On his television program last night, Glenn Beck ran the first episode in a three-part series on Russia called "The Red Storm," through which he promises to explain what is "really" going on in Russia, expose what is behind the incursion into Ukraine, and reveal Vladimir Putin's true agenda.
In typical Beck fashion, he traced the origin of Russia's contemporary domestic and foreign policies not just back to Charlemagne, but all the way back to the Apostle Andrew, declaring that Putin's true agenda is to establish Russia as the "third Rome" and the spiritual center for Orthodox Christianity, all in a cynical effort to consolidate his own power.
Interestingly, Beck warned Religious Right activists in America not to buy into Putin's scheme, specifically calling out the World Congress of Families for building a "disturbing partnership" with Christian leaders in Russia who have close ties to Putin.
While WCF "seems to be a good group," Beck warned, they also appear "to have bought Russia's salesmanship that they are the new global champion of Christianity. I warn you, be careful":
Also interestingly, on his radio show yesterday, Beck again spoke out against the increasing persecution of gays in Russia, warning that there is a growing threat of "heterofascism" emerging in the country:
As we previously have noted in our own coverage of these same issues, the people in America who are lining up to heap praise upon Putin as a "lion of Christianity" just so happen to be the same Religious Right activists with whom Beck regularly aligns himself time and again.
If Beck is truly alarmed by the rise of "heterofascism" in Putin's Russia, perhaps he ought to stop associating with the American activists who are so eagerly cheering Putin on.