I wish I could tell you that this is a clever photoshop on my part — but sadly, no. This is the actual emblem of something called Beck University that was officially announced today by the king of all distorted right-wing media, although judging from the initial info its formal accreditation as one of America’s institutions of higher learning may be a few years away (and there’s no truth to the rumor that the Pac-10 immediately asked Beck U. to become a member):
From Beck’s web site:
This July, while others are relaxing poolside, head back to the classroom - from the comfort of your own home. That may sound like an oxymoron but Glenn’s new academic program is only available online.
Offered exclusively to Insider Extreme subscribers, Beck University is a unique academic experience bringing together experts in the fields of religion, American history and economics. Through captivating lectures and interactive online discussions, these experts will explore the concepts of Faith, Hope and Charity and show you how they influence America’s past, her present and most importantly her future.
I guess you could call this “the Harvard of right-wing radio universities,” in the sense that, well, to my knowledge there aren’t any other right-wing radio universities. Unlike Harvard or Yale, where Beck was a half-term (sound familiar?) student in one theology course after his ex-friend Joe Lieberman pulled some strings, Beck U. is strictly a profit deal. Only by paying Glenn Beck Inc. to become an extreme insider ($9.95 a month, or $74.95) can you enroll on Beck’s pseudo-cyber-campus. How else do you think Beck expects to sell that $4.25 million manse and move into bigger digs?
In addition to the myriad other reasons, one thing that guarantees that Beck U. won’t be showing up in the U.S. News and World Report survey anytime soon is that 33 percent of the faculty is a fraud. That would be the Christian-oriented pseudohistorian and Texas schoolbook perverter David Barton, whose sins against knowledge have been chronicled here in the past. Students at Beck U. can also learn economics from a Beck pal, David Buckner, with a mediocre pedigree (he has been an adjunct associate professor not of economics but of psychology and education at Columbia) and also from an actual professor who somehow snuck in there, LSU’s James Stoner.
But frankly, the curriculum is less interesting than…that shield! Remarkable! The Latin phrase at the top — “Tyrannis Sedito Obsequium Deo” — could be loosely translated, with an emphasis on the “loosely,” as “To tyrants, uprising — obedience to God.” Below that is a bust of George Washington (based on this one, as you can see) and a buffalo, which in some culture (including perhaps the “white culture" that Beck has spoken so eloquently of) is a symbol of knowledge.
Of course, when there’s a buffalo, you always have to clean up behind it. And that messy task, my friends. is what the rest of us will have to do after Beck’s bogus Christianist and gold-coin-crazed fictional rewrite of American history becomes ingrained in his legion of followers.