Beck attacks Jewish Funds for Justice's Simon Greer; says putting "the common good" first "leads to death camps"
Beck adds: "A Jew, of all people, should know that"
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From the May 28 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program:
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BECK: So here's what Simon Greer, president and CEO of Jewish Funds for Justice, says:
"Glenn Beck, you are a con man. And America is not buying it. I exhort you to stop bottling your ideological agenda and labeling it theology. Americans deserve and demand better. You have told us not to look in -- what not to look for in a house of worship, but now I ask you what kind of house of worship do you desire? 'Make sure your church puts God first and politics and government last.' The question is, how then do we put God first?"
Pat, would you like to answer that?
PAT GRAY (co-host): I don't even know how to answer that.
BECK: Make sure God puts -- I said make sure your church puts God first and politics and government last.
BECK: He says --
GRAY: He says put -- how do you --
BECK: How do you even put God first, then?
STEVE 'STU' BURGUIERE (co-host): Wow, he got you on that one.
BECK: He did. I mean, I look at that and say --
GRAY: God's not political.
BECK: God's not political at all. God doesn't -- God is not a respecter of persons, of parties, of politics, or government. God is --
BECK: God is truth. And he lights a fire. God changes hearts. God goes directly to your heart. Government goes directly to your wallet.
He says, "All of us are created in the image of the divine, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. To put God first in faith is to put humanity first." Is that true? He then says, "This is a democracy." No, it's a republic. There's a difference, you should look it up. "The government is you, me, and 300 million whom we share with our nation. Government is one way which we care for our neighbors, and tradition tells me to care for my neighbor as I care for myself. Here's what we do for each other as Americans: We grow food, we create jobs, we build homes, pave roads, teach our children, care for our grandparents, secure our neighborhoods. Government makes our country function. To put God first is to put humankind first. To put humankind first is to put the common good first."
This leads to death camps. A Jew, of all people, should know that. This is exactly the kind of talk that led to the death camps in Germany. Put humankind and the common good first.
Help me out, how did that lead to death camps? How does that lead to death camps? Because that's what they'll say: "Oh, Glenn Beck is talking about death camps." Help me out. Let's think of this logically, and we can back it up with documentation. How does that lead to death camps?
GRAY: Well, because if certain people are hurting the common good, they have to be removed from society.
BECK: They have to be liquidated. How about grandma and grandpa?
GRAY: Yeah, they're pulling down the common good, they're costing to society too much.
BECK: So we're gonna have to let 'em die. How about the handicapped?
GRAY: Well they hurt the race. They can't pull their weight for the common good. They can't produce for society.
BECK: If they also reproduce, are we gonna let imbeciles continue reproduce? It's all the same argument. Once you get into the common good, it's over. And this is the perversion that every minister, pastor, priest, bishop -- every single person in America, every rabbi should be at the pulpit saying the same thing -- get away from anyone who talks about the common good. Because the common good -- if you put that first, and you reject individual -- you are headed for the death camps.