Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

‘Social Justice’ Is Just a Code Word for Utah-Style Communofascism

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“I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read all of the passages of the Bible as you want to read them and as your church wants to preach them . . . are going to come under the ropes in the next year. If it lasts that long it will be the next year. I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!”

Via Tim, who worries the nation may be falling into a kind of crypto-mania,* I see Glenn Beck has broken out his decoder ring to discover that “social justice” is a secret code word for Communofascism. First Thoughts writes that this can be understood as specifically anti-Catholic, but it seems to me it actually cuts against nearly every variety of Christianity (and essentially all religion) outside a very narrow strain of prosperity theology. Does Beck really think that his church, The Church of Latter-Day Saints, rejects any notion of “social justice”? Among other things, every female member of the church above the age of 18 is a member of the Relief Society, whose motto—taken from the Books of Corinthians and Moroni—is “Charity never faileth…”

UPDATE: I suppose we shouldn’t overlook the possibility that Beck’s commitment to his religion may be less than heartfelt.

When Stossel asked Beck why he decided to become a Mormon, Beck replied:

“I apologize, but guys will understand this. My wife is, like, hot, and she wouldn’t have sex with me until we got married. And she wouldn’t marry me unless we had a religion.”

Beck’s wife, Tania, confirmed it to Stossel: “He’s not joking.”

In fairness in the video clip at the link he is much less flip.

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  1. * I don’t entirely agree with Tim here, but don’t really disagree either. This sort of paranoid, conspiratorial thinking has been important in U.S. politics since the beginning, from the John Birch Society back to the Know-Nothings and the Anti-Masons and beyond. What’s novel in our moment is the way that media technologies (the Internet, talk radio, Fox News) mainline these narratives into the culture at large in service of a national conservative party that is increasingly dependent on codewording and conspiracy theory for activating its base. I don’t know that we’ve seen one of the two major parties dependent on irrationality and emotionalism in quite this same way before, and it is indeed pretty disturbing.


    March 9, 2010 at 11:00 am

  2. […] he may have had another one, as this week on his radio show, Glenn Beck warned his vast audience about churches that talk about social justice. As he sees it “social justice” is code […]

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