I suggested yesterday that the Mormon church might not be very happy with Beck's assertion that it doesn't stand for social justice. Today, I read this in the New York Times:
Philip Barlow, the Arrington professor of Mormon history and culture at Utah State University, said, “One way to read the Book of Mormon is that it’s a vast tract on social justice.”
“A lot of Latter-day Saints would think that Beck was asking them to leave their own church,” he said.
Mr. Barlow said that just this year, the church’s highest authority, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, issued a new “Handbook of Instructions” in which they revised the church’s “threefold mission” and added a fourth mission statement: Care for the poor.
Also of note, today Beck apparently dialed it back a bit, saying to his audience:
"There's a lot of people who say social justice and some of them don't mean Marxism, but others do. And you need to know which is it."
If your church is preaching social and economic justice, you'd better do some digging and find out exactly what that means. Because if that means 'big government" if that means yes you've got to support these big government programs, then you don't have a church, you have an organ of the government. You have the anglican church over in England, which we left. You have the church of england. Separation of church and state It's weird that I have to argue with someone like Jim Wallis the separation of church and state. Now if your church is talking about social justice in the way that you empower yourself to go out and help the poor, well that's exactly what Jesus or Allah or Buddha or whoever it is, would like you to do.
There's just so much comedy in Beck's attempts to analyze history and politics. I love how the Church of England, which "we" left (I guess Beck doesn't have any Episcopalians in his audience), is somehow cast as the bad guy in this. Really? The church of England is what we should fear American churches becoming? Because, in many ways, I'd be OK with that.
But of course, the underlying issue is total nonsense. A church speaking out in favor of social justice, even in favor of particular kinds of program (e.g., the minimum wage or universal health care) doesn't in any way, shape or form make it an "organ of the state."
I know, I know: Why argue with a crazy person? But again, crazy person with a megaphone deserves to be refuted.