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Chaplain ‘punished’ for preaching peace

Chaplain ‘punished’ for preaching peace

A few weeks back, Randy Beckum, above, chaplain at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas, sparked an ‘outcry’ and a torrent of criticism – particularly on social media – after he preached a sermon about America’s ‘addiction to violence’.

According to this report, shortly after Beckum’s sermon, it was announced that he would no longer be the Vice President of the university’s Community Foundation. Although the university President claimed Beckum had previously expressed interest in stepping down from that position, his daughter disputes this assertion.

Many in the MNU community are wondering if Beckum was “punished” for his pro-peace sermon, and the timing of his dismissal as VP of the Community Foundation seems to validate those concerns.

Said Kristi Rose Jackson, who was elected to be student body president.

Even the people that were frustrated with what (Beckum) had to say in chapel, or wanted to challenge it, were confused and almost offended by the demotion.

Criticism of the sermon ranged from complaints that Beckum had politicised his sermons to the idea that he had insulted Christians who served in the military.

So what did he say that was so offensive? Here’s an except:

As you know two movies came out recently. Selma, the story of one of the 20th century most influential Christian leaders, Rev Martin Luther King Jr, who led a non-violent movement that changed the course of American History forever. And American Sniper, the story of the most deadly Navy SEAL sniper in American history.

Selma has made 29-30 million so far. American Sniper made over 103 million in the first four days. Gives you an idea about who our heroes are. I don’t think it is an under-statement to say that our culture is addicted to violence, guns, war, revenge and retaliation. Unfortunately, so are a lot of Christians.

He went on to say that we have to “be very careful about equating patriotism with Christianity,” and implored his flock to be:

Controlled by love, compelled by love for everyone.

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper

Incidentally American Sniper, based on the late Chris Kyle’s autobiography, reportedly sparked an outpouring of hatred towards Arabs and Muslims on Twitter after its release. Here are some examples:

• Great fucking movie and now I really want to kill some fucking ragheads.

• American sniper makes me wanna go shoot some fuckin Arabs.

• Nice to see a movie where the Arabs are portrayed for who they really are – vermin scum intent on destroying us.

• American Sniper made me appreciate soildiers [sic] 100x more and hate Muslims 1000000x more.

Push-back came from some who liked the movie, but were appalled by the racist responses.

Writer C J Werleman summed up the opinion of many:

American Sniper is a big hit for Americans who fantasize about shooting Arabs but are afraid to go where Arabs shoot back.

12 responses to “Chaplain ‘punished’ for preaching peace”

  1. Broga says:

    “American Sniper is a big hit for Americans who fantasize about shooting Arabs but are afraid to go where Arabs shoot back.”

    Great comment. It is so easy to be a Christian killer, obese and static, watching TV and fantasising about killing. However, the killing and the risks are always going to be taken by someone else.

  2. CharlyO says:

    It may not be that we are so bloody minded, but perhaps, instead, led by the nose by propagandists of all sorts. (you know, like we were before)

  3. Trevor Blake says:

    “I don’t think it is an under-statement to say that our culture is addicted to violence, guns, war, revenge and retaliation. Unfortunately, so are a lot of Christians.”

    And where does that addiction come from? What has fed that addiction for two thousand years? it’s a mystery. Nah, it’s obvious…

    http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/cruelty/long.html

  4. dennis says:

    two words crusades and jihad.

    Colin Powell chief of staff (sorry forgot his name) was on MSNBC couple days ago about the poll that says Americans are for a war with IS. the chief of staff says let the ones who answered the poll for war be the first in line for a new draft. I agree with that simple solution for Mr Cheney, get in line punk.

  5. Robster says:

    The good news is, that most god botherers really don’t like education. As the stats show, lots of them can’t read or spell so therefore or thus aren’t able to read the instructions that come with their favourite weapons, leaving them confused, like they are about their dogma and completely useless in terms of perpetrating violent actions. Some can read so don’t be completely at ease. The dangerous ones are the ones that take it all very seriously, the ones that won’t wear mixed fabrics, eat shellfish and are quite happy moderating a discussion between a snake and a donkey. Another thing to consider is that violent actions usually require what’s called “thought”, this is another area that believers have failed to grasp.

  6. L.Long says:

    Strange how there are close to 80% are in love with guns, violence, football and about 85% are xtians…..but correlation is not cause, or is it????
    What with xtians essentially a torture/death cult made up of hate filled, bigots.
    You will know that violence has decreased drastically in the USA when they have a football game and no one shows up.

  7. Marky Mark says:

    “You will know that violence has decreased drastically in the USA when they have a football game and no one shows up.”

    I like football and use to play it…it is a good competitive sport and not nearly as violent as the religious KKK with lynching people, or the Christians who bomb abortion clinics.

  8. Newspaniard says:

    American Sniper now on my DVD wants list. Thanks for the recommendation. I know, I’m SO shallow.

  9. Cali Ron says:

    Spoiler alert. He kills about 150 people, brags and writes a book about it (with considerable embellishment), has PTSD and is killed by a crazy veteran. OK, that’s the real story, not quite the movie. He says what all US vets from the middle east say, “they are fighting for their brothers, their fellow fighters, the American next to them.” Never hear any of them say they are fighting for the Iraqi’s, or Afghan’s, or freedom, or any of the reasons the US is actually supposed to be there. Fact is, they can’t tell which side the locals are on, tending to hate and despise them all. Given those facts it’s not so surprising it turned out so bad. Yes, America’s war hawks,sacrificing thousands of life’s, created the huge pile of stinking shit that opened the door for ISIS to jump into. And now they want in on that war, too. America-spreading democracy across the middle east one caliphate at a time.

    Opps-I think I just went off on an anti middle east wars rant.

  10. Marky Mark says:

    “they are fighting for their brothers, their fellow fighters, the American next to them.”

    This is true, that’s who they fight for…as for the big picture, they are not fighting for the Iraqi’s, or Afghan’s, or freedom, or any of the reasons the US is actually supposed to be there…they are fighting for Halliburton and other corporate war profiteers.

  11. Cali Ron says:

    @MarkyMark:
    Exactly!

  12. Vanity Unfair says:

    It’s an old story. Minister reminds his congregation that what they want isn’t necessarily aligned to the precepts of their religion and then gets into trouble because the precepts are not fashionable at the time either with the congregation or the hierarchy or the government: or in extreme cases, all three.
    I don’t know a lot about this specific case but it reminds me of Bishop George Bell. He was Bishop of Cirencester/Dean of Canterbury before, during and after WW2 and
    An ecumenist when prejudice was widespread,
    Anti-Nazi when the UK government was appeasing,
    Spoke against concentration camps when they were hardly known,
    Urged the government to distinguish between Germans and Nazis in their war aims,
    Warned against area bombing as uncivilised and probably criminal,
    After WW2 campaigned against atomic weapons.
    I suspect that being a Bishop was what kept him out of prison. He was certainly not Churchill’s favourite prelate.
    So, keep up the good work, Mr. Beckum. And if anybody wants to list Bell’s failings, please do. I’m sure he wouldn’t have minded.