Glenn Beck’s rally was large, vague, moist, and undirected—the Waterworld of white self-pity.

Hitchens:

In a rather curious and confused way, some white people are starting almost to think like a minority, even like a persecuted one. What does it take to believe that Christianity is an endangered religion in America or that the name of Jesus is insufficiently spoken or appreciated? Who wakes up believing that there is no appreciation for our veterans and our armed forces and that without a noisy speech from Sarah Palin, their sacrifice would be scorned? It’s not unfair to say that such grievances are purely and simply imaginary, which in turn leads one to ask what the real ones can be. The clue, surely, is furnished by the remainder of the speeches, which deny racial feeling so monotonously and vehemently as to draw attention.

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  1. The whole Beck, Palin, Limbaugh, FOXNews, Teabagger thing is simply the Christian Agenda wearing a disguise to make it seem “political.” Just like how they hid their creationism behind the name “intelligent design” so they could smuggle it into public schools. They’re all old-timey grifters preaching fear and offering salvation.

    Seems like they’ve been coming out of the closet a bit more recently and admitting they’re all about Jesus.

    1. It’s just too tough for the TV personalities to resist the sweet sweet cheers and adoration when they invoke Jesus/God.

      Blind dogmatic faith is also convenient because, by its very nature, if you consider yourself a “believer,” as soon as someone invokes Jesus/God, you have to shut off your brain and cheer because to even think about whether to do so is to question, and to question faith is defined by faith itself as the ultimate mortal sin.

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