Zondervan, Glenn Beck, Wicked Video Games, and A Boycott

If Joel’s right and HarperCollins (which owns Zondervan) is owned by NewsCorp (which own Fox which owns Glenn Beck) it means every time you buy something from Zondervan you’re helping – in a way – to pay Glenn Beck’s salary.

That’s bad.  Very bad.  It’s like asking the Mormon Church to buy advertising on  the Logo Channel.  It’s distasteful.

By the way, isn’t Zondervan the publisher that put out that vidoe game based on LaHaye’s Dreck where Christians were running around executing folk?  I seem to remember something about that.  Now that I hear the same company that own Fox owns Zondervan I’m no longer surprise.

In light of Beck’s insanity and Zondervan’s apparent willingness to sell games that are not only totally inappropriate, but totally Unchristian, I think I’ll take Joel up on his boycott of Zondervan.  So, Joel, I’ll say yes.

11 thoughts on “Zondervan, Glenn Beck, Wicked Video Games, and A Boycott

  1. Joel 12 Mar 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you, kind sir.


  2. Mark Stevens 12 Mar 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Please! For all the conspiracy theories out there Zondervan do a lot of good as well. If I had to boycott Newscorp I couldn’t read a paper in this country of mine or watch cable! If you follow this line of thinking then you had better boycott Nestle who refuse to use cocoa that is guaranteed to be free of child labor and fair trade…. i could go on…(including Starbucks), It isn’t a perfect system, but it’s what we’ve got!

    Boycott The nut job and be done with it.


    • Jim 12 Mar 2010 at 5:50 pm

      gosh there are so many nut jobs. which one do you mean?


  3. Anton 12 Mar 2010 at 8:00 pm

    “Let’s not get too radical as it’s inconvenient”. How predictable. Knowledge is power and the more people know where their money is going, the more we can speak to these hypocritical corporations. The religious wrong (aka right-wing Christianist ideologs) use this method, so why not reasonable people. Thank you, Jim.


  4. Joel 12 Mar 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Mark, while I appreciate your willingness to expand the boycott, I am not sure that you have the facts or the motivations straight.

    First, NewsCorp does not own every means of media communication in this country. If it did, then beginning the boycott now, while it may be futile, it more than necessary.

    ‘It isn’t a perfect system’, to me, seems to be the battlecry of the spinless – no offense. Was that Washington’s? Luther’s? Paul’s?

    No. The fact remains that a large Christian publishing house, Zondervan, in some real way supports Beck. This is not a conspiracy theory as it is proven, without a shadow of the doubt.


  5. Mark Stevens 12 Mar 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Joel, I am in Australia and although they don’t own all means of media they do own most (Except free to air TV)


  6. Joel 12 Mar 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I understand that, Mark, but you can still boycott them. I mean, get your news and entertainment from Jim’s blog.


    • Jim 12 Mar 2010 at 9:17 pm

      so true. and i’m at least as fair and balanced as fox. probably more. well more balanced anyway. and more fair too.


  7. Joel 12 Mar 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Jim, what isn’t balanced when compared to Fox?

    But, I agree with you completely.


  8. Mark Stevens 12 Mar 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Joel, don’t ever call me spineless again. That was unfair. Just because I choose not to boycott Newscorp doesn’t make me spineless. I boycott things that REALLY matter like companies who refuse to guarantee the minimum wages of the farmers who grow their cocoa for coffee production and chocolate bars. Stuff that actually makes a difference to the lives of the poor and oppressed. But hey, that is my choice, my freedom in action.


  9. Joel 12 Mar 2010 at 9:59 pm

    When you state that not fighting Beck where we can is because ‘It isn’t a perfect system, but it’s what we’ve got’ well, I can only assume.

    You boycott the results of people like Beck and companies likes NewCorp not being challenged at the start because you might have to boycott newspapers and cable.

    Just saying…


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