Glenn Beck has written an op-ed piece for the Washington Post titled 'We Are All Catholics Now'. When the contraceptive mandate was signed by President Obama, Beck was outraged at what he felt was an all out attack on the religious freedom of Catholics. He started a movement to encourage people of all faiths to contact their Senators and Representatives and state the following:
1. Tell them that you want to tell the Senator to vote for the Blunt Conscience Protection Amendment.
2. Ask them if they know how the Senator will vote on that amendment
3. Tell them you want to be contacted back about how he voted. Be sure to ask for accountability Â— they hate it, but it makes them call you back.
4. When you call, be sure to tell them "We are all Catholics now". This key phrase will let them know you are part of a larger, organized movement working in support of religious freedom.
Beck just returned from a short trip to the Vatican to discuss religious freedom with high-ranking Catholic leaders. How did Beck get this visit set up? Through FreedomWorksUSA (a Tea Party group) and Mercury One (Beck's non-profit). A lot of people became former fans of Beck's because they didn't care for his alliance with FreedomWorks, saying they hijacked the Tea Party movement. Beck also met with people who want so Tea Parties in their own countries. Contrary to popular belief, Beck didn't start the Tea Party movement, but a similar group called the 9/12 Project.
Last year, Beck demonstrated intense concern with Israel and their people so it's no surprise he is trying to help the Catholic people. His detractors try to paint him as a man who wants religion jammed down the throat of people, but, that's not the case. Beck is a libertarian in many ways like pro-gay marriage and against the 'War on Drugs'; his problem is that the progressives have made being religious, particularly Christian, into some kind of an abomination.
The op-ed begins, "I am a proud member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but today, I call myself a Catholic. Why? Because the state is telling the Catholic Church to violate its principles and teachings. So if you are a person of faith, you must call yourself a Catholic." Naturally, there are comments, many rude or condescending. Many are totally off-base and have nothing to do with the message. Regardless, it's a message of faith people need to hear.