”The Most Correct of Any Book On Earth”
Vol: 108 Issue: 24 Friday, September 24, 2010
If one looks at the historical charts, one sees a correlation between rising gold prices and economy downturns, leading one to conclude that the price of gold goes up when confidence in the dollar goes down.
That’s almost correct. On taking a closer look, the data shows the price of gold goes up as confidence in the government goes down.
NY Congressman Anthony Weiner went ballistic on the executive vice-president of Goldline International yesterday, accusing Goldline of profiteering off the Obama administration’s ham-fisted handling of the economy. Here’s how Politico framed it:
“Weiner released a report in May accusing the company of profiting off the fears of conservatives who worry that President Barack Obama’s administration will destroy the American economy. He and Beck have traded shots over the company’s practices, with Weiner saying Beck should be “ashamed of himself,” while Beck, on the O’Reilly Factor, challenged Weiner to call him to testify before Congress.”
First off, one has to wonder why Weiner, a dyed-in-the-wool bright-blue New York liberal Democrat, would be so worried about conservative investors? Secondly, isn’t ‘profit’ the motive for selling a product? And third, how can Goldline possibly be responsible for Obama’s handling of the economy?
The answer to all three questions is not gold or Goldline or even Obama. It’s Glenn Beck. Weiner’s assault on Goldline is aimed at Glenn Beck. There is no other reason for attacking a broker for doing what brokers do.
Gold prices spike when investors lose confidence in the government — not, as most believe, when investors lose confidence in the currency. Weiner’s attack on Goldline is as close as he dare go to confronting Beck directly.
Weiner lambasted Goldline for promoting fear of the federal government because Goldline accurately cited the 1933 Executive Order confiscating privately held gold in its advertising.
“The fundamental question is this: Should you be doing this? Should you be exploiting people this way? Should you be implying to people that a confiscation order is in place that hasn’t been in place since my father was born? That’s just wrong,” Weiner pontificated.
Actually, the confiscation order wasn’t lifted until 1974. Weiner was ten years old in 1974.
(But Weiner is a Congressman. He doesn’t need to be accurate to be right. And he is a Democrat, so things needn’t be factual in order to be true. )
Beck has made some pretty amazing statements concerning the government and the economy and the administration. Statements which should have Congressman Weiner investigating whether or not they are true.
But instead, he is investigating Goldline.
The Assault on Glenn Beck continues from all sides, including, as we’ve discussed a number of times, from the Christian community because Glenn Beck is a Mormon. I promised we’d examine what that means in detail and why it should or shouldn’t matter.
Beck gets visibly angry when anyone suggests that Mormons aren’t Christians. So let’s start there. Are Mormons “Christians?” For the purposes of our discussion we’ll need a working definition for “Christian”.
Let’s define a “Christian” as a follower of Jesus Christ who believes his salvation is a gift of grace through faith and not of works. By that definition, Mormons are not Christians. Joseph Smith wrote in the introduction to the Book of Mormon that it was ”the most correct of any book on earth”.
However, the Book of Mormon has been proved wrong so many times that even LDS leaders can’t pretend otherwise. But the entire Mormon religion stands on the divine authority of the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrines and Covenants.
I triple-checked my sources on this because I want to be sure to get it right.
The Mormon God was once an ordinary man who attained godhood by living a perfect and righteous life on his home planet in the Kolob star system. It is mentioned in the Mormon Book of Abraham, but rarely mentioned by Mormons. I can’t imagine why.
Mormons believe that humans existed before they got here as ‘spirit beings’. I once heard Beck reference this doctrine peripherally on his program, saying “you were given an assignment by God before you got here”.
Mormons believe the physical world is a probation period. Those spirit beings chosen to have bodies are on their way to godhood. If they do well, including fulfillment of all Mormon Temple obligations and die in good standing with the LDS, they will be promoted to gods in the next life.
A Mormon can also produce spirit children to populate a world of his own (like God did here) which is the doctrinal justification for Mormon polygamy. The Mormon focus on the family is also rooted in this belief.
Mormons believe Jesus and Lucifer were spirit brothers and equal sons of God.
“God put forth His plan of salvation for the world, and Satan proposed his own plan. Jesus accepted the Father’s plan and offered to implement it as the Savior. The Father chose Jesus, and the spirit of Jesus was given a body through the virgin Mary. He was crucified on a Roman cross, and rose from the dead three days later to establish His deity. The character and life of Jesus is attainable by anyone who performs at such a righteous level.”
Brigham Young taught that Adam was actually God and the father of Jesus Christ.
By those beliefs alone, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints cannot be considered Christian.
I don’t want to ridicule Mormonism, but some of their most foundational beliefs are, well, ridiculous.
Mormons believe that salvation comes by works, and forgiveness through faith, repentance and baptism by an approved Mormon priest. Mormons believe in baptism for the dead in which a person is baptized a Mormon after death by having someone (who is still alive) “stand in” for them during the ceremony.
Mormons believe that two groups of Jews emigrated to what is now the US. (I also heard Beck reference ‘ancient Israelites’ in America in passing on one of his programs.)
The first group, allegedly led by a Hebrew named Lehi, settled around 600 BC. These descendents of Lehi were “white, beautiful and delightsome.” They were followed hundreds of years later by Laman and his band. The Lamanites rebelled against God and were cursed with dark skin.
By the 5th century AD, the Lamanites had finally killed all Lehi’s white descendants. According to the Book of Mormon, Lamanites are therefore the ancestors of the native American Indians. However, blacks were not permitted to join the LDS until recently.
Mormons are forbidden to use tobacco, drugs, or hot drinks like coffee or tea. Mormons believe Jesus visited American and taught the Gospel to the Nephites (descendants of Lehi) before the Lamanites wiped them out.
And on it goes. This is Glenn Beck’s “faith” and he certainly has referenced both his faith in Mormonism and some of its doctrines on his program. So is it relevant? Should Christians avoid Glenn Beck?
It seems highly unlikely that Glenn Beck’s beliefs will infect the Church or that Christians will be led into apostasy by a guy that thinks God used to live on Kolob and that Jesus and Lucifer were spirit brothers.
On the other hand, Beck scares the absolute daylights out of the American Left, especially the Marxists, socialists and Communists that have managed to infiltrate and take over most of the American levers of power.
I don’t know if Beck actually believes Mormon doctrine or if he just likes its alcohol-free family-oriented lifestyle. But I suspect that he does.
Still, whether or not Beck is a Mormon, or even if he believes in Mormon doctrine is still no more relevant to his politics than if Beck were a Catholic, a Jew or a Presbyterian.
What is relevant is that he scares the daylights out of guys like Anthony Weiner.