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Forty years ago, in his World Day for Peace message on Jan. 1, 1972, Pope Paul VI declared, “If you want peace, work for justice.” Those were very significant words that, for good reason, have often been quoted throughout the last four decades. Pope Paul’s peaceproclamation was based partly on Isaiah 32:17 (“justice will produce […] Read More

(RNS) A Jewish organization is celebrating Passover two weeks early, proclaiming freedom from Glenn Beck’s television show. Jewish Funds for Justice, a social advocacy nonprofit, has taken credit for the polarizing personality’s pending exit from Fox News. The group waged a yearlong campaign of petitions and newspaper ads complaining to Fox owner Rupert Murdoch about […] Read More

I had not intended to write another column on Glenn Beck, but a recent episode of his TV show demands a response. The program was about an environment curriculum Beck fears will be taught in public schools with a counterpart in churches and synagogues. Not having seen the curriculum, I cannot comment on it, but […] Read More

Someone has said, “Everyone has a right to his or her opinion, but not to his or her facts.” I thought of that saying recently while watching Glenn Beck, who hosts one of television’s most watched talk shows. Beck, who regularly recites his version of history, exemplified having one’s own facts when he asserted that […] Read More

Reacting to Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally in August, Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert sponsored the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on Saturday at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.   Beck’s rally was pitched as a religious revival. The Stewart/Colbert rally was cast as a recovery of reason. It was dueling […] Read More

Several writers have noted that Glenn Beck’s recent rally was a clear example of American civil religion. A little noted incident at the rally, however, was Beck’s remark that when revelation was being given in ancient Israel, it also was being given on this side of the globe. The remark was followed by a rabbi […] Read More

Well, I’m back. Thirteen weeks of rest and recreation, worship and travel, time with kids and grandkids. What an experience. The best part was the time I spent doing nothing. No deadlines, no sermons due, no meetings, no pastoral care responsibilities. It is the longest period in nearly 35 years that I was not on […] Read More

Glenn Beck may well be right. We could be on the verge of a revival in the land. At Beck’s recent event, Restoring Honor, he called for a national return to God. But is it what it seems on first blush? Americans are accustomed to hearing God-talk and biblical themes as props for nationalistic grandstanding. […] Read More

After the Washington Post placed my column about Glenn Beck on the top line of a Tuesday afternoon e-mail, I got a call from a man who was angry. He demanded, “Where in the Bible does it teach social justice?”   I asked him to tell me his name. He said it was David. I […] Read More

The new Defender of the Faith has spoken. The decree from Glenn Beck has been declared. His judgment rendered. According to Beck, President Obama practices a version of religion that is “a perversion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as most Christians know it,” according to a Washington Post news story. Beck explained why this […] Read More