Fox News pundit Glenn Beck’s effort to rebrand himself as much spiritual leader as opinionated moralist includes a handful of anti-gay spiritual leaders from Atlanta—Alveda King, Richard Lee and Charles Stanley—on his “anti-gay army of God.”
A report published Tuesday by Media Matters, “Glenn Beck’s anti-gay army of God” places the names of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s niece, First Redeemer Church’s founding pastor Lee, and senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Atlanta Stanley, right alongside a dozen more veteran gay rights foes and “celebrity conservatives” like James Dobson, John Hagee, Chuck Norris, Sarah Palin and James Robison.
On King (top photo), the article revisits some of what we already know. She was among those creating a stir at the National Organization for Marriage’s Aug. 7 anti-gay marriage tour stop in Atlanta. King’s comments included comparing gay marriage to genocide. We brought you the details, photos of the LGBT counter-protest, and video of speeches by King and others.
The Media Matters piece also quotes King at Beck’s Aug. 28 “Restoring Honor” rally, an event that King said her legendary late uncle would choose to attend instead of Al Sharpton’s same-day “Reclaim the Dream” rally.
Despite Beck’s repeated insistence that the event would be non-political, King used her speech to warn that the “procreative foundation of marriage is being threatened,” and listing that as one of the reasons “America is nearly bankrupt.”
Alveda King’s anti-gay history in the profile goes back further, including telling Coretta Scott King in 1994 that her support of gay rights would bring “curses on your house and your people,” and saying in 2008 that a possible repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act would “unleash a storm of sexual immorality.”
Also on the list of Beck’s inner circle, Lee (second photo) of Atlanta’s First Redeemer Church is a newly appointed member of Beck’s Black Robe Regiment. His 1993 support of Sen. Sam Nunn’s position against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” included placing ads and doing interviews in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and New York Times in which he encouraged Nunn “to remain strong in his original statements that homosexuals have no place in the military.”
More recently, Media Matter quotes a Lee essay entitled “Seven Principles of the Judeo-Christian Ethic”:
“When God’s definition of “marriage” and “family” are no longer respected, these institutions become meaningless. World history has proven over and again that preserving the traditional family is vital to the future of any great nation.”
For his part, Stanley (third photo) of First Baptist makes the list after leading the Aug. 27 Glenn Beck Morning Prayer, chosen for his book “Landmines in the Path of the Believer: Avoiding the Hidden Dangers,” Here’s a snippet from the book:
Some proclaim they are living a gay lifestyle, but nothing is happy or gay about the destructive behavior of homosexuality. Anything that opposes the principles written in God’s Word leads to one ending—the end Solomon mentioned, a place of extreme emptiness where wind and sorrow breach the soul. Ultimately it ends in a place of extreme sorrow and separation from God.
Media Matters also acquired a July 2 sermon by Lee about the “rising tide” of socialism in the U.S. that purports evidence of a “war” on Jesus and Christianity, including those who would “throw out” God’s word by allowing same-sex unions.
“The Bible is crystal clear. So you see, if you want to have a society that is rampant with wickedness, you have to get rid of the word of God. So we’ve decided or trying to decide, some people are, that we do not want the Biblical view of marriage.”
The other profiles on “Glenn Beck’s anti-gay army of God” include David Barton, James Dobson, Randy Forbes, Jim Garlow, John Hagee, Terence Henry, Richard Land, Daniel Lapin, Patrick Lee, Miles McPherson, Chuck Norris, Sarah Palin and James Robison.