Toronto Star | 30Aug2010 | Orest Slepokura

Orwell’s version more apt

Re: Glenn Beck’s Washington rally big on God, short on colour, Aug. 28, 2010

The fabulously wealthy, ambitious, and unabashed broadcaster Glenn Beck’s lifting the “faith, hope, and charity” phrase from the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Corinthians in order to rally populist conservatives recalls George Orwell’s cynical rephrasing of the scriptural verse in which it appears.

Orwell’s version ends: “And now abideth faith, hope, money, these three; but the greatest of these is money.”

Considering how, according to rally organizers, Beck’s oration included an appeal for $10 donations that netted a total of $5.5 million, the Orwell version might have been more apt.

Orest Slepokura, Strathmore, Alta.