August 28th, 2010
08:50 PM ET

At rally, Beck positions himself as new leader for Christian conservatives

Among those surprised by all of conservative TV host Glenn Beck's recent religious talk - including at Saturday's Washington rally, where Beck said that "America today begins to turn back to God," - is the Rev. Richard Land, a Southern Baptist leader.

"I've been stunned," said Land, who directs public policy for the Southern Baptist Convention and who attended the Saturday rally at Beck's invitation.

"This guy's on secular radio and television," Land said Saturday, "but his shows sound like you're listening to the Trinity Broadcasting Network, only it's more orthodox and there's no appeal for money ... and today he sounded like Billy Graham."

Beck's speeches around his "Restoring Honor" rally have brimmed with religious language: "God dropped a giant sandbag on his head" to push him to organize the rally, he said Friday.

On Friday night, Beck held a religion-focused event at the Kennedy Center that was billed as Glenn Beck's Divine Destiny.

Beck's speech Saturday also evoked the feel of a religious revival.

"Look forward. Look West. Look to the heavens. Look to God and make your choice," he said.

Beck has also begun organizing top conservative religious leaders - mostly evangelicals - into a fledgling group called the Black Robed Regiment.

The organization, whose charter members convened in Washington this weekend, takes its name from American clergy sympathetic to the Revolution during the 1700s.

Beck's emerging role as a national leader for Christian conservatives is surprising not only because he has until recently stressed a libertarian ideology that is sometimes at odds with so-called family values conservatism, but also because Beck is a Mormon.

Many of the evangelicals who Beck is speaking to and organizing, including Land, don't believe he is a Christian. Mormons, who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, call themselves Christian.

"There's a long history of tensions between Mormons and evangelicals and some of that is flat-out theology," says John C. Green, an expert on religion and politics at the University of Akron. "Mormons have additional sacred texts (to the Bible) and a different conception of God."

"It's also competitive," Green said, "because evangelicals and Mormons are both proselytizing in the U.S. and around the world."

Some evangelicals criticized Christians for partnering with Beck this weekend because of his Mormon faith, provoking a number of evangelical political activists to pen defenses of their decision to join Beck.

But Evangelicals and Mormons have also stepped up cooperation around conservative political causes in recent years. In 2007 and 2008, presidential candidate Mitt Romney reached out strenuously to evangelical leaders, winning endorsements from the likes of Bob Jones III, a Christian fundamentalist.

Evangelicals and Mormons led the successful push to pass California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, in 2008. Activists from both traditions say they can set aside theological differences in the name of moral issues.

"The evangelicals participating in the Restore Honor event are not endorsing Glenn Beck's theology, nor is he asking them to," said Ralph Reed, former executive director of the Christian Coalition, who attended Saturday's rally.

"Together, we and millions of our fellow citizens are calling America back to its Judeo-Christian values of faith, hard work, individual initiative, the centrality of marriage and family, hope, charity, and relying on God and civic and faith-based organizations rather than government," said Reed, who leads the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

But Beck has sometimes upset religious conservatives. For instance, he said recently that opposing gay marriage is not a top issue for him.

Since launching his 9/12 Project last year, which is meant to "bring us all back to the place we were on September 12, 2001," Beck has gone in a more religious direction.

The second of the project's nine principles is "I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life."

The Southern Baptist Convention's Land, who hadn't talked to Beck before a few weeks ago, has started getting questions from the TV and radio personality about theological issues.

"I think he's moving - I think he's a person in spiritual motion and has been," Land said.

"He has said as much to us," Land said, referring to fellow pastors. "That he has moved in the direction of being more spiritual, more concerned with cultural issues and seeing that politics isn't the answer."

In discussing religious values, Beck generally speaks from a nondenominational perspective, avoiding specifically Mormon or evangelical references.

Beck's religious rhetoric appears to counter the prevailing conventional wisdom that the power of religious conservatives has been eclipsed by the Tea Party movement's small-government conservatives.

But Green says that "groups of religious people who care about social issues have not gone away."

"Some of their leaders faded but that group didn't disappear," he said. "They are waiting for new leaders and my sense is that Beck would like to be one of those leaders."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (1,965 Responses)
  1. ok

    What church will Glen Beck attend tomorrow? Does he go to church?

    August 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm |
    • Kane

      He's founding his own church, soon enough.

      August 29, 2010 at 12:17 am |
    • freewoman

      Its called give me your money church.. just like the rest of them.

      August 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  2. SilverHair

    Beck and Palin – which one is the piper??

    August 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm |
    • Jane

      Good one. Which one has the biggest ego, or is that a tie? Pied Piper indeed.

      August 29, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  3. crankshaw

    Beck has too much hate in him to be Americas new Christian leader.
    Just listen to him and you'll see that. HE HATES OBAMA and his administration.
    It was a great speech though, hope it inspired people to be nicer.
    Beck promised a miracle.
    He said a miracle would happen at the rally.
    Where was the miracle?

    August 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm |
    • dave

      Obama is a one term loser

      August 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
    • News1973

      I'm a college eductaed atheist, and I think Obama is a fraud.

      August 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
    • Ryan

      Really idiot, you're going to bring Obama's grandmother into this....get a friggin clue man.

      August 29, 2010 at 12:02 am |
    • Willa

      no water turned into wine kind of Miracle but I think hundreds of thousand of people really showed up to support him is a real miracle already.

      August 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  4. Dan Klein

    The bigotry and hate ffrom the Left get's worse everyday. They just can't stand in the presence of good. I'll bet all these vile comments are from people who don't have a clue what the conservative movement is really about. They are the genuine teabaggers.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:35 pm |
    • Kissmineck

      You sir, are a part of the flock...of sheep to the slaughter.
      What inspired you? Honor? Do you know what that means??
      Have you no self-respect than to be sucked into a money-grubbing piece of nonsense?
      Just what was the point of today's rally?
      Apparently the rest of the sheep have jobs and could afford to go to Washington to be a part of the Beck Dreck!

      August 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  5. Sotzueme

    Sounds like another Elmer Gantry to me...

    August 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm |
    • t

      Good call

      August 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  6. Hoeech

    The only thing Beck can be accurately called is a panderer. He knows his audience and he caters to their fears, their beliefs and their paranoia. The reason why he didn't ask for any money during this farce is because the man already makes almost one million dollars per week! This whole sham of an event is just Beck padding his resume for when he makes a run for the White House himself. When that day comes, God help us all.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:33 pm |
    • Hal

      I expect him to try, but I also expect the same outcome as Ross Perot in the '92 election.

      August 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
    • Cheryl

      If Beck runs, and I hope he does, he wont get the republican nomination. The reublican establishment considers him crazy too. So if he runs as an independent, he'll cause a split in the republican vote. Good for the dems.

      August 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
    • FedUp with Beck

      The only faith Beck has is in his ability to con and fool peope, and he is quite beside himself in his ability to do so. His is a well-paid Pied Piper willingly leading masses of sheeple over an emotional cliff of betrayal. People will literally follow anything that makes them feel good and validates their reality. He comes from a long line of Clear Channel hate mongers who suddenly found a platform for his views and was highly rewarded for doing so.

      August 29, 2010 at 11:06 am |
    • freewoman

      coming soon to your 2012 voting booth. Beck Palin republican presidental ticket.

      aka the Dumb and Dumber ticket.

      Democrats = Obama and Allah

      Holy civil war coming soon

      August 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  7. im bob

    glenn beck is an actor who gives a rousing one man play of a pudgy albino with emotional issues. inspiring.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
  8. jj

    The new Beck – just as phony as the old Beck. Whatever gets him in the news, and more money.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
  9. MarkPA

    Is Glenn Beck the next Jim Jones?
    Sounds like the God in his head has become indistinguishable from the face he sees in the mirror.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:31 pm |
  10. Jane

    Who is Glenn Beck? A real wacko, that's who. Anybody who would listen to this nutjob brands themself as crazy as he is. This guy is probably bipolar. Watch out. A crazy man, I think.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
    • Kyle

      do you see what a public school education gets yuh?

      August 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
    • Dwayne24

      well count me crazy, and many millions feel as I do...How many followers do you have...don't now, but your numbrs are shrinking...Just like Forrest Gump jogging through Monument Valley, and turning around to tell them that he was going home.

      August 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
    • carole

      AND UNMEDICATED!!! I have watched him de-evolve over the last few years into a kind of fanatic. I think he has lost his way.

      August 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
    • Ryan

      Wow Kyle...you really carry some resentment for the public education system. Did Glenn Beck tell you to hate them....well now I understand. Or was it that you went to public schools and you couldn't make any friends. Awwwww...let's all cry for Kyle folks, he had a rough childhood. OR...was it the other way around. Maybe your parents were wealthy enough to ship your little bratty @ss off to private school. That would at least explain the superiority complex ya got going there pal. Oh yeah, and Glenn Beck is really something else boy.

      August 28, 2010 at 11:57 pm |
    • Me_In_Florida

      Amen sista !!! This guy is an absolute lunatic ! The fact that there are enough mindless sheep followers roaming the streets of this country that this fool can become famous is both scary and hysterical !

      August 29, 2010 at 1:13 am |
  11. mcore

    They've got it wrong. Glenn Beck wants to be worshipped AS a deity. Or he'll start crying. This guy is about 47 cards short of a full deck.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:29 pm |
  12. Observer

    Beck's act is to tell his sheep "Here's what I don't know" and then he proves it.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
    • bigdoglv

      By no means does Beck have a monopoly on sheep. Take a look at some of these posts.

      August 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm |
    • Kyle

      and what did OBOZO tell his flock? YOU WILL SEE IT ALL...TRANSPARENCY....go sell your ticket to one your stoner buddies....you see what drugs to you? geeezzzzzz

      August 28, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
    • Observer

      Beck apparently made it through his speech without resorting to the FAKE tears he created for the magazine shoot.

      August 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
    • sawthelight

      Well... I recently discovered my friend sent Beck a check/donation. He is on disability and can't afford it. He started out buying one of Beck's books. I do not go over to his house anymore because all he does is rave and rant about what Beck spews on Fox News. He is an Atheist. Hate to see when he realizes that his donation was used for a religious rally. We, who are on the sidelines trying to see the wolf in sheep's clothing are getting the big picture about this Religious revolution going on. Fox News needs to be moved to the Religion section of broadcast. This country was based on many freedoms. If the religious right prevails it will be the end of it all. Also for those who stated that Bush;s wars were based on his and his advisers religious views were right all along. This is modern times Crusades. Get used to it and get used to being told what religion you can practice here. All that is needed is to get their foot in the door, well their bu..tt is in it now.

      August 29, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  13. Don

    You are not fooling anyone with what you are trying to pull off, americans know how to read now.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
    • Lee

      What in the heck does that intelligent comment mean exactly, Don?

      August 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
    • Dave R.

      Don, you can start by reading "Lies My Teacher Taught Me"

      August 29, 2010 at 1:54 am |
  14. RAG

    Glenn Beck believes that God is one of many equal God's and lives on another planet. He believes that Satan is Christ's brother. Glenn Beck believes that American Indians are Jews.This is what Mormons believe. You can look it up. Saran Palin evidently agrees.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
    • couponteach

      You are right on the facts in regards to their beliefs. However, Palin can support what Beck is doing without being a Mormon believer. All of us, in one way or another, support others that we do not agree with theologically; its called civility.

      August 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
    • Kyle

      uhhh....please stop sniffing the white out....its making you hallucinate

      August 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
    • LM

      wow rag very deep, as a Mormon for 35 yrs let me make few points, Glenn Beck dosnt even come close to being a Mormon, he is afraid of being true to what he knows,and your comments, very watered down and weak.And Like most, would want God to sound ,umm lets say very human, that is very easy to understand , with very little effort , thats why in the Bible he said 'Your ways are not my ways , and my ways are not your ways, think about it.

      August 28, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
    • cheryl

      Wow LM, if you have been Mormon for 35 years, then you most certainly know better than to accuse Glenn Beck of not coming close to being a Mormon. How do you know his heart? What do you expect him to do? Get up and use his position to preach Mormon doctrine....I don't think that would be appropriate, nor would it be effective. The rally today was about uniting people, not magnifying and picking apart differences. No one will ever agree on everything; the idea was to set the differences aside and unite on common grounds. On a side note, I find it amazing that so many are calling Glenn evil for making money. Did you all miss the part about Glenn giving 10% of his income to his church, to the fact that he uses his own money to help fund events, and what about the 5 million plus dollars that was raised and donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation?! Not many can say that they have contributed so much. Glenn Beck is trying to be part of the solution, which is a lot more than a lot of others can say.

      August 28, 2010 at 11:19 pm |
    • Andi

      That is not what Mormons believe, I am a Mormon and I hate Glen Beck, he is an idiot that likes to confuse people. He is a disgrace for our religion. I feel sorry that a lot of people that are not Mormon think we believe stupid things just because people like him.

      August 29, 2010 at 10:20 am |
    • AshtonN

      Andi, I agree. I'm Mormon and I also think Glenn Beck is a disgrace to Mormonism. He is dangerous, full of hate, and a bigot

      August 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
    • Julie

      Agreed. I am also mormon and find Glenn Beck frightenening and not representative of our beliefs.

      August 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
    • Jean Moffitt

      Yes, you are right, he does believe all those things, and so do I. Guess what – you will one day find out that those things are true! Probably not in this life, but you will in the next. Way to go GLENN!!! Keep up the good work. Heavenly Father is proud of you, and so are all the other Gods that are out there in the expanse of the universe. RAG, you are doing no good to anyone by trying to misrepresent the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ.

      September 6, 2010 at 12:29 am |
  15. Network Lives

    Lonesome Rhodes lives.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
    • Jimmy

      +1, my friend.

      August 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm |
    • Mel Melman

      I wonder what Andy Griffith thinks about him. Seriously, though, I often think of that film when I see any of these guys – Beck, Limbaugh, Olbermann, Scultz. These are people who get PAID to be hysterical and outrageous. The more hysterical the more money they get. Not that I don't agree with something they say at any particular time, I just think it's dangerous to become a disciple of ANY human being who was formerly a face in the crowd hungry for attention.

      August 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  16. V Saxena

    I don't mind his rally, but he is delusional if he believes he's going to turn this into a Christian nation. It's not happening, buddy.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:26 pm |
    • Ryan

      It's worse. He thinks it was founded that way and wants to return to the "good ol' days". Problem is, it wasn't founded that way at all, and anyone who actually does research into it instead of just listening to these guys will find that.

      August 28, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
    • Ok2

      Ryan, I wish if people think like you.

      August 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
    • Brett DeCatur

      Hate to break it to you, but the majority of the country believes in God and the majority are Christian. Sadly not all people claim to be Christian are, and it makes the true believers,(who are not perfect), look even more hypocritical. No Christian is perfect, but we strive to be like Christ. Don't be closed minded because of human folly, don't base your eternity on a human. We will always fail each other as were not perfect. God Bless You!

      August 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm |
    • George Taylor

      I don't know where you went to school but you sound as if it must have been union run public one....Because anyone who has read the Founding Father's personal writings, The Federalist Papers, and any non edited opinion's from that time....You would have to know that this Country was founded By Christians and all our Laws are based on Christian Beliefs. So, like it or not This is a Christain Country and always will be.

      August 28, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
    • ysoura

      Beck's rant about a christian nation is the first step to be followed by " white christian" to be followed by "Aryan white christian" ...That's how fascists start........read Hitler's history.

      August 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
    • Beck Shmeck

      Wrong, George Taylor. This is a democratic country and always will be. Democracy has nothing to do with Christianity and vice versa. The problem with this world is that people use religion to do all sorts of crazy things in the name of it. The best thing that could happen to this planet would be to abolish religion. It's at the very root of the wars that have plagued this Earth for centuries.

      August 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
    • George Taylor

      Beck Shmeck...you are obviously another union school eduacted individual, this country has never been a democracy, it is and always has been a Representative Republic, although our current messiah would like it to be a democracy, which is another name for mob rule....

      August 28, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
    • cheryl

      Wong...this country is a republic, founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs

      August 28, 2010 at 11:06 pm |
    • Cheryl T

      "Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting "Jesus Christ," so that it would read "A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination. "

      T. Jefferson, Autobiography.

      So .... I guess the founders didn't want us seen as a Judeo-Christian country. They purposely created a country where all Americans, no matter what their religion could live freely. They made sure that by giving no one religion any authority in government, they could protect the rights of them all.

      August 28, 2010 at 11:23 pm |
    • Mike Ge

      Sorry, 'Beck Shmeck', hate to break it you, but America is a Constitutional Republic (not a Democracy). You might wish that it is a Democracy or favor its transformation into a Democracy, but that is just not the case. And part and parcel to the founding of this country is the widely held conviction that religion is indispensable to the maintenance of the republic.

      August 28, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
    • Cheryl T

      "I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life I absented myself from Christian assemblies."
      Ben Franklin, in Toward the Mystery

      " Some books against Deism fell into my hands; they were said to be the substance of sermons preached at Boyle's lectures. [ a defense of christianity.] It happened that they wrought an effect on me quite contrary to what was intended by them; for the arguments of the deists, which were quoted to be refuted, appeared to me much stronger than the refutations; in short, I soon became a thorough deist" -Ben Franklin, Autobiography

      By the way, Jefferson was also a deist, saying to Adams in a 1813 letter that his faith rested on the writings of deists Middleton and Priestly. Jefferson told Van der Kemp in 1817 that he didn't believe in hell and he told Derieux in 1788 that he rejected the christian doctrine of the holy trinity.

      While I really don't have the time nor inclination to cite more examples of my point, many, many of our most influencial founding fathers were not interested in weaving christian ideology into the fabric of this nation.

      August 28, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
    • Michael Scott

      This nation was founded on Christian beliefs whether you want to accept it or not...and thankfully there are still plenty of people out there who have their head on straight and stand for something in this nation. You find them leaving comments on here though, thats only the people that have to constantly degrade others, there is never a good discussion on here anymore. Guess thats the state of our nation.

      August 29, 2010 at 12:30 am |
    • Michael Scott

      *you wont find them leaving comments on here* <-thats what i meant to say

      August 29, 2010 at 12:45 am |
    • Jim

      Each and every person posting on this thread has the same Creator. He sent His son to die for YOU. As His word promises, EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY tongue will confess that He is Lord! Amen and amen.

      August 29, 2010 at 1:50 am |
    • Severinus

      Really George? It has been a while since I read the Federalist Papers, but I don't remember seeing the words "Jesus Christ" in there anywhere. Sure, there are references to "God" and "providence" and the creator, but that only proves they were Deists, which any educated person already knows. Their view of God was more general, as the creator or prime mover, and they were very careful to be inclusive in their language, because they knew America was made up of Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims and people of no faith at all. They weren't Bible thumping fundamentalist morons like Beck and his ilk.

      August 29, 2010 at 11:02 am |
    • Bharat

      As an Indian-American with a Hindu heritage and progressive political views, I support the idea of maintaining a Judeo-Christian foundation of America that supports a secular environment for all its people to enjoy the freedoms, work hard and thrive.

      August 29, 2010 at 11:32 am |
    • scuba steve

      “ The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
      • “[July 4th] ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”

      August 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
    • Realtity

      well said Cheryl T. however you will not and can not win a religious argument against people who believe in imaginary things. i hope i live to see the iron rod of a great and all powerful chariot flying demigod rule on earth, but unfortunately that is only in the movies or an alien iinvasion.

      August 29, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
    • Truth squad

      Those who think they know about Nazi-ism and all this other crap because you read a book and feel all superior because you are a liberal and vote democrat really need to get a clue.

      Reading a book gives you "book learning" and the way most public schools teach, being the unions are wholly owned subsidiaries of the DNC, are slanted to a left-wing point of view.

      My family grew up watching Hitler rise to power and REJECTED it BEFORE it was as bad as everyone thought, so I"ll take their judgement over any of you "experts".

      There was ZERO difference between the way Hitler's germany turned out and how the communists turned out, it was about POWER, not "workers' rights" and such. They were all anti-religion, anti-freedom, control-freaks.

      The first thing any powerful meglomaniac does is go into the church and tell it how to preach. WHY? Because they see the POWER of GOD and want to control it. God knows this but he also knows that those who desire to know God will recognize those who are true and those are doing it for personal gain.

      My mom risked her life to worship as she pleased during HItler, so don't give me this Hitler was a Christian garbage.

      She also saw business owners taken away, businesses taken away from private owners, and THE RICH were Vilified. People want theirs.

      My mom said she never saw anyone rise to power like Hitler until she saw Obama and my Dad wanted to die before he saw Obama become President because he didn't want to witness the same thing over again.

      Winston Churchill was a CONSErVTIVE and fought against Hitler but was eventually take out of power by silly liberals like yourselves who think Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin is even remotely like Hitler.

      Hitler got into power mainly because he promised things to people, to give them security. THis has NOTHING to do with being a conservative and EVErYTHING to do with being a liberal.

      August 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
    • freewoman

      Next we will have Muslims demanding this is a Muslim nation.

      August 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
    • Ken Klyberg

      I am inspired by Glenn Beck to go boldly where not many are willing to go, by suggesting that our great nation has gotten itself into a serious bind that only GOD can solve, GOD works in mysterious ways, using the base things in life to demonstrate his power and mercy.
      If we consider for just a moment, JESUS claimed to be God in the flesh, his teachings were on personal conduct, of not only the physical being, but of the spiritual as well. Who are you? and who are we collectively? Mans wisdom is foolishness to GOD. If we truly desire solutions to our problems we face personally and collectively, GOD is a good place to turn. If you can't buy into the spirituality, then just begin as GOD is Good Orderly Direction.

      August 29, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
    • Jenn

      You had it right with one word...Dillusional

      September 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  17. delphin

    ..yeah the male version of palin...

    August 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm |
    • Carolyn

      He's much more frightening than Palin. His ego trip knows no bounds and the sad and potentially dangerous fact is that people are falling for it. From what I've observed and know about him he is basically transferring his personal redemption from alcoholism and whatever other personal demons he overcame (I applaud him for dealing with his personal problems) into redeeming (his view of) the country. This is a problem. What we need is less religion in politics NOT more. The founding fathers were extremely clear on this topic . Religion must always be kept separate from politics. He is rallying evangelicals into regiments? Yikes. That alone should be a red flag that the guy has designs on becoming a demi-god. The speech he gave was pure buffoonery - yet he believes he's serious. He bears careful watching, and I don't mean his TV show.

      August 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm |
    • David B

      Beck's skill at fooling conservatives is impressive. He is a first rate charlatan. The crazy part of it all, is that he is utterly inarticulate. Listen to his numerous words and you find very little content, only slogans.

      August 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
    • Ramses 86

      Male version of Palin?

      He is as crazy as she is, but not as uneducated.

      August 28, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
    • dirtybird

      actually, he never went to college.

      August 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
    • ybs

      While working for a New Haven-area radio station, Beck took one theology class, "Early Christology," at Yale and then dropped out! This class is open for the public.

      I'd not call this "went to college."

      August 30, 2010 at 11:03 am |
    • Kate


      Hey, I went to college! There was a shortcut through there to get to the stores.

      August 30, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  18. David

    Wow, Beck has really stepped up! I certainly admire his passion for his values. I don't care if he's Mormon as long as he conveys the right message, and it looks like he's doing alright. Kudos to him.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm |
    • feather

      I smell a sockpuppet.

      August 28, 2010 at 11:18 pm |
    • Beerman

      ... sock-puppet-sauce for sale. Get your sock puppet sauce right here!

      August 29, 2010 at 4:51 am |
    • KyleIsStuckOnStupid

      "I don't care if he's Mormon"

      I'll bet you'd be in an uproar if he was a muslim.

      August 29, 2010 at 10:36 am |
    • cjvwise1

      Glen Beck not only fails to recognize the "economic" motivation of the civil rights movement, he fails to recognize the impact to gender. As an Independent white woman, I think "white men" are desperately trying to reclainm control of the "powers" commercial religion has guaranteed them for nearly two thousand years utilizing the marketing ploy, "People of Faith" to motivate prejudice. This man is frightening!!!! Women like Palin do not realize what will be lost to women if men like Glen Beck regain control.

      August 29, 2010 at 11:31 am |
    • Doubletime

      Wow, well said for Beck and his party to hear. Better get this guy for marketing feedback for the right-wingers, their religious-love-America campaigns are working. Man its that easy? Be christian, say I love America, bam I got your support?

      August 29, 2010 at 11:58 am |
    • Jeremiah

      He's the gift that keeps on giving. For those of us who like absurdity and dark humor, I've gotta say, I would love to see this jester as leader of the world...

      August 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
    • Truth squad

      Just got back from a very inspiring church service were teens and tweens ran the service and it's encouraging to see them taking charge and helping us older fold to realize the next generations are going to step up.

      Like Abe Lincoln did over 100 years ago, calling the country to get back to God, Beck is a man of authenticiy.

      I realized how phony most people are and that people are so phony they wouldn't recognize someone who is authentic if it bit them. So it's not surprising all the CNN viewers who don't realize they are getting liberal biased news looking at Beck be honest and vulnerable day after day and see it as phony as well.

      People need to get real with their lives and themselves, but it takes extraordinary courage to let others see the real you and it is also not the norm.

      It's clear to me that one of the reasons Palin and Beck are both so popular and so hated it that one side see two people as they really are while the other side only sees their own fear inside of themselves at "what would people think, if they knew what I was really like". So the name calling and slander come out.

      There was no "new" Beck, he has been like this for awhile, those who really listen to him (and Palin too) know this.

      August 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
    • Hilary

      Glen beck is a fraud.

      August 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
    • hippie

      You consider hatred, intolerance of others & divisiveness the right message ??? Hate to ask what the wrong message is. It must be love, tolerance & compassion. Keep drinking that Kool-Aid

      August 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
    • Jeremy

      Great talk and a Great man. I would stand with him anywhere and at any time. I stand with the 300,000 plus people who there and who took part in this great event. We all need to return towards God and get back to the great values that this nation was founded on.

      August 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
    • rkl

      That wasn't a new Beck or a new Palan you saw yesterday. It happens to be the Beck and Palan of the day, a particular day.
      I agree that our country should get back to God. We were founded on God. If Beck and Paylan are the ones to lead us back, we are in more trouble. The person thay say they know and worship, Jesus, never did anything politically. He loved them, healed then, fed them and then led them in the direction they were to go.With Him.
      We have "NO" leaders that we can safely follow execpt Jesus.

      August 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
    • Dave

      Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are fluffy demagogues. Too bad the people following them don't know what a demagogue is.

      I mean, seriously – this rally had absolutely no meat to it – just a fan festival for Beck and Palin. Which isn't really so bad in itself. It's just that people think it Meant Something Important.

      August 29, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
    • BCOR

      I watched from the beginning to the end. What I got out of it was a message of faith, compassion, charity, and love for freedom.
      These are the things that we as Americans are losing gradually, day by day. I saw many races and religions represented. There is a message here. Political, it wasn't.

      August 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
    • Sirusmale

      George Taylor you said:

      "anyone who has read the Founding Father's personal writings, The Federalist Papers, and any non edited opinion's from that time....You would have to know that this Country was founded By Christians and all our Laws are based on Christian Beliefs. So, like it or not This is a Christain Country and always will be."
      I SAY:
      I agree that this Country has this christian label, but if it was such and has been so christain in nature, how do you explain these christian fathers owning slaves, and relative to the Laws what about during the Jim Crow years when State (BY LAW) sponsored terrorism allowed grown men to stand in the doorways of a school houses with bats to keep children out, only because of the color of their skin or keep persons from voting, for the same reason. I am a Christian and I would have never done that. What makes me different? Evil is evil. Beck seems not to be about GOD'S business, but his own. GOD will deal with Beck, we don't have to do anything.

      August 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
    • Yeoman Johnson

      I'm tired. Can we get rid of all news? CNN/Fox/NBC – all of it. No more. Alas, I keep clicking on it.

      August 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
    • Kevin


      If beck is a confessed Mormon hes not a christain what is his difinition of a conseritive christain it is differently not the teaching of Joseph smith,

      God Bless Kevin

      August 31, 2010 at 3:28 am |
    • ron heringhauser

      Is this the same Glen Beck who called Ron Paul and his supporters a danger to America two years ago on his broadcast. The same Beck, who with his partner Bill ORiely who are calling for a VAT on Americans. The same Beck who said that anyone who questioned the Government's 9/11 (fairy tale) Commission Report should be arrested? Now he and Palin are trying to take over Ron Paul's Teaparty and preaching the bible no less. Sorry, I'm not fooled by this entertainer.

      August 31, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
    • Colleen Fritz

      I was at the rally in Washington DC. I think Americans are looking for the restoration of core values in America. I think we knew this about ourselves individually long before Glenn Beck started saying it on his TV and radio show. However, maybe what we didn't know was that there were hundreds of thousands of people who believed strongly enough in these values to rally together in Washington DC.
      The morning of the rally I had given up on riding the metro, so up to the sidewalk I went. I was holding my husband's hand when I saw all the people walking toward the mall. I knew right then that I was in the right place at the right time to experience something amazing. Hundreds of thousands of good people all walking together toward a common goal of making a difference. I thank each and every person that attended this rally, or supported someone who attended, for the honor of standing by your side. I thank Glenn Beck for the courage to stand unafraid for what he believes in. I thank my husband for coming with me and then telling me at the end that he was so glad that I asked him to come. Most of all, I thank my son James Walker Savino, III for fighting for freedom in Afghanistan. We are at a fork in the road. We need to choose a path. Sincerely, Colleen Fritz

      September 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
    • Colleen Fritz

      I was at the rally in Washington DC. I think Americans are looking for the restoration of core values in America. I think we knew this about ourselves individually long before Glenn Beck started saying it on his TV and radio show. However, maybe what we didn't know was that there were hundreds of thousands of people who believed strongly enough in these values to rally together in Washington DC.
      The morning of the rally I had given up on riding the metro, so up to the sidewalk I went. I was holding my husband's hand when I saw all the people walking toward the mall. I knew right then that I was in the right place at the right time to experience something amazing. Hundreds of thousands of good people all walking together toward a common goal of making a difference. I thank each and every person that attended this rally, or supported someone who attended, for the honor of standing by your side. I thank Glenn Beck for the courage to stand unafraid for what he believes in. I thank my husband for coming with me and then telling me at the end that he was so glad that I asked him to come. Most of all, I thank my son James Walker Savino, III for fighting for freedom in Afghanistan. We are at a fork in the road. We need to choose a path. Sincerely, Colleen Fritz

      September 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
    • Jenn

      Glen Beck...Jim Jones......wow, more and more I see a resemblance. When he breaks out his koolaid mixture you all better run!!! Oh wait, he already did

      September 3, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  19. GregT

    Why would anyone be surprised by his language? He does everything for money, and leeching onto the current Anti-Muslim sentiment by focusing on how Christian he is he can now align himself with his ignorant base with some nice profits as a result.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
    • ysoura

      tru dat....

      August 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
    • dcleathem

      I think this joker is after somthing much larger, Mathew 24: 24" For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible." He is putting himself out there as some kind of Messianic character beware.

      August 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
    • bigboxes

      He's the anti-Christ! Duh. I really don't care what he says as long as normal Americans realize this poser is a pawn of the radical right. That's right folks! Not representing mainstream Americans. Law abiding folk will be voting Democrat come November. Loonies can pencil in their tea-bagger candidates.

      August 29, 2010 at 12:10 am |
    • dcleathem

      He spews vitriol and spawns hatred – all in the name of some deity he pretends to follow. He spits on our Constitution by pretending that our founders were Christians and founded a Christian nation even though all the evidence proves the contrary. He is a monumental liar and a sower of chaos and fear. He wraps himself in robes of righteousness that fail miserably to cover the stink of his person.

      August 29, 2010 at 10:24 am |
    • KyleIsStuckOnStupid

      Yeah Kyle, at least you got the last part right.

      August 29, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  20. me from uranus you from pluto

    Glenn Beck. Sells gold and would like for you to buy some.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm |
    • Darth cheney

      Yea, fool's gold...

      August 28, 2010 at 9:29 pm |
    • annette

      Where do you get the idea that he's making money from this? He used his own money to put this together...

      August 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
    • Reason

      Ok usually I dont reply to this stuff but I had to for this comment

      "where do you think he's getting money for this?!?!"

      Are you kidding me or are you really that naive?!? Every time Glen Beck speaks in public he drives up book sales, viewership for both his TV show and Radio show, not to mention private donations for whatever "charitable" fronts he's pushing. Oh and lets not forget the millions in sponsorship from goldline (which is under investigation). Beck changes his stance every 30 seconds and the real mind-boggler is he's still yet to hit one that makes any sense. He's a former drunk who picked up 1 book on history and now thinks himself a prophet. He's dead wrong in almost everything he says, he's a biggot and if there is a god he will most certainly burn in hell.

      August 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
    • vidhi

      to fund Sarah Palin's run for the white house in 2012, 2016, 2020 when he will see with a clear vision that he was lost all along.

      August 28, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
    • Gary

      The liberals are so full of anger and hate that they can not see or accept Beck's sincerity. The liberals are incapable of looking forward. They forever look in the rear view mirror and hate America for its failures. America is doomed if left in the hands of these haters. Beck's call is to restore the ideals that built this country. It starts with people accepting responsibility and doing the right thing. I accept. I am now on Beck's team.

      August 29, 2010 at 10:19 am |
    • Mrstime

      To all who believe that he is using his own money to pay for that "rally" , this is from the website for the "rally": So much for using his own money and it not being about money. How much do you all think this thing cost?

      All contributions made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) will first be applied to the costs of the Restoring Honor Rally taking place on August 28, 2010. All contributions in excess of these costs will then be retained by the SOWF. Tax ID 52-1183585

      August 29, 2010 at 10:27 am |
    • pdiddy

      Beck has slowly been losing touch with reality for years. I truly believe the poor man is mentally sick. Definitely someone to keep an eye on.

      August 29, 2010 at 10:48 am |
      • .Kacz

        Crazy? Glen Beck's crazy like a fox and just as sly. Who's funding him and the rest of the Tea Party Express? It's hard to believe that all the money is coming from Beck's pockets. Maybe the same person(s) who funded the Swift Boaters in 2004 is/are helping the Tea Partiers now. Really getting tired of all this Conservative/Liberal crap. When are moderate Americans going to stand up and say we have had enough. The fringe elements don't own this great nation Beck, this he will see.

        August 31, 2010 at 7:40 am |
        • Jenn

          If he's so ture Blue as they say then maybe he's got mutiple wives hidden somewhere and they are funding him!

          September 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
    • Stever_B

      @Gary: Beck's sincerity? Who cares about Beck's sincerity when his message is nothing more than intolerance disguised as something "spiritual". The very definition of liberal/progressive is someone looking forward. No one that disagrees with Beck or finds his message disingenuous, "hates America" - that's another tired, old slogan from your side of the fence that implies that somehow you're a "better" American because you want the United States to be time warped back to 1950, or apparently now, in Beck's case, the 1700s. Some other tired slogans are "take our country back" and "restoring honor" - Beck is encouraging xenophobia in his own country. Beck wouldn't know the "ideals that built this country" if they smacked him in the head. You're following him? Congratulations, you're now a lemming - enjoy the Kool-Aid.

      August 29, 2010 at 10:49 am |
    • Justin

      @Gary. Liberals incapable of looking forward? how about this 9/12 project "trying to take us back to where we were on Sept. 12" and all the constant whining of how things used to be. Talk about looking in the rear view. This world is constantly changing and we must move forward becoming a better nation from what we learned rather than trying to constantly revisit the past with nostalgia. Grow up people and think a little. You guys have a very twisted view of the founding ideals of this nation. Heck many of the founding fathers were not religious, but thats because the country wasn't made great by floundering in rigid beliefs of one religion.

      August 29, 2010 at 10:51 am |
    • American Woman

      It’s interesting how some Liberals while feeling proud about their acceptance of ALL people and ALL beliefs, do not hesitate to slam Christianity and Conservatives. You are so quick to say that Beck is speaking Lies. Have you really ever listened to him? Checked out what he is saying?

      I watched the entire event online yesterday. It was a Rally of Peace, Unity and Honoring the many Fallen Soldiers who have sacrificed for OUR Freedom. One of the main speakers was the Niece of Martin Luther King Jr. I might be wrong but I think MLK would have been pretty happy to see such a diverse crowd gathered together on that day, in that place, for those reasons.

      Did you notice how many Americans sacrificed their time and money to travel to our Nations Capital for a PEACE Rally. There were no signs, no anger . . . yet . . apparently that doesn’t matter. I sense almost a disappointment from some.
      Perhaps it's time to do a self check because . . .
      FEAR and HATE MONGERING . . . there is significant “mongering” RIGHT HERE coming out of yourselves onto this page.

      August 29, 2010 at 10:52 am |
      • Anonymous

        Glenn Beck is not a Christian but a Mormon, there is a big difference in beliefs and doctrines and shame on these Christian sell outs!

        August 30, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
      • Mish

        Sorry the soldiers are NOT dying for our freedom. In fact, they are dying as part of an operation that is part in plan with people who have agendas to take away ALL our freedoms. You want proof? The same people that made the patriot act decided to invade Iraq!
        PS. I hate leftist scum. But the truth can be hard to swallow. Life isn't black and white, right and wrong like Beck would have you think. The world is complicated.

        September 3, 2010 at 5:44 am |
    • Sheena

      I think Gary just drank the Kool-Aid

      August 29, 2010 at 11:03 am |
    • doc77

      All well said. Use caution, wisdom and be aware of what the Bible says about wolves in sheep's clothing. Discernment

      August 29, 2010 at 11:07 am |
    • doc77

      Also, "not everyone who says Lord, Lord..."

      August 29, 2010 at 11:10 am |
    • Ed

      Wow!!! Plenty of carzy "haters" here that bear "watching"!!!

      August 29, 2010 at 11:11 am |
    • Annie

      For all of those who are on the "Beck bandwagon" and believe the liberals are the problem, this is for you. It is Beck and Palin and all the tea-baggers who look backwards. They keep referring back to Revolutionary times, for the names of their organizations and their misplaced ideals. They talk about restoring America – to what 1776. America and the world has changed since then. It is progressives in all areas, science, politics, art, music, dance, industry and innovations that move humankind forward. These guys want to go back, we have evolved since then thanks to progressives. Beck's cunning, I'll give him that, first you scare the hell out of those who don't want things to progress (and for all of time there has been the faction of society that needs to progress humanity and the faction that can't handle the movement forward) You scare them, get them angry, fill them with hate, then, esp. after so much criticism, you go into step 2 of your plan and say we are on the side of God. Well guess what progressive are some of the most spiritual people I know. Notice I said spiritual which is much deeper, religious fever is dangerous. Now what will step 3 be.
      This guy scares me, he is dangerous and too many are drinking the kool-aid. One thing about progressive, we think for ourselves and would never fall for this snake oil.

      August 29, 2010 at 11:19 am |
    • cjvwise1

      Glen Beck not only fails to recognize the "economic" motivation of the civil rights movement, he fails to recognize the impact to gender. As an Independent white woman, I think "white men" are desperately trying to reclainm control of the "powers" commercial religion has guaranteed them for nearly two thousand years utilizing the marketing ploy, "People of Faith" to motivate prejudice. This man is frightening!!!! Women like Palin do not realize what will be lost to women if men like Glen Beck regain control.

      August 29, 2010 at 11:26 am |


      August 29, 2010 at 11:36 am |
    • seth

      " I have a scheme" speech.

      August 29, 2010 at 11:36 am |
    • GregT

      Repeat after me, Glenn Beck followers:

      Hate Mongering = Disagreeing with me
      Radical = Not a Christian
      Socialist = Anyone who doesn't vote Republican
      Islam = All Terrorists
      Restoring Honor = Restoring the U.S. to "Pre-Black President" days
      United States = Belongs to Tea Party, Whites, and Christians

      Anything I'm missing?

      August 29, 2010 at 11:40 am |
    • bridet yankowitz

      I have read many blogs and is deeply disgusted with many Americans who insult and kock Glenn Beck in the most nasty ways. I may not agree with some of Becks views but I say to you liberal idiots out there before you cast the first stone take a good look in the mirror before your quick to judge. I find Americans very ignorant. Beck cares for his country deeply and wants to try to do something good for all as I can say for most of you. What have you people done but B@#*& and complain and insult. You American are pathetic and I hope you get what you all deserve. CNN&MSNBC & FAR LEFT are the worst networks thats why their ratings are so low. I lost all respect for the behavior of these news networks. Before your quick to judge me I am a proud Independent who will never vote for somene who want "CHANGE" AND you voters got short "CHANGED" by voting for OBAMA.!

      August 29, 2010 at 11:44 am |
    • Cindy Kocks

      Why do all of the hypocritical wind bags get the attention of the media? Does anyone with half a brain listen to this nonsense? What joke, along with the other windbag, Rush Limberger Cheese.

      August 29, 2010 at 11:51 am |
    • cailean

      This guy is starting to have the potential to be really dangerous. Hopefully most people will know not to drink the kool-aid that he's serving.

      August 29, 2010 at 11:55 am |
    • kbtrpm

      God should have put a whole lot more sand in that bag.

      August 29, 2010 at 11:57 am |
    • HABS1

      Glen Beck will become GREEN DAY'S next insperation to write another EPIC rock album!

      August 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
    • Keith W

      Glenn Beck is a dangerous idealogue. He reminds me of a young Hitler with his rallies. They remind me of the rallies Hitler use to have when he was building his base of power. When fascism takes over America, it will be wrapped in the flag and the cross.

      August 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
    • Chad Tehan

      Glen Beck is a Morman. Most Christian churches refer to the Morman faith as a cult. So, how do we propose that Glen Beck is the new leader of the Christian Conservatives? I'm not religious myself. I believe in the basic principles of Christianity but draw the line at indoctrination. So, again I ask, my prior question, how can Glen Beck be the voice of Christian Conservatives when they view his religion as a cult.

      August 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
    • Realtity

      actors don't only come from hollywood, they are found around the world behind pulpits although these showman are far more dangerous because they feed on societal fear and insecurity.

      August 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
    • Antonio

      I don't care if GB is i Mormoan or Chirstian , the bottom line he is going blind, no one has brought that up. He is turning to "god" for guideance and help. Glenn Go tot HE;ELL

      August 29, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
    • Brett

      Thank you Glenn Beck for embracing the Religious Right! You've just alienated all independents and handed Democrats more wins in November! Thank you!

      August 29, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
    • veggiedude

      I guess Beck does know that the biggest liberal ever to walk the earth was Jesus.

      August 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
    • Bryan from Oregon

      I wonder if some day in the future people will look back on this rally as the beginning of the American Taliban. After the Christian right has taken control of the government, oppressed all contrary religious view, removed science from our schools, and flung our country 2000 years in the past, will we hope for a foreign power to come in and liberate us?

      August 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
    • Mark Chapman

      I don't agree with Beck on all the positions he takes but there is no doubt he is a great American. Those who only criticize him are the problem they have no common decency...treating others as you would treat yourself. If people can't grasp what he is doing its because they have been indoctrinated by the left and are hell bent on the undermine of our democracy.

      August 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
    • Andrew D

      this weasel has hijacked religion as so many do to appeal to the blind followers of what they think is godly This is man at his best when it comes to being a lie to religion and it's spirituality and wisdom base.

      September 13, 2010 at 10:31 am |
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