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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. CITIZEN

    Very few of the comments posted today have called for Glenn Beck to be fired. If and when he is fired,
    the network should consider firing some of the people responsible for producing the show because they did not do their job.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  2. Newyorker

    The only time Beck says something remotely factual, and he has to apologize for it. What a crazy world we live in.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  3. brad

    Beck is LDS (Latter Day Saint). Do you know what the difference between LSD (drug) and LDS (Latter Day Saint) is?
    One you take with a cube of sugar; the other you take with a grain of salt.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  4. Dan

    He was actually right the first time.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  5. Bigred

    Wonder what you guys would be saying if he didn't apologize?

    February 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  6. DeeCee2011

    Well, another incredible gaffe from the "professor" – revealing how illiterate and uneducated he really is. Always get la chuckle when he goes to the chalkboard. Just another superior example of what FOX has for political hacks. Great book end to the fat, druggie, loud-mouth, Rush Limbaugh.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  7. Barking Alien

    Ruport Murdock and the Koch brothers are the ones who really need to be accountable for unleashing these devisive nutcases on this country.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  8. aj

    Wait, so if he says he's sorry, does that mean he's not a racist?

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

      At least he said he apologized–that's more than I can say for most.

      February 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  9. geecee827

    This nutjob needs to get off the airwaves. He is a lying, hysterical con-artist who just makes his money spouting hate towards anyone who dares to criticize him or the conservative whackos in this country. Stop listening to his crazy rants and conspiracy theories and he'll go away. Don't buy any products from his sponsors. He is such a phony it is difficult to believe he is still even on the Fake Noise Channel. I can't even stand to look at him, let alone listen to him.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  10. Tom

    This is classic Beck. Make hateful comments, with the intent to hurt and incite anger and division, then say "ooopss.... sorry". Luckily for him, he won't be fired, because his employer loves when he does this! Oh man... give me five minutes with this clown, I would be forever grateful. This man is a disgusting human being!

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

      Oh, then maybe Beck is a democrat with an mo like that.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • fromtheblueline

      Whoops! Forgot democrat racists/bigots don't have to apologize.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  11. Rob

    Glenn Beck is an uneducated HS drop out that has never seen a day of higher education in his life....if he really someone worth listening to, let alone following like sheep?

    February 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • NotYou

      I hate Beck with a passion, but he did graduate high school. That is the extent of his lack of education.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • eric

      Peter Jennings was a high school dropout.

      February 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  12. lacubanita

    He apologized, that should be enough. Or do you want him to have a beer summit?

    February 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • Chris

      Yours is the only comment I read that didn't say they hate Glenn Beck. If he apologized, and the group that he offended accepted it, then that should be it. I think people like to hate Beck because so many people watch his show. The Top radio and tv shows are all hosted by conservative hosts. Coincidence? Nope. If people hate him so much, they should watch a different show-turn the channel people 🙂

      February 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  13. IamGOD

    Religion blew it... it's a delusion...

    February 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  14. billy

    Beck,

    Seriously your a jerk. Your not a conservative or even a man that loves this country. U want ratings that is is. Im a conservative, I dont incite. You incite on your program. I you were in Miami and met me face to face i would love to kick your ass. I dont like people like you. Your devisive, you incite. Your the kind of person this country does not need. Because of you and that idiot on later at night i dont watch fox or read them anymore......ratings ratings ratings ratings.....u r distructive......

    February 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • eric

      Dude,
      Where did you learn to spell? It would be "You're" and not "Your" for most of YOUR usage. Next time try to think of the full words YOU'RE trying to use. "You're" = "You are", they are called contraction's; not the kind YOUR mother had while delivering you. I hope the semicolon didn't (meaning did not) throw you off. And we'll leave the idea of hyphens (face-to-face) alone.

      February 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  15. BeckSucks

    Beck is good at one thing and one thing only, brainwashing.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  16. Skreet

    I want to drink a glass of vitriol. I think it would probably be green in color. YUMMY!

    February 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  17. Kman

    Beck is a terrible failure and whether sober or not, past or present, makes a mochery of issues/topics and such a gimp for public brodcasting. He has every right to veiw his points as we all do under the constutuitiona and even here to make posts. Unfortunate that they allow Beck on the air to promote bias and radcial philoshphy is really just the way this country is going down the tubes and now all the failures are on media coverage everywhere you look and even Spitzer is another example of why America is the laughing stock of the world....as the dysfunction is in the media & goverment overall and the american people are continually exposed to their ignorancs and corruption to foot the costs of everything they make a dabackle of.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  18. humbug

    The race to career implosion: Glen Beck vs Charlie Sheen

    February 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  19. Watcher

    Beck is an evil doer. Why people listen to his garbage and venom is beyond me. I don't even like to listen to the 'other' side as each side blames the other. Except that Beck is so evil that hate is one his virtues-imo.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • rgvg

      BECK is an evil doer??? We have an economy on the verge of collapse, the world is in flames, energy prices are going into space and WHAT does the leader of the free world do? Has a Motown party!!! This guy is going to destroy this country and what unreal is all these bleeding heart libs are in lock step with him. Even the ruler of Libya says he is one of the muslim people. Im waiting to see him in a blue turbin, the warning nostradamas left for us to watch as the one who is the antichrist himself.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • wordsdontmatter

      Watch Al Jazeera english, which is multicultural international news for ADULTS! its excellent. one week will change your life. free on net or ipod/phones/cells etc. The corporate news FOX etc do everything they can to not let it on our main TV channels. Because it would easily take over as its excellent. Our new/pop tv tells us what to think, and note how to think. Our culture is being taken over by silly pundits and ratings, rants, and consumerism. stupid kardashians crap..

      http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/al-jazeera-english-live/id318348833?mt=8

      http://english.aljazeera.net/

      http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/10/why-i-love-al-jazeera/7665/

      February 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  20. Gene Brady

    Beck and the rest of the Republican party hate everyone who is not one of them. They really believe they are the "Chozen Few" and are above the rest of us so this hate is not unexpected, nor is the weak apology nor is the nonexistant uproar from FOX. The head of FOX just got caught forcing an employee to lie under oath. Do you see any accountability or even a DEMAND for it? THEY rule America. Get used to it. The entire world is in upheaval but the fat, lazy American populous sit's in front of the big screen TV's and allow it all just slip away......

    February 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • BADGUY

      Adolph would have approved!

      February 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Rick

      Right on..

      February 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Vernon Fueston

      Cool down and take a deep breath. What he said was ignorant, ill advised and embarrassing, but it wasn't hate speech. I for one am getting sick and tired of folks on the left trying to tar every conservative on the planet with the hatemonger label. It's just as irresponsible. Breathe deeply for a few minutes, feel your pulse slow. This too shall pass.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • George

      Contaminated maggots can't handle Beck's power!

      February 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Lucy

      "Beck and the rest of the Republican party hate everyone who is not one of them." Like the Dems don't.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
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