Recently I looked at the invitation from the Rev Jim Wallis to the increasingly eccentric Glenn Beck, “star” of Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse), to call and discuss Beck’s attempt to demonise any church majoring on “social justice”. Rev Wallis did not attack Beck personally, but urged him to join in a discussion on the issue.
At the time, I said that Wallis would be in for a long wait, and he is still waiting for Beck’s call. But Beck has responded via his radio show, and the nature of that response has been threatening and sinister in equal measure. Part of Beck’s message, from the Monday 15th March edition of his show, was:
“So you go ahead and you continue to do your protest thing, and that's great. I love it. But just know -- the hammer is coming, because little do you know, for eight weeks, we've been compiling information on you, your cute little organization, and all the other cute little people that are with you”
That sounds plain nasty. And it’s plain out of order. Rev Wallis is challenging Beck’s assertion that “social justice” is code for Nazism or Communism (apparently interchangeable in Beck’s mind), and is asking that the two of them talk about it. The response has more than a hint of Joe McCarthy in it.
And any friend of the USA will not want that country to go back there. Ever.