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

Jump to Update 1: March 11, 2009.

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: wesurroundthem@foxnews.com 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.

Thanks,

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: me@glennbeck.com


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
http://atheistnexus.org

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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I look forward to it. I am also in full support of diversity. I just want to take a stand when atheists are excluded.
Thanks Hemant (The Friendly Atheist) for writing about this:

http://friendlyatheist.com/2009/03/01/glenn-beck-calls-for-american...
Beck is apart of the majority.... scary!! I would love to ask him how honesty can come first when he puts humility fifth ?? Humility breeds truth which is a right understanding which is honest ?? He's very much a bigot with an ajenda, MASS CONFUSION.
No one should participate in right-wing politics, atheist or no. Or participate in red-baiting slander campaigns. And, when it comes to decoding ideological language, know that "we the people" means "white only".
I agree...they are slightly dangerous..those right-wingers. There is no room for open-mindedness, or freethinking where they are concerned. All atheists want is to think freely and openly without bigotry or being ousted; or being considered evil and dangerous.
And know that there are puh-lenty of right-wing atheists afoot who would be only too happy to participate in Beck's group did it not exclude atheists.
Ralph, this is why Atheist Nexus picks no sides when it comes to politics. We are for all atheists. Among our American members wee have: Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Capitalists, Socialists, etc.

Also, in my personal opinion, there is a huge difference between "right-wing" and conservative. Yes the Republican party has been taken over by religious nuts, but not too long ago, it wasn't that way. Barry Goldwater was very against allowing religion to influence the party.

That being said, I am not a Republican. However, I do love my Country and strive to make it, "a more perfect union." This is why I care about such things.
Wise words Brother Richard. I just want an America where all of its citizens are treated equally, and without any discrimination. No matter the Republican, Democrat or what have you, we are all citizens and should be treated as such, and we each have a voice. I just want people to stop thinking that atheists are evil, dangerous people. Thanks Bro. Richard..
Amen, Sister Leslee. ;)
Exactly.
I think suggestion 1 and 3 would just feed Glenn Beck's...delusions. He really seems to enjoy that kind of stuff, to the point that he makes it up if it doesn't happen. I think the second one is true genius that counters his bigotry while not giving him any food for his persecution complex. In fact, we should probably think about how to organize something like that. It would be a great response to Beck and to any other person who says something ignorant like that, or even like what President GHWB said about atheists not really being citizens or patriots in 1987.

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