Social gospeler Jim Wallis writes another open letter to Glenn Beck, inviting him to have a dialogue about social justice, a term Beck equates with socialism. Earlier in the year, Beck held up a swastika and the hammer and sickle of the Communist party and asked his viewers what the two ideologies had in common. His answer: social justice.
Beck calls social justice a perversion of the gospel; Wallis calls it the essence of the gospel. The rest of us search in vain for the term in the Bible, so we're left making our own assumptions about what the word is meant to invoke and evoke in the context of Christian belief. It seems conflating social justice with totalitarianism is an appeal to ignorance meant to evoke powerful emotions innocent of the way Wallis, the Catholics, or other religious groups use the term "social justice" in practice.