Glenn Beck Calls ALL Americans to Action (as long as you are a theist).

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Continue Original Post: March 1, 2009.

Our buddy Glenn Beck is at it again.

In an attempt to start another “Boston Tea Party,” he is calling those who love America to action. He is asking that everyone join a local MeetUp group and meet together on Friday March 13th at 5pm ET to watch his program on the Fox News Channel.

He’s calling on ALL, Republicans and Democrats.

He wants to return to “We The People.”

He wants to stop America from becoming a socialist country.

If you, my fellow nontheist, agree and want to “restore” your country, don’t bother. Atheists are not welcome.

Below are Beck’s Nine Principles he wants you to agree on:

1. America is good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

And here is his 12 Values:
• Honesty
• Reverence
• Hope
• Thrift
• Humility
• Charity
• Sincerity
• Moderation
• Hard Work
• Courage
• Personal Responsibility
• Friendship

Beck goes on to say that you have to agree with at least 7 of the principles to participate. But why is number 2 even on the list? What does believing in a god(s) have to do with anything? Can atheists not be concerned citizens? Are we not a part of "We The People?"

Beck wants us to send a digital version of your picture to: to show our support.

Please join me in emailing Beck and letting him know that his continued bigotry will not be tolerated. Also, feel free to send him a picture of you with something added to make it clear you are an nontheist.

Some ideas:

• Send him a picture of you holding copy of Dawkins's "God Delusion."
• Send him a picture holding the American Flag and wearing an atheist t-shirt.
• Send him a picture of you holding an "Atheist Nexus" sign.

If you do any of these things, please send a copy of the picture to me, and I will post it on the front page.


Brother Richard

UPDATE: It looks like Glenn Beck has responded to Atheist Nexus Members!
This evening I received an anonymous email stating that Glenn Beck was going to respond to the multitude of emails he received from atheists.

Watching his show, I was amazed that he didn't mention Atheist Nexus by name. He obviously has received our message. Unfortunately, he has made it clear, that nontheists are not welcome in his view of America.

When the video is available, I will post it here.

Below is a letter I have sent him, please excuse the length, and feel free to send him your comments:

Mr. Beck,

I am outraged by your continual bigoted reference to the non-religious in America. If you would have said similar things about Catholics or Jews, you would be kicked off the air faster than Don Imus. In fact, if you called us nappy-haired hoes, it would have been less detestable.

Based on today's show, you need to amend your website to now say Principle Number 2 is not optional. American nontheists, who may have wanted to participate in Friday’s event, might be mislead by your statement that one only needs to agree with 7 of your Principles.

Why did your expert panel not include at least one secular historian? Did you feel there religious men were sufficient to provide a “fair and balanced” accounting of American history? How can you with one breath cry about the godless forcing their views down your throat, and then with the other shove your views down theirs? How can you call yourself a Libertarian? Possibly you should no longer invite atheists like Penn Jillette to be a guest of your program.

Do you really believe the Golden Rule implies that an individual must believe in God and that he be the center of their life? Really? I would recommend doing a simple internet search. You will find that the Golden Rule was a treasured principle long before it was uttered by Jesus. One of the oldest forms was attributed to Confucius, “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.” Believe me when I tell you the majority of atheists live by, and cherish this principle. In fact, we would love it if all religious people would actually live by it as well.

It is quite sad that nontheists are not welcome to participate in your event. I guess we interested nonbelievers will have to settle for our own version of the Boston Tea Party, and include bigots like yourself to our protest. Since the Sons of Liberty dressed as Native Americans during the dissent, we should choose some form of garb that would heap upon you the same respect you give us (magic underwear maybe?).

Whether you like it or not, many Americans are realizing they can be good moral people, and can raise ethical children, without the superstitions of religion. They are finding new ways to appreciate the great traditions and rituals that were once provided by their churches, and incorporating them into a wonderful, fulfilling, and beautiful life. One based in reality.

How dare you sir. You owe an apology to me and the millions of nontheist Americans. To borrow a phrase from another minority, “We’re here. We’re godless. Get used to it!”

Brother Richard

As an addendum, I thought I would add to your quotes of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. I'll also include Presidents 2-4 to round out the founders of our great Country.

Benjamin Franklin

"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."

"He (the Rev. Mr. Whitefield) used, indeed, sometimes to pray for my conversion, but never had the satisfaction of believing that his prayers were heard."

"In the affairs of the world, men are saved, not by faith, but by the want of it."

"I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies."

George Washington

“Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. I had hoped that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the Christians so that their [not our?] religious fights would not endanger the peace of Society.”

John Adams

"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity."

"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."

“It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service [formation of the American governments] had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven...”

Thomas Jefferson

"Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear."

"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."

"Religions are all alike - founded upon fables and mythologies."

"Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting "Jesus Christ," so that it would read "A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination."

James Madison

"In no instance have . . . the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people."

"...the number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people, have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the State"

"During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution."

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Excellent! I can't wait to see this show, and I hope he does mention AN by name...way to go!!!
In an Associated Press article within the last couple of days, 15% of Americans identify themselves as having no religion. Compare that to 25% of Americans who identify themselves as Catholic, the largest single religious group in the country. We have better than one-half that number. Atheists are a significant percentage of Americans. We're just not organized, so people like Beck think they can marginalize us. That will have to change.
I gather, after hearing a bit more about it, that the humor relates to the fact that Ayn Rand is a raving atheist :-)
fuck that bigot!
My personal letter to Glenn Beck

Being an African-American Atheist myself, I do think even alot of Christians would agree your comments are completely UN-CHRISTIAN and UN-AMERICAN in and of themselves. To not be able to be UN-AMERICAN, Mr. Beck is infact UN-AMERICAN. To proclaim as often as a good many Christians like yourself do to be the religion of the most peace, and the most tolerant your actions indicate nothing close to that supposed truth. I have many a christian friends whom I see regularly and at times I have gone to services with them eventhough it goes completely against my personal views on the matter, but I don't try and persuade them by bullying them nor do I by insulting them either. This country could benefit from much more positive dialouge in these matters. Commentators such as yourself are a disgrace to the civility the media used to have in these kinds of matters. You're professionalism it seems is being sacrificed largely for ratings, and as a journalist if it has come down to that for you then I feel sad for you as a man, and as a professional. Atheists care not about the personal religion of others in the spaces between their ears, but simply how Christianity is the defacto state religion endorsed in no small quantity by the US government which at last check was setup to be secular on purpose. Let me say that again secular on purpose because it bears repeating. Any intelligent American citizen with a basic understanding of US history can tell you separation of church and state is but one of many fundamental principles on which America stands. Without the secularlization of government the religious numbers in America of people to be able to proclaim different faiths would be diminished if in fact we did officially by writ of law endorse one religion over the other. You sound most misguided and unintelligible when you twist American history to suit your own needs for purposes of spin. If you think having a state recognized religion works and is a cure all for the moral problems America has, which is largely the work of you failed Christians since you folks are in the vast majority you need only look at your Muslim bretheren to see how that is working out overseas. I could easily sit here and pull quotes from the founding fathers disdain for the Christian religion, but I haven't the time nor give the inclination to give a history lesson for I feel it will be grossly dismissed by yourself and your staff. All I can say to this is I implore you to do more fact checking, and re-learn American history from sources that have not so wrongly fused Christianity with American history. Secular is not a dirty word, nor is Atheist.
I may be an atheist but I have no trouble with reverence. I have reverence for the entire universe. It is the most awe inspiring thing to contemplate its scope and beauty and my place in it.
I only agree with principles 6 and 8. And I bookmarked this page just for the great Founding Father quotes. Your email to him was excellent. He's a douche. You should forward this story to Keith Olbermann at MSNBC - maybe you can get this on his program. He loves hating Glenn Beck in the "Worst Person in the World" piece.
So Glenn Beck is worst then say Charles Taylor or Kim Jong Il?

Both Beck and Olbermann are entertainers, plan and simple. They compete for viewers and their income is based on how successful they are at roping people in. So all Olbermann is doing it exploiting a proven technique, demonization. People who don't agree with Beck love when Olbermann bashes him. People who hate Olbermann love what Limbaugh bashes him...

However there is never a true debate on the principles underlying any of these positions, is there?

I consider all of the TV talking heads to be counterproductive in moving us forward, as they are all beholden to the corporations at who's teats they feed.
"beholden to the corporations at who's teats they feed" - You mean their jobs? Yeah, most of us have to go along with a company line of some sort at our jobs. I mean, you can't work at Starbucks and start shouting "Barnie's has the best coffee! And no one should pay $7 for coffee! You people are fools!"
Appears that Angie likes to us one of the talking head's favorite techniques, name calling.

Anyone she disagrees with must be a fool, freaking get real.

Starbucks worker is not putting their self out there as an opinion shapers now are they?

This kind of behavior is exactly why nothing can be accomplished in this country anymore. The merits of one approach or another are never honestly debated anymore. It is one side calling the other names and then retaliation.
Or you could try directly engaging me in conversation, rather than talking about me :)

I'm pretty sure me snarking about Glenn isn't now "exactly why nothing can be accomplished in this country anymore". Heck, I'd ask you to offer proof that nothing can be done. Maybe not the things you like, or how you'd like. But things are done every day, in this country and others.

When I said "you people are fools" it was in quotemarks, as if the errant Starbucks worker had started yelling it to people who were shelling out $8 for a cup of coffee. I punctuate for clarity on purpose. Hopefully this has resolved your misunderstanding.
Sorry for the misunderstanding Angie.

And you are right, "snarking about Glenn isn't now "exactly why nothing can be accomplished in this country anymore".". But nothing gets done because that is all people are willing to do, snark.

If you really care boycott his advertisers, once Glenn's money supply is cut off, he will moderate his stand.




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