Glenn Beck

I couldn’t pass this up….

If I’m not mistaken, the signs of mental illness include paranoia, delusions and hallucinations. You know–believing that evil forces are conspiring against the forces of good, or thinking that you’re better than everyone else because you believe in an “invisible guy in the sky.”

In this interview with Glenn Beck, we learn that Beck thinks Wolf Blitzer was involved in a plot to promote atheism. Because, as some of my FB friends say, “CNN is an atheist network!!”

Although Beck acknowledges that he really does like atheists, he thinks that Christians need to “prove that they were better.”

What the heck? Did he stick out his tongue after that Christian-elitist comment?

Beck says, “Have I done anything this week, have you done anything that would make anyone say, ‘Wow, what is it about them? I want to be like that. I want to be able to provide hope to others in dark times,’” the radio host said. “If you haven’t done anything different than what an atheist can do this week then your light is not shining very bright at all.”

And what exactly can a Christian do that an atheist can’t? Well, we can’t tell stories about made up super-heroes or horned bad guys and swear that they’re the truth and nothing but the truth. We can’t pretend that we’re super-duper special and that God has orchestrated a life of joy for us now and one for us later. We can’t lie to our friends and tell them that God’s going to take care of them.

Because he’s not. We are. We take care of each other. We don’t think we’re any “better” than the next guy or gal. We all have equal animal status. And we don’t think the forces of evil are having their way with CNN.

But the funniest part of this interview was the Forrest Gump-like truth that spilled from Beck’s mouth:

“Because, quite honestly, if there is no difference, I mean, wouldn’t you rather stay at home on Sunday? Wouldn’t you rather just go ahead and just do what you wanted to do and not listen to some invisible guy in the sky?”

Yes, we would.  I bet Mr. Beck would, too, and if he’s like a lot of his fellow church-goers, he’ll only make it on Christmas and Easter anyway.

If the only difference between staying home and going to church on Sunday is “listening” to some “invisible guy in the sky,” then what’s the point? I don’t think that invisible guy is going to talk to him either. At least non-believers are at home doing something. We’re seeing and listening to real people.

Now, how exactly do Christians prove they are better?


48 responses to “Glenn Beck

  1. If you talk to the invisible guy in the sky, it’s called prayer. If the invisible guy in the sky talks back, it’s called mental illness. Remember Bachman, Santorum, and Perry? God told them all to run for president in 2012. Either God is really confused or he’s having a good time at their expense. Or more likely, they are all mentally ill.

  2. LanceThruster

    Imagine if xians actually lived in a manner that shows that they *know* their real reward is yet to come. They’d be so laid back and cool. That they’re not generally tells you something.

  3. My philosophy is “I don’t believe in God, I believe in Good.”

    Glenn Beck is that believing in good isn’t good enough. Being good isn’t good enough. How on earth is any one person better than another if they basically practice the same behavior…minus one thing: whether or not they worship a deity?

    Beck is coo-coo-for-cocoa-puffs. I dare him to prove me wrong.

  4. Loved “animal status” … so true. I continue to marvel at your clarity and your total honesty. I really don’t know how you survive in Texas … but I guess I say the same for myself living in Ohio. Beck, as Rush, is merely a money-grubbing hater who will spew any hate for money and recognition … the worse the lie, the greater the response. But you answered it nicely … keep up the great writing.

  5. I actually posted a comment on FB about all the prayers and devotionals I was seeing. I asked the question of why Jesus had not friended me. It was a joke and yet I got so many people hoping that I could develop a relationship with Jesus so I could be happier. I didn’t realize I was miserable. But I do hope this means that I can develop a relationship with Ryan Gosling since that would be about as productive, too, except that Ryan has actually been proven to exist.

  6. Kathy, that is so true. I have done medical reports on mentally ill people and one sign of mental illness is hearing God speaking to them. How strange, huh? Yet he supposedly talks to people every day! Why is it that Christians believe that atheists don’t contribute anything? The way I see it is that atheists do contribute, they just don’t have strings attached. Most Christians that help out humanity have an agenda.. to recruit people into their church. I might be making a huge generalization, but what motive does an atheist have?

    • Another way to look at the ‘strings attached’ part of the equation… Christians help out humanity because they believe if they don’t, they’ll spend eternity burning in hell. Atheists help out humanity because it’s the right thing to do. I’ve got news for all those Christians: If the only thing that keeps you from being a horrible person is the threat of eternal punishment, you’re already a horrible person.

    • @Gina We want the world to be a nicer place for all of us? Also wanted to say that GB (George Bush) talked to God before he went to war. And God talked back. And he still walks the streets of Dallas. And paints.

    • “Most Christians that help out humanity have an agenda.. to recruit people into their church. I might be making a huge generalization, but what motive does an atheist have?”

      My motive for helping people is that I can do something for others so they can live a better life. And two hands at work get a lot more done than a thousand folded in prayer.

  7. Christian’s do tend to get a bad wrap where this subject is concerned. Personally, I don’t feel that I am better than anyone else nor do I think I’m better than anyone else. As humans, we’re all on this planet. If we get cut, we bleed. If we get fatally wounded, we die. In my personal opinion, anyone that compares his or herself to another human because of their religous beliefs is a hypocrite. Jesus only requires that his followers live above hypocrisy, not to live better than people who don’t believe in God or serve the same God as you.

  8. Of course, when I read the title of this blog, I laughed out loud. I actually forgot that this guy is still around.

    I watched the video on the linked site, and I see that GB has given up his chalkboard and his ranting and raving and taken up a quieter approach. Or maybe that’s just this bit here. Who knows…and who cares?

    A couple of things caught my eyes and ears:

    1. He said that the days following 9/11 showed the best of America. I honestly don’t know what he’s talking about. The time after 9/11 was a time of war mongering, hateful prejudice against peaceful Arab-Americans, reckless spending that nearly collapsed our economy in 2008. I mean, really? And if he means that people helped each other out for a short period of time, ok, that’s great, but the rest of the stuff still happened. If that’s our best, wow, we really suck.

    2. I just can’t get over the immature morality to which these people cling. I need an invisible man to tell me how to be good? And if I’m not, I’m going to be punished for it? I mean, atheists do good all the time, not because we think we’re going to be rewarded with 72 virgins or a place on a cloud or whatever. We do good because, as oatmellow says, we believe in Good. And the big guy up there doesn’t seem to hold as much water as you’d think: there are far more xtian inmates in our prisons than atheist inmates.

    So fellow non-believing do-gooders, be well!

    • @deosullivan3 #1 I completely agree with you. While people felt weak and helpless and perhaps leaned on each other for a bit, for those of us who opposed war, we were told to move to France and worse. There was a lot of paranoia. A lot of you were either with us or against us. I think things have eased up a bit now, but we really did create more terrorists during that time than in any other time in our history. We created them. So. Yeah. I agree with you!

      2. Amen. As for prisons–why are so many of those guys “saved” by God? And how do they know?

    • Post 9/11 it seemed like religion was kicked into high gear in America. That’s when it seemed like it became politically correct for the politicians to start using God to get followers, since so many people felt that was the only way to save all of us from the terrorists (who were using their god against the Christian god). Maybe he was referring to the amount of public praying that happened and correlating that with “the best of America.” Now it just seems that religion causes and even larger political divide in this country.

  9. Well, here’s what this atheist tried to do this week, and what I try to do each and every week:
    – Be kind to everyone I meet.
    – Look people in the eye when communicating with them, including the cursory “thanks” (and sometimes not cursory) to service folks like cashiers and the like.
    – Greet people by name, if I know it. Not only does it reinforce to me their name (important as I seem to get older and names get fuzzier,) but I like to think it reinforces to them that I know them and appreciate them.
    That’s off the top of my head. I’m sure there are many christians who have done less.

  10. Beck has a long history of mental health and substance abuse issues. It’s sad that people like him are given platforms from which to spew their twisted ideas — religious, political, or otherwise.

  11. “Animal Status” made me laugh… had a Christian recently tell me that we are superior to all other mammals, because we’re God’s chosen, and that’s why we are at the top of the food chain. My response was, “Great…. you and a Bengal Tiger in an enclosed space. No weapons. Go for it…”

    • @Shanan Winters LOL Good comeback! My kids, when they were young, told my sweet, very old grandmother that humans are animals, too. She got so upset I thought she was going to have a heart attack!

  12. “A plot to promote atheism.” Hmmm. And that would be bad because . . . ??? Only Christians are allowed to promote their agenda??

    Glen Beck is a jackass. The end.

    • We “promote atheism” by mentioning, in passing, that we don’t believe. You can still wear a cross and talk about your Christian faith without anyone batting an eye, though.

  13. Oh jeez, you just crack me up, Deborah. I just couldn’t help but laugh through all of it. I love how you describe it as “made up super-heroes or horned bad guys”. It reminds me of my partner who says that we will not be speaking to an imaginary sky fairy! LOL, thanks for shedding more light on the ignorance of people and making me laugh.

  14. Good job … I tried writing about this but got too pissed off. I don’t even know why, since it’s not as if Glenn’s entire schtick consists of anything but re-mixes of his standard “noun, verb, CONSPIRACY!!” complete with teary eyes and a copy of the Constitution held close to his chest.

    If it were a plot to “promote atheism”, I think Wolf would have handled it in a way that didn’t make him look like a doofus. He was pandering to the standard Midwest demographic and got caught flat footed when he got an answer he didn’t expect.

    As for Glenn, I’m not sure what he expects. Snake handling, faith healing, and the drinking of poisons like we hear about in Mark 16:18? The only thing that Christians can do in an attempt to “prove” they’re better is simply to be good people for its own sake, not because they’re ordered to on pain of eternal torture. As you said, we don’t think we’re “better” than anyone else … and if either avoiding hellfire or “sticking it” to atheists is the reason for acting charitable to your fellow man, then you’re doing it wrong.

  15. Why-oh-why have “you” allowed people like Beck raise to the status they have? Whenever I feel somewhat good, a quick glance at reminds me that not everything is alright 🙂

    The only difference between religious adherence and mental illness is the popularity. But as Deb said, if the faith is the only hindrance between good pious xians not killing or stealing, please be ill that way.

    To this day I have never read of a rebuttal to Christopher Hitchens’ question whether there is a moral deed done by a believer that could not be done by an atheist.

    • @saab93f It’s embarrassing that we do elevate people like Beck, even after he’s struggled with drug and alcohol abuse as well as mental disorders. Yet people listen to him. Really listen. I doubt he’s ever read anything by CH.

  16. Ha ha! This reminds me of a Simpsons’ episode. Homer becomes a talking head and leads a revolution of wearing gravy boats as head gear.

    • Gotta love the Simpsons! It made me think of the episode where Homer starts his own religion to get out of going to church on Sunday!

      • LanceThruster

        Or this from “The Simpsons” —

        Dear Lord, the gods have been good to me and for the first time in my life, everything is absolutely perfect just the way it is. So here’s the deal: You freeze everything the way it is and I won’t ask for anything more. If that is ok, please give me absolutely no sign. (pause) Deal. In gratitude, I present you this offering of cookies and milk. If you want me to eat them for you, give me no sign. (pause) Thy will be done. (pigs out on the cookies)

  17. Let me preface this by saying that, throughout life, some of my dearest friends have been members of the LDS church. This remains true today. I am a big believer in “whatever gets you through.” However, there are some problems with each religion, in that some mental manipulation has to be done to accept things that are clearly not true. These range from social pressure to outright shunning in some cases. For this reason, I have seen many of my Mormon friends struggle with the “be sweet” edict of the LDS church. Women must be clean, cheerful, loving, attentive and thrilled to death to take on any job the church doles out. There’s a reason Utah leads the nation in per capita antidepressant use and per capita paid porn use. So it doesn’t surprise me that Glenn Beck has some serious issues. He’s had to, in order to stay in the club he’s in.

    • “However, there are some problems with each religion, in that some mental manipulation has to be done to accept things that are clearly not true.” This reminds me of a book I read many years ago (can’t remember the name of it). One of the concepts that really stuck with me was when the author pointed out that in life, we have to see things to believe them, but where religion is concerned,we are expected to “believe it to see it.” I guess that completely goes against logic. I think that is a good example of mental manipulation.

    • Momofthree We have a lot of Mormons here–a family lives a couple houses up. They are very clickish with other Mormons. This mom goes to my gym. I’ve caught her, at times, looking on the verge of tears. I always wonder if it’s the submissive woman Mormon thing. She seems very sweet, but she’s distant.

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