Susan Jacoby, in her book Freethinkers, takes on Glenn Beck’s beloved Battle Hymn of the Republic:
The Battle Hymn, one of the most powerful calls to arms ever set to music, was not only religious but Christian to the core. The last verse…as well known during the war as the famous first verse is today, explicitly articulates the song’s Christian doctrinal basis and emotional appeal…But what was a devout Christian from the North, fightling under instructions from his God, to make of an equally devout Southern cousin whose God–ostensibly the same God–had handed down a contradictory set of instructions?
Clearly food for thought, but does Beck think?
Glenn Beck has some chutzpah.
He even cites the Battle Hymn of the Republic as some sort of proof of God’s mercifulness (the verse about the “beauty of the lilies”, of course). For a fiercer portrait of God, we might read another verse of the same Hymn:
- Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
- He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
- He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
- His truth is marching on.
Why does the canorous Christ of the Battle Hymn need a “terrible swift sword” with which to bludgeon His enemies to death? Glenn Beck doesn’t ask such questions during his nightly reverie on Fox.
I got the video from Pharyngula.