- Trinity Lutheran: the words social justice appear on their website. Run away! Run away!
- St. John Lutheran: social justice doesn't appear verbatim on the website, but they're ELCA, and my wife assures me they're all about social justice. "God's Work, Our Hands"—socialist code words if ever I heard 'em! (Same goes, I'll bet, for St. Peter Lutheran!)
- Our Savior's Lutheran: even the Missouri Synod can't get away from social justice.
- Good Shepherd Free Lutheran: Well, they're Free Lutherans, so they're free to believe whatever they want, I guess.
- St. Thomas Catholic: the Diocese talks about social justice. I also hear some local Catholics are Democrats. And don't even get me started on that Pope fellow. He's socialist... and German!
- Living Hope Wesleyan: the home site seems less concerned about social justice, but the denomination says social justice "is dear to the hearts of Wesleyans as well." Eeeek!
- West Center Baptist: Their Covenant and Constitution declares "Whenever men are in bondage to ignorance, poverty, or fear of prejudice, we shall strive for justice, freedom, dignity, and peace."
- Grace Episcopal: social justice gets its own page on the national website. (Perhaps Father Tim can offer some enlightenment!)
- Madison Methodist: they donate to all sorts of social causes.
- "River of Life" Assembly of God: The AG is all about social justice.
Fortunately, Christians of all stripes recognize Beck's commentary offends true Christianity:
“What he has said attacks the very heart of our Christian faith, and Christians should no longer watch his show,” Mr. [Jim] Wallis, who heads the antipoverty group Sojourners, wrote on his “God’s Politics” blog. “His show should now be in the same category as Howard Stern.”
Rev. James Martin, an editor at the liberal Jesuit magazine America... wrote on the Huffington Post: “It is not enough simply to help the poor, one must address the structures that keep them that way. Standing up for the rights of the poor is not being a Nazi, it’s being Christian. And Communist, as Mr. Beck suggests? It’s hard not to think of the retort of the great apostle of social justice, Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife, ‘When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist’ ” [Laurie Goodstein, "Christians Urged to Boycott Glenn Beck," New York Times: The Caucus Blog, 2010.03.11].
Even experts in Beck's own professed religion, Mormonism, say Beck is wrong:
Kent P. Jackson, associate dean of religion at Brigham Young University, said in an interview: “My own experience as a believing Latter-day Saint over the course of 60 years is that I have seen social justice in practice in every L.D.S. congregation I’ve been in. People endeavor with all of our frailties and shortcomings to love one another and to lift up other people. So if that’s Beck’s definition of social justice, he and I are definitely not on the same team.”
Philip Barlow, the Arrington Professor of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University, said: “One way to read the Book of Mormon is that it’s a vast tract on social justice. It’s ubiquitous in the Book of Mormon to have the prophetic figures, much like in the Hebrew Bible, calling out those who are insensitive to injustices. “A lot of Latter-day Saints would think that Beck was asking them to leave their own church” [Goodstein, 2010]
Christian neighbors, if you've been listening to Glenn Beck, you might want to reread that commandment about false idols. Beck profoundly misunderstands and misrepresents the basics of Christianity. He uses piety as a marketing tool. But would you expect any less from a man who converts to Mormonism just so he can have sex?
Bonus reading: Matt Yglesias hits the same theme at Think Progress. Hey, doesn't his name mean church?