Since I’m on an alternative spring break…I’d like to take this moment to offer up a little “teaching moment” as we Campus Ministry types like to say.

Fox News’ Glenn Beck had this to say about social justice and the poor this week and for the record, Mr. Beck, you sir, are a complete moron.

On his daily radio and television shows last week, Fox News personality Glenn Beck set out to convince his audience that “social justice,” the term many Christian churches use to describe their efforts to address poverty and human rights, is a “code word” for communism and Nazism. Beck urged Christians to discuss the term with their priests and to leave their churches if leaders would not reconsider their emphasis on social justice.

“I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read all of the passages of the Bible as you want to read them and as your church wants to preach them . . . are going to come under the ropes in the next year. If it lasts that long it will be the next year. I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!”

Well, I have only three things to say to you Mr. Beck,

#1) I think this page got ripped out of your idiot version of the bible:

He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

I guess that makes you a goat, Mr. Beck.

#2) Since John Paul II called for all Catholics to have a “Preferential Option for the Poor” and since he defeated communism, I guess we’re to believe that defeating the communists was just a lucky shot.

and lastly #3) I have been working with the young people serving the poor all week long and if you are so blind as to not get the fact that young people all over this often not-so great country of ours are seeing Jesus in the eyes of the poor than I think you’re either the meanest person that God could ever have created or you’re just trying to get a rise out of people who hold a high value to social justice and if the latter, than I congratulate you.

I’m off to clothe the naked and feed the poor now, if you don’t mind. Wanna join me?