Greetings:

TV personality Glenn Beck has gone too far. We need your help to reign him back in.

Earlier this week, Glenn Beck ramped up his rhetoric and crossed a line, and we feel we must respond. First, he told his listeners:

"I beg you, look for the words "social justice" or "economic justice" on your church web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, the idea, hang on, am I advising people to leave their church... yes!... If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish."
Beck went on to stoke fear and suspicion in the most irresponsible of ways. Watch this clip from his evening television show:

http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201003020048

Social justice? A Nazi idea? A Stalist idea? Come on, Glenn. Lighten up.

We are launching a campaign to reclaim love of neighbor, especially the least, last, and lost, as an Evangelical Christian value. We believe love is central to everything Jesus taught, and we think Glenn Beck needs to hear about it. And, we need your help.

We are working to quickly raise $5,000 to develop and distribute a short video that will directly confront Glenn Beck and his assertion that caring about the lives of others is code-language for fascist or communist infiltration in our churches. This short video will show the faces of the young and old remembering the call of Jesus in Matthew 25 that when we feed the hungry and clothe the naked, we do so to him. We will begin by putting this video on YouTube and on our own web site. We will also launch a national press campaign to help get the word out.

Would you contribute to this project? Here's how it will work:

We believe we must stand against inflammatory statements that discredit the very words of Jesus. We must stand for churches and non-profits who embody the Great Commandment, to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love neighbor as self. This is just one small way in which we hope to do what's right.

Please visit our web site and take a look around. I hope that you will be pleased with what you see: an attempt to search for common-ground solutions that take the Bible seriously while pursuing projects that are good for everyone (the "common good"), not just the like-minded, and embody the call to love God and love neighbor as self. If you like what you see, sign up to be on our email list.

Thank you for considering this important appeal.

Rev. Richard Cizik, President
Dr. David Gushee, Chair
Rev. Steven D. Martin, Executive Director



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