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Exclusive: Religious group calls out Glenn Beck’s ‘warped gospel’, launches ad campaign

Glenn Beck attacks Christianity equating social justice with Marxism and Nazism.

Dan Nejfelt, a communications associate with advocacy group Faith in Public Life, has been high on Beck's smear-list ever since his group began running Christian radio ads quoting scripture as a way of encouraging believers to stop paying attention to the right-wing Fox News personality.

The group, which says their ads are sponsored by over 100,000 members nation-wide, has gone so far as to target their ads for every city Beck is visiting this summer.

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Their efforts have been getting Beck's goat in a big way. In recent days he's even played their ad on his radio program and increased the ferocity of his rhetoric against Christians who see poverty, war, climate change and economic tyranny as core social ills.

But to Nejfelt, it's just a greater shot at exposing Faith in Public Life to the very audience they hope to reach: believers duped into buying Beck's "warped gospel."

"Not only are you wrong, the vast majority of people of faith know that you're wrong," Nejfelt said, lobbing his words directly at Beck in an exclusive interview with RAW STORY. "We're going to keep doing what God tells us to do. We'd appreciate it if you'd stop doing what you're doing."

The conversation took place following a recent exploration by RAW STORY into Beck's latest assault on the teachings of Christ. Beck claimed, in the second such attack since March, that "liberation theology" is the driving force behind Christian efforts to help the poor and make peace among men, and that President Obama is a secret subscriber to such a philosophy, which he thinks has become the front for humanity's evils.

After his first assault on Christianity in March, numerous religious leaders stood up to the host in the media, calling him out for a fundamental "misunderstanding" of scripture.

"We're going to have these moments of opportunity, like Glenn Beck going after social justice," Nejfelt said. "People can counter Beck's warped gosple by organizing and finding people to help spread our message. We say, we're tired and sickened by a lot of the attacks on faith and the abuse of faith by extremist pundits."

In a media advisory put out the same day as RAW STORY's exploration of Beck's gospel, Faith in Public Life says:

Beck has frequently used his television and radio programs to distort the Christian commitment to social justice, a central principle of Christianity rooted in Biblical values and also emphasized in diverse religious traditions.

In March, the host urged his listeners to leave their churches if pastors talked about social or economic justice. Even after prominent clergy from across the faith and ideological spectrum refuted his arguments, Beck has continued his smear campaign by equating social justice with Marxism and Nazism.

"Would you support a leader who said Jesus' teachings can lead to Nazism or who attacks Christian pastors for preaching the full Gospel? Then why do so many Christians tune in to Glenn Beck?" the ad asks.

Beck also recently alleged that the Jewish concept of the common good led to the Holocuaust, saying, "This is exactly the kind of talk that led to the death camps in Germany." Faithful America is airing the ad on Christian stations to reach viewers and listeners who frequently tune into Beck's programs. While Beck may think he speaks for Christians, thousands have signed petitions rejecting his views and expressing their outrage. The ads are part of Faithful America's "Driven by Faith, Not by Fear" campaign, an effort to counter the fear, lies and hateful rhetoric of extreme pundits and the Tea Party.
The group is distributing bumper stickers and accepting donations on their Web site.

'We must stand up to people'

Faith in Public Life takes a direct approach to countering Beck: by correcting blatant misrepresentations of Christ's teachings, they hope to attract a large community of Christians who will defend the cornerstones of their faith.

"People have been working for social justice for a long time," Nejfelt explained. "This isn't something that cropped up in talking points last week. This is a centuries long committment, and not just in the christian community.

"Along comes this Glenn Beck character and tries to paint this very sacred concept as though it was hatched by the Nazis or the Marxists. It was kinda like, such a foundational insult to our faith that we just felt we had to respond. It's not just faithful America: it's people across the country. It's a cause for outrage. I'm glad to be a part of helping to channel it and stand up to say no, you're wrong. What you're doing is wrong and we're not going to stand for it."

That's the driving thought behind their radio ads blasting Beck's right-wing hybridization of christianity. In their ad, they quote directly from the book of James in cautioning that the tongue is like a small spark which can set a whole forest ablaze. Faith in Public Life further cites the book of James in cautioning Christians against praising their lord in one breath and cursing their fellow man in another.

"Would you support a leader who said Jesus's teachings can lead to Nazi-ism, or who attacks Christian pastors for preaching the full gospel?" they ask. "Then why do so many Christians tune in to Glenn Beck?"

Nejfelt explained to RAW STORY: "To worship God and to obey God involves loving your neighbor. Loving your neighbor involves more than just praying for peole and being kind. We need to bring about conditions on earth for people to flourish. Trying to turn society into a place where needs are met are completely in accordance with what God commands. To love your neighbor as yourself is part and parcel to that."

Compassionate immigration reform, he said, a "foremost example" of a social justice effort being led by people of faith.

"We want fairness and opportunity," Nejfelt said. "When we have people dying at the border and families being torn apart, that's a justice issue. We need a place where people who want opportunity can come to this country, as people have for generations."

He also lists universal health care as in-line with Christ's teachings, insisting, "Everybody deserves to get the health care they need."

While admitting that many progressives better identify with social justice issues, Nejfelt added, "They aren't doing it because it's the liberal thing to do: they're doing it because it's the right thing to do. [...] The values we're talking about supercede labels like liberal and conservative."

Despite their efforts, Beck seems to have only intensified his assault on Christian values, insisting during his Monday broadcast that policies enacted toward these ends are from the "enemies of God".

"God is about freedom and equal justice, not equal stuff in our homes," he insisted. "Then again, according to -- what is the name of this faith initiative? They're playing ads about me on the radio and saying I am perverted!"

He countered Faithful in America by trying to kick sand on the scientific consensus over global climate change, calling churches "evil" if they take the matter seriously. However, in doing so he ignored the Republican-leaning Christian Coalition, which urged Republicans to support climate change legislation for "religious reasons."

"As conservatives, we stand up for our country's national security and the health of our economy," they explained. "And, as Christians, we recognize the Biblical mandate to care for God's creation and protect our children's future."

In attacking Faith in Public Life, Beck also mocks the Evangelical Climate Initiative, which has the support of 86 prominent evangelical leaders from across the U.S.

"Pollution from vehicles, power plants, and industry is already having a dramatic effect on the earth’s climate," they explain. "The vulnerable are being hurt by the early impacts of climate change. Left unchecked, global warming will lead to more severe droughts, more intense storms, and more devastating floods, resulting in millions of deaths in this century. Prudence and compassion require us to act."

"If I could ask a question of Beck, it would be personal," Nejfelt told RAW STORY. "I would ask him what it is that he wants. If he's talking about social justice being such a threat, I'd ask, 'What is your vision for American society? Should we be a nation with opportunity and broad prosperity? Or a place where anger is the dominant emotion?' I don't know if he disagrees with our tactics or the outcome we want to see ... but, it doesn't really keep me up at night. I'm more concerned about the effect he has on believers."


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  • oh yeah cause equality and social justice is truly a virtue of nazism and marxism!!!




    Get back to school beck and him not talking about some insane redneck religious school in the bible belt BUT A TRUE SCHOOL WERE YOU CAN GET TRUE EDUCATION

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    • Glenn dropped out of College - One semester was enough of an education to lead the Right...Just like Hannity...Limbaugh...Hey I see a trend.

      What would Glenn Beck know about the Gospel? He called a woman who had a miscarriage and made fun of her on his radio show...He thinks thats compassion?

      This Drama Queen has no credibility - None - Circus Clown...Breaks down and cries when talking about his own illnesses? Really? Certified Pathological
      Narcissism

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    • like, where you can learn to spell 'Where'?

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    • the grammar gestapo at work again, dont forget to thumbdown also

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  • The thumbs down gestapo have gone through I see.......



    pathetic, at least try and arguee with us, youl will look less pathetic

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    • QFT, so true.... they bring nothing to the table but calling people with a brain and logic "libtards" -- which they seem to laugh at among themselves.

      They never reply with a good link, EVER....

      And I totally agree with joalexan above... pretty damn good points.

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    • Funny, I just did some digging. It seems that the ads this guy is putting out are funding by George Soros. Do you use your brain and elite education? You can bash Beck I can give a shit. Look into the other organization and see what you find. I don't see many mainstream religious leaders promoting "Collective Salvation". Seems the Soros and the Libs are now trying to hijack religion to promote their form of "Social Justice". Sad, really how most could give a shit about religi More..

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    • The ads are produced by Faith in Public Life.
      On the Board of Directors of Faith in Public Life;
      Fred Rotondaro is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a John Podesta Organization for MARXIST PROGRESSIVES.
      Podesta is a Director for the Apollo Alliance formed by Joel Rogers.

      Faith in Public Life even has an intern program and the requirements read like a page from Saul Alinsky's "Rules For Radicals" http://blog.faithinpubliclife.org/Intern_Job_Description.pdf

      The actua More..

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  • Also beck is trying to re-define fasicsm, or is just a plain ol idiot that doesn't know the real meaning of it like so many others and assumes that fasicsm, socialism, and communism are all the same and on the same wing.

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  • THE BIBLE IS LIBERAL PROPAGANDA! LOOK AT IT TEACH COMMUNISM!

    Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of More..

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    • Show me where in the Bible that is says you must be forced to give to those less fortunate? Show me where it says a Government type power dictates who gives and who recieves? Show me where it say's "Social Justice" and "Collective Salvation".

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    • No, that is what healthy, free, productive people do. Liberals insist that the gubment steal from one man to give to another.

      Which is closer to the scripture?

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    • It goes on to tell what happend to a man who sold his property, but kept some of the money instead of giving it all to the apostles, and both he and his wife ended up being killed by god. I'm not saying I'm going along with this, but if christians acted like they were instructed, there wouldn't be a need for welfare.

      Acts 5:1-11
      Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife's full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but More..

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    • Give to ceaser what is ceaser's. Unless you personally want to do as instructed by opening up your home to a family affected by foreclosure or minister to gangs and pimps to change their ways for the good of everyone, you're going to have to accept that some tax dollars go towards a safety net for some citizens just as I have to accept that some tax dollars go towards two wars I don't think we should be involved in.

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    • The Bible is an anti-socialist document. I have yet to see a single Bible commentary written by a socialist. The Bible mandates a moral and legal social order that inevitably produces free market capitalism. when Christians reject the judicial specifics of the Bible, it produces socialism or some political type hybrid "m between capitalism and socialism, where politicians and bureaucrats make the big decisions about how people's wealth will be allocated. Economic growth then slows or is More..

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  • I like the title 'Exclusive' over the heading.

    ...they must have listened to his show on Monday when he read the statements released by the group.

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  • The bible cannot be pegged as any single modern ideology.. it teaches personal responsiblity, but also unquestioned charity to anyone that asks.

    I posted what I did to point out that there are passages that show people not claiming personal property and giving communal resources to people depending on their needs. God even killed people who kept some money for themselves instead of giving it to the collection, which is very anti-capitalist.

    It's not communist, it's not capitalist, it's not soc More..

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  • Could this be why he's starting to go blind? Beck calling Jesus a Socialist, and now God is out for revenge?

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