Glenn Beck is a confused man. For
example, he seems to think the Deist and American Revolutionary hero
Thomas Paine was a conservative. This in spite of the fact that in
Justice he not only calls for an estate tax to pay for a
universal program that would pay the elderly and disabled, but would
also give money to young people just starting out in life.
As a Deist Thomas Paine was hated by the conservatives of his day. His essays and correspondence make it very clear he completely rejected the Bible, Torah, Koran, Judaism, Christianity and Islam as well as Freemasonry. If Beck and the religious right and neoconservative movements can't grasp this fact from Thomas Paine's essays and correspondence, they need to read Paine's monumental work, The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition. Paine powerfully and unambiguously makes certain the reader sees the absurdity of Christianity and the other "revealed" religions while pointing them to the natural religious philosophy of Deism.
Recently Glenn Beck, while talking about the unrest in the Middle East, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, etc. made it clear he thinks people should start following the 10 Commandments. It appears Beck is as ignorant about the 10 Commandments as he is about Thomas Paine.
The Jewish American comic Lewis Black humorously makes this important and overlooked point in his DVD Red, White & Screwed. Lewis says it makes him very angry (can you believe that!), when he sees a Christian preacher on the television explaining the Old Testament. Lewis emphatically and correctly states the Old Testament is a Jewish "holy" book, not a Christian "holy" book. He further observes that you never see a Jewish rabbi on television explaining the New Testament.
Since the Torah and Old Testament, as well as the New Testament and the Koran, are so lacking in morality that they don't even speak out against slavery, they should not be used to teach morals to anyone. The 10 Commandments are a great example of this moral vacuum. Its only teaching on slavery is not to covet your neighbor's slaves/manservants/maidservants. If the 10 Commandments were of good moral value they would instruct the Hebrews not to have any slaves because slavery is morally wrong. But instead they only instruct the Hebrews not to covet their neighbor's slaves. And it lumps women/wives into property men own along with slaves, livestock, etc.
How Beck can try to compare himself with Thomas Paine and how he and most Christians can try to lay claim to the 10 Commandments is beyond reason. Too bad people like Beck and the religious right who claim to have God on their side reject God's gift of reason.