DOES HE HAVE TO POLITICIZE YOM KIPPUR, TOO?…. Here’s a quick tip for Glenn Beck: Judaism’s high holy days are not part of your crazed political crusade.

This afternoon, Beck wrote a Twitter message that read, “Sept. 28. Lets make it a day of Fast and Prayer for the Republic. Spread the word.Let us walk in the founders steps.” [Grammatical problems in the original]

Soon after, on his radio show, Beck added, “By the way, I just thought I would put this out there, and what you do with it is your own business. But, this weekend, I put out a tweet on Twitter that September 28th is the Day of Atonement for the Jewish faith, and I thought it would be a good day for all of us to fast and pray, you know. And I got this idea from Thomas Jefferson. After they put together the Continental Congress, the first thing they did was put together a day — a national day of fast and prayer, and I thought the Day of Atonement would be a good day to do it.”

Two angles to keep in mind here. First, Beck’s understanding of history is incomplete — Jefferson was a staunch opponent of proclamations related to days of prayer and fasting. Jefferson even wrote brilliant letters about why he objected to the practice. If Beck is going to use Jefferson as an inspiration, he should at least try to understand what Jefferson was all about.

Second, and more important, Yom Kippur should not be used as an excuse for Glenn Beck to push his nonsense. “Yom Kippur is a day of atonement, prayer and fasting,” Media Matters’ Ari Rabin-Havt said. “Glenn Beck’s attempt to politicize this holiest of days with his far right agenda is not only disgusting, but shows a profound disrespect for the Jewish people.”

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