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1 kerFuFFler  Wed, Jan 22, 2014 12:45:12pm

Trust Beck and his ilk to get everything bass ackwards———ALWAYS!

2 Jack Burton  Wed, Jan 22, 2014 1:06:02pm

3 team_fukit  Wed, Jan 22, 2014 2:24:53pm

Ha! I heard many conservatives I know say that same thing about Popular Science shutting down the comment sections on their climate change articles. “Silencing dissenters!”

4 HappyWarrior  Wed, Jan 22, 2014 4:10:00pm

Cue the Billy Madison clip. Seriously Glenn. This is stupid even for you.

5 ausador  Wed, Jan 22, 2014 5:13:31pm

Glenn Beck is a Mormon, but he purposefully blurs the lines when doing his radio show to be able to appeal to evangelical Christians also. I would wager that the majority of his national audience don’t even realize that his faith is different from theirs.

The “Official” Mormon position (in public) is that the Church has no position on whether or not biological evolution is true. However their doctrine is actually quite specific about it, as least as far as humankind is concerned. When they say that the Church has no official position on biological evolution they are really talking about all other terrestrial life forms, not humans.

The first official statement from the “First Presidency” on the issue of evolution was released in 1909… (on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species)

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, basing its belief on divine revelation, ancient and modern, proclaims man to be the direct and lineal offspring of Deity.

All [men] who have inhabited the earth since Adam have taken bodies and become souls in like manner. It is held by some that Adam was not the first man upon this earth, and that the original human being was a development from lower orders of the animal creation. These, however, are the theories of men. The word of the Lord declares that Adam was ‘the first man of all men’ (Moses 1:34), and we are therefore in duty bound to regard him as the primal parent of the race…all men were created in the beginning after the image of God; and whether we take this to mean the spirit or the body, or both, it commits us to the same conclusion: Man began life as a human being, in the likeness of our heavenly Father.

True it is that the body of man enters upon its career as a tiny germ or embryo, which becomes an infant, quickened at a certain stage by the spirit whose tabernacle it is, and the child, after being born, develops into a man. There is nothing in this, however, to indicate that the original man the first of our race, began life as anything less than a man, or less than the human germ or embryo that becomes a man.

In 1910 a Christmas message from the “First Presidency” attempted to draw a clear line between science and Church doctrine on the matter…

Diversity of opinion does not necessitate intolerance of spirit, nor should it embitter or set rational beings against each other. … Our religion is not hostile to real science. That which is demonstrated, we accept with joy; but vain philosophy, human theory and mere speculations of men, we do not accept nor do we adopt anything contrary to divine revelation or to good common sense.

The 1909 statement is still considered official Church doctrine and has been republished verbatim in many other Mormon publications over the ensuing years. There have also been many other publications and doctrinal statements that have supported and further elucidated on the 1909 statement.

I guess Glenn will say whatever he has to in order to get the evangelicals to support him in allowing the teaching of creationism in our schools. What they don’t realize however is that the Mormon creation story he has it in mind to teach is very different than the one they learned in Sunday school.

6 CriticalDragon1177  Wed, Jan 22, 2014 5:34:40pm

re: #3 team_fukit

Ha! I heard many conservatives I know say that same thing about Popular Science shutting down the comment sections on their climate change articles. “Silencing dissenters!”

I agree, but I think this is even more ridiculous. No one is going to arrest you for being a creationist in the US

7 ObserverArt  Wed, Jan 22, 2014 8:37:25pm

re: #1 kerFuFFler

Trust Beck and his ilk to get everything bass ackwards———ALWAYS!

Hey, I’m sure Galileo would have loved to study what planet Beck is from!

8 philosophus invidius  Thu, Jan 23, 2014 11:58:53am

Rick Perry made this “point” about climate change:
thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com


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