Monday, August 30, 2010

Glenn Beck's non-political political rally

This past weekend, Glenn Beck held a rally on the footsteps of the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr's, "I Have A Dream" speech. Critics of Beck, who hold that his views are contradictory to the message that Dr. King tried to spread, held their own counter-demonstration, marching to the Lincoln Memorial following the end of Beck's rally.

Beck insisted that his rally wasn't meant to be political -- even though he, a FOX News political commentator, was the MC, and Sarah Palin, potential Republican candidate for president in 2012, also spoke. Beck said that his message was more about bringing America back to its true principles, unifying everyone around them in hopes of restoring the values that this country holds dear.

Such a goal is noble -- until you realize that Beck's true ambitions are to unify the country around the principles and beliefs that HE holds, not what the country was founded upon or has traditionally adhered to.

Beck's message -- echoing his 9/12 project that runs along similar lines -- is that the American people need more of God in their lives.

"America today begins to turn back to God," Beck said. "For too long, this country has wandered in darkness."

Such a message runs contradictory to the founding fathers' beliefs that the nation's government needs to remain religiously neutral in order to allow everyone to be treated equally under the law.

The right to believe whatever you'd like transcends a democratic majority's belief that you must adhere to their principles. That's what the founders wanted for our nation, and that's how we've been running things ever since (or at least trying to). It's ironic that Beck would oppose such a notion -- his own faith, Mormonism, is protected by mob rule, which would likely "vote against" the religion were it put on a ballot.

The true principles of this country are not bound to any one faith, nor one religion's God, but rather the belief that the individual can choose their own path, can participate in any belief (or none at all) they wish to associate themselves with.

Beck's call for unity is a disguised attempt to label those who don't turn to God in government as un-American, which makes his non-political event a very political matter.

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