From Glenn Beck’s Twitter account —
“2morrow my family will b fasting & praying 4 the Country & it’s leaders.Please join us. No better day than Day of Atonement?”
Apparently, Beck dreams of a day when Americans nationwide — be they fundamentalist Christians, Mormons, or tea party “patriots” — will co-opt others religions’ holidays and use them to pursue his hyper-partisan, delusional goals, preferably while masked in a veil of concern for the country and “it’s” leaders.
It should go without saying that days of private atonement are best reserved for private atonement, rather than bizarrely politicized. It should, but I guess it doesn’t. I suppose the latest front in the “War on Christmas” is a conservative counter-insurgency against the Jewish high holidays?
A humble suggestion, then, while we’re co-opting holidays. Although you’ve probably not heard of Pioneer Day, unless you’re from Utah, or a major fan of HBO’s “Big Love,” it’s a regular holiday in Utah, and it celebrates the anniversary of the arrival of the first Mormon pioneers. It carries significant meaning especially for conservative Mormons, like Glenn Beck. Well, 7/24 just seems like a perfect time to celebrate other “pioneers” — doesn’t it? Say, pioneers of the art world, like Robert Mapplethorpe. Mark your calendars — Next 7/24 is America’s first Edgy Gay Art Day!