Beck Amends Obama is Racist Charge, Questions His Belief in ‘Collective Salvation’
Radio and TV host Glenn Beck said Sunday he doesn’t want to retract his controversial charge last year that President Obama is racist, but does want to amend it since reading more about “liberation theology.”
“I have a big fat mouth sometimes and I say things, and that’s not the way people should behave,” Beck said, adding, “I didn’t understand really his theology” when he made the comment a year ago that Obama has a “deep-seated hatred for white people.”
“I think that it is much more of a theological question that he is a guy who understands the world through liberation theology, which is oppressor and victim,” Beck, a Fox News host, told “Fox News Sunday.”
Beck described liberation theology, which teaches that salvation for the individual is dependent on salvation for the collective through economic and social justice, as the message that was preached by Obama’s ex-pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright
Beck, who is Mormon, said most Christians don’t believe in liberation theology,
Beck spoke after hosting his “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, which attracted hundreds of thousands of Americans. Beck said the event was not supposed to be political, and for the most part, politics were left out of the conversation.
“The message I was trying to send was be your highest self and stand in the burning bush, stand in the fire, because that’s the only thing that’s going to save us,” he said. “I’ve come to the place where I believe there’s no way to solve these problems, these issues … unless we solve it through God, unless we solve it through being our highest self, and that’s a pretty tall order.”