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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. El

    Great... now how do we Beck to apologize for the hundreds of other times he's put his foot in his mouth? "Didn't do his homework" indeed; is there any evidence that Glen Beck has EVER done his homework?

    February 25, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  2. el_incr

    "The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. Luke 6:45 NAS

    February 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  3. Nonna

    I think this is just typical of American's not knowing anything beyond their borders or their own scope of infulance. Isn't it time to educate about the world.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  4. herrsonic

    After making the comments, Beck was reminded by his superiors that Jewish people are the ones that control the media, Hollywood, and the U.S. government.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • JR

      at the risk of sounding redundant...
      again, the scary jews trying to control the world...
      6,000 years of this poop and we're still here. and there are still ay wholes like you insisting on it. last i checked it hasn't happened yet...

      February 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  5. ScaredyetLibs?

    Most of the American people that are liberal in opinion can't stand the likes of Beck, Limbaugh, and Bill O'reily. It is because they bring what the liberal agenda is doing into plain sight and the independant Americans get to see what it is they do or don't want. Liberals hate that, the more they can pass under the radar the better they do.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • michele

      somebody's been doing a little too much meth and getting a little paranoid, eh?

      February 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • michele

      and what exactly is this 'liberal agenda'? The extremists I see pledge undying allegiance to the republican party and all of the clowns you listed.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  6. Rob

    Whatever happened to "Sticks and stones may break my bones..."? Granted, Beck is a loud-mouth hate spewing idiot, but why are we so quick to "run to mommy" about "oh no he said this about me..."? Let the ignorant people say what they want to say, we're just feeding the trolls if we give them the publicity they're in desperate need of.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  7. ART

    Speaking of idiots I missed out on Rush THe other day on his take on Michelle Obama. This fat drug addicted buffoon has the audacity to open his disgusting fat mouth and speak about weight, he needs to just take one of his oxy's and shut the hell up lard**s

    February 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  8. biglio

    Anyone could foresee this, as soon as Beck started stomping on the wrong feet, especially those that finance murdoch, he was going to get a reality check, I'm still surprised do that they didn't fire him.....but there is still hope. Dear Beck, this time you have picked up a fight with someone that is much bigger than you and this is the end of every bully......

    February 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  9. Joe Chirstianson

    What a bunch of disgusting hate mongers on the CNN blogs. Cowards come out when they are in the shadows..

    February 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  10. melissa

    I meant to say far left, Glen beck and Fox News speak the truth but lefties can't handle the truth

    February 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • michele

      Go back to school.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • michele

      and stop taking lines from 'a few good men'

      February 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • PhoenixRising

      @melissa: sorry, can't "un-ring" a bell....

      February 25, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  11. Kamereon

    You can say anything you want about anybody except for anything involving israelis – then the puppet masters will come down on you. Beck was a moron for even trying, especially when working for a zionist like Murdoch.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • JR

      again, the scary jews trying to control the world...
      6,000 years of this poop and we're still here. and there are still ay wholes like you insisting on it. last i checked it hasn't happened yet...

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

    “In this case I didn’t do enough homework,” ....LMFAO. That's an understatement. You NEVER do enough homework, either that or you just ignore the facts and put your fear-mongering spin on them. Why does the most vocal part of the conservative media have to look like Beck and friends?! You give us all a bad name.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • MuddyBuddy

      He sometimes does enough homework to confirm something negative about the left, and then stops before he sees conflicting information. That is on a good day.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  13. melissa

    Glen Beck is a an honorable man who can admit when he is wrong, unlike the hypocrites on the far right.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • michele

      Wow, I don't think this comment even deserves a reply, but anyone who finds Glen Beck honorable is in need of a high school diploma and a mind of her own.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • cronk... dr cronk

      @melissa, you are whacked out of you mind right now, aren't you? What drugs you on? Crack cocaine, meth, heroin.... which is it? or is it a combo? Probably some kind of hallucinogen... maybe high on religion? Religion is tied with alcohol in terms of mental deterioration. Whatever your drug(s) of choice may be... you are clearly out to lunch. Keep searching for a clue though... never hurts to try.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • JR

      cronk- that is the scary part of all this. the true morons don't even need drugs to sound like... well, like they are on drugs!

      February 25, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  14. Geoff

    Even the faux news leading conspiratorial nutcase doesn't dare take on the Zionists...they own us body and soul, left right and center...

    February 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • JR

      yeah, those scary Jews. They want to take over the world. Again. Just like they have for the past 6,000 years. persistent little bunch of bogeymen, aren't we??

      February 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  15. Dennis

    Cha-Ching. He just made another million

    February 25, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  16. Walker

    I think he's doing it for media attention because he is becoming irrelavent. He should go back to being a morning zoo keeper on a top 40 radio station and stop all this fake crying and pushing Jesus down our throats. Doesn't he know if Jesus were alive today he would be a huge liberal? Beck is a joke.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  17. bush limbush

    Oh Man! Beck and the people who listen to him are just so BAD for this country.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  18. Jim

    Maybe he should have compared himself to Islamic radicals, since they are both full of hatred.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  19. Ben

    Somewhere out there Rick Sanchez is asking himself: Why am I unemployed?

    CNN doesn't tolerate this hateful crap and nobody should. It let's you know what Fox news is all about.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • bush limbush

      You're absolutely right. That is exactly what faux news is all about.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Steve

      Of course they dont allow this kind of vitrol. They prefer the left wing bias that is more socially acceptable.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  20. Lol

    God is not real.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • jeff

      damn right he's not. hilarious to watch all these people waste their time over something they have no understanding of but what they believe they are taught. find me one bit of proof. just one that god exists. just one... i want to see it.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • cronk... dr cronk

      to the religious, the burden of proof lies with the "non-believers"... Religious people need friends though...real or imaginary, they don't care.

      Here's a couple of my favorite quotes:

      "Faith means not wanting to know what is true." [Nietzsche]

      "Religion is a byproduct of fear. For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?" [Arthur C. Clarke]

      February 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
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