For Immediate Release
Jess Levin (202) 772-8162
Beck Denigrates Yom Kippur
WASHINGTON - Today, in response to
conservative host Glenn Beck encouraging his listeners to make Yom Kippur
"a day of Fast and Prayer for the Republic," Media Matters for America issued the
Kippur is a day of atonement, prayer and fasting," Ari
Rabin-Havt of Media Matters said.
"Glenn Beck's attempt to
politicize this holiest of days with his far right agenda is not only
disgusting, but shows a profound disrespect for the Jewish people."
As Media Matters noted,
Beck posted the following on his Twitter page:
On September 21 on his radio show, Beck elaborated:
BECK: By the way, I just thought I would put this out
there, and what you do with it is your own business. But, this weekend, I put
out a tweet on Twitter that September 28th is the Day of Atonement for the
Jewish faith, and I thought it would be a good day for all of us to fast and
pray, you know. And I got this idea from Thomas Jefferson. After they put
together the Continental Congress, the first thing they did was put together a day
-- a national day of fast and prayer, and I thought the Day of Atonement would
be a good day to do it.
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