Fox New Channel’s Glenn Beck tells viewers to leave their churches over social justice. Now christians are urged to boycott his shows.
Glenn Beck is under attack from Christians, who are asking people to boycott him for his social justice remarks. Beck, who does a radio and television show on the Fox News Channel, called on people to leave their churches if they hear preaching about social or economic justice. In a nutshell, he said they were code words for Communism and Nazism.
The Rev. Jim Wallis called on people to leave Glenn Beck. Willis leads the liberal Christian anti-poverty group Sojourners. They are located in Washington.
“What he has said attacks the very heart of our Christian faith, and Christians should no longer watch his show,” Wallis wrote on his blog. “His show should now be in the same category as Howard Stern.”
“I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words,” Beck said on his radio show on March 2.
“Am I advising people to leave their church? Yes! If I am going to Jeremiah Wright’s church,” Beck said, referring to President Barack Obama’s former pastor in Chicago. “If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish. Go alert your bishop.”
Beck himself is a convert to Mormonism, a faith that identifies itself as part of the Christian family, but is, nevertheless, rejected by many. Philip Barlow, the Arrington professor of Mormon history and culture at Utah State University, said, “One way to read the Book of Mormon is that it’s a vast tract on social justice.” Barlow said that a lot of Latter-day Saints would think that Beck was asking them to leave their own church.
Social Justice, Wealth Redistribution, and Taxation
The term “social justice” was coined by the Jesuit Luigi Taparelli in the 1840s. The idea was elaborated by the moral theologian John A. Ryan, who initiated the concept of a living wage. Father Coughlin used the term in his publications in the 1930s and 40s, and the concept was further expanded upon by John Rawls’ writing in the 1990s.
It is one of the Four Pillars of the Green Party upheld by the worldwide green parties. Some tenets of the party have been adopted by those on the left of the political spectrum. Social justice is also a concept that some use to describe the movement towards a socially just world.
In this context, social justice is based on the concepts of human rights and equality and involves a greater degree of economic egalitarianism through progressive taxation, income redistribution, or even property redistribution.
Social justice has more recently made its way into the field of bioethics. Discussion involves topics such as affordable access to health care, especially for low income households and family. The discussion also raises questions such as whether society should bear healthcare costs for low income families, and whether the global marketplace is a good thing to deal with health care.