Friday, October 11, 2013

Glenn Beck says parents should physically abuse their kids until they believe in god

Glenn Beck must be desperate to keep right-wing religious views alive far into the future because during his radio show on Wednesday, the conservative talker actually advocated for parents to physically bully their kids until they submit to Christianity.

On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck grew increasingly agitated as he fumed over people who insist that they have fundamental rights but don't realize that such rights come from God.

Warning that if people don't forcefully assert that their rights come from God, then the government can take them away, Beck explained that the Founding Fathers created the Bill of Rights in order to prevent the government from ever infringing on the God-given inalienable rights of the citizens.

Somehow this all culminated in Beck telling his listeners to ask their children where they think their rights come from and "challenge them, get in their face" and "teach them a lesson; push 'em!"

And he meant that literally: "Well, they're going to cry, I'll hurt their feelings. PUSH 'EM!," he screamed, "because if you don't do it now, it's going to be much worse when they're pushed and they're shoved and they're shot. Push them! Teach them! The need to know the truth and the need to be pushed up against the wall once in a while so they know they can defend themselves":

Here’s the video via Right Wing Watch

Considering Beck is the father of four children, perhaps authorities should consider checking in on them to make sure their dad isn’t slamming them against walls to teach them about religion. It’s a criminal offense to physically abuse children, and it should be a criminal offense to urge others to physically abuse them as well. This rant by Beck demonstrates that religious extremism is not only dangerous to adults, but harmful to children as well. In 2011, fundamentalist Christian parents beat one of their nine children to death all in the name of God. The other eight were also beaten but luckily survived.

Physical abuse and bullying are very serious problems across the country and result in emotional, mental, and physical side effects. Even suicide can be the end result of constant abuse and bullying. Such treatment also scars children for life and increases the chances of them bullying their own children as adults. It’s a vicious cycle that needs to be put to an end, and Beck isn’t helping. It’s certainly not right to beat a child into submitting to a religious world view.

It would be interesting what Glen Beck might think about people from other faiths -- Judaism or Islam -- "pushing" their kids around until they believed.  He would probably object.  Lucky that he was born into the truth faith, so that "pushing" is justified.

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