I just finished my email to Glenn Beck and James Dobson, I just have the one to Beck's writer to go. I'd appreciate any input, if any of you see anything that's not quite accurate please let me know. I don't plan on sending them until tomorrow morning.

Letter To Beck:

Recently I watched a clip of your show about the moment of silence being removed from public schools. I have to admit that I was appalled by the way in which you conducted yourself. It wasn't your opinions about prayer in school that bothered me. It was the combination of the false information you were spreading and your antics that crossed the line between colorful and outright bigoted. Your right to dissent does not make a “news” show the appropriate forum for jokes only a truly hateful person would laugh at and a tone of voice so malicious that the audience can all but see the venom spewing forth.

Non-believers are the largest religious minority in the country. We take up 16% of the population and are growing. That's compared to the 4.6% of the population that is all other non-Christian religions combined. Did you know that one in four people between the ages of 18-29 are non-believers? That's 25% of the generation that will be around when you are gone.

You also seem to think that “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and I'm guessing “in God we trust” on our currency lends credence to your views. One nation under God” was not added to the pledge until 1954, and “In God We Trust” in 1957 as one of the many violations of the 1st Amendment that occurred during the Red Scare.

A common misconception which you seem all too glad to perpetuate is that all of the founding fathers were Christian and that the United States was founded on Christian principles. This is simply not true. Take a look at the information and historical documents we have on this topic. It's pretty clear. America was not founded on Christianity. For example the term“wall of separation between church and state” was coined by President Thomas Jefferson in a letter written to Danbury Baptists of Connecticut in 1802. Also, Article 11 of the US treaty with Tripoli, a document signed by President John Adams in 1797, says “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense founded on the Christian religion...”

The quote Dr. Dobson was reaching for during his appearance ,“...they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights...” was not in the Constitution. It was in the first sentence of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. It's also worth noting that in the original draft it was a far less religious statement, “All men are created equal and independent. From that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable.” It's also not very good evidence for the founders being Christian. Most of them were Deists. Deists believe that the universe has a creator that does not concern himself with the daily lives of men, or communicate with them through sacred texts and revelations. When they did refer to God or a Creator they were referring to a God of nature not the Judeo-Christian God.

Between the outright falsehoods you chose to state as fact and the deplorable fashion in which you chose to deride a minority, you were more in line with a guest on Jerry Springer than respectable television personality. Its low, juvenile, deceitful behavior like this that gives Fox News a reputation for having virtually no integrity.






Letter To Dobson:

I watched your recent appearance on the Glen Beck show and I must admit I was quite disappointed to watch you participate in and support Mr. Beck's bigoted juvenile behavior. It's not the fact that both of you disagree with the court's decision on the moment of silence in school that I have an issue with. It's the way in which this opinion was expressed that I find so offensive. No, you weren't the one shouting degrading malicious things at non-believers but by sitting there idly and supporting Mr. Beck's opinions with inaccurate statements you might as well have. Its quite upsetting to see a person who's organization is committed to family values participating in such deplorable behavior. What sort of values are you promoting when you participate in perpetuating misconceptions and the defamation of a minority?

The both of you insisted that America was founded on Christianity. This is a common misconception, but a misconception all the same. Take a look at the information and historical documents we have on this topic. It's pretty clear. America was not founded on Christianity. For example the term“wall of separation between church and state” was coined by President Thomas Jefferson in a letter written to Danbury Baptists of Connecticut in 1802. Also Article 11 of the US treaty with Tripoli, a document signed by President John Adams in 1797, says “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense founded on the Christian religion...”

The quote you were trying to use during your appearance,“...they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights...” was not in the Constitution. It was in the first sentence of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. It's also worth noting that in the original draft it was a far less religious statement, “All men are created equal and independent. From that equal creation they derive right inherent and inalienable.” It's also not very good evidence for the founders being Christian. Most of them were Deists. Deists believe that the universe has a creator that does not concern himself with the daily lives of men, or communicate with them through sacred texts and revelations. When they did refer to God or a Creator they were referring to a God of nature not the Judeo-Christian God.


From my understanding it's your duty as a Christian to help others adopt your world view. Associating yourself with the juvenile antics of people like Glenn Beck runs counter to that purpose. Not only does this association make your organization look like nothing more than a group of bigots, it negatively impacts the way Christianity is perceived as a whole. Which is a better way to attract people to your views, with open arms and honesty or with deceit and bigotry?

I really hope that you take the time to hear me out on this, and that you do look into the information I have presented here for yourself. I may not be able to agree with your world view, but if your intentions are to help make the world a better place, it's my sincere hope that you will be able to do so. The only thing that I ask is that you do so with dignity and integrity.

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Comment by catscradle on January 27, 2009 at 12:50pm
Nicely put!
Comment by Father Nature on January 27, 2009 at 11:41am
Well done, Creature. Hateful demagogs like Beck and Dobson aren't likely to change but you've taken the moral high ground and that shames them whether they admit it or not.
Comment by Dan Gilbert on January 27, 2009 at 11:09am
Very nicely written! Much better to send an intelligent, well-thought-out response such as yours than hurling insults, so I commend you. Let us know if you get any responses!
Comment by Buffy on January 27, 2009 at 6:22am
Excellent! I don't imagine you'll get through to either of those buffoons but both letters were eloquent and informative.

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