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Embarrassed By My Brethren…

Posted by: John Schroeder at 07:02 am, December 22nd 2008     —    5 Comments »

. . . At Christmas time no less!  A press release went out early this morning:

Focus on the Family has a story on Glenn Beck, a Mormon, on their CitizenLink Website. Glenn Beck was a CNN host and will move to Fox News in January. Beck is currently promoting his book, “The Christmas Sweater.” The CitizenLink story focuses on Beck’s faith and why he wrote “The Christmas Sweater.”

While Glenn’s social views are compatible with many Christian views, his beliefs in Mormonism are not. Clearly, Mormonism is a cult. The CitizenLink story does not mention Beck’s Mormon faith, however, the story makes it look as if Beck is a Christian who believes in the essential doctrines of the faith.

Through the years, Focus on the Family has done great things to help the family and has brought attention to the many social ills that are attacking the family.

Moreover, to promote a Mormon as a Christian is not helpful to the cause of Jesus Christ. For Christians to influence society, Christians should be promoting the central issues of the faith properly without opening the door to false religions.

Give me a break – PLEASE!  First of all, it was Lowell’s and my pleasure to meet Glenn Beck at Mitt Romney’s “Faith in America” speech last December.  Incredibly nice guy – one of the good ones.

This move by the Dobson organization should be applauded loudly and long.  Nobody can swing more evangelical votes than James Dobson – NOBODY.  During the primaries, Dobson’s fence sitting on Romney, presumably becasue of a fear of criticism like this, when combined with the Huckabee plasibly-deniable-bigoted-insult campaign, likely cost Romney the election.  Imagine the campaign just past with a Dobson saying things like those denounced in this press release, and in turn denouncing the bigoted Huckabee-backers of the world (I’ll bet even money that Steve McConkey, who put out this release, was one of them) for putting their theology ahead of, oh I don’t know - winning the election for our viewpoint if not our theology.  Such a primary would have had a very different result indeed.  Conservatives might now be talking about what we can accomplish instead of playing hard defense.

Lowell interjects:  I have little empirical data on which to base my view, but after the last 30 months or so I am convinced that people like Mr. McConkey are a fringe minority within the Evangelical movement.  Still, as we have learned, they wield considerable influence.  My greatest disappointment through all of this has been the absence of high-profile denunciation of the religious bigotry that the Romney campaign exposed.  I am confident that will come in time.

Back to John . . . .

Of course, if we are lucky, this blog will be the only outlet in the world to pay attention to this press release.

You want to know what I really think!?

Merry Christmas Glenn Beck!  Merry Christmas Lowell, Sonja and family! Merry Christmas Mitt Romney, family and team!  Merry Christmas to all my Mormon friends and acquaintances!  Heck, Merry Christmas Steve McConkey!

I am celebrating the birth of my Savior.  Let’s do it together – we can iron out the details later.

Lowell adds:  Amen!

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