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. Profm2

    This guy seems to spend a lot of time apologizing. Generally, when you apologize for saying something or doing something, you make a pretty good mental note not to do that again. Entertainment at its lowest level - there is enough nastiness in this world - I don't need this guy to heap more into the hate production fan.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Dave

      "Seems to spend a lot of time appologizing". Not really. He does though unlike liberals who never do. At best they come out after some heat and say,...I misspoke", then go out and continue doing wrong.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Metropl

      Glen Beck is one of very few successfully medicated mentally ill people. Leave him alone. His outbursts are the result of menatla illness, which he has partially overcome (and partially exploited) to become a communications success. We hurt all mentally ill persons when we punish one for their comments that they can't help. If anything, he should be commended for taking his meds every day. Good Job, Glenn Beck. I don't ever agree with your comments, but you are a special person in this wonderful world.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • neonmadman

      Really Dave. For the last 2 years you right wingers have constantly crucified Obama as apologizing for everything. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the way we have turned the rest of the world against us. Oh I see you hate that he apologized for what the Bush gang did. Because they certainly won't.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  2. Lame

    Now the instigator will play the victim.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  3. Dan

    I can't believe any thinking person pays this bigoted goon any mind. He hates everyone who is not like himself. He knows nothing of history, sociology, religion or politics. A brainless blowhard.

    It's sad that the "news outlets" of this country value "shock" over information and knowledge. But shock brings in eyes and clicks, and therefore dollars, and that's much more important.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  4. Meow

    Oh Glenn, you mean that in every case you don't do your homework, and all your analogies are stupid....

    February 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  5. Mr. D

    It boggles my mind that he's still on the air. Remember everyone, if you want to make him go away ignore him, don't even acknowledge that he exists.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  6. JB

    Those that listen to Beck deserve what they hear.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  7. neonmadman

    Beck apologizing about a careless remark about rabbi's is like Hitler apologizing for bad table manners. Neither goes even close to as far as it should. He really should apologize for duping and radicalizing millions of Americans for a profit.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • lchin

      You're so right. The next thing you know, Fox will air a statement that Jeffery Dahmer actually suffered from an eating disorder.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Dan

      Really? Last time I checked it was bleeding heart liberals who made up excuses for criminals.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  8. John

    Beck is a a mormon that believes God lives on another planet called "Kolob". We should not believe anything coming from Beck. Crazy as bat*&%.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • lchin

      Ah. Now I know why he is the way he is. Thanks for this insight.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  9. Deb

    He's such a tool...

    February 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  10. Down with GOP

    Really these are the people the GOP welcomes with open arms. Biggotted, rascist white people-Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter????? What happened to the Republican party of the past that was progressive and socially aware, Abraham Lincoln, Rutherford Hayes, Teddy Roosevelt. Now there are wrapped up with the Devil (Christian conservatives who still believe Jews killed a made up conjured Diety who never existed!!!)

    February 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • MostFelonsRlibs

      All the lib fangs come out, light a few candles to Mao, and other lib heros, DNC the party of slaves and hate the party that created the KKK and gives us most of our convicted felons (whom are liberals like the last shooter in AZ) I laugh, Beck's show kicks butt and has huge sponsorship dollars, keep trying libs, enough hate out there your messiah is spreading.....Beck maybe wrong on occasion as most humans but Libs, they are never wrong, their hate and biggotry is acceptable because they are libs, their crimes well they are liberal crime is a badge of honor, means reelectable or hero.......

      February 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  11. alwayshope

    Remember, you can't fix stupid.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Todd the Secessionist

      Is this B. T. in Wichita (via Seattle)?

      February 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Bob

      Great post.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  12. RG

    It won't be long before Fox eliminates this "loose cannon".

    February 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • SurelyUjest

      I think you over estimate Fox news's commitment to responsible journalism..........wow I actually used responsible journalism and Fox news in the same sentence.....some one get me a Doctor!!

      February 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Nodack

      Why would they get rid of him? His ratings are high and he preaches the anti everything not GOP that FOX requires all their hosts. Of course what he says is all BS, but so he is right on par for FOX.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  13. Tony

    Beck is a lunatic. He is outright delusional. It’s incomprehensible to me, that anyone pays any attention to him.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • ingrid

      agree 100%

      February 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      Birds of a feather...

      February 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • MostFelonsRlibs

      I imagine to you it is incomprehensible that the dems suffered the worst defeat in congress in 70 years either, and as it will be your hero the false messiah will be sent packing in 2012......five days on the website, work across the aisle, change the atmosphere, work together, no lobbyists, no special interest influence, no earmarks or veto, no backroom deals, CSPAN cameras during all healthcare debate and of course at least three days to discuss any bill before vote and change you can count on....on and on and on...........

      February 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  14. big tuna

    no Todd it is a tie – hate and fear are tied for #1 industry.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Todd the Secessionist

      Hate and fear are one and the same.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • neonmadman

      No hate is a byproduct of fear.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  15. Tiffany

    Beck knows who write his checks..........he better be careful.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • neonmadman

      Actually Roger Ayres radical islamist partner probably had a good laugh at the Jews expense.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • jorge washinsen

      Yeh many of the rooted politicians found out who writes their checks also, in the last election.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  16. debra handel

    Hate is alive and well in America as is scapegoatong. Just look at Wisconsin, Ohio etc. Blame the Jews blame the unions..Glen Beck is exactly what is wrong with America.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • ingrid

      Totally agree with you Debra!

      February 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • SurelyUjest

      Way to go Debra!! Nice comment it is funny how the right dresses up there platform with "earn your money, get paid for what your worth" then turn around and try to lower everybody's worth with there constant divide and conquor propaganda machine.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • lchin

      You forgot Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin, you know.....Dumb and Dumber.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • George

      The problem is that idiot liberal parents gave birth to idiot offspring! Go away brainless libtards! Your ignorance is pathetic!

      February 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  17. ThePreacher2

    Homework? When has he EVER done his homework? This is just a single example of his penchant for off-the-cuff idiocy.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • SurelyUjest

      This is what I was thinking.....I have LDS in-laws and all but one think he is makding Mormons look stupid.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  18. Todd the Secessionist

    Hate is America's #1 industry.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Alex NJ

      First off, you are terribly incorrect, compared to most other nations in the world including the oh so enlightened Europe, 21st century America is actually much less hateful and racist. Second, if you insist on living in world of ignorance which you currently reside and you believe America is so bad, you can leave.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Todd the Secessionist

      Must be nice to view the world through semen-covered glasses, eh Alex. Then again, you are from Jersey – nuff said.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • George

      I agree with Alex, You don't like America?? Then get the Hell out! The days of you cowards crying about racism and hatred are over! No one cares if your feelings are hurt anymore! Liberals and their stupid cry's of "racism". Call me whatever you want but we all know your demented thought process and that explains everything. It is not even worth debating a liberal as they cannot see a foot in front of their faces and its always the same thing, "your a racist and a hater". What ever you say ignorant libs! The only hatred we all see is the comments on this board and they are mostly from the libs.

      Liberalism is a mental disorder!

      February 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Independant


      It appears that you are the one that doesn't like America, so i suggest you take your retarded bag of wind and leave. You are a true traitor.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Art

      Alex is correct. Yes there is hate in America but compared to most if not all of the rest of the world, it's quite tolerant. I read several foreign papers and there is much more hate and ethnic strife in other countries including western countries. You're living in a bubble if you don't know that.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  19. big tuna

    "I did not do enough homework"......get a grip wierd0 man....that is middle school knowledge....just how stupid are you glennie?

    February 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  20. paul

    Beck is wrong a lot more than he is right. He continually "adjusts" the facts to his liking. But, hey, Fox news is used to that in their employees. He will probably get a raise. Say something rediuculous, get more listeners/viewers, and then apologize after the fact. A study by the U. of Maryland showed that FOX is the least accurate news station on t.v. Instead of checking the facts, Fox just attacked the university and told people it was a bad college to send your kids to. Amazing

    February 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • SurelyUjest

      Do not forget the phonetic spelling which has more meaning is actually "Faux" news.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Rofliamsmarterthanyou

      The real jews will not throw a fit over this.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Me

      Can you please elaborate on what you wrote? Why would the "real jews" not throw a fit over this? I am a Jew and I am offended by his remarks – doest that make me less Jewish?

      I used to watch Beck for pure entertainment...it was to watch...I stopped watching when he compared Obama to faschism...and I did not even vote for him.
      Stupid remark from a stupid person.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Nodack

      FOX News is the propaganda wing of the GOP. They could care less if their articles and tv hosts tell the truth. Their goal is to further the GOP cause by demonizing Democrats in order to gain votes.

      Obama could cure cancer, zero our debt, end world hunger, make world peace all on the same day and FOX would write a sorry that made it sound as if Obama committed a crime and was the enemy of the state.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • George

      Paul – Your facts are 110% wrong! Believing anything a university study says is insane because we all know universities fall into the liberal backward mindset. Fact is Fox has more viewers than all of your non-news stations combined, has more reliable reporting, and always offers democrats the opportunity to appear on the network to debate. It's not their fault that the dems (like the ones in WI" are so cowardly that they refuse to appear. You liberals only thing one way and you better wake up because change is here! Its not the faux change that your dear leader promised you when you elected him but truthful, solid change that the vast majority of Americans want. You ppl are way outnumbered and instead of whining like the babies you are, you need to accept the fact that we are going to clean house. Welcome to the 21st century!!!

      February 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Chad

      This dude George is hilarious. First, he says that Fox news is reliable news. Then, even more uproariously, he spews out a bunch of hate-filled paragraphs about liberals and has the nerve to say that THEY are the ones that are filling these message boards with hate. Priceless. George, you just made my day!

      February 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Rich

      yeah, why send your kids to college? They'll only learn liberal untruths. Nothing good ever came from colleges or universities – nothing like engineering, or chemical pharma studies, or diplomacy, or algorithms for websites that people like George post on. George's 9th grade drop-out buddy created the code for this website. Swear to God.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • MostFelonsRlibs

      University of Maryland hillarious hahahahah, may as well quote a study by Columbia or maybe a study from Nancy Pelosi's last rall gee how accurate and the last dem polls also had the democrats winning big in congress.......hahahaha

      February 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Skeeve

      To George: Ah this argument that since more viewers watch Fox it MUST be right. Well, let me tell you this in 1937 a certain German dude named Hitler enjoyed an overwhelming support of German population. We all know what happened later. Considering that the majority of Americans are ignorant and uninformed (and this is, unfortunately, a fact, easily testable too) I am not surprised at all that the majority of them prefers Fox so much. See, Fox, and Glen Beck offers simple straightforward explanations that you actually able to understand even in your profound ignorance. Too bad that not only you are unable to verify them, you don't even try

      February 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
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