Good news: Glenn Beck’s FOX News show goes off the air today. Bad news: Beck is considering moving to Texas. Really horrible news if Beck’s serious: he told Gov. Rick Perry he may run for governor if he moves to Texas.
As America’s most beloved tin foil hatter departs from FOX News, the watchdog group Media Matters has prepared a YouTube video of Beck’s greatest hits, including this one:
“Do you really believe that I could, or anybody here at FOX News, could just make things up and remain on the air?”
Well, I guess not, but they gave you waaaaay more than three strikes. Enjoy:… Read More
Glenn Beck on the radio today, rejecting evolutionary science (audio clip from Media Matters):
“I don’t think we came from monkeys. I think that’s ridiculous. I haven’t seen the half-monkey, half-person yet. Did evolution just stop? … There’s no other species that is developing into half-human?”
That argument sound familiar? You might recall that Texas State Board of Education member Ken Mercer claimed during the debate over public school science curriculum standards that the lack of a “dog-cats” and “cat-rats” was proof against evolutionary science.… Read More
Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck has clearly climbed aboard the religious right's campaign to organize fundamentalist clergy in support of its political agenda. After talking to Texan and pseudo-historian David Barton, Beck announced at his recent Restoring Honor rally in Washington the formation of the so-called "Black Robe Regiment." The name, Barton told him, harkens back to a group of evangelical ministers who supported the American Revolution. Organizing fundamentalist clergy is not a new political strategy for the religious right. In 2005, for example, the Texas Restoration Project launched an effort to turn pulpits into campaign props for Gov. Rick Perry and like-minded politicians. You can read more about how the Texas Freedom Network helped expose the purpose and secretive funding behind the Texas Restoration Project here. Barton was one of the organizers of the Restoration Project. Indeed, one of Barton's responsibilities as a Republican Party functionary (as Texas GOP chair until a few years ago and working for the Republican National Committee in 2004) has been to recruit conservative clergy into the GOP and turn them into political activists in their own congregations. So it's not surprising that he is helping Beck build a national clergy group to promote a far-right agenda now. As MediaMatters reports, on his August 30 radio program Beck said he recently told a meeting of evangelical leaders that his new organization "has nothing to do with politics." Yet at the same meeting, he said, he warned participants: "We're about to lose our country, and we need to teach the principles of liberty and freedom." Good grief. Read More
In TFN’s 2006 report The Anatomy of Power: The Religious Right and Political Power, we took a hard look at the career of pseudo-scholar David Barton and his efforts to provide a historical justification for making religion the basis for government policy. Our conclusion:
His main accomplishment (has been) to provide a bridge between the secular and political world of the Republican Party and the religious world of evangelicals.
Fast forward almost five years to present day, and Barton is now hard at work trying to bridge another gap — this one between the Republican Party and African-American voters. Barton is shopping a revised version of American civil rights history wherein the GOP is the champion of racial equality and Democrats defenders of racism. And guess who’s buying — the man who is preparing to headline a conservative rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech this weekend: Glenn Beck.
But as is always the case with Barton, the story he tells is built on distorted history and half-truths. So says Julie Ingersoll, an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Florida:
Like Barton’s… Read More