August 28th, 2010
08:19 PM ET

Beck talks faith in rally coinciding with anniversary of King's speech

Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck opened his controversial "Restoring Honor" rally Saturday by urging Americans to "turn back to God" and return the nation to the values on which it was founded.

"Something beyond imagination is happening," he told the large crowds gathered at the National Mall in Washington. "America today begins to turn back to God. For too long, this country has wandered in darkness."

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  1. Joan

    I was at the Glenn Beck Rally and it was AWESOME, It was so good to see TRUE AMERICANS all together trying to save AMERICA . There were no incidents, just good people from all over getting together. Al Sharpton best know what he's talking about when he condems some one on something he knows nothing about. When was the last time he put out his own money for a great cause????

    August 29, 2010 at 8:03 pm |
  2. Mark from Middle River

    NL – Because for many if not most of America it was not a country of citizens in fear but those that for a brief moment stood together as one. The terrorist wanted our entire country to gripped in a crippling grip of fear but what I saw were people who for then did not see race or political parties. Tragities .... except for Katrina ... Tragities that are man made attacks such as 9/11 have the ability to back fire, which I and it seems many felt happened on 9/12.

    If anything it opened a bunch of eyes that Osama and crew did not care who you voted for. He did not care if you drove a SUV or a Prius. Didn't even care if the tower had Gays or Lesbians .... it did not matter if you were a Muslim working in the towers that day, to them we...each of us .. as Americans were the enemy... it took the towers coming down for us to briefly see such ourselves. So "Seriously" if you were afraid and gripped in terror that day I can respect that but many of us refused to give the terrorist that victory.

    August 29, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  3. NL

    Beck pines for the America of 9/12, eh? Seriously, why would any citizen wish for the country to be gripped in that level of fear every again?

    August 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
    • Iris

      The fear or the unity of purpose?

      August 29, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
  4. faboge

    the only reason why this was fairly well attended is because there's no conflicting militia training or Obama birth certificate demonstration!

    August 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  5. Eshinesu

    Dreaming of soup,
    the chamberpot spills,
    waking the neighbors.

    August 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  6. Reality

    G. Beck is like Joe Smith, founder of Mormonism, one of the great con men of all time!!! One wonders if Moroni visits him in his sleep??

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

      13 million members world wide and growing fast-and one of the most respected faiths I know of, once you get past the wild rabid rumors. I've heard it said, either it's the biggest lie ever told or it's the truth.

      August 29, 2010 at 9:15 pm |
    • Reality


      A business/religious cult based on Joseph Smith's hallucinations which has bought respectability with a $30 billion business empire, the BYU "mission matured" football team and a great choir.

      From Time Magazine:

      "The first divergence between Mormon economics and that of other denominations is the t-ithe. Most churches take in the greater part of their income through donations. Very few, however, impose a compulsory 10% income tax on their members. T-ithes are collected locally, with much of the money passed on informally to local lay leaders at Sunday services. "By Monday," says Elbert Peck, editor of Sunstone, an independent Mormon magazine, the church authorities in Salt Lake City "know every cent that's been collected and have made sure the money is deposited in banks." There is a lot to deposit. Last year $5.2 billion in ti-thes flowed into Salt Lake City, $4.9 billion of which came from American Mormons."
      "The Mormons are stewards of a different stripe. Their charitable spending and temple building are prodigious. But where other churches spend most of what they receive in a given year, the Latter-day Saints employ vast amounts of money in investments that TIME estimates to be at least $6 billion strong. Even more unusual, most of this money is not in bonds or stock in other peoples' companies but is invested directly in church-owned, for-profit concerns, the largest of which are in agribusiness, media, insurance, travel and real estate.

      Deseret Management Corp., the company through which the church holds almost all its commercial assets, is one of the largest owners of farm and ranchland in the country, including 49 for-profit parcels in addition to the Deseret Ranch. Besides the Bonneville International chain and Beneficial Life, the church owns a 52% holding in ZCMI, Utah's largest department-store chain. (For a more complete list, see chart.) All told, TIME estimates that the Latter-day Saints farmland and financial investments total some $11 billion, and that the church's non-t–i-the income from its investments exceeds $600 million. "

      And this observation:

      Hmmm, if the flaws of Mormonism were removed i.e. all references to Moroni and his revelations and if the flaws of Islam were removed i.e. all references to Gabriel and his revelations, there would hardly be anything left in either religion other then some version of the Commandments. Finally the start of the Utopia of Religious Convergence!!!!

      Hmmm, what shall we call this potential joining? Musmors? Morms? Musmos? M&Ms? Ismors? Moislas? or Islamorms?

      August 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  7. KS

    I'm not a fan of Glenn Beck, but the comments above tell me why I'd trust him over the hatred expressed here. Rumor mongering about being gay (what little I"ve seen doesn't hold up, 2ndAmendment), blatantly lying about the #'s attending (I"ve checked other non-conservative/neutral NEWS websites, and they cite at lesat 87,000, Andrea), comparing him to Jim Jones (spell check please, Nugsters, and where did THAT come from?), and the others like Al Sharpton complaining that this was going to be a States' rights advocacy rally. Where is the proof? I read those same news websites (ABC, CBS, etc.). The protests were based on what they THOUGHT was going to happen, not what actually did. It's one thing to say he believes he's for states' rights, and another thing to say that the "rally" centered around it.

    Again, I'm not a fan of Glenn Beck. Some of what he says makes sense to me (and does not sound hateful) but does not make me a fan, some I think is in question. However, just like if a "liberal" gets attacked, I hope that it's not asking too much to back up what you're saying and not just spew angry words. I like some liberals, I like some conservatives, I like some moderates, but I will get after people's facts and charges if it looks like simple hatred with stretched out truth/lying. We can argue these things fiercely but with civility and not attacking a person. My fear of the above comments are that this tone is going to be hard to obtain. You want a more civil discussion and less hatred? Look at your own words above and then look in the mirror.

    August 29, 2010 at 10:35 am |
    • KS

      My own spell check, mea culpa (swallows pride). "lesat" is least. I still stand by my words though. Let's debate ideas andfacts but not attack someone with falsehood. There is plenty of material to hold Glenn Beck up for scrutiny, but the comments I read seem to try to pile on with weak arguments. It's just like some conservatives I"ve read arguing a "Christian" liberal they don't agree with. Facts, man, facts, not insults.

      August 29, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  8. Andrea

    So you all know that Beck is not a Christian, don't you? Anyone who spouts hate the way this man does is not a Christian. Oh and the big Beck rally, not actually well attended. Maybe 100 total nutcases altogether.

    Reality check CNN. Get a better photographer.

    August 29, 2010 at 9:03 am |
    • NL

      Wait until he runs for president, THEN you'll hear some comments about his not being Christian. Until then, he's useful to the cause.

      August 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  9. Michelle Wallace

    Glen Beck is taking full advantage of his constitutional rights by holding this rally, however I see it as a political stunt to promote his own cause. I do not believe he cares one bit about bringing the country together, or the american peiople together. He's on the path to political office, and he is quite the egotist. If you want to unite the country you do it by helping you fellow man, not by standing on the lincoln memorial taling about things you know nothing about. by the way I am really upset by anyone triying to say they own Martin Luther King's dream. Rev.KIng laid the groundwork and it was his dream, which he never lived to see, but his dream gave us hope, and we should try to make his dream come true. If we want to honor his dream then we should live it, not try to claim it. Dr.King's dream was meant to inspire us not try to say we own it.

    August 29, 2010 at 1:31 am |
  10. 2ndAmendmentRemedy

    What I want to know is when is Glen Beck going to come out of the closet? There is lots of evidence that he is gay. A number of gay men from his past have started to come forward. The sooner he gets ahead of this, the better. He could hurt the chances of Republicans in the fall if this blows up in October. My guess is that is when democrats (yes, his former lovers are part of the radical gay agenda) will be all over the media by then.

    August 29, 2010 at 12:42 am |
    • Mort


      I think gay Republicans get an extra thrill from being in the Republican closet. Forbidden "love" and all that.

      August 29, 2010 at 6:42 am |
  11. Curtis

    500K – 700K People of all races and creeds met together in unity to express thanks to, and love for God, the USA, and the sacrifice of brave American Service-members. There was no violence, there were no angry chants – but rather, all these people joined in one voice singing "Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound...! This was an awesome, history-making event! Contrast this with the angry marchers carrying "No Justice, No Peace" signs of Mr. Sharpton's rally... Dr. Alveda King recognized where her uncle's dream was alive and flourishing. Her speech was wonderful! The Dream is Alive and being realized! The fact that so many people – who disagree on so much, could also agree and come together on such a fundamental level shows that God has blessed us this day. We may still have a ways to go, but wow, what progress a little Faith, Hope, and Charity can bring. Thank you Glenn, for heeding the promptings of the Holy Spirit! Thank you Lord, for the love that was expressed and felt this day! Dear Lord, forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors and deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory!

    August 28, 2010 at 11:04 pm |
    • Jaded


      You simpleton, you really don't have a clue, do you? If God were in the habit of striking people down, He would SMITE that Beck and most of the "religious" leaders all over the world.
      You are one of those people who think that anyone who makes mealy-mouthed speeches about God must be a "good person."
      You ignore the evil that is being done because you are blinded by religious talk. Satan can quote scripture. You know that, don't you? Where is your healthy skepticism that God gave you? Using it to clip coupons?
      Fawning people like you disgust me when the object of your worship is so obviously unworthy of being worshiped.

      August 29, 2010 at 6:38 am |
    • Iris

      @ jaded
      what a proper name for yourself. What must it be like for you, being unable to believe in anyone or anything, and being so hell-bent on attempting to tear down sething that so clearly gives people joy? Truely, misery loves company.

      Out of curiosity, where on earth does Curtis say anything about God striking people down? His entire post is a celebratory praise for a gathering of an incredible number of people from all walks of life that are trying to make the world a better place. Is there something wrong with this?
      Let's be honest, there are times that life just plain sucks. There are people we wish would be smitten, and when their not we wonder why–then cynicism kicks in and we say there is no god. This isn't how it works. God has given us the freedom to choose. The consequences are delivered on His timetable–and they do happen. Who are we to tell Him what to do?
      I'll try to stop being so preachy– just please keep in mind that that's the wonderful thing about this country– we get to choose what we believe in. Please excuse us if we decide that it is a better idea to believe that there is a God, whether it be real honest belief or even "just in case". I know I'd rather be on the side of God than working against Him by saying he doesn't exist.
      Sure, the devil can quite scripture. So can man, and so can Angels. The way to tell the difference is the feeling inspired and the path that lies ahead of the choices we make.

      Curtis isn't fawning–he's expressing joy. If he does it by quoting greater men, that is his prerogative. What I know is this: no devil can inspire real joy.
      I'm still curious as to what is so very wrong with people getting together and trying to get America back on the road to her true great potential, even if only by inspiring hearts to believe in REAL hope for change.

      August 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
  12. Truth

    CNN, I understand now why you are the worst in the news business. 95% of the people leaving comments are morons and I bet 95% of these morons would say Al Sharpton is so full of love.

    August 28, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  13. Nugsters

    white goats following their master, remember Jim Joans.

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


      White goats?

      August 29, 2010 at 7:03 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 11:35 am |
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