I'm sure others have seen this before but I hadn't made the connection until my pal Gloria mentioned it this week-end
Dr Gene Scott:
Perhaps you might better recognize him here
The difference between Beck and Scott is that Scott merely confused his followers and bilked them out of their money with ridiculous gibberish for his own enrichment. Beck is doing the same thing, but a whole lot of people are taking him seriously as a secular, political force. He's not just affecting the people who choose to follow him. He's affecting the rest of us as well.