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  • Philip Maddocks: Glenn Beck to organize a march on God, describes deity as ‘a taker’

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  • The mercurial broadcaster Glenn Beck, who two years ago was calling for a religious rebirth in America, now wants to confront God publicly and loudly about His “leftist agenda” and unwillingness to take responsibility for actions that have left the conservative movement in tatters.
    “Something that is beyond man is happening here. Sandy, Mitt Romney, Nate Silver – something isn’t right and I think it has to do with the man upstairs,” Mr. Beck told reporters, in what was part religious revival and part history lecture. “America today, and with my help, begins to turn its back on this God.”
    Mr. Beck, who hosts the “Glenn Beck Program,” a nationally syndicated talk-radio show that airs throughout the United States on Premiere Radio Networks, said he is worried that when it comes to God, “a victim mentality has taken over.”
    “After Nov. 6, God has a lot to answer for,” Mr. Beck said.
    He is hoping to mobilize some 300,000 to 650,000 people to join him on his march to the grounds of the state capital building in Oklahoma City where the conservative pundit expects to view the 2,000-pound granite block depicting – with some misspellings - the Ten Commandments and to confront – with no misgivings - the Omnipotent One.
    “I am at peace, which I think is a better place than God in right now,” Mr. Beck said.
    At times emotional, strident, and petulant, Mr. Beck accused God of fostering – even encouraging – a dependency that was stripping the country of its entrepreneurial spirit turning this once vital republic into a haven for the shiftless and the networthless.
    “If you are asking me if I think God is a taker – well there is nothing I have seen in the last 18 months that would make me think otherwise,” he said.
    Critics have suggested that Mr. Beck is trying to energize conservatives following the dispiriting election results this month. Mainstream Republican leaders, though, remain skittish about Mr. Beck and they had little to say about his planned march on God.
    In an interview aired Sunday, Mr. Beck denied any political motivation — or political aspiration — and shrugged off conservatives’ suggestions that his willingness to call God out made him presidential material.
    “There’s nothing we can do that will solve the problems that we have and keep the peace unless we solve it through God – and by through I mean running roughshod over His will if that’s what it takes,” he told “Fox News Sunday.”
    Mr. Beck expressed regret that some remarks he made in the heat of Election Night may have been understood to have suggested that God was a racist with a deep-seated hatred for white people.
    “I think Sununu might have been egging me on,” said Mr. Beck, referring to John Sununu, the former White House chief of staff and co-chair of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign.
    Page 2 of 2 - He said he had come to see God not as a racist but as an advocate of “the liberal social policies,” but, added, “that doesn’t excuse what he has done to our movement.”
    Mr. Beck reiterated his objections to Obamacare and said he feared that “progressives” were moving the United States toward socialism and that entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid must be ended.
    But he said that none of that would be of such high concern if God had done his job in 2012.
    “I think it’s time the two of us sit down have a serious talk about what His plans are, because I am not sure I like the direction He is taking this country,” Mr. Beck said.
    The talk show host, though, did offer hope for the future – for both the country and God.
    “I think we are the people who should be His natural constituency,” Mr. Beck said. “I think He just has to do a better job of getting his message out.”
    Philip Maddocks writes political satire and humor for GateHouse Media and can be reached at pmaddocks@wickedlocal.com.
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