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Media Matters slams Glenn Beck for asking Americans to pray

September 22, 2009


“Glenn Beck denigrates Yom Kippur,” declared Media Matters this morning.

Leftists regularly denigrate organized religion, of course, but as we all know: when they do it, that’s… different.

Plus I don’t see the “denigration” they’re referring to. Your mileage may vary.

Here’s what has Media Matters so outraged this morning. Yesterday, Glenn Beck told listeners to his radio show (according to the Media Matters transcript, anyway):

BECK: By the way, I just thought I would put this out there, and what you do with it is your own business. But, this weekend, I put out a tweet on Twitter that September 28th is the Day of Atonement for the Jewish faith, and I thought it would be a good day for all of us to fast and pray, you know. And I got this idea from Thomas Jefferson. After they put together the Continental Congress, the first thing they did was put together a day — a national day of fast and prayer, and I thought the Day of Atonement would be a good day to do it.

Now, despite my “Jewish sounding last name” (yes, I regularly get sinister emails about that — from leftists…), I’m only the world’s worst Catholic, so maybe I’m incapable of detecting Beck’s “denigration” of religion here.

But it’s not like Beck is urging people to — oh, let’s just make up something totally crazy that would never happen — give extorted taxpayer dollars to a photographer who dunks crucifixes in urine (which Media Matters implicitly approved of).

Anyway, in response to Beck’s latest “outrage,” Media Matters for America issued the following statement:

“Yom Kippur is a day of atonement, prayer and fasting,” Ari Rabin-Havt of Media Matters said. “Glenn Beck’s attempt to politicize this holiest of days with his far right agenda is not only disgusting, but shows a profound disrespect for the Jewish people.”

We’ve all heard the joke about “two Jews, three opinions,” so we can safely accept the verdict of Official Spokesman for the Jewish People, Ari Rabin-Havt, with a grain of kosher salt.

Then, right on cue, Keith Olbermann anointed Glenn Beck as yesterday’s “Worst Person in the World” for daring to suggest that Americans who felt so inclined might want to imitate their Founding Fathers one day out of the year.

Jefferson “is dead, by the way,” Olbermann added for some reason.

Now, all this is particularly lame when you consider how often leftists hijack religious holidays for political purposes.

Leftist themed Stations of the Cross are annual Good Friday events, as are Easter peace marches (which have been held in Europe since 1960); at Christmas, we get Code Pink protests against “war toys” and “consumerism”; and what about feminist peacenik seders?

Those icons of the Virgin Mary seen in protests from Poland to the Phillipines? Perhaps Media Matters has forgotten the Berrigan brothers, who constantly counseled prayer and fasting for the “salvation” of America.

And let’s not leave out two little words: Liberation Theology (Marxism dressed up as Christianity).

But a short message to Beck’s self-selected Twitter followers, then a throwaway comment on his radio show? That’s an outrage?

Does George Soros, who funds Media Matters, ever wonder if he’s getting his money’s worth?

  1. carterthewriter permalink
    September 22, 2009 10:00 am

    Man! Is Oberman the big judge of who is credible and who isn’t?

    God may have something to say about that?

    (I usually don’t interject religion, but in this instance, I must!)

  2. September 22, 2009 10:09 am

    Michael Lerner’s group regularly politicizes every Seder, every year.

  3. September 22, 2009 10:20 am

    Thanks, Ben. I was looking for Tikkun etc info!

  4. Bob permalink
    September 22, 2009 10:24 am

    I like Glenn Beck’s showmanship and some ideas. But…

    1. The Left wants to win in 2012. They plan years ahead. (See Obama,B.)
    2. They groom a sparkling Liberal to sound Conservative and start with a roll out on CNN.
    3. They don’t care how far right he sounds, in fact they encourage that, to drive ratings. He only has ONE JOB.
    4. That ONE JOB is to agitate for a third party.

    Any controversy that you can help him with, brings hm to more people’s attention.

    • Samood permalink
      September 22, 2009 12:37 pm

      It looks like they’re working on that already with Obama asking governors and representatives/Sen. to NOT run again. Interesting

    • In the know permalink
      September 22, 2009 1:36 pm

      Hmmmmm…I don’t know Bob. Are you implying that Beck is a cronie for the left? Or is he a tool? I have listened to Beck for years and don’t think that theory holds water. I think things are much more serious than the typical politics of the past. The associative connections to radicals (in high level govt. positions) and O coupled with the history of Chicago politics adds up to something beyond the ordinary political power plays we have seen. This is no Perot push. Besides, their guy is in office, they have a supermajority in both houses. Nothing can stop them but public discourse. I believe Beck understands this is a desperate situation. Information is our only weapon and they control the libraries (so to speak). He is hedging on the fence sitters of both parties being greedy enough to break ranks with thier leaders to save thier own seats.

  5. Black Mamba permalink
    September 22, 2009 11:12 am

    “…I got this idea from Thomas Jefferson. After they put together the Continental Congress, the first thing they did was put together a day – a national day of fast and prayer…”

    Well hey, I didn’t know that. If only the ACLU had been around at the tail end of the 18th century, they could have had a word with TJ about the seperation of Church and State…

  6. September 22, 2009 12:02 pm

    Black Mamba: good one!!

  7. Dagny Taggart permalink
    September 22, 2009 12:26 pm

    Yom kipper? Someone oughtta give the oh-so-sanctimonious Olbermann a pronunciation lesson or 2. A kipper is a fish, smoked and often served for breakfast.

  8. Samood permalink
    September 22, 2009 12:35 pm

    So what’s wrong with practicing your religion? What’s wrong with SUGGESTING that others join in with you when you think of fasting in prayer? You see this every day on all kinds of websites, blogs, internet communities, neighborhoods, churches, events. Genn Beck is a soundly passionate person who is asking for others to experience a day like many of us do, actually regularly, of introspection and of meditation.
    Now if you really want to take the “religion” out of it, like so many do, fasting is really healthy for you, too. 🙂

  9. September 22, 2009 1:24 pm

    Dagny, I was going to mention that, too, but thought that seeing as I am a shiksa I’d leave it to someone else 🙂

  10. Julie Trevor permalink
    September 22, 2009 1:28 pm

    Is it me? I don’t see anything “political” in what Glenn Beck said, hmmm

  11. Ken permalink
    September 22, 2009 1:37 pm

    I am Jewish and don’t agree with Glenn most of the time, however, I don’t find fault with him, nor do I think he was mocking my religion.

    We have lost our path in this country. What’s wrong with some reflection, some prayer and perhaps a bit of common sense.

    Seems better than what we’ve been doing! The left wants to make everyone comfortable, the right wants me, myself and I. How about, we talk to EACH OTHER.

    These ideological pissing matches as growing so freaking old.


  12. September 22, 2009 1:56 pm

    the idea is throw enough mud at someone and it might stick- it wont matter to Glenn-the more they attack him-the more he gains -nothing wrong with the idea of fast and pray–its all right to have arabs in DC-but we cant pray-??

  13. gatekeeper96740 permalink
    September 22, 2009 2:46 pm

    What would the left do if all the churches and like minded individuals instead of a tea party had a Sack cloth and ashes parade to the capital?
    We can only ask the Lord to forgive us for all of the so called education at our schools,millions of aborted young, and other wrongs to numerous to count.

    The left would have a fit.If just prayer bothers them …….sack cloth and ashes would have them frothing .just a thought .

  14. David Forsmark permalink
    September 22, 2009 4:33 pm

    If Keith O is going to jump on this with both feet, he ought to ask how to pronounce the holiday so it’s the Day of Atonement, not something you would do to a herring…

    On the other hand, if Chris Matthews called for something like this on Christmas or Easter, say to pray for universal health care, we would probably think it was inappropriate and could have easily been done on another day. My guess is that on his original Twitter, Beck had no idea it was Yom Kippur, and he should have just said so and gone on with life.

  15. Revnant Dream permalink
    September 22, 2009 9:56 pm

    Color me crazy, but I figure prayer is good at any time. As one of the worlds worst Christians maybe I’m just a kook though.

  16. September 22, 2009 11:47 pm

    I hope my prayers for the health of my grandchildren and the safety of my country work better than those other prayers. i keep praying that Soros, Olby and The Soros minions at Media Matters legs all grow together and they just keep on walking around.

    Perhaps we need group prayers on this.

  17. Janet permalink
    September 23, 2009 6:12 am

    I’m with Revnant all the way. But, if I’m reading Bob correctly (and what else could he mean), he has neither watched/listened to Glenn for very long nor very often. Glenn is so completely sincere, someone used the word passionate and it’s a perfect description. He’s so logical, methodical, and he cares so very much about this Country. My feelings: we who care as he does would be lost without Fox News and Fox News would be lost without Glenn Beck. I do worry about him; I hope Fox takes very good care of him.

  18. Nan JW permalink
    September 23, 2009 6:38 am

    Yom kipper????

    Hey obermann,to YOU maybe it should that have been, YUM KIPPER ???

    Hey, captain obvious-olbermann!!!I think EVERYBODY knows that THOMAS JEFFERSON is dead for a long, long time now. WELL DUH!

    WHY? Oh WHY, are you on any station???

    Must be your hair or the way you way say goodnight or the way Soros loves to look into your beedly, bloodshot little eyes. Romance is on the airways.

  19. Jack Hampton permalink
    September 23, 2009 6:55 am

    Media doesn’t Matter if they had there way would turn Beck over to the Philistines to be fed to the lions.

  20. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    September 23, 2009 7:07 am

    They don’t like prayer because Media Matters is godless- they don’t think they have a God to pray to because they think they are god.

  21. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    September 23, 2009 7:10 am

    Keith Overbite, Overboard, Roverbite: this guy sure lives up to his names I give him.

  22. Judy permalink
    September 23, 2009 7:43 am

    What, introspection,self-reflection and meditation?? What is the world coming to when someone asks for common sense, fasting, prayer and self-reflection? Someone save us from the Progressive morons that can’t seem to make up their minds when it comes to their anti-semite views. Glenn Beck is not an anti-semite. You would have thought that the Progressives would have been celebrating (their perceived) Beck’s apparent “disrespect for the Jewish people”. The Progressives do it so often and so well, I just don’t understand why they did not embrace Beck since he obviously, according to them, became so anti-Jew. Glenn Beck is passionate about reclaiming our heritage, and standing firm in truth. To have a day of fasting and prayer is not far-fetched since our country needs a revival of truth and common sense.And will someone please send Olbermann a dried fish with a note attached.Geez, the man is a moron.

  23. Judy permalink
    September 23, 2009 7:47 am

    Progressive/liberalism is a religion. They worship themselves. Who needs Jehovah, when you are a god yourself.

  24. MaryAnn permalink
    September 23, 2009 11:07 am

    Yom Kipper. What an ass.

  25. Freeme permalink
    September 26, 2009 6:25 am

    Olbermann is a Fascist fruitcake who obviously knows from which side his bread is buttered. Yet, he and the WH have tons in common, whereas they are most proficient in saying what the commie’s and fascists want to hear across the globe.
    The HOT AIR blowing globalists can not wait to see America fail and fall, which is what this Agenda is ALL about. We are the ‘LAST NATION STANDING’ who has not yet ‘been there and done that’…so now they work hard to take us down that sleazy slimey slippery slope to minimally ‘socialism’ that looks, sounds and tastes more like fascism. That is, to those who can still see, hear, and think outside the RED box.


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