In his latest frenzied game of connect-the-dots, Fox News' Glenn Beck compared the philosophies of Nazism and communism, finding common ground in their advocacy of "social justice" -- the crazy idea that people should have equal rights and opportunities:
BECK: Both the communists, who are on the left -- they say -- you know, these are communists. And the Nazis are on the right. That's what people say. But they both subscribed to one philosophy, and they flew one banner. One had the hammer and sickle; the other was a swastika. But on each banner read the words, here in America, of this -- "social justice." They talked about economic justice, rights of the workers, redistribution of wealth, and surprisingly -- I love this -- democracy.
But don't stop there, Glenn. You know who else supports social justice? The Catholic Church. Yes, the Catechism of the Catholic Church deals specifically with "Social Justice," noting: "Society ensures social justice by providing the conditions that allow associations and individuals to obtain their due, according to their nature and their vocation. Social justice is linked to the common good and the exercise of authority."
Meanwhile, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism has a section of its website devoted to "Social Justice," detailing positions on topics such as "Judaism and Health Care Reform" and "Jewish Community Budget Priorities." ("We have long been involved with the annual budget process, advocating for policies and programs that assist the most vulnerable people in our nation.") And the Union for Reform Judaism's Commission on Social Action "seeks to apply the insights of Jewish tradition to such domestic and foreign issues as human rights, world peace, civil liberties, religious freedom, famine, poverty, intergroup relations, as well as other major societal concerns"; its website cites Rabbi David Saperstein's statement that "the thread of social justice is so authentically and intricately woven into the many-colored fabric we call Judaism that if you seek to pull that thread out, the entire fabric unravels."
Oh, Glenn. Questions have been raised about your sanity after you called yourself a clown, barked like a dog on national TV, and entertained the fringe right with your manifold conspiracy theories. But if you really want to go so far down the nutty trail that you inadvertently end up linking Jews to subscribing to Nazism, you will have removed all doubt.