Glenn Beck: Restoring Our Honor by Embracing Hypocrisy
Restoring Our Honor.
Bringing America back to its core values, sense of faith, truth and honor that we lost, somewhere in the last year and a half of politics.
If you didn't know, there was controversy surrounding the timing of Beckapalooza during the anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream Speech, a hallowed day for civil rights organizations and many in the black community.
And in spite of the controversy, and the hard feelings, Beck continued with his rally, as planned.
I have heard nothing but positive things about how peaceful it was, and inspiring it was for some. But, I couldn't help but realize what an amazing parallel this is to the situation surrounding the Park51 near ground zero...
...and the hypocritical message Beck sent by persevering with the organization of this event.
In an 18 August broadcast, Glenn Beck said that the building of "a mosque is in poor taste", most likely because Beck thought it unwise for Muslims to build near Ground Zero 9 years after Islamic Extremists attacked the country, given the hard feelings Americans still clearly harbored.
But if Beck is all about opting for actions of better taste...why did he continue with his rally and event, knowing that there were considerable hard feelings about his event's timing?
Yes, Beck had the right to organize the event on any day he wanted to, with any message. But was it wise? In spite of all he said to justify his continuation of the event on 28 August, the best being "divine providence", his continued pursuit of this event made him seem anything but sympathetic or understanding of the issue for civil rights leaders or others in the black community.
I believe he had a right to stage the event.
I didn't have anything to say about when he planned to have it.
But by having the event, in spite of the appeals to not do so, and the feelings he affected by planning it, he only showed me that his advice isn't universal.
It doesn't apply to Glenn Beck.
I personally do not believe that rights and wisdom should be mutually exclusive. If you have the right to do something, it should be wise to exercise your rights, as long as it doesn't impede on the rights of others.
But if you make a statement like this on one issue, do not contradict yourself when it is convenient for another issue.