Glenn Beck apologized for comparing Reform Judaism to “radicalized Islam,” saying on his radio show that he had made “one of the worst analogies of all time.”
Beck made the analogy on his Tuesday show. Reform rabbis, he said, “are generally political in nature. It’s almost like Islam, radicalized Islam in a way.” His comparison was “not about terror,” he stressed, but “about politics, and so it becomes more about politics than it does about faith.”
This brought swift condemnation from several different Jewish groups, most notably the Anti-Defamation League, which called the comments “bigoted.”
On Thursday, Beck delivered a lengthy mea culpa. “I was wrong on this,” he said. “I also apologize for it…I’ve always told you to do your own homework and in this case I didn’t do enough homework.
He said that his comments had been “ignorant,” and that, as soon as he made them, he knew that he had been wrong.
“It was a nightmare,” he said.