Christians Rip Glenn Beck Over 'Social Justice' Slam

Wallis is in good company among leading Christians. The Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin, president of the National Council of Churches of Christ USA, which oversees 100,000 congregations across the country and has about 45 million members, has objected to Beck's comments as well.

"I hesitated to respond," she said, "because it seemed like such a ridiculous statement. But this is really an attack ... a misunderstanding, at least, of what the Bible says. Justice is a concept throughout the scriptures. It's one that should be and must be organized around any congregation.

"It's very disturbing," she added. "He's speaking on behalf of his political views and trying to take out of the biblical text the things that are going to oppose his political views. This is primarily a political motivation. ... It's not that Christians haven't been Nazis and socialists, but we're not talking about political parties here. We're talking about 2,000-year-old gospel."

A Divisive Figure

It's not hard to find Beck supporters commenting on the Internet.

"Glenn Beck calls it like it is and people can't handle the truth!" posted one woman.

Beck's own church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which he joined in 1999 with his wife and children, suggested Beck's comments did not necessarily represent its position.

"Public figures who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints represent their own views and do not speak for the church," a church statement read.

Beck, of course, is no stranger to controversy. Part of his success seems to be based on the intense feelings he stirs up among his audience of almost 3 million viewers and countless listeners, be they fervent supportors or hostile critics.

In the summer of 2009, Beck drew heavy criticism after dubbing President Obama a racist.

"The president is a guy who has exposed himself over and over again who has deep-seated hatred of white people," Beck said. "This guy is, I believe, a racist."

The comment incited a boycott and prompted 80 advertisers, including Proctor and Gamble, Lawyers.com and Progressive Insurance, to pull their ads from Beck's 5 p.m. show on Fox News.

However, the outrage did not diminish his ratings.

In September, Time magazine declared Beck, "the hottest thing in the political rant-racket, left or right."

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