittedly, a matter of debate. Some insist that no such alliances should ever be made, while others take the position that a limited form of “co-beligerancy” to advance a cause does not violate New Testament principles.
Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck brought this discussion to the forefront at his August 28, 2010 “Restoring Honor Rally,” held in Washington, D.C. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Beck announced, “I said that this would be a non-political event. . . I said the message would be about restoring honor and turning to God.” This was a game-changer for many Christians. Instead of coming together for political and social issues that many conservatives share, Beck now added religious inclusivism into the mix.
Glenn Beck, an outspoken member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, caused quite a stir on his July 13, 2010 broadcast when he spent a good portion of his show explaining the difference between the Christian view of individual salvation, and the collective view of salvation proffered by proponents of Black liberation theology. He explained:
“You cannot earn your way into heaven. You can’t! There is no deed, no random act of kindness, no amount of money to spread around to others that earns you a trip to heaven. It can’t happen. It’s earned by God’s grace alone, by believing that Jesus died on the cross for you. This is what Christians believe.”
Glenn Lee Beck has become a leading voice in American media and his radio and television programs have become quite popular among those who hold conservative political views. Born in Everett, Washington on February 10, 1964, he converted to Mormonism in 1999 shortly after marrying his current wife Tania (Beck’s first marriage ended in divorce in 1994). With all the emotion of a typical LDS fast and testimony meeting, Beck passionately proclaims his love for America while decrying the efforts of liberals to abandon the ideals fashioned by America’s founding fathers. He regularly displays his in-depth knowledge of American history, and while he challenges his listeners to “Question with Boldness,” many, myself included, wonder if he really did that when it comes to the dubious historical past of Mormonism. Beck doesn’t hide the fact that one of the people who has made a major impact on his political worldview is W. Cleon Skousen, a Mormon political thinker and author of The 5,000 Year Leap, a book Beck says “changed his life.” First published in 1981, Beck wrote the foreword to a new edition that instantly became a top seller on Amazon.com.