This is the excuse given for allowing Beck to preach a sermon (for that really is what it was): “College is about learning. How can you defend what you believe if you don’t understand what others believe?” The problem here is that the students DIDN’T understand what Beck believes because he sounded just like a Christian! Let’s look at some of Beck’s teachings in this sermon:
3. “Later in his message, the Mormon talk show host told the students that ‘no one in the Grand Councils’ sent them to earth just to make a living. Beck was referring to the Mormon belief that human souls pre-existed in heaven, and that a gathering of heavenly beings known as the Grand Councils, send certain individuals to earth to accomplish a special purpose. ‘You didn’t come down for a job. You came to this university maybe thinking, “I have to have an education to get a job.” You need this education from Liberty University because of your only true job, the purpose you were sent here for.’”Beck is actually teaching them nothing less than the Mormon doctrine of eternal progression! Why was there no rebuttal given?!?!
Beck later made a typical Mormon whine about those who disagreed with his speaking there: “This is why your churches are dwindling. You think you’re standing for something, when indeed, you’re standing for hate and bigotry. I think Jesus was hanging out with prostitutes and sinners, wasn’t He?”
If Beck had been there simply as a conservative commentator, and made no references to religion, then there would have been no problem. Read James Duncan’s statement in the last couple paragraphs - he sums up the problem quite nicely.
Mormonism Research Ministry’s blog has a two part article explaining the problems with the incident. Part 1 and part 2.