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Tue Dec 31, 2013, 02:07 PM

Glenn Beck: ‘I Will Stand with GLAAD’ Against Russia’s ‘Hetero-Fascism’

I'm not enough of a Beck scholar to know if this is completely consistent with his prior statements (despite his overall right-wing orientation), or if he's open to the charge of embracing LGBT rights only because he sees an opening for bashing Putin. (As the old saying has it, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.) Either way, it's interesting to hear this from a prominent right-winger. Here's a Mediaite piece about one portion of an hour-long Beck appearance on CNN:

Beck told Cupp that he finds it ridiculous that Americans were debating Santa Claus’ race and a comment made by a Duck Dynasty star while, over in Mother Russia, laws have criminalized public homosexuality and a well-known TV celebrity actually called for the burning alive of gay people.

“Hetero-fascism,” Beck called it. And he said he’d gladly stand with GLAAD in taking a stand against Russia’s anti-gay legislation.

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So I’d consider this an even greater step forward. With this one soundbite, Beck has done more to speak out against Russia’s war on homosexuality than any of his conservative radio colleagues, thereby showing a willingness to admit that while his religious views may say one thing about homosexuality, he does not believe any government has any place legislating such morality. Not only that, but he mentioned fighting arm-in-arm with GLAAD, one of the right’s biggest bogeymen.


At the link -- "Glenn Beck: 'I Will Stand with GLAAD' Against Russia's 'Hetero-Fascism'" -- there's a clip of 93 seconds from the hour, and even that short clip is mostly about whether Santa Claus is white. As Mediaite says, the "hetero-fascism" part is really just a soundbite. If I'd been the interviewer (S.E. Cupp), I would've followed up to get a better idea of his overall view on LGBT issues, but she apparently wasn't interested.

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Response to Jim Lane (Original post)

Tue Dec 31, 2013, 02:42 PM

1. oh oh


Glenn, this is Sarah Palin..what is this I read, I mean heard about you standing behind GLAAD?

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Um yes Sarah, you do know you are on the air?

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You sound like a liburul to me Glenn...

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No Sarah nooooooooooooooooooooooo!

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Response to Jim Lane (Original post)

Tue Dec 31, 2013, 03:16 PM

2. Who knows if Glenn Beck will walk away from the nutty side a la Michael Fumento.

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Response to alp227 (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 31, 2013, 05:50 PM

3. Thanks for the link, fascinating piece by Fumento.

There's nothing in it that DUers don't know in general, but he put a lot of effort into finding and linking to specific examples of right-wing craziness.

Based on that essay, he's in a kind of in-between state. He's identified some of the craziness among his ideological allies: the name-calling, the double standards, the hysteria, etc. Nevertheless, even while he denounces that, he remains their ideological ally. For example, in that very piece he gets all agitated about deficit spending.

I have to believe, though, that Glenn Beck is nowhere close to even that level of disengaging from the nutty side.

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Response to Jim Lane (Original post)

Tue Dec 31, 2013, 08:12 PM

4. Even a broken clock... n/t

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Response to Jim Lane (Original post)

Tue Dec 31, 2013, 10:48 PM

5. He's like Christians who like Jews because they play a role in Jesus coming back & ending the world.

Beck is a religious nut and hate-profiteer. He tricked countless seniors into buying fraudulent gold coins and end-times dehydrated meals by supporting these "advertisers."

He stands with gays this week because it fits his anti-Russian line, but never mistake that for a moment of humanity. He is paid far too much to ever display that publicly.

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