Glenn Beck held his “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. The news reports before, during and after the events makes it pretty clear where Beck and his supporters put themselves politically (anti-Obama, pro-Tea Party), but their spiritual stance remains murky, unless it’s simply that they don’t believe in separation of church and state for conservative Christians.
From a religion news perspective, both the content and coverage of the rally were fairly vague (GetReligion agrees). Basically, it appears that Beck is positioning himself as the new leader of Christian conservatives, saying things like “America today begins to turn back to God.” He doesn’t specify whose God, however… probably not Thomas Jefferson’s version of Jesus, in any case.
Here’s what some religious leaders had to say about the rally:
- My Take: Beck’s rally was about restoring virtue and God’s place (Rev. Jim Garlow, for CNN)
- Glenn Beck vs. Christ the Liberator (Rev. James Martin, for The Huffington Post)
- Catholic commentators weigh in on Glenn Beck’s ‘Restore Honor’ rally and Tea Parties (Catholic News Agency)
- Beck dismisses non-religious Americans in rally (James Kirk Wall, for the Chicago Tribune’s Seeker blog)
Beck’s evolution from comedic disc jockey to right-wing news commentator to angry prophet has caused concern for some evangelical Christians. While they may agree with his politics, his faith — he’s a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — gives them pause. Considering the confusion lately over Obama’s beliefs, whether he’s suspected of being a secret Muslim or merely too much allied with Beck’s much-hated “social justice” churches, it’s interesting to note that Beck’s own affiliation is not so acceptable in certain Christian circles.
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