HRC’s Harry Knox Defends Jim Wallis Against Glenn Beck’s Slander
April 1, 2010
Last week, Fox News host Glenn Beck devoted each of his nightly rants to attacking Jim Wallis, the founder of Sojourners, which describes their mission as articulating the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. Beck labeled "social justice" a code word for "communism" and "Nazism" and told his listeners to leave any church that teaches social justice, and to report its pastor to church authorities. HRC's Director of Religion & Faith, Harry Knox, came to Wallis' defense in an op-ed in the Huffington Post. Knox and Wallis served for the past year on the President's Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and while the pair does not always agree as Knox writes, they "do so on the merits of our positions, and we do so with civility and genuine respect for each other." Writes Knox:
Glenn Beck, radical right wing commentator, has taken a hatchet to the reputation of Jim Wallis. Wallis has spent most of his adult life working on behalf of the poor, the cause Jesus made the center of his own ministry on earth. For decades of preaching and organizing on behalf of those with no access to power, the ones Jesus called "the least of these" (Matthew 25), Jim has appropriately been lauded as one of the chief advocates for systemic change on behalf of those who work for the rest of us, but don't enjoy the privileges that I do. Now instead of celebrating Jim's gift of service to those God loves, Glenn Beck has unleashed a diatribe against him that begins in falsehood and ends in slander.