It’s not unusual for people to take contradictory positions and not recognize the dissonance between them, but Glenn Beck seems to elevate this sort of thing to an art form. Take gay rights, for example. On the one hand, he doesn’t seem to be particularly anti-gay himself. On the other hand, he continually praises those who are. Here is perhaps his most pro-gay (or anti-anti-gay, at least) statement yet:
Interestingly, Beck warned Religious Right activists in America not to buy into Putin’s scheme, specifically calling out the World Congress of Families for building a “disturbing partnership” with Christian leaders in Russia who have close ties to Putin.
While WCF “seems to be a good group,” Beck warned, they also appear “to have bought Russia’s salesmanship that they are the new global champion of Christianity. I warn you, be careful.”
Also interestingly, on his radio show yesterday, Beck again spoke out against the increasing persecution of gays in Russia, warning that there is a growing threat of “heterofascism” emerging in the country.”
But remember, this is the same guy who said a year ago, “I don’t know anybody who is anti-gay, at least not any of my friends.” He said this while wearing a hat honoring his dear friend Ken Hutcherson, the virulently anti-gay preacher, who had just died. Hutcherson advocated for gay people to be locked up and explicitly advocated a ban on “promotion” of homosexuality — the same law that Beck now calls “hetero-fascism.” He also brings people on his show constantly and praises to no end anti-gay bigots like David Barton, Daniel Lapin and others.
He’s spoken at a fundraiser for Scott Lively, whose anti-gay bigotry hits depths of derangement that one could scarcely imagine and who said of the very Russian laws that Beck now calls “heterofascism” that they are “one of the proudest achievements of my career.” Yes, Lively was one of the many American Christians who traveled to Russia to advocate those very laws.
See Glenn, you can’t claim that you don’t have any friends who are anti-gay while simultaneously praising and giving a platform to lots of people who advocate the very law that you’re criticizing as anti-gay.