Dispatches from the Creation Wars

In one of his most bizarre diatribes yet, Glenn Beck says that Reform Judaism is just like radical Islam in being highly politicized.

When you talk about rabbis, understand that most — most people who are not Jewish don’t understand that there are the Orthodox rabbis, and then there are the reformed rabbis. Reformed rabbis are generally political in nature. It’s almost like Islam, radicalized Islam in a way, to where it is just — radicalized Islam is less about religion than it is about politics.

Here’s the video:

Really? Reform Judaism is highly political? As opposed to Orthodox Judaism? Perhaps he’s never heard of the Rabbinical Alliance of America or groups like Jews for Morality, a virulently anti-gay group led by wingnut extraordinaire Rabbi Yehuda Levin. Or all those Orthodox Jewish groups in Israel who have killed gay rights marchers and tried to blow up a police station to protest a gay rights march.

Those folks — not all Orthodox Jews, of course, but at least some of them — have far more in common with the Bin Ladens of the world than Reformed Jews do. In fact, they actually called a joint press conference to oppose the gay rights parade in Jerusalem and promised to disrupt it together. Bigots of a feather.

Update: After this was written, Beck actually apologized for this stupid statement on his radio show.

Well, I made a mistake on Tuesday, and I want to make sure that you understand that I was wrong on this and I, and that I also apologize for it.

I do this, because I have always told you to do your own homework, and in this case, I didn’t do enough homework. I also tell you that you, you have to guard your word, you have to guard your honor and your integrity, because people have to be able to believe you. The only way people will believe you is if when you get it wrong, you do apologize, and you, and you point it out, and not like the New York Times or anybody else, bury it on page two. I lead with my mistakes, because I think it’s important as a human being to demonstrate to other human beings that we can be stronger if we correct our mistakes and flaws and move on.

With that being said, I think it was on Tuesday that I was making a point about political activists, and I started to talk about the difference in Rabbis. Somebody has called me ignorant for what I, what I said on Tuesday, and I think that’s a pretty good description of my, what I said. I had, was having a conversation with a few friends the night before–one of them, I trust on things like this, and I’m not even sure if I misunderstood him, or misheard him, or what, but I certainly had not done enough homework to be able to go on the air and haphazardly make a comment, like I did, and it was just about political activists, it was, you know, I’m not going to rehash it, but it was, it was ignorant.

Yes, it was. But isn’t it fascinating how casually he offered up such a slander? Based on a conversation with someone, after which he did no research and no follow up at all, but then he goes on national television and just spouts off such nonsense. That says a lot about his intellectual credibility.