The Glenn Beck Doctrine and the Tea Party: A ‘cult like’ mindset ignores a troubling contradiction
A recent study reveals that Glenn Beck is a highly regarded individual among Tea Party supporters, scoring a 75 percent very or somewhat warm rating, and Beck has leveraged that warm feeling to the tune of $32 MILLION a year between books, endorsements and shows. But what some have difficulty reconciling is this positive view of him by the Tea Party and the gospel that Beck preaches, which is centered on the premise that taking back our government REQUIRES we embrace Christianity, something that runs counter to that which the Tea Party holds most dear; our Founding Fathers who, contrary to Mr. Beck, held strong beliefs that there must be a strict separation of Church and State!
Recently, Beck held a ‘Restoring Honor Rally’ in DC on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech, an event heavily attended by Tea Party devotees, and he again offered up his seemingly ‘contrary to Tea Party beliefs’ world view of Christianity as the centerpiece of governance.
Now, in response to the Restoring Honor’ event, which we regarded as a low point in American history, we decided to post a chart (shown below) provided by CelebratetheDream.org and the website The Other 98% that compared the accomplishments of Beck and King, and as one might expect, this generated a raft of angry comments from Beck supporters and Tea Party members. And as more comments came in, and more and more of his disciples defended Beck and what he stands for, it began to shine a troubling light on what these people believe, how they regard the world, and what their vision is of the nation and our country’s future. In the narrative they provide, you see an almost ‘cult like’ mindset as they parrot the many lies told by Beck and his ilk as if they were gospel, and doing so despite verifiable facts and evidence presented to the contrary by many others who took the time to post replies. We urge you to read through them. Their commentary provides all reasonable Americans with a stark reminder that unless we stand strong against demagogues like Beck and the type of movement he and the Tea Party represents, then our future as a Nation and a Democracy is in grave, grave danger.