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FOX NEWS Funds Research to Discredit Progressive Pastors

There is a great post by Burns Strider today on Huffington about how Glenn Beck is using Fox News staff and resources to run his smear campaign against Rev. Jim Wallis.  I’d encourage you to read the entire thing, but here are some of the key parts:



Personal attacks aren’t uncommon from partisan commentators, but what is especially troubling about this most recent development is that Glenn Beck isn’t just planning to throw insults; he said that he has been using his FOX staff to research everything that Rev. Wallis has ever said or done and to dig up dirt on the people who work with the pastor.

Why is FOX funding research to discredit an American minister?


Clearly Beck knows that he doesn’t stand a chance of winning this debate about the proper application of Christian principles to the public square on Scriptural or theological grounds. And he clearly has no intention of following St. Paul’s command, found in Ephesians, that Christians “not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice.” No, sir. Beck is on a mission to discredit and destroy the pastor who dared to question him … and he’s using FOX staff and resources to do so.


FOX needs to be called to account for this. They need to explain how a news organization can possibly justify funding an opposition research effort that has the stated purpose of destroying the credibility of an American pastor?

Does FOX agree with Beck’s statements and command that Catholics, Protestants, and Mormons leave their churches? Will FOX allow Beck to continue to use staff and FOX airtime to conduct his promised week-long campaign to discredit Rev. Wallis? Will they continue to let him use their resources to launch Twitter and blog posts attacking Rev. Wallis and attempting to discredit the power of social justice?


Burns is right.  FOX does need to be called to account.  Spread the word and sign the Sojourners pledge telling Beck and FOX that you aren’t willing to dismiss the Biblical call for social and economic justice simply because it doesn’t fit a worldly ideology.

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posted March 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Last time I checked, Jesus never said anything about building up an all powerful government to try and rival the power of god. And he certainly never said anything about Churches supporting building up this huge government while discarding what the bible has to say about social issues at the same time.

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Andreas Petofi

posted March 19, 2010 at 8:03 am

I’m proud to be a long-time subscriber to Sojourners magazine. Not all Christians believe the fascism being spouted by Glenn Beck and the fascists of the Religious Right. If Beck had lived in the time of Jesus, he would’ve sided with the conservative religious establishment in Judea and the Roman Empire to have Jesus crucified.

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posted March 19, 2010 at 11:23 am

Thank you for this post and for lifting yet an other voice of faith and reason. What Beck is up to is McCarthyism and has no place in communities of faith.
I hope people will visit Sojo, sign the petition and tell Beck that Social justice is at the heart of the Gospel.
Don’t remain silent – silence is consent.

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Anne Howard

posted March 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Yes, silence is consent. And Christians can’t be silent when the lion is roaring.

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posted March 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

“And he certainly never said anything about Churches supporting building up this huge government while discarding what the bible has to say about social issues at the same time.”
No…he didn’t. But just as he said that the rocks themselves would rise up and praise God if the people didn’t, do you really think that God would allow people in the wealthiest nation to suffer while his wealthy church ignores them?

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posted March 21, 2010 at 4:11 am

Beck is not the only one on a mission to discredit and destroy any individual/church that works for social gospel issues. Rev. Rick Warren said during a December 2008 interview with Steven Waldman, that mainline churches: “social gospel” Protestants are “Marxism in Christian Clothing.”
The Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD) has been actively attacking mainline churches and social gospel issues for many years.
“Five communities exist to give flesh to the IRD’s mission of working to reform churches’ social witness, in accord with biblical and historic Christian teachings, thereby contributing to the renewal of democratic society at home and abroad:
* United Methodist
* Presbyterian
* Anglican
* Evangelical
* Ecumenical
The IRD originally was formed by Christians within the mainline denominations who desired to start an organization that would call upon mainline denominations to account for “progressive” social and political stances that did not represent the views of many of their members. Consequently, the first two communities serve Christians within two mainline denominations: the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA). The third community exists for the benefit of orthodox Anglicans within the mainline Episcopal Church and the larger worldwide Anglican Communion.
The IRD’s concerns, however, stretch well beyond the mainline denominations. The fourth community broadens our focus to the wide spectrum of evangelicals, a large number of whom now attend non-denominational churches. Evangelicals have become a greater force for social and political renewal in America during the past several decades. The IRD seeks to encourage evangelicals to use such influence for good, in line with orthodox Christian principles.”
Welcome to the website for Institute on Religion & Democracy. The IRD is an ecumenical alliance of U.S. Christians working to reform their churches’ social witness, in accord with biblical and historic Christian teachings, and to contribute to the renewal of democratic society at home and abroad.
“Evangelical Left activists like Jim Wallis desperately want Obamacare despite possible abortion funding.”
– Mark Tooley, IRD President
It is impossible for me to understand how any supposed Christian can completely ignore Matthew 25 and other teaching by Jesus that are very clear about about helping others. Jesus repeated the message several time; therefore, I would think people would understand the importance of the message.

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posted March 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm

People influence the Bible more than the Bible influences people. Many attitudes can be found in the Bible if you look for them, and more often than not people look in the Bible for justification of what they like or want to do. And they almost always find it.

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posted March 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Why does Fox News get any credibility?

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posted April 6, 2010 at 10:09 am

If Jim Wallis is a leftist he cannot be a Christian and if he is not a Christain he is an unsaved clone of Satan leading others to their eternal death.

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posted April 7, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Why is GB bringing this pastor into the front?
and what is GB saying that is not true?

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posted April 9, 2010 at 1:47 am

I think you have missed the boat entirely. Jesus never said feed the poor, build houses for them nor be their enablers to remain in their sinful life styles. He said to seek and saved the lost. Tell them who they are and what they need to do to become adopted as sons and daughters by the Living God so they can be indwelt by the Holy Spirit so they will not endure destruction. When they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit He Himself will be their teacher opening their minds to understanding the eternal majesties. Beck was correct that the “social gospel” is no Gospel. Which is feed the man and let him stay in his sins.

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posted April 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Why is Beliefnet involved in a political story in the first place? Glen has a responsibility to research any issue he reports on so that it is based on facts and true in nature. This “progressive revivial” smells to high heaven of socialism. Jim Wallis is a leftest and the facts tell the tail. I think we all need to launch a petiton aganst Beliefnet and their notion that “Social Justice” (ie. Goverment control) is what Jesus would have wanted any of us to practice. Progressives think we should just give the poor fish to eat (dependancy). Jesus would of wanted us to help them to eat, but also to teach them how to fish for themself so that they lead responsiable lifes. Your artical is an attack on Glen Beck – is that because you cant defend Jim Wallace?

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posted April 11, 2010 at 12:04 am

This is the last website I would ever think I would read about politics, especially including Glenn Beck. Let’s stay focused on the government trying to take our rights away before criticizing one who is fighting for them, shall we.
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posted April 11, 2010 at 9:53 am

Isn’t it funny that it was Glenn Beck that has allowed me to refocus my attention to God and religion. Although I never denounced God or the Catholic Church, I certainly have found over the years churches to be too hipocritical, but couldn’t explain why. Once I began reading what the founders read, and what in turn they wrote, I began a journey back. My love of country and service to it has given me a renewed spirit. The problem here is not Glenn or Fox News, it is progressivism and those who serve it. Be careful when trying to twist scripture to fit social justice teachings. People like Rev. Jim Wallis are using the innocent side of people who want to help others to push marxist philosophy disguised as gospel. Pray, ask God for guidance. Helping others never starts or is sustained by govenrments. Never misplace your faith in government or those who seek power from it. I want to say thank you to Glenn for helping me understand that the future is about education and civil discource. Be engaged in the truth.

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posted April 11, 2010 at 11:47 pm

It is sad to see how easy many people are so easily fooled into thinking this social justice is biblical and is the gospel. You should be glad the government is not yet dictating what can or can’t be said from the pulpit, although it may happen someday soon.
Many people don’t know anything about the founding principles or documents like the Constitution or The Bill of Rights. Some people refuse to believe that these men were men of faith. Many came here to be free to worship God the way they chose not the way the King dictated. People should be ashamed to quote the Holy Bible to suit their own agenda’s but who would know since many don’t read their bible anyway.
If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Read your Bible and pray God will show you His way in Christ. If you’re an American learn what the founding fathers did and wrote and about the Constitution and he Bill of Rights. Learn about who the real enemies of freedom and liberty are or you will just continue to show your ignorance.

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posted April 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm

The challenge, we as Christians face, is what is a “Christian” nation. We want to believe that the Lord has blessed our country abundantly and has raised our stature in the world He has created. Yet, how do we show Christian love, fellowship, and leadership to the poor and marginalized here and abroad?
Too often we grab at romantic visions of yesteryear. We want to believe that if the “good old days were here again” all would be well. Yet, would it? Would our country be better if we brought back Jim Crow laws; “blue” laws; limiting the right to vote; re-instituted slavery and indentured servitude -how do these past practices dovetail with our “Christian” nation.
We cannot call ourselves Christian based only on church attendance and our acknowledgment of God on money, court houses and legal documents. We all have notions of what a Christian nation is. How do we agree to work together to create it?

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posted April 15, 2010 at 1:28 am

I recently attended a Glenn Beck Revival in Arizona where over 7,000 people were in attendance from all walks of life! It was one of the most outstanding days of education about our Founding Fathers; the Constitution and Faith, Hope and Charity! It was indeed a revitalizing experience to know someone out there cares enough about the Constitution of the United States of America to FIGHT for it! He is spending his own money to put on these rallys….and I am glad to pay for a ticket to go and be educated about the Constitution and the direction the Country is heading, and to be able to join forces with those who are seeking to stop the tyranny; stop the out of control spending; and who is willing to stand up against those who seed to destroy our Republic and the freedoms and liberties the Constitution established and serves as a protection for……and then there are the “progressives”……better learn about them….could be they are the “wolves in sheep’s clothing”. that lead astray those who fail to educated themselves on the issues and movements hell bent on destroying this Country….and for what reason??? Good vs Evil continues to do battle…..whose on the Lord’s side? Who???

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posted April 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I would say a “Christian” nation is one that does not have a “Christian” government but whose reason for being is to glorify God.
For me, a believer in Christ, government is a tool like any other, to be wielded in obedience to God’s commandments, while accepting His judgment and blessing.
To make a church of government is to deny God.

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posted April 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Acts 2:44-47,4:32-35. This is what GB and others are calling nonChristian Socialism. So it is getting where a person cannot be a Christian unless they are a “Conservative,” American. Being a so called progressive doesn’t mean I am unAmerican or unChristian. If it does how could there have been Christians in first Century Post-Easter Jerusalem. Perhaps it wasn’t true Christianity till Hoover was elected.

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posted April 22, 2010 at 1:13 am

I’d like to see Glen Beck accept Jim Wallis’s invitation to have a civil dialogue and discuss social justice in the bible and how it is relevant in today’s America. It is unfortunate that too many of us Christians just throw out words like socialist, right wing, marxist, fascist, captitalist as if we know what those labels mean. Honestly, our government has socialist programs like social security and of course everyone takes advantage of our capitalist system. We really should listen to all opinions and talk to one another and pray that God leads us to make the best decisions for our country. Democrats, libertarians, Republicans, tea party people – none of them are 100% correct on everything.

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posted April 29, 2010 at 5:36 pm

This article is totally off base. Apparently the editor /writer of this article does not listen to Glen Beck on a regular basis. Glen Beck simply informs the american citizens of the FACTS of what is taking place, how this country was founded, what your constitutional rights are, and the principles that this country was founded on and has been guided by for over 200 years. Furthermore if you have ever studied the bible you would find out the principles that guide all of humanity are conservative. They are not liberal or progressive. End of story.

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posted May 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm

If Wallis actually said what Beck claims he said, then Wallis has no legitimate grounds for complaint; likewise if Beck finds “dirt” on Wallis or his staff.
If Wallis wants to find “dirt” on Beck or his staff, that’s his business and there’s nothing that Beck should be able to do about that, either.
But seriously, this whole “I’ve read Matthew 25 or John 3:16 and so I have the approval of Somebody Nobody Can See so you’d better vote my way or I’ll be forced to call down the wrath of Whatsisface” is getting old. No wonder “None of the Above” is the fastest growing segment of the US population; religion is increasingly viewed as a waste of time.

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posted August 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Please understand. I’m not apart of this mess tha seems to be created by the news Propagandists against Beck and Fox in general, but …. What ever the pastor is doing with “Social Justice” it is not Christian. It has not validity from the Bible what so ever. In fact Biblically, all those who took up the “Social Justice of that day were crushed and immediately ignored by society. Right or wrong the indication was If you Pray and give it up to God you get lots furthur.
The Progressive Churches are not Biblical and are woill bring thise who follow this herasay will come to no good for the Lord.

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posted August 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm

The Social Security System we have is a FAILED SYSTEM which the Democrats raided back in 1942.Put every dime in the general fund. Then spent it all. It is a Ponzi Scheme Now. That locked Box of Algore and Clinton is the biggest joke ..It is a LIE. and a damnable LIE at that because the old have believed it. My mother who clung to Social Security for a little 78 dollars a month. America was forced by the Marxist Thinking of FDR into it. until WWII no one had any money, And I mean the small change was not there even. FDR did everything in his power to stop the building projects of WWII . then quickly joined so he could get the applause. As a child I didn’t just hear about this stuff I lived through it. So don’t give me BS about the wonderful help of FDR we damn near starved.
It was American enterprise that got us cooking again and manufacturing. Something that today is all but gone from America.

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