Glenn Beck, Obama and the Liberation Theology Comment

by PAUL L. WILLIAMS, PHD August 31, 2010
Fox News commentator Glenn Beck says he regrets but will not retract his comment that President Barack Obama was a racist.
"(Obama's) viewpoints [on white America] come from [black] liberation theology ... And I miscast it as racism," he said.
Asked if he regretted the comment, he said, "Of course," but added that he sought to amend, not retract, the comment.
Black liberation theology holds that African Americans must be liberated from social, economic, political, and religious bondage to the white majority.
Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Mr. Obama’s former pastor at Trinity UCC in Chicago, remains the most visible exponent of this theology.
In one of his sermons, Rev. Wright said that the attacks of 9/11 were proof that “America’s chickens were coming home to roost.” In another sermon, he said that God should damn rather than bless America because of the country’s social inequities.
Commenting on Saturday’s "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, Beck said that the event offered clear-cut proof that the American people are unhappy.
Beck estimated "on the low end, 300,000 and it may be as high as 650,000" attended the rally that was billed as a non-political event, but featured former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a featured speaker.
"You don't get that many people to come to Washington and stand there … without signs, without political messages, for no reason," Beck said.
"You don't do it because they're happy about things. That's what the politicians -- the first message they should get. People aren't really happy with things," he added. Contributing Editor Paul L. Williams, Ph.D., is the author of The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World, The Al Qaeda Connection, and other best-selling books. He is a frequent guest on such national news networks as ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR. Visit his website at

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