Not that I've ever cared much for his chalkboard act but Glenn Beck lost me when he said something like "The pulpits of America need to teach American values." Civil religion on display, on steroids, at the mall. Well, I'll pass, preferring to stick with Biblical values in the pulpit and hope Americans learn from that.
It was interesting to hear, however, Richard Land interviewed on public radio yesterday. He is always pretty smooth but I learned that Mormonism might be called "the fourth Abrahamic religion." Land eschewed the standard Southern Baptist term for Mormonism, a "cult," but I understand not wanting to be too inflammatory in a public setting. Land was absolutely ecumenical about it all. One might have thought that he was a rep from the World Council of Churches.
It was also interesting to hear Beck trumpet the black robed line of imams, pastors, priests, and rabbis that he trotted out at his rally. Nope. Nothing wrong with that.
Sorry, although I would probably line up with Beck on most political issues and candidates (I did vote for Mitt Romney, fellow Mormon but a lot sharper one than Beck, in the last presidential primary), he doesn't do a thing for me.
Another blog linked some salient commentary on Beck: here