From Rev. Jim Wallis' March 27 Washington Postop-ed:
Glenn Beck has picked a fight with me, but he recently started a more troubling battle with the nation's churches with his criticism that "social justice" is "code" for "communism" and "Nazism," and that Christians should leave their churches if they preach, practice or even have the phrase on their Web site.
While Beck initially claimed that "social justice is a perversion of the Gospel," he now suggests his concern was really the association of the phrase with "Big Government." He even adds that when "social justice" refers simply to individual charity, it is permissible to him. But for millions of people, this is not a joking matter. Christians across the theological and political spectrum believe that social justice is central to the teachings of Jesus and at the heart of biblical faith. Because Christians couldn't "turn in" their pastors to "church authorities" as Beck suggested (the pope would turn himself into . . . himself), many have started turning themselves in to Beck as "social justice Christians" -- 50,000 at last count.
Journalists, cable and radio talk shows, and even Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have reported on or spoofed Beck's attempt to discredit this concept. What might be lost in all this are the facts that a commitment to social justice unites Christian churches of different doctrinal and political beliefs. Even leaders in Beck's own church and scholars of Mormonism have made it clear that they believe social justice is integral to their faith and that they want it known he doesn't speak for the church.
At least 80 advertisers have reportedly dropped their ads from Glenn Beck's Fox News program since he called President Obama a "racist" who has a "deep-seated hatred for white people." Here are his March 26 sponsors, in the order they appeared:
Fox News reporter Dana Lewis asserted this afternoon that Russia has insisted on language in the nuclear arms pact with the United States "which could be an escape hatch in years to come" if U.S. missile defense programs develop in ways that Russia opposes. Lewis added that that the Senate will "take a look" at that language and that "it's going to be interesting in the Senate."
In the future, look for such reporting to be transformed into claims that Obama has negotiated away our missile defense program, so let's nip this in the bud now. In fact, while the text of the draft treaty is not yet available, it appears from reporting that Lewis was referring to Russia's statement that it will withdraw from the treaty if the United States develops a missile defense program that Russia doesn't like.
But here's the thing: treaties almost always allow parties to withdraw for any reason or for no reason - which is why the White House's fact sheet on the treaty says it "includes a withdrawal clause that is standard in arms control agreements." Indeed, Russia had the option of withdrawing from an arms control treaty negotiated by former President Bush.
While introducing Sen. John McCain today, Fox News contributor Sarah Palin referred to the "ginned up controversy" in "news reports" about conservatives "inciting violence because we happen to oppose some of the things in the Obama administration." Palin added: "We know violence isn't the answer. When we take up our arms, we're talking about our vote."
On Tuesday, Palin posted a list of House Democrats who voted for health care reform with crosshairs aimed at their locations. In a March 23 tweet about her map, Palin wrote: "'Don't Retreat, Instead -- RELOAD!'"
It's not just "news reports" which have questioned conservatives such as Palin -- it's some of her own supporters. Yesterday, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who introduced and endorsed Palin during the 2008 campaign, strongly condemned her for contributing to a climate of violent rhetoric. During a segment about threats against politicians, Hasselbeck called Palin's list "purely despicable" and "insane." Hasselbeck added: "The names that are next to and being highlighted by those crosshairs -- I think it's an abuse of the Second Amendment in advertising. I also feel as though every single person on here is a mother, a father, a friend, a brother, a sister, and to take it to this level -- it's disappointing." Rep. Pete Olson also called Palin's map "inappropriate."
As we've established, conservative blogger Pam Geller's hatred of President Obama and Democrats is pathological.
Today she's managed to do something I didn't think possible: Make me read one of her posts and proclaim, "Wow, that's ridiculous - even by her standards!"
Let's start with the headline, which encapsulates the premise. Geller's latest investigative piece is titled "Flying The Gangsta Colors At The White House: SEIU, The Color Purple." Surely this will be a well-reasoned argument.
Yes, it seems this can no longer be written off as pure coincidence. The color purple is the fighting color of this administration. It is painfully clear who and what is running the show. Historically the color purple has signified royalty which, ironically, is exactly how the power mad pres thinks of himself. But this is SEIU, all the way. The Chicago way.
Her first piece of evidence? A picture of President Obama signing the health care bill, wearing what she describes as a "purple" tie. Big problem here: Judging from video of the event, and variousotherphotos of the bill-signing, Obama appears to be wearing a blue tie.
In a March 26 post about the sinking of a South Korean naval ship, Pam Geller wrote:
This is an act of war, no doubt. With Obama at the helm, expect hell to break loose. It reeks of the NORKS. North Korea never would have pulled something like this under Bush. Never. They know Obama will do nothing and South Korea is on her own. Hussein ain't Truman.
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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump falsely claimed that the unemployment rate could be as high as 42 percent during his victory speech in New Hampshire. This talking point that the official unemployment rate is "phony" is a common refrain among right-wing media figures who have allowed Trump to push the faulty claim, despite the fact that fact-checkers have called it "ridiculous."
Media are saying GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump's victory in the New Hampshire primary is a result of his "appeal to large masses of Republican voters," noting that, despite the GOP vowing "just four years ago to be more inclusive," Trump's victory shows "how far the Party of Reagan has drifted from its moorings."