Thursday, January 13, 2011

Glenn Beck, your words are hate crimes.

The following are actual quotes from the mouth of Glenn Beck, ultra-right wing talk show host on FOX. It is scary to think that millions of people (rednecks, racists and gun toting nutters) follow this man's every word. He has, of late, created a firestorm of anger over his comments following the shooting of the people in Arizona, at the Giffords rally. The JSFJ have delivered a 10,000 signature strong petition, that they gathered in just a few days, to FOX news, suggesting that they take him off the air. This man, in my opinion, has stretched the limits of freedom of speech, inciting hatred. There are limits to what people should be allowed to say on public airwaves. These are just a few things Beck said, on air in just 6 months:

• Social justice is a "perversion of the Gospel, not what Jesus was saying". 11 March 2010
• "Charles Darwin is the father of the Holocaust." 20 August 2010
• "We have been sold a lie … that the poor in America are suffering." November 20 2010
• Beck mocks President Obama's daughter Malia and questions her "level of education". He later apologises. 28 May 2010
• Uncle Sam is a "child molester" who is "raping our wallets … and destroying our families". 16 April 2010
• Beck said the prime goal of his coverage of the midterm elections was to "make George Soros cry" which was hard to do as Soros "saw people into gas chambers". 2 November 2010
• "Women are psychos". 20 January 2010
• Putting the "common good" first is the kind of thing that "leads to death camps". 28 May 2010
• "God will wash this nation with blood if he has to." 25 August 2010
There are a litany of angry, hate filled comments from this man, available on line. I don't recommend you read them. It will only serve to enrage you. I defend free speech vehemently but this is obscene. As I was perusing the web for other quotes by this man, I couldn't help but notice that there are a lot of people who think he is a hero. Some compare him to Thomas Paine or Paul Revere. These people scare me. You cannot save these people from their own ignorance and bigotry. What do you do with them? 
Beck even called Obama a "socialist racist, who hates white culture...", and to say that George Soros "saw people to the gas chambers..."' is abhorrent. 
To piss off liberals, homosexuals, African Americans, women, progressives, etc., is one thing, but to enrage Jewish folks is like signing your own death warrant. To make comments, in any context, about the holocaust is just fucking simpleminded and daft. His intent is malicious and his actions are diabolical and he must be removed from public airwaves. His words are hate crimes. 

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