Saturday, August 07, 2010

Well Beck, you aren't immune to criticism relation to recent comments regarding Simon Greer

The comments of Oliver Stone recently have gotten a lot of scrutiny, and rightly so. Stone, who in all probability wanted to make a point that was less of a sweeping generalization and which hopefully would have distinguished between lack of coverage of Russia in World War II and discussions of a Jewish conspiracy, should have thought about what he was saying. Glenn Beck's frequent allusions to Nazism have gotten him much less attention over all, suspiciously so. Why Glenn Beck gets a pass on calling everyone and his brother Nazis and yet folks who work for Palestinian rights and criticize Israel's actions constantly get called anti-Semites is something to think about. But, hopefully, that is changing. Beck distorted the words of Simon Greer, who heads an organization called "Jewish Fund For Justice", and who wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post specifically arguing against Beck and for the role of the government in the social services from the point of view of religion. Glenn Beck then took on the op-ed on his radio show, only making reference to the first couple paragraphs of it, not mentioning the meat of its argument, and dismissing the idea of the common good as something leading to death camps, saying, and I quote from the Transcript

"This leads to death camps. A Jew, of all people, should know that. This is exactly the kind of talk that led to the death camps in Germany. Put humankind and the common good first. "

Maybe Beck isn't familiar with over two thousand years of religious and philosophical writing, in the Jewish, Christian, and Greek philosophical traditions, that makes discussion of the common good and how to promote it one of the big questions. In fact, on the level of society, how to promote the common good is not only one of the big questions it's thee big question. There isn't any other question on the social level besides how to promote the common good.

Beck, quoting Greer, says:

"He says, "All of us are created in the image of the divine, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. To put God first in faith is to put humanity first." "

You know, it's sort of amazing that a person who calls himself a Christian should respond with 'blah, blah, blah, blah, blah" to the notion that man was created in God's image, since this is a core principle of both Judaism and Christianity, and is talked about at the very beginning of the Bible, in Genesis, when man is created.

Maybe Beck belongs in the church of Ayn Rand, but not in anything that's commonly known as the Judeo-Christian tradition.

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