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Glenn Beck seems to be on a crusade. He's been on a "trilogy tour: Restoring Honor, Courage and Love" to America. He has become quite the Tea Party darling filling arena's with 10's of thousands of people eager to hear this new Profit "Prophet of Love" who combines his version of The Word of God with his version of American history.

Last night I accidently caught a large part of his most recent speaking engagement at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas. I found it bizarre to say the least. A mixture of revivalism, American history, scripture and politics mixed with patriotic and hymnal music. The crowd was enthusiastic and very supportive of this charismatic "preacher." Gone were the ravings of a Faux News lunatic replaced by a softer, gentler, seemingly caring individual who is devoted to taking back America. Follow me below if you wish to take a closer look at a Mormon who the republican christian base seem to be embracing.

According to CBS Local News  more than 65,000 people came to Beck's three day love fest including The Westboro Baptist Church:

“I think he’s a false prophet. I think we better run from him. I think he needs to shut up,” said one protester who did not want to be named.
But those who came to hear Beck speak and support the conservative movement were very enthusiastic:
Back inside the stadium, Beck supporters did the wave, sang the Star-Spangled Banner and cheered when Beck welcomed them all to the “Republic of Texas.”

In his welcoming message, he encouraged his supporters to have faith, hope and perform charity.

“The courage to stand up for what you believe in and to stand in support of those things we find dear and sacred,” he said.

He later added: “We must not become America in name only, we must always strive to be a great country. We don’t have to spend our inheritance, we can build on it, invest it, improve it, make it bigger and better. That’s your choice. It’s our choice. Our inheritance is America.”

Even Michele Bachmann was there. According to RH Reality Check
But this was not the fightin'-words Bachmann of rallies past; the woman who spoke at Restoring Love's "Women's Conference" was a softer, gentler Bachmann, who issued an old-fashioned church lady sermon about the woman with the alabaster box.
Hmmmm....... Both Beck and Bachmann toning it down? That seemed to be working with the stadium sized crowd of conservative christians that I saw last night. Missing was Beck's infamous blackboard, but he still managed to include many props. The Sacramento Bee sums it up nicely:
During his message, Beck rang an authentic copy of the Liberty Bell flown in from Philadelphia, and spoke passionately of how George Washington prayed at Valley Forge. He showed the audience a Bible printed by the United States Congress in the late 1700s, and sitting at a desk once used by Abraham Lincoln, he told the crowd that "it's time for us to stand for what we believe in. It's time for us to square our shoulders and take action. Let's not be America in name only."

Challenging the audience to stop relying on government to be the helping and healing hands God called them to be, Beck reminded the tens of thousands assembled that it is the obligation of every American to ensure that their nation endures and prospers. "Let us tonight restore love," he declared, "for love will hold us together."

Probably what I found to be most disturbing were the subtle and somewhat subliminal messages that I felt Beck was issuing: "it's time for us to stand for what we believe in. It's time for us to square our shoulders and take action. Let's not be America in name only." What kind of action are you suggesting Glenn?

So while we laugh at Mitt's latest foible (at our own peril), maybe we should also be watching another Mormon who is drawing stadium sized crowds, hearing voices from God and being called a modern day Prophet. He's gathering the republican christian base and calling them to action, and according to Dana Milbank he's sending coded Mormon prophecy to the nation's 6 million Mormons as well.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Matthew 5:11

    by parsonsbeach on Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 11:41:28 AM PDT

  •  This is a Very Old Formula in RW Religion (5+ / 0-)

    Here's a televangelist from the 90's I think.

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    Now let me zoom out and show you what that red backdrop behind her is:

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    If there's a cross or anything else religious on that stage, I sure don't see it compared to the flag.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 01:49:06 PM PDT

    •  I have to admit that not only was I shocked by (1+ / 0-)
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      the size of the crowd, but also by his "gentle and caring" demeanor. To me this was a very different person from what I was used to seeing on Faux.

      "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Matthew 5:11

      by parsonsbeach on Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 02:12:30 PM PDT

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      •  maybe that's his way of walking back the... (1+ / 0-)
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        .... demeanor that resulted in nutcases shooting five Pittsburgh PA police officers (killing three), and two CHP officers, the latter along the way to a planned shoot-up of the Tides Foundation.

        All in all it's better to not have him engaging in stochastic terrorism by stirring up those nuts.   But his penalty for those ought to be the penance of silence.   He needs to just shut up and go away.  

        "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 12:46:04 AM PDT

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    •  Thats the daughter of Dr. Eugene Scott, one (4+ / 0-)

      of the most entertaining religious hustlers of all time, (some other insomniacs from the 80's will back me up.)
      He was, and she was, of course, full of shit.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 02:16:22 PM PDT

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      •  I think it's actually his widow, Melissa. (2+ / 0-)
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        She has been dogged by stories that before her "born again" experience, she was Barbie Bridges, a porn actress.

        Not sure how true this is, but very entertaining.

        Incidentally, Gene Scott was far more entertaining than your average TV pastors, as he was called heretical for his interest in UFO's, Ancient Egyptology, etc.

        Sorry to go off topic, but I thought it would be a worthwhile bit to bring up.

        I'm not paranoid, I'm just well informed--SherwoodB

        by SherwoodB on Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 02:38:09 PM PDT

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      •  I just googled Melissa Scott and Barbie Bridges. (1+ / 0-)
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        This is televangelism, people.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 04:02:46 PM PDT

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  •  They enjoy equating the Christian religion to (3+ / 0-)
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    patriotism, and for the most part, imply that only republicans are patriots.

    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 02:08:48 PM PDT

  •  Along these lines (1+ / 0-)
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    Everyone ought to be familiar with the late Willard Cleon Skousen's The 5000 Year Leap and an organization he founded - National Center for Constitutional Studies.

    Teabaggers have rejuvenated NCCS after being exposed to the Skousen's book via Beck.  Someone posted a video of Romney and he mentioned Skousen, although the official stance is that the White Horse Prophecy isn't LDS doctrine.  

    I don't know of another religion that incorporates US government into its prophecy the way LDS does.

  •  I actually agree with that Westboro Baptist person (1+ / 0-)
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    Hath Hell frozen over?

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." Upton Sinclair via Al Gore; -6.62, -5.28

    by bluejeandem on Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 02:50:41 PM PDT

  •  I had no idea Pastor Beck had his own (0+ / 0-)

    Megachurch. I guess that's what I found so shocking. I'm also wondering how many of his followers know he's a mormon, If that even matters?

    "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Matthew 5:11

    by parsonsbeach on Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 03:00:20 PM PDT

  •  hmmm . . . a combination of religion & (1+ / 0-)
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    nationalism . . . that's what the nazis called their brand of "patriotism," too.

    the thing about the gianormous american flags & fawning over the founding fathers is also reminiscent of the oversized portraits of george washington that were placed directly behind the speaker's podium in the american nazi party rallies just before wwII.

    imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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