Sunday, August 29, 2010

Beck, Sharpton (and King?) on the National Mall

NPR Summary

On Saturday, Glenn Beck and Al Sharpton timed events to coincide with Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech anniversary. The link above has some reaction from various media outlets including NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times and Fox News.

The Post wrote that beck "championed a religious brand of patriotism and called on the nation to recommit itself to traditional values he said were hallmarks of its exceptional past." Sharpton wasn't so sure, stating that this "return" was really an attempt to undo all the gains of the civil rights movement.

The reactions from the media are mixed, as would be expected from organizations with the need to generate advertising and contributions.My opinion? I don't like the pseudo Christian rhetoric from these groups and media personalities like Beck and other conservative commentators who are out for ratings more than anything with their rantings. I believe that these conservative Christian groups promote a philosophy which ignores the plight of the poor and the needs of this religiously and ethnically diverse nation in search for a past which really never existed for most of the immigrants from which this nation has grown. I do agree with some of the fiscally conservative right about the size of government, but don't believe that they espouse an necessarily Christian belief in their treatment of those who are different than they are.