Brilliant response to Glen Beck

/ 20 July 2010

I haven’t paid much attention to the Glen Beck kerfluffle, but I think Union Seminary’s response is brilliant! Among other things, they’re sending him a ton of bibles with social justice passages marked:

Serene Jones here. I'm President of Union Theological Seminary in New York, home of James Cone, the scholar featured on your liberation theology program this week.

I write with exciting news. Bibles are en route to you, even as we speak! Kindly let me explain. On your show, you said that social justice is not in the Bible, anywhere. Oh my, Mr. Beck. At first we were so confused. We couldn't figure out how you could possibly miss this important theme. And then it hit us: maybe you don't have a Bible to read. Let me assure you, this is nothing to be ashamed of. Many people live Bible-less lives. But we want to help out. And so, as I write this, our students are collecting Bibles from across the nation, packing them in boxes, and sending them to your offices. Grandmothers, uncles, children, co-workers -- indeed, Bible-readers from all walks of life have eagerly contributed. They should be arriving early next week, hopefully just in time for your next show. Read them with zeal!</blockquote>

Not only is Union turning this unasked-for publicity to their benefit, but they're doing so with a sense of humor and the gift of open evangelism -- not bad for a progressive theological school!