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Catholic Leftist Claims Glenn Beck Is Marxist

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Posted on August 30 2010 7:00 pm
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog LisaGraas.com since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.
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The heat is on and the Catholic Left is feeling it. As America’s Catholic faithful express outrage over Church funding of anti-capitalist Marxist activity, what could the Catholic Left possibly do to save their political skins? Call Glenn Beck a Marxist, of course!

Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter (NCR) blogger and author of Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats, holds forth that Glenn Beck has a style that is “astonishingly, and frighteningly similar” to that of a Marxist.

Finally, there is something creepy in the cult worship of Mr. Beck. I half expected him to give a five hour speech announcing a new five-year plan for the economy. His simplistic, self-contained understanding of history, and especially of the Founding of the American Republic, is but a hop, skip and jump from the simplistic, self-contained understanding a Marxist would espouse: The premises and the conclusions are different, but the style and the invitation to group-think are astonishingly, and frighteningly, similar. Watching it, I felt a sense of deju vu, recalling the time I went with a Russian friend to attend a Communist Party rally at the entrance to Gorki Park in Moscow. One of the speakers said, “Let Marilyn Monroe drown in her capitalist perfume; her beauty is as nothing to that of the beauty of the Soviet woman.” You don’t forget a line like that. Today, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, similar nonsense is being spewed.

I am not at all surprised that Sean Winters has attended a Communist Party rally. I am also not surprised that he’s painting Glenn Beck and his Restoring Honor event as Marxist, not because there is any truth to the claim but rather because the Catholic Left from which he hails is involved in some seriously Marxist behavior these days – and they’re desperate to divert attention away from themselves. The political heat being generated now can cause this sort of desperation, particularly among those who are decidedly serious about making sure Catholics vote for Democrats.

Mr. Winters has likely missed Glenn Beck‘s interviews with David Horowitz. Perhaps if he watches, he’ll understand that there is, indeed, Marxism afoot. He might also learn that we on the Right, contrary to our merry friends on the Left, don’t throw words like “Marxist” around without basis.

The Catholic Left is behaving increasingly radical and irrational. Calling Beck a Marxist is akin to calling Abraham Lincoln “The Great Enslaver:” it is difficult to top its absurdness.

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