Way too much chalk dust

So here's an interesting observation I recently heard, about our current exemplary student of theology, Glenn Beck:

"Well, Beck's probably not really a Mormon, you know, not deep down where it counts. I heard he became a Mormon because his wife's a Mormon, and he had to be one in order to get married."

Aha. Since a good many Christians, especially Christian Fundamentalists or the Christian Right, don't see Mormons as "real" Christians, they get around the Inconvenient Truth of Beck's Mormonism by rationalizing that he really isn't a "real" Mormon.

A convertee of convenience.

How about "John Doe is really an atheist, but his wife is a real bible-thumper, so he had to claim to be a Christian fundamentalist so they could get married."

How's that sit with the Christian Right? If it makes Beck acceptable to them, then John Doe must also be acceptable.

In other words, one's belief and faith can be a matter of personal convenience, especially when mixed in with one's political leanings.

Or how about this one, for our staunch Christian fundamentalists:

Barack H. Obama, the secret Muslim Manchurian candidate, having usurped the Constitution completely, issues an executive order: "Everyone will convert to Islam, or die."

So ... all of our Christian fundies convert to Islam, but not really, wink wink nudge nudge.

Another one:

"Beck really did a good presentation on the nature of Salvation. You could have heard the same thing in any (pick a denomination) Christian church."

The implication there is that Beck did a great job in spite of not being a "real Christian" and not even a "real" Mormon.

OTOH, any televangelist can give a really good presentation on the nature of Salvation. And, talk you out of a sizeable chunk of change while doing it. Like a used car salesman.

Rationalization of Beck's rantings is a symptom of sniffing way too much chalk dust.