Beck vs Social Justice


I’m surprised there hasn’t been more attention paid lately to Glenn Beck’s attacks on the idea of social justice:

“I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church web site,” Beck urged his audience. “If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!”

If this is meant seriously—and Beck’s sounded the theme in three consecutive shows so I think it is—this seems to me like when McCarthy decided to go after the Army.

Social Justice is on the website of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops—do Beck’s fans on the mainstream right think all Catholics should leave the Church? Social justice is all over the Vatican’s website.

The Episcopal Church does social justice.

According to its website, the United Methodist Church “has a long history of concern for social justice.”

The American Baptist Church says “Our vision for mission energizes a multitude of servant ministries of evangelism, discipleship, leadership, new church development, social justice, healing, peacemaking, economic development and education.”

My understanding is that Beck is a Mormon, and while LDS.org doesn’t talk as much about social justice as some other churches, they do talk social justice.