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August 31st, 2010
10:05 AM ET

Glenn Beck's religious awakening

CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Dan Gilgoff talks with CNN's Brian Todd about the vacuum in the Christian Right and whether or not Glenn Beck is trying to fill the void.


soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. News Runner

    @ bla HEY BY THE WAY STUPID. GLEN BECK ISN't a Born again christian, but good try. ;p if your going to dis, at least get your facts straight.

    September 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  2. News Runner

    @BOB P. YOU MAD BRO?!?!?!?!?!

    September 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  3. C. Cantu

    I think Glen Beck comments meant that 10% of Muslims are "susceptible" of becoming terrorists. My opinion is that most Muslim clerics (ayatollahs, muftis, ullemas, mullahs, sheiks, imams, etc.) are the main instigators of all the terrorist attacks and violence around the world. They exert absolute power over Muslim societies even on moderate Muslims, government leaders and monarchies. It is evident that they control Sharia courts, police (muttawa), interpret laws and are judge and juror condemning people. They created an oppresive system which is much worse than the Inquisition and the Stazi (ex-East Germany police) combined.

    December 12, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  4. bla

    Glen Beck is nothing more than a bigot, racist,rich, loud mouth,that hates any kind of humans that are gay, have any color in their skin,of happen to be of another belief other than Born Again Christian!!!! When they test limbaugh again for opium, have beck take a UA also!!!!

    October 15, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  5. K. Fox

    You know what Beck needs? – drug testing. He shows all the signs of a coke and/or narcotics addict. He is dillusional about his own importance, emotional and scattered.

    August 31, 2010 at 11:53 pm |
    • NL

      Makes you wonder if those biblical prophets would have passed a drug test?

      September 1, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  6. ScottK

    Glenn Becks real hidden message:

    "Our forefathers didn't kill all those Injuns just to let this country get taken over by a bunch of ni #$ers and hippies!!"

    August 31, 2010 at 11:25 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Sorry Scott. As soon as the video was shown with a diverce crowd in attendance post, such as yours became meaningless.

      August 31, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
  7. JustMan2010

    Freedom of Religion is no longer an option for Egyptians converting to Islam from the Orthodox Church. Camellia Shehata like her predecessor Wafaa Constantine (wives of Orthodox priests) and many others were handed to the Orthodox Church apparently against their free will, and their whereabouts are not disclosed by the Church despite many calls for their apperance on the media to clarify the truth. Wafaa Constantine was handed over in 2003, and now Camellia Shehata in 2010 as well as many others in between. Human Rights groups should call for the appearence of these women and their release from the hands of the orthodox church. We are no longer in the time of the Inquisitions.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  8. Bob P

    I am a Christian conservative. I am angered that two of the least honorable people in public life have hijacked the Christian cause and dare to preach about restoring America's honor.

    Beck is dishonest. He has been caught on more than one occasion using montages of video clips to inflate the apparent number of people at conservative rallies. He shamelessly promotes the purchase of gold during his show while accepting advertising dollars from gold sellers. One of the companies he promotes is under investigation for gouging consumers with overpriced gold coins. Yet he still shills for them. Clearly this is a conflict of interest that no reputable network would tolerate in one of its journalists
    .
    Palin has no principal. Having principal means sticking by your convictions even if are not politically expedient. Palin is willing to promote the violation of American citizens First Amendment and private property rights to win votes and attention. I am speaking of the New York Mosque of course.

    Both of these people are charlatans whose only goals are money and power. I feel certain that each of them will self destruct due to their lack of character. As my priest says "What's in the well comes up in the bucket sooner or later."

    August 31, 2010 at 9:58 pm |
    • NL

      I'm starting to hear this a lot from conservative christians. The conscientious seems to be that people like Beck and Palin really just want to be famous, and presenting themselves as patriotic American religious conservatives is just the vehicle they're using to keep in the public eye. If it weren't for this cause they'd be reality TV regulars.

      September 1, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  9. Mark from Middle River

    @Eric – While the hurricaine Earl part was interesting there is something to being said about those that throughout history who stand not on the side of the Jewish people. It's not enough to accept fully but it does cause pause. The interesting thing is that for all to come pass your way of thinking must dominate and rise up against the Jews and pretty much all people of faith. Almost to a point that we, who are of faith will be persucuted and executed for admitting our faith. On those days some are looking forward to, both those of faith and those not of faith.

    August 31, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
    • Eric G

      Mark,
      I envision a more peaceful end to religion. I do not expect to see the end of religion in my lifetime, but I look forward to the days when religion is viewed with the same level of benign interest as our daily horoscopes. I do not think it will be a "fire and brimstone" end for religion. I just think it will fade away with other outdated concepts man has discarded throughout history.

      August 31, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      I do not know if it will ever die out since each day people bare witness to it. In some ways that stance is no different then many religious views of those that do not beleve as they do. One of Bin Laden's generals stated a few years back that Islam will eventually overcome and be followed by all in the west. His statements were that eventually we all would forsake any belief or non-belief that was not Islamic.

      The thing is that I look at some of the rabid post that some aethist post and it does not look like eventual will do for them. Truely I can't much worry about the battles in the future but I know that coexistance can not occur when one group is told they are being sent to hades and the other that eventually they will die out.

      August 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  10. Keith

    I like Beck. He's a great watchdog since the mainstream media outlets are just Obama propaganda puppets. I just hope he doesn't start some sort of 'universal salvation' gig. Have to stay tuned to see. In the mean time, "Earl" is bearing down on the east coast at the same time Obama is going to start 'strong arming' Israel to give up her land. Will any of these presidents make the connection? Gen 12:2,3 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. The previous 3 have missed the boat on this truth, and this "One" doesn't seem to get it either.

    August 31, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
    • Eric G

      Hi Keith! I hope all is well. That is a far out theory. Do you have any evidence to support your claim that hurricane Earl is your god's wrath because of something that has not even happened to Israel? You can reference the bible if you want to. The only problem is that for your position to be taken seriously, you will need to prove that everything in the bible is factual and thus, the bible can be viewed as a factual text. Logic is a pain that way. Or, are you just making stuff up as you go?

      August 31, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
    • Keith

      Hello Eric G, Yes, I'm fine , thank you. Yourself? Go to JohnMcTernansInsights.blogspot.com. Scroll down on the right to Top 10 FEMA disasters. Certainly you are free to draw your own conclusions. I read McTernan's book, "As America Has Done to Israel" a few years ago. Very insightful, really. He lays out whenever America tries to force Israel to give up covenant land and shows corresponding headlines in the news. Check it out.

      September 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
  11. dan

    Glenn NEEDS to watch his Sunday interview,, he say's "UM" over 40 times, and his constant stuttering, he needs speak therapy and a voice coach, other than that I like him!

    August 31, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  12. Snickers

    I was there. It was incredible and moving. I really felt the Lord's presence. Thank You Mr. Beck for an incredible experience!

    August 31, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  13. Reality

    And the next step in G. Beck's awakening is a visit from Gabriel. Moroni apparently is no longer an "in angel"

    August 31, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  14. HotAirAce

    Glenn Back makes me very proud to be two things: an atheist and a Canadian. While the left- and right-wingnuts provide me great amusement, the possibility of an American theocracy scares me greatly! The world will not be safe until most Americans finally realize There Are No Gods!!

    August 31, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
    • NL

      Thing is, if you look at any model of the complete political spectrum, the Left and Right wings curve towards themselves and actually touch at the points. This implies that, at the extremes (Nazism and Communism) the average citizen really wouldn't see any difference in how the regime treats him. If either sets of wingnuts actually gains power it'll be bad for everyone.

      August 31, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
    • Mary Liz Locke

      At times like this I wish I were Canadian.

      August 31, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  15. Ralph T

    Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream of little black boys and little back girls playing with little white boys and little white girls. Rev. Sharpton does not share the same dream. His is a dream of hate and bitterness. All Glenn Beck tried to do on Saturday was try & united Americans behind a banner of hope and unity and brotherly love, the power of one person to make a difference in the world. I defy anyone to say differently.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      Unless you are an atheist. Then it is death to the sinners!

      August 31, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
    • ScottK

      Beck a Uniter? Is that like how Pol Pot united Cambodia? or how Mao united China? or how Hitler united Germany? Yes, uniting people under a banner can be a good thing, as long as you don't use that banner to attack anyone who doesn't believe the way you do or in your G od. 31% of America thinks theres a holy war going on between Chis tians and Mus lims, and strangely F O X and Glenn Beck have roughly 34% of America's ear and 32% of Americans think Obama is the anti=chri st, funny how all those numbers match up so closely with Glenn being a uniter and all.

      If you really think that going into an all out war and attempting to annihilate the 1.66 billion Muslims is the answer to America's foreign policy and financial woes, you are the problem and should be put in an internment camp in the middle of Arizona for the protection of the real American's who have been putting their lives on the line in Iraq & Afghanistan.

      August 31, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
    • Eric G

      How do you plan on "defy"-ing me? You don't need to defy, a simple disagreement will sufice. Beck's message is about money. He is saying what he must to get his target customer base to watch his show, listen to his radio program and buy his books. Why is he turning to the religious side of things? Because he knows that they are the most willing to follow a story without evidence to support it. Beck knows that there is a sucker born every minute, and he wants to take a lick.

      August 31, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
  16. Nonimus

    Beck's turn to religion.
    Perhaps he realized that, while there's money in politics, the real money is in religion.

    August 31, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      Always has been

      August 31, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
    • NL

      L. Ron Hubbard sure thought so. "If you want to get rich, you start a religion." I wonder how much of a cut Tom gets?

      August 31, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  17. The Jackdaw

    Glenn Beck is a nut bag fundamentalist who needs to go home and mind his own business.

    August 31, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
    • K. Fox

      That and he needs to be drug tested. I think he is a cocaine addict and/or narcotics. He is dillusional about his own importance, emotional and hyper – all the signs.

      August 31, 2010 at 11:57 pm |
  18. Jochebed

    "America begins to turn back to God!"

    WHICH god??? Beck isn't even a Christian, so perhaps HE should turn to Christ first before leading others astray.

    August 31, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
    • LDS Christian

      maybe you should check your definition of a Christian. according to Webster a Christian is "one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ." according to dictionary .com a Christian is a person "of, pertaining to, believing in, or belonging to the religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ." as a member of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints (aka, LDS or Mormon) i know for a fact that we ARE Christians because we strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ. His name is in the title of our church so how can you claim we are not? we are not perfect, we have our individual flaws just like every one else. but just because we beleve a little differently than the "typical" Christian faiths (Catholics, Baptists, Protestant, etc.) does not exclude us from being what we are, and that is Christian.

      August 31, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
    • Snickers

      Who are you to judge Mr. Beck as to whether he is a christian or not? There is only one man that can judge him. Let him without sin cast the first stone.

      August 31, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
    • verify

      "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone"

      If no person is fit to cast stones, neither is he fit to bestow halos.

      August 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  19. Fast Eddie

    If Glenn Beck is "waking up", then what has he been doing for the past thirty years? The only vacuum on the right-wing of politics is the one in people's heads when faced with facts and numbers bigger than 10. Economics is too big of a word, but "no taxes" is two easy words.

    August 31, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
    • ScottK

      Other words Glenn Beck and his followers dont like:

      1. Paying for what you've already spent (aka repaying debt)
      2. The more $$ you make, the more you pay in taxes
      3. Estate Tax
      4. Selflessness
      5. Community (Ack!! doesnt that word come from communism?)
      6. My taxes funding anyone whos not my skin color
      7. Equality
      8. Atheist
      9. Love for your fellow man, especially if he's poor.
      10. Freedom...at least freedom from the free labor provided by slaves
      11. S exuality, its not an feeling, its a God given directive and it only goes one way.
      12. Homos exuality, the opposite of God given directive
      13. L esbian, immoral unless your alone w/ a video and can do some hail mary's later
      14. Progessive (Ack!! Isnt the root word progress? Cant have that!!)
      15. Liberal (Ack!! Isnt the root word Liberty? Cant have that!!!)
      16. Separation of Church & State

      Words that the "Liberal Elite" dont like:

      1. Hate
      2. Racist
      3. Multi-National Corporation
      4. Cause God said so...
      5. Cause Glenn Beck said so...
      6. Cause F O X news said so...
      7. Cause X% of Americans in non-scientific poll done by F O X news said...
      8. Cause Bill O' Said...
      9. But the bible says...
      10. Theocracy
      11. Lets spend $3.2 trillion on extending the Bush tax cuts for 2% of Americans
      12. Banning Mosques, hijab's and anything else thats non-christian looking
      13. Funding forcing children to learn the mystical "Intelligent Design Theory" in public schools
      14. Funding schools who force children to participate in collective christian school prayers
      15. Funding Churches who only provide aid to parishioners instead of all in the community

      Hmmm, I think I see a trend, I wonder who will come out on the right side of history since we all know history will be re-written by the victors. Hopefully this November America will not allow its history to be re-written by Glenn Beck and his lunatic fringe.

      August 31, 2010 at 8:05 pm |
    • ScottK

      Other words Glenn Beck and his followers dont like:

      1. Paying for what you've already spent (aka repaying debt)
      2. The more $$ you make, the more you pay in taxes
      3. Estate Tax
      4. Selflessness
      5. Community (Ack!! doesnt that word come from communism?)
      6. My taxes funding anyone whos not my skin color
      7. Equality
      8. Atheist
      9. Love for your fellow man, especially if he's poor.
      10. Freedom...at least freedom from the free labor provided by slaves
      11. S exual ity, its not an feeling, its a G od given directive and it only goes one way.
      12. Ho mos exuality, the opposite of G od given directive
      13. L esbian, immoral unless your alone w/ a video and can do some hail mary's later
      14. Progessive (Ack!! Isnt the root word progress? Cant have that!!)
      15. Liberal (Ack!! Isnt the root word Liberty? Cant have that!!!)
      16. Separation of Church & State

      August 31, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
    • ScottK

      Words that the "Liberal Elite" dont like:

      1. Hate
      2. Ra cist
      3. Multi-National Corporation
      4. Cause G od said so...
      5. Cause Glenn Beck said so...
      6. Cause F O X news said so...
      7. Cause X% of Americans in non-scientific poll done by F O X news said...
      8. Cause Bill O' Said...
      9. But the b ible says...
      10. Theocracy
      11. Lets spend $3.2 trillion on extending the Bush tax cuts for 2% of Americans
      12. Banning Mosq ues, hij ab's and anything else thats non-chri stian looking
      13. Funding forcing children to learn the mystical "Intelligent Design Theory" in public schools
      14. Funding schools who force children to participate in collective chr istian school prayers
      15. Funding Churches who only provide aid to parishioners instead of all in the community

      Hmmm, I think I see a trend, I wonder who will come out on the right side of history since we all know history will be re-written by the victors. Hopefully this November America will not allow its history to be re-written by Glenn Beck and his lunatic fringe.

      August 31, 2010 at 8:10 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Scott K: I almost swallowed my tongue when you said 3.2 trillion in extending those tax cuts... I have to go look that up to make sure that's true. The whole Iraq war only cost us 1 trillion... That puts things in perspective, eh?

      August 31, 2010 at 11:39 pm |
  20. Kate

    @CNN

    Until you get proper captioning on your video segments, do you want to add a transcript of them to your blog posts like this, or do you just like shutting out your deaf commenters?

    Just sayin'

    August 31, 2010 at 11:44 am |
    • Frogist

      What Kate said...
      It's also helpful to those who are not at a laptop or desktop but on a mobile device...

      August 31, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
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