I won't bother to go into the absolute details of the debate. Instead I wish to take away the key point of diversion that both of them are making use of to make their case.
Just as certain Black operatives make use of Dr King as the perfect reference for them to base their modern political / ideological antics - for Beck and O'Donnel their choice is to make reference to what "the founding fathers" of the United States of America believed in their interpretation of the Christian faith.
I stated previously that Glenn Beck is motivated to promote and defend the honor of the "Founding Fathers" when he discusses American Slavery and the "Black History" that is articulates as a result. Indeed there may have been agreement that slavery was a wretched institution in the views of Thomas Jefferson. Indeed there may have been a select few Black people during this time who fought valiantly for the founding of this nation. The over-riding fact remains - none of these men felt so strongly about the savagery of slavery to stall the formation of the new nation until this scourge upon humanity was dealt with.
To be clear - I am not pegging slavery as the one and only "sin" at the founding this nation. This is just one example regarding the fact that none of these men are worthy reference figures for righteousness and religious purity. Removing slavery as a "special interest" that I, a Black man, is concerned about and we can find many other anti-righteousness in history. To be clear I do believe that this nation - as with all other nations are creations of man and thus will have their share of damnable actions which should cause them shame.
Lawrence O'Donnell is critical of Glenn Beck for shrouding so much of his political and ideological agenda in with Christian dogma. I agree. With these two concepts being so intertwined Beck agenda becomes suspect. He, like many other operatives draw out factually accurate points of information but then err as they attempt to string these individual points together in order to assemble a conspiracy.
Lawrence O'Donnell's words are even more disturbing in relation to self-professed "Christians". Mr O'Donnell takes a position that
- "No legitimate Christian believes that the book of Revelations is true"
- "When Christians began to only selectively accept the bible they stopped burning people at the stake"