Saturday, April 3, 2010

Is Glenn Beck Perfectly Possessed?

Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. We may ask what is relevant but anything beyond that is dangerous. He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don't listen to him. Remember that - do not listen.
--Father Merrin, The Exorcist

I don't know if Glenn Beck is more dangerous to himself or to those Troglodytes who would actually appear on his TV show and seek counsel before a national audience.

We have talked about him extensively. His theatrics are the stuff of legend. The power he has over the know-nothings is legendary. It is a given that folks who have followed this site know that I am not religious (in fact, I am quite transparent in sharing that I do not understand what psychologists have labeled "the religious mind"). Nevertheless, I believe that the universe we inhabit is both mysterious and full of the unknown. Thus, I am open to explanations for events that some would reject out of hand.

Why? because any technology sufficiently advanced will be mistaken for magic. Let that marinate for a second.

I am a ghetto nerd, a walking compendium of esoteric knowledge. In studying Beck and referencing my personal library of forbidden knowledge (trust Behold a Pale Horse and The International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Fraternal Orders remain go to volumes in these trying times), I have to ask myself if he is perfectly possessed? Has Beck sold his soul to some entity in order to gain power over the Palin Crowd, Right wing Populist set? Given his troubled origins, does he not fit the profile of a weak soul that would be vulnerable to temptation?

Am I kidding? Am I serious? And does it matter?

Random factoid and confession: I had the good fortune of meeting the Jesuit priest who was mentored in Seminary by the elder official that was involved in the real event which The Exorcist is based upon. The two of them became close friends and shared many confidences. After developing a friendship with "Father Merrin's" student, I asked him about the movie and how accurate it was. He explained it was total hogwash and referred me to some books about the real case. I asked him about demonic possession and if the child in the actual case was inhabited by a demonic force. He smiled and gave me an answer that helped to solidify my respect for the Jesuits as men of God and philosophy.

"There was an other Earthly presence involved, but that does not mean it was a demon," he told me. "The multiverse is complicated and maybe it was something from another dimension, but that does not mean that it was what we would understand to be an evil spirit." Talk about a chill coming over the room.

Listen to the late great Father Malachi Martin, former exorcist for the Vatican, discussing demonic possession, and ask yourself: Does Glenn Beck not fit the profile of a person perfectly possessed? Should we fear him? Or should we pity him?

1 comment:

Unknown said...

i tried.. i really tried to watch the first clip... i lasted 2:32.. he is just so repulsive...