First, Rabbi Daniel Lapin who, despite Beck’s decision to hold his -palooza on a Saturday so as not to disturb anyone’s Sabbath, showed up on his own Sabbath, perhaps to lend an ecumenical air. Joan Walsh:
As I wrote earlier this week, Beck expressly said he wouldn’t hold his rally on a Sunday, so as not to force people to work on the Sabbath – and since the Jewish Sabbath is Saturday, I observed that maybe Beck wasn’t looking for Jewish involvement. But there he was, introducing a rabbi! God bless him. Then the rabbi stood silent, while Beck’s first religious speaker, praised Jesus Christ our savior.
Who was the silent rabbi? Not surprisingly, it was right winger Daniel Lapin, friend of convicted Republican felon/lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and Tom DeLay, too
That’s the America Beck and Palin want folks to take back, the America whose honor needs restoring by a DeLay/Abramoff buddy and pal. Rabbi Daniel is also a pal of Ralph Reed and someone named Amy.
E-mails show that Abramoff also moved client money through a conservative Jewish foundation called Toward Tradition, run by longtime Abramoff friend Rabbi Daniel Lapin. In January 2000, when [Ralph] Reed sent Abramoff an $867,000 invoice to be billed to a Choctaw official, Abramoff responded: “Ok, thanks. Please get me the groups we are using, since I want to give this to her all at once.” Reed responded: “Amy, Grover, Lapin and one other I will get you.”
Amy Ridenour, since you asked. Someone about whom Jane Hamsher asked almost three years ago during the SCHIP wars, “Shouldn’t you be in jail for… SOMETHING?”
And who else was onstage with Beck? What other man of the cloth did he put up there to help him restore America’s honor?
Why, it’s John Hagee! The right-wing demagogue whose endorsement even John McCain was forced to repudiate during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Joan Walsh reminds us who John Hagee is:
Later in the rally, Beck featured Rev. John Hagee, the bigoted right-wing minister who called Hurricane Katrina ” the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans” because the city hosted a gay pride parade. What a way to commemorate the fifth anniversary of that tragedy. Hagee also called Catholicism “the great whore” and said all Muslims “have a scriptural mandate to kill Christians and Jews.” Poor John McCain welcomed Hagee’s endorsement in 2008, only to have to reject it as more of his hateful proselytizing came to light. I certainly hope the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue, who bashed Hagee in 2008 and called on McCain to reject his backing, will denounce Beck and Palin as well now.
I hope Joan isn’t holding her breath for Donohue’s denunciation of Beck and Palin.
While the rest of America pauses at the end of yet another August to turn our eyes and hearts to the tragedy that was Katrina five years ago, Glenn Beck invites onstage with him and with Sarah Palin, to “restore America’s honor,” a rabbi who is best friends with Jack Abramoff and a preacher who is best friends with Joe Lieberman.
Restoring America’s honor, indeed. Call when you get honest work, Glenn.