An Open Letter to Glenn Beck

Dear Glenn Beck,

I know it’s ludicrous to assume that you’ll read this, but really i’m just writing this for me. Sometimes it’s fun to yell into the abyss of the Internet. But I digress.

You’re a practicing Mormon, right? As a Mormon you believe that Joseph Smith restored the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth, correct?

See, that’s where I get tripped up. I’ve watched your show a few times, and it seems like you’re constantly drawing up communist conspiracy theories on your chalkboard. But never once have I seen the prophet Joseph Smith appear on your chalkboard.

I just finished reading Doctrine & Covenants section 42, which reads:

30 And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and consecreate of thy properties for their support that which thou hast to impart unto them, with a covenant and a deed which cannot be broken.
31 ..impart of your substance unto the poor, ye will do it unto me; and they shall be laid before the bishop of my church and his counselors, …
  32 …after they are laid before the bishop of my church, and after that he has received these testimonies concerning the consecration of the properties of my church, that they cannot be taken from the church…
  34 …the residue shall be kept in my storehouse, to administer to the poor and the needy…
  35 And for the purpose of purchasing lands for the public benefit of the church, and building houses of worship, and building up of the New Jerusalem which is hereafter to be revealed—
  36 That my covenant people may be gathered in one in that day when I shall come to my temple. And this I do for the salvation of my people.

For my non-mormon friends, the above scriptures describes what is known as “The Law of Concecration.” I don’t know about you, but all that talk of consecrating my goods for the public benefit sounds vaguely…communist.

And there aren’t even any codewords here like social justice or economic justice – God via Joseph Smith commanded his people to give all their goods to the Bishop, who would administer to the believers.

Now you might say to yourself – Mormons don’t practice this vaguely communist practice today. But Mormons do believe that one day Jesus Christ will come back to the earth and rule everyone. And Mormon missionaries are currently serving in the tens of thousands to prepare the world for Jesus Christ to return to the earth.

And what law do you think Jesus will instill once he returns to earth? I’m betting most Mormons believe it will be some form of the Law of Consecration, as outlined in the Doctrine and Covenants.

So there you have it – Mormons have their own version of Communism and Sharia law in their scriptures.

Glenn – or any believing Mormon – please explain to me how this isn’t communism. Or how your prejudice against Muslims and other religions/lifestyles is acceptible.

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About unorthodox

i live in LA, work in advertising and am the father of three kids. i'm don't belong to a political party, but i have left-leaning political views. i love the beach, loud music and video games. i grew up mormon, but haven't been a believer for the past 6 or so years. i love what the church has done for my life, and am concerned about what the church is becoming.
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6 Responses to An Open Letter to Glenn Beck

  1. Chris says:

    The difference is simple. The law of consecration is voluntary. It is done within the church for those who want to participate. Communism, and even heavy taxation (our current form of redistributing wealth), is forced.

    • unorthodox says:

      It doesn’t sound voluntary in the scriptures or according to the prophets. Once jesus comes back its the united order for everyone, right?

      • Chris says:

        No. Temple worthy saints are asked to participate when the full law is again implemented. It’s really no different than any commandment today…like tithing. You choose to participate or not…reap the blessings or not. There is nothing about the gospel of Jesus Christ that is forced.

      • unorthodox says:

        Technically its not forced – but you are separated from god unless you comply. And isn’t the law of obedience required of all temple worthy members? So when the united order is reinstated, you’ll be expected to comply in order to live up to your covenants. Either way, eventually you’ll be part of a communist utopian society.

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  3. Carly says:

    I’m a disaffected Mormon too. However I know the difference! It is simple. Communism forces people into two classes, really rich (very few), and really poor(most the people) with no hope of the majority enjoying what we would consider a good life. The concept had good intentions but the results were bad. Consecration ensures everyone who chooses to participate to be selfless and sharing according to there own free will; they will have there basic wants and needs met; and there will be the potential to prosper all together rather than individually: the Hederites do this quite well.

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