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. MrsFizzy

    He needs to just apologize for everything he ever said – Period, Fullstop.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Inga

      Fox should apologize for allowing a group of hateful, ignorant hotheads (Beck, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, etc., etc, etc.) to spew lies and vitriol to masses of gullible, ignorant blockheads who swallow whatever these pundits and "journalists" dish out. Fox is yellow journalism at its worst.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • taylor

      Boycott Fox and Murdock news and programs, then you wont have to put
      up with a high school only educated alcoholic, i mean serious, he
      has no class or credentials, he will do and say anything for ratings(money),
      and Fox does the same by allowing it.. I dont watch any of the left or right
      wingnuts stuff, i can read and think for myself.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  2. Don

    Have you ever sat down and watched this guy's show? Its incredibly scary that a man who is clearly not playing with a full deck is given such a venue to spout his crazy ramblings.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  3. Karen

    My one question, why do people watch this man or listen to his ignorant rantings?

    February 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  4. nghusker

    The people who listen to – and believe in – what Beck says, are not going to remember him saying he was full of s#!+ and apologizing for his errors. They are going to remember what he originally said and are going to swear that his original statements are gospel because HE said them.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  5. Barking Alien

    Beck needs to apologize for being mentally ill. Fox needs to apologize for inflicting this lunatic on it's feeble minded listeners. I hope he has gone to far and they pull the plug on him off the air.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  6. Yesurstupid

    Sorry, Glenn...it's already "out there." If you didn't mean it, you shouldn't have said it.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  7. Keith

    "While we are heartened to hear him recognize his ignorance,...” - Touché. You have to love how well-educated people are good at crafting their use of words.

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

      Probably went sailing right over his head...

      February 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  8. Jonathan

    Finally showed his true colors. Some of the insane things Beck says are down right scary because there is a segment of the population who believe him...

    February 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  9. Sy2502

    Dear Glenn Beck, it's not a matter of doing your homework or not, it's a matter of you not having enough brains to think of how many rabbis have flown planes into buildings, and then drawing your conclusions from those widely known facts.
    And while we are talking of radical and fundamentalist religions, let's discuss yours, Mr. Beck, Mormonism, which is a cult whose only way to make its members forget that Mormonism was born out of a fraud and is based on bogus alternative history that has been discredited to death is to brainwash them. Go chew on that, if your meager little brain can handle the work.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  10. JJ

    “In this case I didn’t do enough homework.”

    LOL! Since when does Glenn "Foam and Foot in The Mouth" Beck do -any- "homework"? LMAO!

    February 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  11. Dave Smith

    Beck is a good right-wing conservative who shows his colors. His behavior is much closer to the radical Islamic mullahs than any liberal reform Jew. The unsettling part is millions who like and look up to a high school educated bigot.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  12. ART

    This moron never does his homework thats why he never makes any sense.All he does is lie and cry like a blubbering idiot. I am still waiting for him to go blind.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • MrsFizzy

      It won't shut him up though. At best he'll have someone else to scribble on the chalkboards for him.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  13. Rob

    Beck is constantly apologizing for his extremist remarks. The reality is he means what he says and he succeeds by dividing the nation. What ever happened to the concept of "United we stand, divided we fall"? The conservatives who try to call themselves Patriots like Beck are trying their hardest to divide the nation with their hateful rhetoric. What is patriotic about these jokers, pelase someone tell me?

    You can't just spew hatred and then say you are sorry when everyone calls you on it. If it happened once or twice, maybe. When it happens all the time the apologies lack sincerity. Beck is one of the most insincere people on the planet who profits from dividing the country. Like most of the Faux News crew, and most Republicans for that matter, he puts personal profit ahead of country every time. Boycott Faux News!!!

    February 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  14. DAT67

    “In this case I didn’t do enough homework,” Beck told radio listeners... “In this case"?? “In THIS case"??

    February 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  15. woodsman

    This was no mistake. Beck makes outrageous statements so he can make national headlines. He loves being talked about and thrives on controversy. It's right out of the Britney Spear's playbook. I have lost count of all the lies, propaganda, and misinformation he has spewed. I wish we could all ignore him so he would go away.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  16. lance corporal

    f-cking idiot

    February 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  17. anton

    Beck is a disingenuous reprobate, this isn't news

    February 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  18. Corvus1

    Beck is an embarrassment to the entire human race.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  19. TOM

    Just a troublemaker. Little value in his show.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  20. Julia

    Beck,USA verion of Joseph Goebbels. Right wing propaganda machine.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
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