Glenn Beck, Paige Patterson to Address Class of 2010



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Glenn Beck, Dr. Paige Patterson to address Class of 2010 (at Liberty University)


Well-known radio host Glenn Beck will address Liberty University’s Class of 2010 at Commencement on Saturday, May 15, Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. announced today at Convocation. Joining Beck as a speaker will be Dr. Paige Patterson, the current president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Patterson will also be the keynote speaker at Baccalaureate Service on May 14.

“Liberty University is blessed to have two national conservative leaders speak at our 2010 Commencement ceremony,” Falwell said. “Dr. Patterson is one of the patriarchs of Christian higher education, and Beck is one of the few courageous voices in the national media standing up for the principles upon which this nation was founded. Both speakers continue Liberty’s long tradition of Commencement speakers who are making a positive impact on society in all walks of life.

Read the rest here and here; a triumph of religious pluralism, I guess.

11 comments:

Randall at: April 26, 2010 at 7:14 AM said...

Amazing... Paul, you would have loved Beck's wonderful discussion of the lessons from the civil rights movement this weekend. The segment also included a discussion with Ted Nugent.

I love who passes for an expert in this world: Ted Nugent on the second amendment and original intent, Chuck Norris on Texas politics and karate, Glenn Beck on American history and tax laws, Anne Coulter on non-Christian religions . . .

Seth Dowland at: April 26, 2010 at 10:01 AM said...

This is mind-blowing, isn't it? A Mormon as commencement speaker at Liberty? A triumph of religious pluralism indeed...

Randall, please tell me your book on evangelical experts includes a chapter on Ted Nugent and Chuck Norris.

Christopher at: April 26, 2010 at 10:03 AM said...

Damn Paul, you beat me to it. I was going to put up something today. This speaks to an issue we've discussed here (and over at JI) in the past--the oddity that generally antagonistic-to-mormonism evangelicals are essentially giving Beck a free pass. It still doesn't make much sense to me.

There has been some opposition to this move, though. One editorialist argued that Beck "should not be allowed to speak at a university that demands its students to believe that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation."

http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/1307013715.html

There has been some frustration expressed around the Mormon blogosphere as well that "Brother Beck" should refuse the invitation on principle given that evangelicals have not always been very friendly to Mormons. This, of course, misses the fact that Falwell, Sr. reached out to Mormons in an effort to include them in his Moral Majority.

Other Mormons, meanwhile, see this as a positive move toward evangelicals accepting Mormons are their Christian compatriots. One blogger rejoiced that this "shows that, because of Mitt Romney's Presidential campaign and the California Proposition 8 campaign, Evangelicals are slowly warming up to us."

http://mormonism-unveiled.blogspot.com/2010/04/lds-pundit-glenn-beck-accepts-jerry.html

It's finally worth noting that Beck's Mormon buddy and notorious flip-flopper and all-around sell-out Mitt Romney spoke at Pat Robertson's Regent U. commencement in 2007.

Paul Harvey at: April 26, 2010 at 10:14 AM said...

Chris: Please post away on this -- I didn't mean to pre-empt you at all! You have a lot more insight into this than I do.

Also, RAndall, to your list of experts, I would add Paige Patterson on women's rights and gender equality.

Christopher at: April 26, 2010 at 10:27 AM said...

Oh, no worries, Paul. I don't know that I have much to add beyond what I've said. Perhaps I'll put something up after Beck's speech.

Paul Harvey at: April 26, 2010 at 11:24 AM said...

Chris: Dirk Nowitzki doesn't look like he's going to be very busy much longer, perhaps they could invite him too and make it a threesome. He'd lend an international touch to the proceedings.

Randall at: April 26, 2010 at 12:01 PM said...

Would be fun to add Nugent and Norris. A dynamic action duo if there ever was one.

Christopher at: April 26, 2010 at 12:23 PM said...

Ouch, Paul. That hurts.

Of course, they could invite Carmello Anthony or Kenyon Martin, who shouldn't be busy too much longer, either. While that doesn't fulfill the internationalist desire, it would allow you to tag this post under the "assholes" label. :)

Paul Harvey at: April 26, 2010 at 12:46 PM said...

Chris: Ha ha. Since I worship only the King, I am a Cavs fan.

Carmelo has a good Catholic name, that would further pluralize the proceedings. As for K-Mart, the less said the better.

Brad Hart at: April 26, 2010 at 5:18 PM said...

I'm hoping that Beck will mention America's growing "oligarhy" in his speech, along with some of his other pearls of wisdom...like how Alexander Hamilton was a fascist, communist progressive and slavery not being as bad as many made it out to be. Oh, and let's not forget the "social justice" in churches nonsense!

Anonymous at: October 9, 2010 at 2:11 PM said...

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Thanks, Peter Mac Murray

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