Glenn Beck is out of control. Besides hurling epithets and calling people he disagrees with Nazis, Beck is denigrating Reform Judaism and Reform Rabbis. Here is the transcript of what he is saying:
PAT GRAY (co-host): And now remember, this is all fueled by an organization that Soros funds, that has a bunch of progressive rabbis that came out against Glenn and said —
BECK: OK, you have to — hang on just a second. When you talk about rabbis, understand that most — most people who are not Jewish don’t understand that there are the Orthodox rabbis, and then there are the reformed rabbis. Reformed rabbis are generally political in nature. It’s almost like Islam, radicalized Islam in a way, to where it is just — radicalized Islam is less about religion than it is about politics. When you look at the reform Judaism, it is more about politics. I’m not saying that they’re the same on —
GRAY: No, obviously not.
BECK: — and they’re going to take it at that, but — stand in line.
GRAY: “Glenn Beck says –”
BECK: It’s not about terror or anything else, it’s about politics, and so it becomes more about politics than it does about faith. Orthodox rabbis — that is about faith. There’s not a single orthodox rabbi on this list. This is all reformed rabbis that were — that made this list.
STU BURGURIERE (executive producer): Yeah, I don’t know that for a fact. I know that certainly this organization is a progressive political organization. And that’s fine.
BECK: Totally fine.
BURGURIERE: They, you know, just attack and it’s ridiculous.
Because Beck disagrees politically with many Reform Rabbis he believes he can take the low road and question their faith and their beliefs. This is wrong. Not only is he not Jewish, he doesn’t understand our tradition of speaking out and speaking up. He want to paint a picture that somehow Reform Rabbis are not authentic and loyal to our tradition.
He doesn’t understand nor does he want to understand our prophetic calling and ideals. How dare he spew his hatred and fear across the airwaves.
Time to call his sponsors and demand better. Fox News likes the controversy and won’t remove him. But sponsors–well they will respond. Time to tell them to shut him down. This is a man who fuels hatred of others. Judaism and Reform Judaism teaches us to remember that we were the other once, “Remember that you were strangers in the land of Egypt” and therefore we have an obligation to protect and speak up for those who are the “other”. Shame on you Glenn Beck. But Shame on your sponsors more.