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Here’s the Big Lie technique in action, from the same ‘nonviolent’ idiot who fantasizes on-air about killing or harming Michael Moore, Charles Rangel, Nancy Pelosi and numerous generic ‘progressives.’

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“On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Glenn Beck posted copies of King’s Pledge of Nonviolence and his own nonviolence pledge — issued in the wake of the shooting in Arizona — on his website and urged people to ‘read both’ and ‘see the similarities.’

“As Media Matters has previously noted, Beck’s pledge is steeped in politics and contains a very thinly-veiled attack on President Obama. Moreover, Beck has a long history of violent rhetoric with which potential pledge-signers may not want to associate.”
— From “On MLK Day, Beck Compares His Nonviolence Pledge to King’s,” Media Matters, Jan. 17, 2011.

“First, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Pledge of Nonviolence

Pledge of Nonviolence

1. As you prepare to march meditate on the life and teachings of Jesus
2. Remember the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation – not victory.
3. Walk and talk in the manner of love; for God is love.
4. Pray daily to be used by God that all men and women might be free.
5. Sacrifice personal wishes that all might be free.
6. Observe with friend and foes the ordinary rules of courtesy.
7. Perform regular service for others and the world.
8. Refrain from violence of fist, tongue and heart.
9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
10. Follow the directions of the movement leaders and of the captains on demonstrations.

“And here is Glenn’s:

Pledge of Nonviolence

I challenge all Americans, left or right, regardless if you’re a politician, pundit, painter, priest, parishioner, poet or porn star to agree with all of the following.

I denounce violence, regardless of ideological motivation.

I denounce anyone, from the Left, the Right or middle, who believes physical violence is the answer to whatever they feel is wrong with our country.

I denounce those who wish to tear down our system and rebuild it in their own image, whatever that image may be.

I denounce those from the Left, the Right or middle, who call for riots and violence as an opportunity to bring down and reconstruct our system.

I denounce violent threats and calls for the destruction of our system – regardless of their underlying ideology – whether they come from the Hutaree Militia or Frances Fox Piven.

I hold those responsible for the violence, responsible for the violence. I denounce those who attempt to blame political opponents for the acts of madmen.

I denounce those from the Left, the Right or middle that sees violence as a viable alternative to our long established system of change made within the constraints of our constitutional Republic.
— ibid.


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Joyce Lovelace
Joyce Lovelace
13 years ago

Isn’t it pretty easy to compare your statement of non-violence w/MLK’s if you’ve written yours decades later? Somehow i think I could come up with one.
MLK’s statement was not a challenge but an encouragement. MLK’s leads while Beck’s pushes (denounces). Also Beck’s public rhetoric does not back up his statement.

Tyson F. Gautreaux
13 years ago

God COMMANDS You to PROSPER in this Life. Don’t Believe it? See for Yourself in Matthew 25:14-30 and Do Not Be Fooled, Those Who Do NOT Prosper with Their God Given “Talents” are HELL Bound. Thrive Through CHRIST Now While You Still Can! Mat 25:14-30

Ken Carman
Reply to  Tyson F. Gautreaux
13 years ago

Ironically I’m offering this response to two Bible quote-ers on this site, one left, one less so it seems. You can pull anything out of the Bible you want, but if you really believe it’s “God’s word,” you’re wrong. The Bible was written by humans. Inspired? Maybe some, maybe little, most likely not all, unless God/The Holy Spirit/whomever lied about the lineage of Jesus. There’s two of them. Look it up. The names in the middle are different and they both relied on Joseph who… had… nothing… to… do… with… it… if we are to believe the virgin/miracle birth part of the story.

So either God is very, very confused, or scary crazy, if we be literalists.

Personally I go for a flawed collection of metaphoric and apocryphal stories, a mix of history skewed towards the opinions of those who wrote it, and God is somewhere in there… inspiring the writers and those who read the various versions. But Communications was, and never is, perfect… so inspiring? Yes. Flawed? Oh, yeah.

I can remember Jesus seeking wealth… not. I can remember his goal, not to teach, but to “prosper.” If you claim “Christian,” and especially a literalist, Tyson, perhaps you should following the Savior according to what he supposedly said and did, and not try to find excuses to run the kind of tables it is claimed he tipped over.

RS Janes
13 years ago

If Tyson had bothered to read the end of that chapter in Matthew 25, he would find it exhorts the followers of Jesus to help the poor:

“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”
— Matthew 25:42-46, KJV.

BTW, Tyson, one interpretation of Matthew 25:15-30 is that it is talking about using the talents you’ve been given and not hiding them out of fear. It’s a parable, and the ‘lord’ mentioned isn’t God, it’s apparently just a man, as ‘lord’ is not capitalized. Also, this line seems to contradict earlier Biblical teachings that ban usury:

“Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.”Matthew 25:27, KJV.

Ken, I agree; I think the Bible is just a collection of stories to try and civilize people, instill a sense of justice, and explain the world to the uneducated. Later it was misused to control populations and foment wars.

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