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10/10/09

Religion Dispatches: Glenn Beck Cries To Show His "Mormon Masculinity"

Religion Dispatches, via anti-Mormon Little Green Footballs, sounds the alarm that Mormonism "may shape the future of American conservatism":

Beck’s oft-ridiculed penchant for punctuating his tirades with tears is the hallmark of a distinctly Mormon mode of masculinity. As sociologist David Knowlton has written, “Mormonism praises the man who is able to shed tears as a manifestation of spirituality.” Crying and choking up are understood by Mormons as manifestations of the Holy Spirit. For men at every rank of Mormon culture and visibility, appropriately-timed displays of tender emotion are displays of power...

Glenn Beck marks an unprecedented national mainstreaming of a peculiar strand of religious political conservatism rooted in, and once isolated to, the Mormon culture regions of the American West.

This is part of a very troublesome trend among liberals, using false anti-Mormon rhetoric against anyone they oppose that happens to be Mormon.

Of course Joanna Brooks at the end of this article makes sure to bring it back to Proposition 8.

2 comments:

cura te ipsum said...

There was so much false information in that article I didn't even waste my time addressing it. Brooks simply stereotyped an entire religion in one post and I doubt she's even attended one LDS meeting or read a word of the Book of Mormon. If I were her, I would hesitate before spreading mindless propaganda and actually do some first-person research into what she's talking about. I feel sorry for people who read that article and took Brooks at her word, being left with no idea what Mormonism is actually about because they've only based their opinions on hearsay rather than actual investigation.

beetlebabee said...

I agree. I've heard a lot of blather against Glenn Beck for everything but his ideas...however the Mormon religion target still seems to be the favorite. I think he deals well with it. The hypocrisy though is stark. Were he Buddist, Jewish, Muslim, you name it, it would be off limits. I don't mind the targeting, but it is interesting to note the double standard.