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Letter: Glenn Beck has it right

Anyone who loves children and education should read Conform by Glenn Beck. He has summed up what most thinking parents have known. He states that America was founded on the belief that people receive their rights from God, not the government.

We have freedom of religion, speech, press and assembly. Progressive idealists use the government education system as social engineers to revise economic and social structures. Our taxes should not pay for the ongoing failure in the schools. History shows low-income kids can achieve with hard work. It’s not more money needed but right priorities.

MELISSA MAY

Concord

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Such good news today, Bowie Berghdahl is free after 5 years, and Bill O'Brien is going to run for speaker again.

It's Bowe . . . and not so fast Tillie. We just made a deserter a hero - and gave up five terrorists for him. You know how many people risked their lives, maybe even died - finding his butt?

So tell us truly, Ms. May: Would you prefer we lived under a theocracy, where the Bible would be absolute law? No abortion, no divorce, everyone has to have short hair, no shellfish, no gay marriage (or even same-sex relationships)? Is this the type of world you want? Not me. Either accept the fact that this is 2014 (not 1954), or you can live in your 'perfect' world and watch society pass you by.

"endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights"..please explain where that is written and what it means.

What are these "certain" rights? Do you think one might be the right to be in a school room or in a public theater without the fear of being shot to death? Or do you think that the "certain" right that God gave to own guns trumps the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?" Which "inalienable right" do you think is most important?

Maybe you could define "Creator" for us first.

Morgan Freeman..everyone knows that

A daily dose of Glenn Beck would do so much to correct the cancer know as progressive liberal socialist democrat syndrome

A daily dose of Glenn Beck is exactly what is prescribed to keep those uninformed, thoughtless, poorly educated souls poor and uneducated. The Republicans seek this type because they are easily molded into obedient servants.

What a unique and quaint view of the world. Just another veiled attempt to push religious views under the guise of yet another discredited "visionary". As our view on poverty and education, where did you get your information? Low income certainly doesn't mean someone can't learn with hard work. However it does mean you start out at a disadvantage. As to your view regarding our founders and religion. That is pure hogwash, our founders were clear about one thing, that is separating church from State. Your view on the evils of government schools is shameful at best. The last time I checked the whole idea of this country was that people are the government. Perhaps we need to remember that. Glenn Beck has one interest, that is to preach his blather to those not intelligent enough to know any better. So you get a F on this letter on all facets.

He states that America was founded on the belief that people receive their rights from God, not the government. ,,,100% true...you get the "F"

Hmm so until the Civil War, God didn't give any rights to black people. And God hasn't given any rights to billions of people around the world still yet.

God gives everyone the right to free speech and other rights...some governments repress those rights. What the founding fathers said was "you are endowed by the Creator" with rights..that the government cant take away..that I even have to explain this to you is sad.

Don't be sad, just remember the old song, "what you read in the Bible ain't necessarily so."

The first part of the sentence reads: "We hold these truths to be self-evident..." The second part leaves "Creator" purposely undefined. Is it the Blind Watchmaker? The creative life force of nature? Or some old guy in a beard and robe sitting on a throne in Heaven? It's left purposefully vague and undefined. How could it be otherwise, except for charlatans, quacks, and psychopaths. It's a bit more complicated than simply moving from "Divine right of kings" to "divine rights of hoi polloi" The rationalist/ Deists among the Founders (whose numbers included Jefferson, Washington, and Franklin) knew that much even then.

Still waiting for that definition of "God" Is it the god of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible? That one was no democrat (small 'd'), if the stories about him are accurate. The Greeks invented democracy, but they were polytheists.Hmmm... Just when did "God" become a democrat (small 'd')? And does He (presumably) think the Koch brothers are doing his work? How about the Republican efforts at voter suppression? That can't be too pleasing to the Big Guy upstairs.

But not the God of the modern evangelical movement. They would turn the Constitution into an inerrant and sacred religious document handed down from on high, and the Founders into wise men at the Manger or saints at the Last Supper.

Fear of God or intolerance of Christians? Choose one folks.

Which God, and which Christians? You're equating the right to think freely about religion, as Jefferson did, with intolerance of Christians. Just turn it around: when was the last time you said anything nice or tolerant about Islam?

Beck has it right. Just admit he has it right and you had it wrong when you said he had it wrong..and move on.

Once again, the stunning obtuseness of the determinedly literal-minded is on display. Those who never outgrow either their Sunday school version of religion or their cartoon version of history: Glenn Beck and Cleon Skousen, GWTW and Tara. Angels in Heaven as real as were the happy little darkies down on the plantation. God's in his Heaven, and all would be right with the world, if we'd just believe....

He also likes to sell gold.

Beck is a modern-day snake oil salesman and a recovering alcoholic who's simply switched addictions. He's now addicted to sensationalism and pulling the wool over the eyes of the American public - or at least the small segment of it who listens to his radio show and reads his books. The problem with Beck is that he's a really smart guy. And he makes just enough sense on occasion - and uses just enough "folksy charm" to hook the ultra-right-wing, disgruntled, mostly white male American citizen who's upset about some very real issues this country is facing. Beck is forever promoting his next book, march, gathering, film, stage show, etc. as if it were the second coming of Christ. It's so obvious the way every single new thing he does is hyped as "the most important, transformative event of your life" that he is a very shrewd business man who's main concern is the bank account of Glenn Beck. He's PT Barnum meets Adolph Hitler - and yes I just went there.

Glenn Beck has it wrong, as does the letter writer. Beck is a right-wing crank with a paranoid world view and a third-rate radio show whose inspiration for much of the nonsense he espouses is Cleon Skousen, a Mormon "historian" whose own nonsense was too much even for most conservatives until Beck got hold of his twaddle and made it his own. Skousen's best known book, "The 5000 Year Leap",” was first published to deserved obscurity in 1981. It's " a heavily illustrated and factually challenged attempt to explain American history through an unspoken lens of Mormon theology. As such, it is an early entry in the ongoing attempt by the religious right to rewrite history. Fundamentalists want to define the United States as a Christian nation rather than a secular republic, and recast the Founding Fathers as devout Christians guided by the Bible rather than deists inspired by French and English philosophers. “Leap” argues that the U.S. Constitution is a godly document above all else, based on natural law, and owes more to the Old and New Testaments than to the secular and radical spirit of the Enlightenment. It lists 28 fundamental beliefs — based on the sayings and writings of Moses, Jesus, Cicero, John Locke, Montesquieu and Adam Smith — that Skousen says have resulted in more God-directed progress than was achieved in the previous 5,000 years of every other civilization combined. The book reads exactly like what it was until Glenn Beck dragged it out of Mormon obscurity: a textbook full of aggressively selective quotations intended for conservative religious schools like Utah’s George Wythe University, where it has been part of the core freshman curriculum for decades...” http://www.salon.com/2009/09/16/beck_skousen/

jeez..I didnt think it was up for debate...its a brave new world I guess

"America was founded on the belief that people receive their rights from God, not the government. "...the great experiment..as it were.

"...belief that people receive their rights from God...." What does that say for the rights of people who don't happen to believe?

explain the phrase "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights" that should get you close enough

Which "Creator" should one thank? Won't all the others get jealous? And don't we know what happens when deities get jealous? Bible, Koran, Vedas and all the other myths are full chock-a-block with misbehaving jealous gods.

just admit Beck has it exactly correct and move on

Why? "Because I said so."

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