The speed-bump on the road to Beck’s religious agenda

THE SPEED-BUMP ON THE ROAD TO BECK’S RELIGIOUS AGENDA…. The purpose of Saturday’s rally at the Lincoln Memorial wasn’t exactly clear, but it seemed to have something to do with religion. By one account, the event was “overtly religious, filled with gospel music and speeches that were more like sermons.”

“America,” Glenn Beck told attendees, “today begins to turn back to God.”

Whose God? Well, that’s a little trickier. Christian Newswire seemed torn — they like Beck’s hysterical political message, but have real problems with his chosen faith tradition.

Glenn Beck promotes a false gospel. However, many of his political ideas can help America.

Our country was founded on Judeo-Christian values. Mormonism is not a Christian denomination but a cult of Christianity.

The country needs to get back to the simplicity of the Bible. The reason our country is in bad shape is that ministers for the most part do not share the truth. Many endorse false gospels including Mormonism.

Faiz Shakir added that this sentiment isn’t isolated.

Brannon Howse, a conservative writer and founder of Worldview Weekend, said, “While I applaud and agree with many of Glenn Beck’s conservative and constitutional views, that does not give me or any other Bible-believing Christian justification to compromise Biblical truth by spiritually joining Beck.”

“Jesus Christ’s Church has universally rejected Mormonism’s Anti-Trinitarian theology and its claim that mortals may become God,” David Shedlock, an evangelical blogger, wrote on a FreedomWorks forum earlier this month. “Beck asks Christian leaders to ‘put differences aside,’ but Beck himself daily peppers his broadcasts with Mormon distinctives because he cannot keep his beliefs to himself.”

It creates an interesting religio-political dynamic that’s worth watching. As we talked about over the weekend, Tea Partiers and related right-wing activists have often been split, just below the surface, between competing factions — largely secular libertarians who focus on fiscal issues and the scope of government vs. religious-right-style theocrats who are still inclined to fight a culture war. Saturday’s gathering seemed to suggest the latter contingent might have the edge.

But then there’s the other fissure — theocrats comfortable with a Mormon’s leadership role in their so-called “movement,” and theocrats who appreciate Beck’s madness, but not his LDS membership.