By Ben DimieroIn May of this year, Glenn Beck gave a tear-soaked commencement speech at Liberty University, the largest evangelical Christian university in the world. The speech included Beck's usual over-the-top rhetoric, including his advice to grads that they should "shoot to kill." In a preview of his dramatic recent turn towards hyper-religiosity, Beck declared that God's "finger was on the back of Columbus," and that "God's finger...wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution." He added, "This is God's country. These are God's rights."Beck is basically restating the American doctrine of Manifest Destiny. In other words, that God took the land from the Indians and gave it to the Euro-Americans. In other words, that conquering and killing the Indians was God's will. Hence this posting's title, which is a paraphrase of Beck's position.
What other idiocies does Beck endorse?According to Liberty's curriculum, a "bunch of nonsense" includes the theory of evolution. Liberty's "Center for Creation Studies" states their purpose as promoting "the development of a consistent biblical view of our origins as students. The Center seeks to equip students to defend their faith in the creation account in Genesis using science, reason and the Scriptures." In other words, Liberty teaches its students the scientifically baseless theory that is Young Earth creationism, which posits that the earth is 5,000-10,000 years old and was created exactly how it was described in the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament.For more on the subject, see Conservative Rallies = White Self-Pity and Glenn Beck: Racist or Ignoramus?.