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Coverage has snowballed in the week since conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck called on Christians to “run as fast as you can” if their churches preach about social or economic justice, which he defines as code words for Communism and Nazism. Summarized in Laurie Goodstein’s New York Times story today, angry backlash has come from a range of Christian leaders and organizations, ranging from the outraged Sojourners antipoverty group to offended members of Beck’s own Church of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons).

GetReligion’s Sarah Pulliam Bailey complains the coverage so far has focused on predictable reactions from Beck’s usual opponents, although several evangelical and conservative Christian groups also prominently advocate some form of social justice on their Web sites and in their charitable activities.

Interestingly, this includes Beck’s own church, reports the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Frank Lockwood, at Bible Belt Blogger. After searching the official LDS site for the terms “social justice,” “economic justice,” and “social gospel,” Lockwood has advised the Fox News personality to “head for the hills!”

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