Beck: 'I blew it' comparing rabbis to Islamic radicals
Glenn Beck at last summer's 'Restoring Honor' rally.
February 25th, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Beck: 'I blew it' comparing rabbis to Islamic radicals

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Glenn Beck is apologizing for remarks he made on his radio show comparing rabbis from a major Jewish tradition to Islamic radicals, saying, “I was wrong on this and I also apologize for it.”

“In this case I didn’t do enough homework,” Beck told radio listeners on Thursday, while his website said his comments contained “one of the worst analogies of all time.”

On Tuesday, Beck said on his show that “reformed rabbis are generally political in nature.”

“It's almost like Islam - radicalized Islam,” he continued, “in a way to where radicalized Islam is less about religion than it is about politics."

Beck’s comments came after a group of 400 rabbis, many from the Reform movement, took out a full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal blasting him for comments he made about the Holocaust.

Beck, who also hosts a show on Fox News, had aired a radio series about financier George Soros that accused him of collaborating with the Nazis to send Jews to death camps, according to the Jewish Funds for Justice, which sponsored the ad.

Soros is Jewish.

The Reform movement, founded in 19th century Germany, counts a million and a half Jews in North America, according to the Union for Reform Judaism.

Beck sent a letter to the Anti-Defamation League, a group that works to combat anti-Semitism, to apologize for his remarks.

“I was admittedly misinformed on Reform rabbis, and made a horrible analogy that I immediately attempted to clarify - quite honestly, I blew it on this one,” Beck wrote, according to a copy of the letter released by the Anti-Defamation League.

Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham H. Foxman says he accepts Beck’s apology.

“Glenn Beck has shown that he understands how his remarks were offensive and out of line,” Foxman said in a statement Thursday. “We welcome his words of apology and consider the matter closed.”

The Jewish Funds for Justice, meanwhile, said Beck’s apology did not go far enough.

“Glenn Beck’s apology for comparing Reform Judaism to ‘radicalized Islam’ is welcome but incomplete,” the group said in a statement.

“While we are heartened to hear him recognize his ignorance,” the statement continued, “he still has not acknowledged that the letter signed by 400 rabbis and organized by Jewish Funds for Justice represented a cross-section of denominations, including Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Renewal rabbis."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Holocaust • Judaism

soundoff (1,083 Responses)
  1. George

    With out a doubt I am a democrat,my hero has always been and will be Abraham Lincoln a republican,he was a man of time he had faults to be sure,one thing he was not was a conservative he served the american people whoever they were,todays republicans serve only themselves and their own socalled values.Beck and his followers have no idea what conservative means or ever meant.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Greg

      I am a libertarian, but I always felt that I could be a Republican if it were not for the Republicans.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • Giggity

      Of course Lincoln was more liberal...the Republican party of the mid-1800s was a liberal party.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  2. chris

    He never checks his facts why did he decide to apologize this time?

    February 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Ellen

      You knoooooow why he had to apologize THIS time. He didn't insult African Americans, or Native Americans or Arabs or Hispanics. In THOSE cases an apology for misinforming and misleading people with his racist remarks isn't necessary. SO why is he apologetic NOW? You knoooow why.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Mike Johnson

      He made the goals of his conservative leaders too transparent. Corporate control of government is fascism. Wasn't the first thing the fascist did coming in to power in Germany was to do what Governor Walker in Wisconsin is doing; abolish unions? Whose phone calls does he answer?

      February 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Marv

      It's because Beck is racist, f******g loser that represents the ultra conservative thinking so prevalent in America today. Scary thought about the future when individuals with this mentality are given an audience!

      February 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  3. ap

    why hasnt someone taken this guy out?

    February 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • glenn robert

      No no no no We don't execute the insane.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  4. Notayesman

    Glenn Beck is a confirmed NAZI who sometimes has things to say that are on the mark. This time he proved to me his NAZI convictions so he can suk my schlong from now on!!! Let Jewish stock rise once again!!!

    February 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • rt547

      Does that make Dr. Laura Schlessinger a KKK member...hmmm... Does that make Max Warburg or his son Eric who headed Hamburg-Amerika in the 1930s war criminals...or Max's brother Paul Warburg or even better...Mayer Amschel Rothschild...who turned the world into debt and who methods have caused more human suffering and death in the history of humanity? That Nazi card is awfully transparent... No one is perfect.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  5. Nadia


    February 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  6. Steveo

    DOCTOR , How refreshing-FACTS! It is not Poetically Correct to mention them.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  7. George Guadiane Austerlitz, NY

    Glenn Beck said what he meant. He found enough to support what he wanted to believe, then said it (as usual).

    Glenn Beck is a pretentious waste of skin.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  8. james

    Its a start. Now, all Beck has to do is apologize for the daily lies (now, certainly in the thousands) he has been spouting for the past years. A madman with a TV show--what a concept. Fox must be proud of him.........

    February 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  9. Steveo

    DOCTOR , How refreshing-FACTS!

    February 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  10. Barking Alien

    It's amazing to read the comments from the Beck supporters accusing the left of the very same things Beck and the right wing are guilty of. This is a psychological condition called project. It is a way of deflecting guilt and taking self responsiblity. This is the way Fox operates. Half truths, twisted reasoning, and intentional distortion of facts.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  11. bayou35

    Hay pastor, you guys said that blacks are destroying America make up your mind and Obama is all of the above.
    This is my opinion, you and your kind have done more to destroy the planet than any other people.
    Beck could be the next Hitler, you would like that.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  12. timd

    I heard he's dating Rob Halford of Judas Priest.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Notayesman

      Is Glenn Beck GAY??? U don't say!

      February 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  13. Brian

    This confirms for me, not that I was in any doubt, that Glenn Beck is a complete moron!

    February 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • glenn robert

      Thank you!

      February 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  14. Bob

    Beck is always wrong, strange that he just realized it about this issue.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  15. TheDoctor

    Our society calls everyone a racist that points out facts which are true.

    Who steals the most?
    who is jailed the most?
    who drops out of school the most?
    who does the most ponzi schemes and highest $$ stealing?

    that is not racist, that is stating FACTS,
    who runs the foreclosure mills?
    who runs the debt buying services buying debt past the statue and then suing under a mix of confusing company names and taking people's assets although the statue had run out?

    If these people were all clean and legal they would not need a bunch of companies run under hidden and different names unless you are trying to create a confusing paperwork trail ..

    It's all taught and shared at club FED.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • cecilia

      Excuse me, but you did not state any facts – you only asked questions – but I bet you already know the answers – don't you 🙂

      February 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • TheDoctor

      the answers are very easy and available everywhere i don't need to tell you who is responsible. Everyone knows them except the people that want to deny it or make up reasons for it.

      Look at ponzi schemes, look at incarcerated this is not rocket science but 5th grade math.

      Google numbers, Google key words, look at government statistics.. it pops off the page.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • TheDoctor

      The privileged / connected ones go to CLUB FED – the unconnected ones go to the FED Prison.

      Anyone released at club fed once and committing another crime should go to the FED prison..

      February 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • realnard

      Ok doctor answer the question of " who"

      February 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • TheDoctor

      Stats from the sentencing project – just a sample of the report

      ' African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six (5.6) times the rate of whites;
      · Hispanics are incarcerated at nearly double (1.8) the rate of whites;

      February 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  16. timd

    Seriously, can't you see Beck wearing one of those little leather SS caps and some assless chaps?

    February 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Kay

      Everytime I look at him that's how I see him... like some stereotypical Nazi from a Mel Brooks movie, only not funny.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  17. Richard Cheese

    Backpedal, backpedal, backpedal...(huff) (huff)...backpedal...

    February 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  18. RS

    That idiot would be apologizing a lot more if more groups would organize and dispute the garbage that comes out of his mouth. FOX gives him his soap box so that should say it all.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  19. timd

    What about radicalized talking heads? Beck is gheyer than a men's room at a Morrisey concert. If he would just take a look inside his anger and paranoia, he would realize he's just another self-loathing, right-wing, closet h0m0.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  20. Bubbashrimp2

    The left will do anything they can to bring down their enemies, now they have decided to use my Jewish brethren to do their dirty work. Well, I for one am tired of it. The greatest racists in the world are the leftists who hate freedom adn want to intimidate you and force you to accept them as the rulers of this country, to accept their justice, their will, leftis Sharia law. Those of you who have fallen for it, wake up. Glenn Beck has spoken about so many things. CNN, did you know that 60% of African American babies are aborted in NYC every year? This is your work, genocide and disguised in the rights the the mother...and what right is it that says you can destroy a baby in the womb. I was once aJewish Liberal New Yorker raised and bread by Liberals. Not any more, Glenn and others have helped me see the light.
    climb out of your darkness, it may be a little lonely when your liberal friends no longer want to speak to you because you challenged their belief system but there are many like me out there. Let freedom ring!

    February 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • USA401

      What world do you live in? You need to expand your perspectives beyond hate and political talking points.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • cecilia

      you can probably find a 12 step recovery program to help you get over Glenn Beck and friends – good luck with that

      February 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • MarkInPDX

      Alex Jones apparently has a new handle... Bubbashrimp2

      February 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • sayitlikeitis

      What kind of drugs are you taking?

      February 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • glenn robert

      As a Liberal who has backed Israel since 1948 I find you insulting and rather strange! Many Jews are quite liberal in their politics. So what were you trying to say?

      February 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Lurker

      Wow, to be so absolute in your understanding of things....ignorance is bliss I guess. You need to get out more Bubba, Glen doesn't have all the answers. No one man ever will. To feel so paranoid about the left is proof enough, the sad part is the left does the same thing. This is why I have no allegiance with either.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • rowreduced

      Looks as if the 'ringing' of freedom has driven you to madness

      February 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Julie

      Either you are on his payroll or just delusional. God help you!!

      February 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Shrimpeater

      Are you serious? Leftists are the most racist in the world? You have been brainwashed by that imbecile Beck. YOU are what's wrong with this country...

      February 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • wcb2009

      Given your enthusiasm for ensuring your freedom... What freedoms are your republican leaders providing you with these days? Freedom to own a gun? Thats about all I can think of.

      Unless you are a millionaire, you should open your eyes and stop letting your conservative bretheren dupe you into thinking you need to fight for their "freedom" to maintain this economic imbalance.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • TASDirector

      The Liberal Left did not make the statements – Glenn Beck did! As a Reform Jew, I am offended and don't think the excuse of "not checking my facts" is sufficient. Comparng people, in this case Reform rabbis, to Islamiic radicals because they disagree with him shows his contempt for free speech, only those who agree with him have the right to express opinions.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • blownapart

      Mr. Bubbashrimp2, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
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