Posted: 27 Aug 2010 03:20 PM PDT
Unable to attend Beck’s pro-theocracy events tonight and tomorrow? You have options. FREE options.
First, make sure you have all required supplies. Beer, check. Snacks, check. Pepto-Bismol, check. Restraints so as to avoid damaging own computer in blind rage, check.
Second, turn on computer. (You’re reading this, so you have probably already completed the second step. How proactive!)
Third, go to the Washington Post’s liveblog of tonight’s “America’s Divine Destiny” speech, which begins at 8:00 Eastern Standard Time. Feel like watching it? You can only see it if you pay, joining Beck’s “Insider Extreme” program.
Beck’s site describes tonight’s speech:
Fourth, set alarm so you will be up by 9:45 am Eastern Standard Time.
Fifth, drink beer and worry about the coming Mormon theocracy while watching Red Dawn.
Sixth, settle in with proper morning supplies. Pitcher of Bloody Maries, and all the other supplies from last night.
Seventh, visit Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally page on Facebook to watch the rally desecrating the Lincoln Memorial and the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. It runs from 10 am to 1 pm Eastern Standard Time on Saturday morning. As described,
Posted: 27 Aug 2010 02:34 PM PDT
Fox News Channel personality Glenn Beck’s rallies in
Tonight’s event at the
Tomorrow’s rally, “Restoring Honor,” will be held near the Lincoln Memorial on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech. It has been advertised as a chance to honor “our heroes, our heritage and our future.”
In reality, a major goal of Beck’s rallies is to undermine the Founding Fathers’ vision of a nation where government and religion are kept separate. Beck propagates a revisionist historical perspective that says
“Our nation’s destiny will be disastrous, not divine, if Glenn Beck has his way,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. “The message Beck and his cronies want to send is clear: if you don’t believe in a government based on his religious vision, you should expect to be treated like a second-class citizen. Beck has made it clear that he has no respect for our Constitution’s promise of religious liberty for all.”
Over the past few months, Beck has teamed up with David Barton, a Texas-based Religious Right activist who has no credentials as a historian. Yet Barton peddles books, videos and other materials that spread his misguided belief that church-state separation was never intended by the founders.
Barton is the founder of Wallbuilders, a Texas-based organization that exists to attack mainstream history. He served as an adviser to the Texas State Board of Education when the state’s social studies curriculum was revised to downplay Thomas Jefferson and the role of church-state separation.
Since March, Barton has appeared on Beck’s Fox program at least 15 times as part an endeavor called “
Posted: 27 Aug 2010 02:19 PM PDT
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) sent a joint letter on August 26 to the United States Department of Defense expressing serious concern over the Army’s apparent punishment of soldiers at
As reported by the Associated Press on August 20, dozens of soldiers allege that they were punished for declining to attend an evangelical Christian rally at which the Christian rock band “BarlowGirl” performed. Soldiers say that the concert was part of the “Commanding General’s Spiritual Fitness Concert Series,” a project organized by Maj. Gen. James E. Chambers. The Pentagon has released a statement saying that it is investigating the accusations, adding that “the military shouldn’t impose religious views on soldiers.”
The joint letter from CFI and MRFF, addressed directly to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, urges the military to bring its investigation of these incidents “to a swift and just resolution.” The letter further recommends that “any military commanders involved in sponsoring or promoting religious events, or in punishing soldiers for declining to attend them, should be disciplined sternly and severely.”
The letter was drafted by Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Ronald A. Lindsay, president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry, and Derek C. Araujo, the Center for Inquiry’s vice president and general counsel.
The letter can be downloaded as a PDF at http://www.centerforinquiry.net/uploads/MRFF_CFI_joint_letter.pdf
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