Is Glenn Beck sending out coded messages to his atheist compadres, or shall we simply ask the Heavenly Father to forgive him, for he knoweth not what he quoteth from? I ask because Glenn Beck, at the start of his show, flashes on the screen this phrase from Thomas Jefferson:
Question with boldness . . .
Now I realize that he also has a segment with this title, and it’s where a guy goes out and tries to corner public liberals, Michael Moore style, with a microphone and camera. But what is the ironic context for Thomas Jefferson’s phrase? Well, it comes from a letter that he wrote to his nephew:
Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
Glenn Beck: secret agent of atheism? I suppose the lesson here is to trust no one. This Nancy Sinatra song seems to fit our potential secret atheist agent of the global-secular humanist-Illuminati-conspiracy rather nicely, don’t you think?:
Jefferson quote source: The Ominous Parallels, by Leonard Peikoff (Penguin-Meridian 1982, p. 106)