August 30th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

My Take: Beck’s rally was about restoring virtue and God's place

Editor's Note: Jim Garlow, Senior Pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, California, is a radio commentator and author of Heaven and the Afterlife: What Happens When You Die?

By Jim Garlow, Special to CNN

What was the theme of Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally? As someone who attended the combined six hours of the Friday and Saturday events, the themes were obvious.

For starters, a call to decency reigned. Not some bland, gray, boring form of mundane living, but rather the centuries-old respectable virtues that gave us the America we now enjoy.

Sometime around 1960, morals jumped off the bridge without first attaching the bungee cord. The result is a nation with everything from devastated families, drug- and crime-infested communities to a hedonistically driven national debt.

So remedial was this message that a Jewish rabbi—who received multiple ovations from the overwhelmingly evangelical Friday night crowd—called for a return to “manners.”

Equally basic to life was Beck’s simple exhortation to “tell the truth.” Every person should know by the first day of kindergarten. For Beck to need to call for something so basic is reflective of the moral anarchy and chaos from the failure of a generation to properly parent its own offspring.

The incessant removal of a moral base is killing us.

The blocking of reverence for God has taken away the understanding of objective truth—the Ten Commandments and acknowledging God in our schools for starters—freeing humankind to wallow in lawlessness.

Restoring Honor was about extolling virtue, the very traits that propelled this nation to rise from global obscurity to world leader. The verb-noun combination “extol virtue” is as desperately needed as it is quaint sounding.

One of the ways that virtue was extolled over the weekend was the spotlight on America’s military.

Persons who had made enormous personal sacrifices—one young soldier with both hands missing, another whose face had been blown off in Vietnam, along with a mother whose military son had been killed—were among the celebrated heroes.

The bedrock of the day was a total reliance on and thankfulness to God. This is not—as liberals love to say—“wearing your religion on your sleeve.” This is living one’s faith from one’s mind and heart. Above all, the crowd was there to honor God. And they did.

Despite the pre-rally discussions of Beck’s Mormonism, the rally’s litany of evangelical speakers gave it the Jesus-centeredness of a Billy Graham Crusade. All theological references were clearly evangelical and biblically based.

And Beck supercharged the crowd with radical confidence in individual human potential. Towards the culmination of Saturday’s three-hour event, Beck cried out that “one person can change a nation.”

Some might have thought he was referring to some yet unknown but emerging national leader. He was not. His next line: “and that person is you!”

Beck empowered people. His confidence in the American understanding of the human spirit was reminiscent of the writings of the Founding Fathers.

On the stage, African Americans were as predominant as whites. Native Americans were also included. Friday night’s Kennedy Center rally, also evangelical in tone, had no white male pastors as speakers. The lineup of African Americans, Catholics, a rabbi and female speakers garnered about 30 standing ovations.

In macro tones, the tragedy in our culture is the incapacity of many to grasp that our current tensions are no longer merely “right vs. left” but more seriously “right vs. wrong.”

Ripping up babies in the womb is a barbaric act. It is wrong. Destroying the definition of families so that children lack either a mommy or a daddy is narcissistic and just plain stupid.

Spending excessive amounts of money the nation does not have is economic suicide. Excessive taxation is oppression.

Robbing people of the cherished concept of “the consent of the governed” is nationally devastating. Smothering creativity and entrepreneurialism with bureaucracy is a denial of the longing for productivity in the human spirit, a violation of the image of God stamped deep within us.

America, by margins of 70 percent to 80 percent believe in the values that made us, whether it be in maintaining “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance or “In God We Trust” on our coins. Americans have grown weary of the oligarchic cultural elite oppressing the masses.

To discerning persons, the rally was not about Glenn Beck. It was not about Sarah Palin. This rally was about freedom, honor, our American heritage, and sacrifice. And foundationally, it was about God.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jim Garlow.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Opinion • Politics

soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Eiolg

    If it wasn't about Beck, why did he call it a Beckapolusa? If it about "restoring" honor, etc. I want to know more specifics. What time in history are we to go back to? When certain groups were 2nd class because of their color? When businesses could do what they pleased without safety rules? [Geeze, we don't even have to restore that time, so we?] Would we go back to a time when we believed what the President says? Would we go back to a time when it was OK to dump chemicals because we didn't know better? Should we ignore what science has learned? Maybe we should go back to a time when the bosses earned only 50X what the worker-bees earned instead of 200X. How about going back to a time when Glen and Sarah actually earned their living instead of just being paid to talk. How much did each of them pocket for this adventure? Were the Koch brothers bankrolling all of this event? Was it really spontaneous, as they'd like us to believe? Should we go back to a time when the churches became cozy with the political leaders, which led a nation up to war? Meaning the churches in Germany and the Lutheran and Catholic church. Lets not forget this history.

    August 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
    • TammyB

      I think we should go back to the time where if someone wanted to hold a "rally" they didn't charge for it.

      August 30, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
    • Kate


      You could always hold a rally to promote that ... 🙂

      August 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
    • TammyB

      @ Kate...I just might! I won't even charge either!

      August 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  2. farmerjane

    @Jim Garlow: Isn't having GOD in your life enough? GOD rains on everybody; they are all his. Your parochial stance inhibits
    understanding and REVELATION, pushing the gap even farther apart. Your words are inciting............not the LOVE of GOD for all his creation. Your mental frame speaks louder than your words. Get a grip, you're not RECEIVING.

    August 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
    • Selfish Gene


      August 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
    • bostonjim

      @selfish Gene- Hope so...otherwise, I've got a creepy mental image to contend with

      August 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
    • Q

      LOL! Golden showers from on high!

      August 31, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  3. Joe

    What a phony this guy is. 70 to 80%. What about the 30 to 20 percent whou don't believe in your silly God. And by the way Glenn does not either. He is a member of teh Cult club of Mormonism and was raised Catholic. Lot of wholesome family values in that crowd to. Hypocrisy is this guy's middle name. Family values in religion? Are you kidding me? Let's ask the many times divorced Newt for his all knowing friendship with God. Please give to me a long and neverending break.

    August 30, 2010 at 11:24 am |
    • NL

      Well, they like to say that it's about 80%, but that includes everyone who says they believe in God, including Catholics (a very big percentage of Americans), Mormons, "traditional" protestant denominations, Christian Orthodox, Jews and Muslims, assorted cults and the millions who wouldn't label themselves with any particular group. Still, they'd like to give the impression that this hypothetical 80% are all cookie cutter copies of the modern evangelical, born-again movement and all, deep down, share the same values just because they believe in God.

      August 30, 2010 at 11:45 am |
    • NL

      Actually, a 2005 online Harris Poll found that only 58% of respondents said they were "absolutely certain" there was a God, with the rest falling into various levels of uncertainty.

      August 30, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
    • Dan

      Joe, you should have stayed in school and gotten an education.

      August 30, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Dan: You got anything to contribute to the discussion or are you just here as filler?

      August 30, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      Dan is full of witty retort today..

      August 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
    • sandiegomom

      @JOE – Wow. So are you saying that because Newt has been divorced that he should not have a relationship with God? Isn't that just a wee bit judgemental?

      August 31, 2010 at 1:29 am |
  4. Ridley

    Beck is simply an opinion pusher. He does not possess a single ounce of journalistic integrity and has no qualifications and he is not conservative. But then, what can anyone expect from someone who can't find anything filthier than their own personal reflection. Since people like Beck cannot exist on the basis of any personal merits, they survive by puting others down with lies and half truths in order to feel good about themselves. The truth about Beck is that he a dry mormon alcoholic who never got the counseling required by alcoholics. He flippantly throws around Christian terms like "God", "Jesus", "Holy Spirit" as well as voices of other so called "Spirit Powers" on his radio talk show. Beck is a mormon in active standing with the mormon church and is not a Christian. Mormonism teaches many gods, that the god of the earth was once a man who attained godhood status and that Jesus Christ and Satan were brothers. Also, Beck is a dry alcoholic who like George Bush Jr, never got the professional help an alcoholic requires. Beck does not possess a single ounce of journalistic integrity which is why he is the perfect abortion poster child for Fox Network. The people who love what Beck says are no different than the impressionable sheep who loved every speech made by Adolph Hitler in his early years when he brought Germany into an era of economic prosperity. These same sheep (like the ones who listen to and believe the lies of Beck) also blindly followed Hitler into one of the darkest chapters of world history. Beck and the Fox Network both cater to the same lowest common denominator of demagogery. The man would not know the first thing about God as he is a mormon. Someone should ask him which of the many mormon gods he kept talking about during his argument with himself on Saturday. Unfortunately, these teabaggers out there do not realize that Beck is talking about a different god than that of Christianity, Judaism or Islam.

    August 30, 2010 at 11:07 am |
    • TammyB

      You might have a good argument for me until you said that because he is a Mormom, Beck is not a Christian. I've been to a Mormon church, my aunt is Morman. The definition of a Christian is one who believes in Jesus as the son of God. As far as I know from all the Mormons I know (a few), they believe in Jesus as the Son of God, and they follow his teachings. They have a supplemental book, the Book of Mormon, but mostly, they follow the bible. Go ahead, look up the definition of a Christian! I have.

      August 30, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
    • Dennis

      To Tammy B. I don't usually share this with folks because the little bit I shared in my posting regarding Mormonism is usually enough to open the eyes of those who refuse to be led around by the nose. However, just so that no one gets the wrong idea here, I do have a university graduate degree in Christian Theology and World Religions, and unlike most, I do know the different between a religion and a cult. Mormonism, (just like the Jehovah’s Witness cult) is a cult. They are the 2 major cults in the USA that try and claim to be Christian Religions. And when they come to your door or engage you in a conversation, they can easily confuse and fool you with lies using any version of the Christian bible that you can name. These cults will use all the exact same language, nomenclature and historic figures that you know to make you think that they believe in the same God, same Jesus & even same Holy Spirit that Christianity teaches.
      No one is denying that some of these people from these cults might be nice folks or even well meaning. However, there is nothing wrong with calling something what it really is as this is not an attack. The problem here is the fact that most people do not want to do their homework and political correctness is attack those who expose the truth at every level in this nation.

      September 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  5. Kate

    "To discerning persons"

    So anyone who disagrees and saw the hypocrisy of the whole event and the LIP SERVICE it paid to veterans obviously must not be a discerning person.

    Arrogant much, Mr Garlow?

    Are you really that desperate you'd grasp at the straw that is Glen Beck?

    August 30, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  6. penalcolony

    Garlow and those like him have much to do with the disappearance from my vocabulary of the noun "Christian," which has been replaced by "liar for Christ," or just plain "liar."

    August 30, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  7. Frogist

    Another needlessly vague article. Why don't these alleged moral leaders who so extol honesty come out and say what they are saying? You mention "ripping up babies in the womb", do you mean this rally was for anti-choice? You talk about people destroying the definition of family, do you mean those darn gays? Also for something so non-political, to equate Left with wrong seems like an oddly political statement. As does talking about taxation and government spending. Honestly, just because you don't mention red and blue states or which party sponsored this (tea party), doesn't mean it wasn't political in nature.
    If you want honesty, Glenn Beck, how about you start with yourself.

    August 30, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  8. Sir Craig

    Mr. Garlow, I don't know you personally but I see in your bio that you are a pastor. For this I will forgive your blinders to the real reason behind Beck's tour d'ego. This was Glen Beck's moment to cast himself as the next "messiah" by holding forth on his views of what an ideal world should be like, and apparently found enough right-wing loons to bolster that view. His claim that this was not a political event is utter horse-hockey: Not a single liberal voice was presented, which either means every liberal is an America-hating lout (highly unlikely), or this was simply conservative grandstanding embraced by the Tea Partiers and Republicans.

    "We need more God"? Seriously? Which one? Which flavor should people follow? I've seen enough of the god-botherers in this country to know "god" isn't a solution. Manners, yes, but when you have followers of a Jewish zombie screaming that Muslims have no right to build mosques anywhere (except possibly on Mars) and using Iron Age myths collected in a dried up 2000-year old book to justify that hatred and prejudice, I have little hope the faithful would know good manners from cow flop.

    What we need is more education, more involvement of parents in their kids lives, and less of the corrupting influence of religion and mythological teachings. Otherwise we may see a return of such moral examples of religious life as those exemplified by the Taliban, the Inquisition, and generally the Dark Ages.

    August 30, 2010 at 10:38 am |
    • Dan

      Sir Crap, you are sharing your ignorance with us against our will. Please stuff it. Thanks.

      August 30, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  9. Jay

    The beck rally proved to me that people of extreme faith do not know history, even their own. Was there even a bare a mention of the role religion in the form of American theocratic practices has encouraged and tolerated the seizing of land owned by native Americans, the enslavement of African-Americans, the discrimination of African-Americans, things such as the Salem Witch Trials. I agree with Roger, Williams, the colonial era founder of Rhode island. he founded it as a place for religious freedom for ALL people, not just those who agreed with his particular brand of religion or his own take on God. He purchased land from Native Americans rather than just claimed it. Most importantly, he rejected theocracy-the idea that the government should force people to follow religious laws and base its rulings on a religious basis only. He said that theocracy was an insult to God-It assumed that God's word was not strong enough without the force of government making people follow it, and that it assumed that humans knew what god wanted. He also said that theocracy perverted the function of government, which was to protect and provide opportunities for its citizens and not to be the religious enforcer. For all of you who think that government backed religion is the right thing, name five countries at any time throughout human history that have been theocracies and NOT had some group that they discriminated against, tortured, oppressed, or or regulated to second class citizenship. The religion doesn't matter-various forms of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, whatever. Theocracy is not ultimately about religious belief or faith. it is about force and power. And it has never been a good thing in human history

    August 30, 2010 at 10:37 am |
    • Frogist

      @Jay: Wow thanks for injecting some substance into the discussion! I agree wholeheartedly.

      August 30, 2010 at 10:42 am |
    • Kate


      What Frogist said

      August 30, 2010 at 10:48 am |
    • Mary Ann

      In regard to the enslavement of Africans, in order to have a buyer you have to have a seller their own African brothers sold and used each other as slaves. That doesn not make it right but it was a time in history and is still happening today in Africa (they have other Africans as slvaes) and Saudi Arabia (they buy Indian children as slaves not to mention abuse them too). You are missing the point the problem is not the theocracy the problem is that man is inherantly evil and pride, false dieties (such as money, power, greed) will become the new diety and replace God if one if not careful. All religions shoul.d be tolerant of each other. Right now I can only think of two "religions" that are not tolerant – one keeps trying to take God out of everything in our country even though the majority of Americans want to keep all references of God. The other can not even be friends with"the infidels". Isn't the tolerance of the Christians what the problem is here? Funny enough if Christians weren't tolereant the others would not have been able to even get started!!!

      August 30, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
    • Dan

      Jay is a moron.

      August 30, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
    • Frogist

      @ MaryAnn: The ones who were keeping religion out of your country (I'm assuming you mean govt and public institutions) were your forefathers. You know, that separation of church and state, that thing that keeps us from being a theocracy... As for that other religion, the one who won't "make friends with "the infidels", you might want to reference a previous story on CNN about how the evangelicals didn't want to make friends with Beck cuz he's a mormon. Don't be hypocritical, MaryAnn. It makes christians look bad.

      August 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
    • Frogist

      @ MaryAnn: The ones who were keeping religion out of your country (I'm assuming you mean govt and public inst-itutions) were your forefathers. You know, that separation of church and state, that thing that keeps us from being a theocracy... As for that other religion, the one who won't "make friends with "the infidels", you might want to reference a previous story on CNN about how the evangelicals didn't want to make friends with Beck cuz he's a mormon. Don't be hypocritical, MaryAnn. It makes christians look bad.

      August 30, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      Dan has absolutely nothing to counter with.

      August 30, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
    • TammyB

      Refreshing statement! Some actual "food for thought"!

      August 30, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
    • TammyB

      @ Mary Ann...I'm going to say something wicked...Some of the most greediest, hypocritical, and downright mean-spirited people I've ever met have been at church. That's why I don't go anymore...organized religion breeds that kind of behaviour in my experience. I know what and who I believe in...I don't need someone telling me those kinds of things, then proverbially, pushing me down and taking my lunch money, while talking behind my back, and making all kinds of silly rules that have nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus then telling me what a horrible person I am, how I'm going to he** (church=judgemental people...thought that was God's job), if I have a question about what they're teaching, instead of patiently trying to teach, like Jesus did. I have my own separation of church and my state of being, which has worked well for me, and I am a pretty honest, and polite person, without all the crap of organized religion!

      August 30, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
    • sandiegomom

      @Maryann – Right on!!!

      August 31, 2010 at 1:20 am |
    • sandiegomom

      @Tammy – I think you need another church – not another Jesus or another "religion" If your church does not support and grow your relationship with Jesus Christ or act as the body of Christ, then leave it immediately and find another. There are many, many churches that actually walk the talk.

      August 31, 2010 at 1:24 am |
  10. JohnQuest

    Does anyone really think we should used the Bible as our moral guide? I think we are much better off not using a 2000 year old text as a guide to how we treat each other, if anyone does please explain to me why?

    August 30, 2010 at 9:29 am |
    • SeanNJ

      I agree with you, but since the bulk of the populace is too stupid to see the benefit of doing the right thing without the threat of eternal damnation, we have no other real way to keep the sheep in line.

      August 30, 2010 at 10:00 am |
    • JohnQuest

      If America were to enforce a strict Biblical code of ethics the sheep would revolt, only the Sheppard would be happy. Mr. Beck thinks of himself as a Sheppard, to guide us sheep and milk us for everything we have. Are we really the confused as a people? Scratch that last question of course we are.

      August 30, 2010 at 10:21 am |
    • Corey Mann

      Johnny Quest you might want to try reading the bible and learning about what it says and means thinking of it as an old book. Also it is older that 2000 years and remember God is the Author of all that is good.

      September 1, 2010 at 1:43 am |
    • Margaret

      Is your objection that it is old, or that it is a guide? Are you saying that only what is new is reliable? Are you saying that wisdom only holds true as long as road maps do?

      September 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  11. Lepanto

    Does anyone from CNN realize this is a pro Beck piece on their site? Even more disturbing to the CNN crowd it’s pro Christian and pro American.

    August 30, 2010 at 9:13 am |
    • NL

      Despite what you've been led to believe, the Right doesn't own the monopoly on being pro-American, you know?

      August 30, 2010 at 11:25 am |
    • TammyB

      These are the kind of statements that keep people apart and in turmoil. Most people I know, whether republican or democrat, are centrists...kind of middle of the road. I watch Beck, read many, many things, including both Fox and CNN, as do most of the people I know. I am patriotic (I am Democrat...gasp!) and although I don't believe in organized religion, I do believe in manners! OMG...hard to imagine, huh?

      August 30, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      America was never meant to be a xtian nation.

      The original coinage minted by the United States never carried a religious motto. Interestingly, "MIND YOUR BUSINESS" (from Benjamin Franklin) appeared as the first motto (see below). The first American coinage appeared totally secular; as clean from a mention of god as the Constitution.

      However, the religious community in America grew. At the time of pre-Civil War days, church membership had risen to 16 percent of the population (1850) and to 23 percent by 1860. From a desire to transform America into a Christian state, several Protestant denominations organized the National Reform Association which aimed to amend the Constitution to "declare the nation's allegiance to Jesus Christ." and to put a "legal basis" of the land on "Christian laws."

      Although the National Reform Association failed in its attempt to amend the Constitution, it continued its efforts into the twentieth century. The National Reform Association attracted many powerful men in its ranks, including governors, Supreme Court Justices, and James Pollock who became the Director of the U.S. Mint.

      Not until 1865 did the the religious motto appear on the first public issue coin (a bronze two-cent piece). Later in 1865, an Act to authorize the Coinage of Three-cent pieces, containing the motto, got passed. The Act of 1865 gave the authority to place "IN GOD WE TRUST" on coins.

      In 1866 politicians put the motto on $5, $10, and $20 gold pieces, silver quarters, halves, dollars, and on the shield nickel, new in that year. They dropped it from the nickels, from the 1883 Liberty Head, until sculptor Felix Schlag placed it on the Jefferson nickel of 1938.

      In 1908 Congress ignored the concept of state/church separation and considered a bill to make the use of the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" a requirement of law.

      The consideration served, of course, as more of a political polemic than a statement of fact. Congress had not specifically approved the motto until after the Civil war and only some coins had the motto imprinted on them. But on March 8, 1908, they passed the bill and made it a law.

      On March 22, 1956, during the Christian anti-communist fever of McCarthyism, Congress passed a bill establishing "IN GOD WE TRUST" as a national motto.

      Today, the religious motto defaces all of our paper and coinage, none of which appeared on our Founding Father's currency. Considering that Christians supposedly avoid the love of money, the "root of all evil" (1 Tim. 6:10 ), here we have a perfect example for justifying not only love for money but to place trust in a superstitious entity, the root of maleficence, if ever there existed one.

      August 31, 2010 at 9:14 am |
    • Selfish Gene


      August 31, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  12. Reality

    Same old money-making scheme that has been effect for the last 2000 years.

    Christian Economics 101

    The Baptizer drew crowds and charged for the "dunking". The historical Jesus saw a good thing and continued dunking and preaching the good word but added "healing" as an added charge to include free room and board. Sure was better than being a poor peasant but he got a bit too zealous and they nailed him to a tree. But still no greed there.

    Paul picked up the money scent on the road to Da-mascus. He added some letters and a prophecy of the imminent second coming for a fee for salvation and "Gentilized" the good word to the "big buck" world. i.e. Paul was the first media evangelist!!! And he and the other Apostles forgot to pay their Roman taxes and the legendary actions by the Romans made them martyrs for future greed. Paul was guilty of minor greed?

    Along comes Constantine. He saw the growing rich Christian community and recognized a new tax base so he set them "free". Major greed on his part!!

    The Holy Roman "Empirers"/Popes/Kings/Queens et al continued the money grab selling access to JC and heaven resulting in some of today's richest organizations on the globe i.e. the Christian churches (including the Mormon Church) and related aristocracies. Obvious greed!!!

    And then there are today's Christian evangelists and book "pushers". Greed to the point of violating "truth in advertising" laws!!!

    An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,

    "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

    August 30, 2010 at 8:25 am |
    • Frogist

      Relity, aren't you tired of hating on people's religions? You're not converting anyone you know.

      August 30, 2010 at 9:08 am |
    • Kate


      Oh he is – *to* religion 😛

      Just sayin' 🙂

      August 30, 2010 at 9:48 am |
    • Frogist

      LOL @ Kate! Oops joke's on him!

      August 30, 2010 at 9:56 am |
    • Jeff

      Do cite your reference regarding John the Baptist charging for dunking. WIth all that cash, those were imported locusts he was eating, right? 🙂

      August 30, 2010 at 10:52 am |
    • Reality

      Hmmm, the story aka legend has JB eating locusts topped with wild honey, a real delicacy no doubt in the first century CE.

      Another variation: "his food consisted of raw honey that tasted like manna, like a pancake cooked with oil."

      The "skinny" of said legend:

      "The idea of eating locusts or grasshoppers is repulsive to many, but keep in mind that most think nothing of eating a cow or a chicken’s flesh. It’s really a matter of mind-set. In ancient Greece and Rome, fried locusts, cicadas, and grasshoppers were considered a delicacy superior to the best meat or fish. These insects have enormous nutritional value. Grasshoppers, for example, are 60% protein versus chicken or beef with about 20%. According to author Christopher Nyerges, “When hordes of locusts destroy acres of crops, farmers should be counting their blessings and rapidly collecting locusts. After all, the locusts are a much higher protein source than the grains they’re devouring.”

      John the Baptist ate locusts just as many Asians also did then and still do today. Locusts are prepared by many by being slightly roasted, dried in the sun, and then salted. When eaten, the wings, legs, and head are removed; when the head is removed, the intestines come out with it. The part left is the fleshy portion. Locusts are a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals. Brother John ate locusts and the gold standard of food – wild honey." Yum!!!! 🙂 – answers.com

      And it sure beats those tasteless, flesh and blood communion wafers still served every Sunday!!!

      August 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  13. Bruce Mac

    Get past the graph and examine the individual claims on that website. Many don't trust websites sponsored by the editorial departments of major newspapers anymore, the St. Petersburg Times included. Some of what they tag as Beck's "lies" cite statements by Administration officials as "proof" that he lied. Bit of a conflict of interests there.

    Do you give the same credence to the things that this PolitiFact website claims to be lies told by Obama?

    August 30, 2010 at 8:24 am |
    • Frogist

      Truth hurts, don't it?

      August 30, 2010 at 8:41 am |
    • Bruce Mac

      Oh, you must have read the Obama list-o-lies!

      August 30, 2010 at 8:45 am |
    • Frogist

      Actualy, I did browse quite a few pages. One of them was the list on President Obama. I was disheartened to see some of his campaign promises stalled. But by and large, his list of things being worked on or promises kept was quite impressive. Ms Palin's was hilarious though.

      August 30, 2010 at 9:05 am |
    • Bruce Mac

      "R" word....yawn....not walking on eggshells anymore. McCain did that. Look where it got him. I'm not a racist, and I don't care what you "construe".

      August 30, 2010 at 9:19 am |
    • Frogist

      @ Bruce, funny how quickly your discussion breaks down. Is that because you are lacking in information? Or because you do not have the capacity for actual comprehensive thought? I'd wager neither. I'd wager you're just so hellbent on villifying someone else that you can't practice what Mr Beck preaches: good manners and honesty. Pity.

      August 30, 2010 at 9:44 am |
    • Bruce Mac

      Whew...long day of traveling back from the rally. Anyway, Ms./Mr. Frogist, I can't quite make out how you figure my discussion "broke down." You suggest that something I didn't even say was racist...I defended myself...then you start making "wagers" on what kind of person I am. I could list my race creds and skin color, but I won't. I will say that the older I get, the more abhorrent I find racism in any form. You are making assumptions about me without even knowing me. Let's see, what's that called? Oh, yeah...prejudice!

      I'm sure you're a very nice person, but you don't know me, and it's very apparent that you did not attend that rally.

      Have a nice day. 🙂

      August 30, 2010 at 11:18 pm |
    • Frogist

      @ Bruce: You would rather accuse instead of actually reading your response to what I wrote, or indeed reading what I wrote. Your credibility would grow if you bothered to keep your threads intact and respond to what is written. It's called debate. You should know that the assumptions I make about you, which you keep confirming everytime you write, are based on your posts. A bit more level-headedness on your part would serve us all well. As for Beck's rally, no, I didn't attend. But by your inconsistent train of thought, jumping to conclusions, and general willingness to see the enemy everywhere, I wouldn't doubt that you did attend.

      August 31, 2010 at 10:52 am |
    • Bruce Mac

      Truth hurts, don't it?

      ("Somebody" earlier thought that was debate.)

      August 31, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
  14. Joshua Hudson

    I would go with "trained monkey." This rally may have had more credibility than Glenn Beck. He is a revisionist, whose "historical" literature is not only inaccurate but propaganda.

    People forget that our founding fathers created a republic, not a democracy. It was created to protect the minority (politically, socially, nationality, etc.). Even though there may be more "christians" in America– that does not mean that this country should be a "christian" nation. That is one reason we are a republic and also the reason why we have the first amendment.

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances"

    While Mr. Beck loves the right of freedom of the press and peacable assembly, he does not like the prohibition of establishing America as a Christian nation. He feels that he can backdoor it by saying that it was "implied" by the founding fathers– that his historically NOT TRUE. We are a secular nation. Many of the founding fathers had a great distaste for the church (any church), which was common for all educated men during the "Age of Reason."

    Regardless of politics (liberal or conservative), the idea of this rally was about defining America as a religious Christian state. Not just any Christian, but evangelical Christian (see Beck's opinions on Catholics). For over 200 years we have been a multi-faith nation and its diversity is what makes it great: not its hemogeny.

    Am I surprised he got 80,000+ supporters? No. Do I think that it is a statement for what is good for America– Nope.

    August 30, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  15. Frogist

    Another needlessly vague article. Why don't these alleged moral leaders who so extol honesty come out and say what they are saying? You mention "ripping up babies in the womb", do you mean this rally was for anti-choice? You talk about people destryoing the definition of family, do you mean those darn gays? Also for something so non-political, to equate Left with wrong seems like an oddly political statement. As does talking about taxation and government spending. Honestly, just because you don't mention red and blue states or which party sponsored this (tea party), doesn't mean it wasn't political in nature.
    If you want honesty, Glenn Beck, how about you start with yourself.

    August 30, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  16. Steven M

    You know, if you don't like Glenn Beck you can turn the channel or turn off the radio/TV. I don't particularly care for Obama...I turn the channel and he's gone, works every time. The visceral hatred for Beck and his ilk and the never ending spewing of highly intellectual statements from the left makes me wonder who is full of hate, the libs or the right. You Liberals keep "yuking it up," November 2 is just around the corner.

    August 30, 2010 at 8:08 am |
    • Frogist

      And what is wrong with "highly intellectual" statements? Intellectual means well thought out...

      August 30, 2010 at 8:14 am |
    • SeanNJ

      Eventually, we centrists will finally get tired of all you extremists hijacking the conversation with irrelevant finger pointing, and marginalize the whole lot of you.

      World will be inifnitely better for it.

      August 30, 2010 at 10:02 am |
    • Nonimus


      Hear! Hear!
      Radical Moderates Unite!

      August 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
    • TammyB

      I don't like Beck, and I do turn off the radio when I don't want to hear him anymore, so I agree with that. As far as why I don't like him, it's because he talks down to everyone, even when they are agreeing with him. It's like he's got that 'kindergarten teacher' voice, you know the one? The one that sounds like you are perpetually 5 years old! Hate that. To be an effective host to the public, I think you need to be more homogeniZed than that....more smooth and less condescending. It's probably just the way he talks. And by the way, I'm a democrat, one of your "lefties" but I still listen to him sometimes. You shouldn't label all of us as haters....some of us just hate condescending people on the radio!

      August 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
    • Dave


      August 31, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  17. Bruce Mac

    Trained monkey...really? That is so typical of folks on your side. When you fail to support your point of view with reason, you resort to name calling. Pitiful; but I guess you have to use what you have. Too bad that's all you have. When you can't name any lie told by Glenn Beck, you settle for simply attacking his veracity without supporting your attack. Weak. Pathetic. Childish.

    Your quote, "Most Americans will act like monkeys if you tempt them with a little of the stuff," would more aptly be applied to the hordes who voted for Obama.

    August 30, 2010 at 7:56 am |
    • jedipunk

      Lies told by Glenn Beck can be found at http://politifact.com/personalities/glenn-beck/

      August 30, 2010 at 7:59 am |
    • Frogist

      @Bruce Mac: I hope you understand that your statement could be construed as racist...

      August 30, 2010 at 8:16 am |
    • Frogist

      @jedipunk Loving that site! Very interesting info.

      August 30, 2010 at 8:44 am |
    • Bruce Mac

      Racist? Hmmm. Funny how you picked a comment by me to call "racist" when it was a response to the monkey business brought up by Peter. You gave him a pass though.

      That "R" word is the new last refuge for those who don't have facts. Did you complain when the Attorney General dismissed the case against the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation? Guess that wasn't racist in your book, eh?

      August 30, 2010 at 8:51 am |
    • Frogist

      @Bruce, sorry but when I see people making careless statements not understanding the implications of their speech, I like to call them on it. Words are important and when you use a slur for blacks against a black president's supprters, I figured it would be best to make sure you understand what you might be saying. It's hardly helpful to kill the messenger because you were thoughtless in your own rhetoric.

      August 30, 2010 at 9:02 am |
    • Selfish Gene

      I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.

      August 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
    • TammyB

      Yeah, well I think both media and politicians are the biggest liars and all of them do so. Media is so corrupt these days on both sides, they slant it to get people's reactions whichever way the wind is blowing that day. As far as the rally, I don't know what it was like as I wasn't there. As far as voting for Obama, well, we all had to vote for someone, and one side was as good as the other. You probably haven't learned yet that all of our government is corrupt and that both parties are more or less of two evils. Didn't matter who we voted for... Jaded enough for you?

      August 30, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
    • sandiegomom

      Well said.

      August 31, 2010 at 1:14 am |
  18. jlbaker

    Thank you for this accurate and eloquent synopsis of the rally. I, too, was in attendance and it was an historical event. Absolutely NOT about Glenn, Sarah, Alveda... each speaker directed the focus to God. The Holy Spirit was in that place! Inspiring; Invigorating; much needed!

    August 30, 2010 at 7:45 am |
    • Frogist

      @B Rabbit... wow that was constructive...

      August 30, 2010 at 10:37 am |
    • Selfish Gene

      Science flies you to the moon.

      Religion flies you into buildings.

      August 30, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  19. peterb37

    If I were trying to further the cause of truth telling , honesty and integrity, I sure wouldn't be looking to Glenn the performing monkey to do it. Like all talking monkeys he will do do tricks or say whatever pleases you for a little monkey food. Monkey food is the worthless paper we call money now days, Most Americans will act like monkeys if you tempt them with a little of the stuff. Even if it isn't worth the paper it's printed on. Go figure !

    August 30, 2010 at 7:26 am |
    • Dan

      What level of education did you attain? I'll bet you failed to matriculate Jr. High School.

      August 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
    • James

      Then if it was all about money why did he pay for the whole rental ,and why did all the money that was made off anything was given to the different foundations that help the families of fallen soldiers, i just think your blinded by what the other ppl say or do about him. If he was such a bigot then why does he associate himself with so many Black/Brown Americans?

      August 31, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
    • Kate


      He didn't pay for anything. The deal was that everything would be paid for by the donations, and the remaining donations go to the Foundation – those donations coming *in* to the Foundation to begin with, a registered charity, I think to boot.

      There's also no word on whether or not he or Palin got speaking fees, or who got the the merchandising profits (not part of the donations).

      August 31, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
    • Kim

      Wow...if you had one documented untruth that Glenn has told on radio or TV, you probably should comment on that rather than the juvenile name calling.

      August 31, 2010 at 11:24 pm |
    • Lee


      The Restoring Honor rally was paid for by donations, including over 5 Million extra for the Foundation. That's quite a success as far as these things go. Beck also committed to the Foundation that he would personally pay for any costs not covered by the donations if the donations weren't enough to pay for the rally – no one does that at this type of event that I know of – maybe you can come up with other specific examples.

      The Kennedy Center event was paid for personally by Glenn Beck, completely.

      There is word about fees for speaking – no one got a fee for speaking, including Sarah Palin. The proceeds for the 8/28 merchandise went to the Foundation – that was understood from the moment you could buy the shirts, posters, etc.

      By the way, all the above has been said on Glenn Becks show – some of it numerous times, and it's all recorded – audio and video. There's no need for anyone to be unclear about any of these issues.

      September 4, 2010 at 10:40 am |
    • Kate


      Thank you for the clarification, it's appreciated.

      My concerns over all of it are because I am a donor and supporter of the Foundation since its inception. My fears were that it could be left on the hook for costs not covered, as well as – to be brutally honest – the risks of it being exploited for political gains.

      There has been too much exploitation of our veterans by all comers of late, and it annoys me, both as a Veteran and an American that in this war, my brothers and sisters in arms have become political pawns off the battlefield as well as more usually on the battlefield.

      Information about the speakers not getting paid for attending goes a long way to reduce that annoyance. I still feel that the Foundation's mission was taken advantage of for political goals, but that's tempered with the knowledge that a lot of money was raised that will go towards helping the families of our troops that are still an afterthought in the minds of many.

      Just thankin'

      September 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  20. jonny bivens

    what a joke

    August 30, 2010 at 7:23 am |
    • Lima Zulu

      Lol, right? Beck's a bigot, a liar, and a jerk. Among other bad things.

      August 30, 2010 at 7:41 am |
    • GA nana

      So, just a few minutes ago I received a call from my BFF. She has a young man (homeless) living in her home. A former thug, new in life and spirit through the Grace of Jesus Christ. THE same Jesus that I heard referenced time and time again during the restoring honor rally, Saturday, for where else can true honor come, except through the One who is Truth and Honesty. This young man has a desire to speak to inmates, of which he once was, having been in and out of jail and before the same judge so many times that the judge was prompted to tell him if he came back one more time, he would go to jail for a long long time. He called the county sheriff, to obtain permission to go into the jail to talk with the prisoners, but, he first explained that his life had been so radically changed by the person of Jesus Christ, that he would be compelled to expound on this and proclaim new live and salvation through Him. The sheriff said come on we will hold the door for you, you will be welcome here. My heart breaks for so many of those who have responded to this article in negative, rude tone. My thought is how desperately we need Jesus, and oh, if only He were allowed back into the class room, maybe so many inmates wouldn't find them selves in their predicament. Sad that Jesus cannot go to school and perhaps prevent children from winding up in jail in the first (or last) place, yet, he is welcome in the prison.

      August 31, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
    • jan manz

      A joke huh? Hey I love a good joke now and then, but you won't be laughing if americans don't heed that this nation is a nation under God and established by Divine Providence. . Atheistic nations turned into control and oppression then torture and murder. God is the Creator of life, freedom and liberty.

      August 31, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
    • Jeff Stanley

      It is no more possible for a nation to be Christian than it is for a dog to be a Christian. So where did the notion come from that America is somehow a "Christian nation"? Not from the Bible, that's for sure. God calls individual human beings to salvation through Christ Jesus, in Romans 10:9-10 for instance. Which makes the "Kingdom Theology" that is behind the Christian Right's agenda a counterfeit of Satan. (Google the term, if you want an education on the subject.)

      God doesn't work through politics. He works through individual hearts and lives. The hearts and lives of those who know Him and love Him. You may think that you can "take control" of the world's systems, and by doing so, make the world a better place. But in the end the world is going to control you.

      The Devil offered Jesus Christ Himself "all the kingdoms of the world and the glory thereof," and the Lord turned down the offer flat. But somehow YOU think that YOU are qualified to run things?

      Get a clue, people.

      September 3, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
    • Margaret

      To Jeff Stanley: I think that perhaps you are somewhat mistaken. For instance, in Psalm 33:12, the text runs thus (from the Amplified): "Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His heritage." and again, in Proverbs 29:2: "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn." I understand the contrast of the Kingdom of God and the kingdoms of the earth, but that was not your argument.

      I would also like to point out that there is ample precedent for the Lord to deal with nations as entities – for instance, in Psalm 96:10: "Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns." The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity." And again in Psalm 9:19: "Arise, O LORD, let not man triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence."

      There is an old saying – "it only takes one white crow to proves that all crows are not black." – Your argument is not well presented, and badly supported – even I can find several flaws in it. Therefore it fails to prove what you set out to show, and diminishes your objection to opinion.

      September 7, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
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