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August 24th, 2011
05:46 PM ET

Glenn Beck hosts pro-Israel rally in Jerusalem

American conservative star Glenn Beck hosted a pro-Israel rally with overt Christian overtones in Jerusalem on Wednesday, calling on people around the world to stand with the Jewish state at time when it is facing mounting criticism.

"In Israel, there is more courage in one small square mile than in whole of Europe," Beck said in a politically charged speech at the event. "In Israel, there is more courage in one soldier than in the cold heart of every bureaucrat at the U.N."

At a rally that drew heavily on support from Christian Zionists, Beck's speech was laced with biblical references and apocalyptic phrasing.

"The threats are mounting, and evil is growing; darkness is falling," he said. "Far too many politicians are just too willing to look away. They have turned day into night, good into evil; they have changed the very meaning of our words."

The rally was applauded by some conservative Israelis but was received with mixed emotions in much of the Jewish community.

Read more about the controversy surrounding the event.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Israel • Middle East

soundoff (426 Responses)
  1. Newo

    poor Jewish people. Glenn, haven't they suffered enough? Leave them alone.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  2. Daniel

    We need more people like Glenn Beck in this world. He speaks the truth and has the courage and balls to speak his mind. But i'm really shocked to see so many haters on this board that just hate him because they just follow what the majority say. Ther's too many sheep and cowards posting on this board!

    August 25, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • trigtwit...America's favorite tard baby

      Here's a wet one for you and your buddy Beck... ***poot***

      August 25, 2011 at 9:18 am |
    • Isolate

      Don't confuse hatred with high amusement. 🙂

      August 25, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  3. hahaha

    Where is hamas when you need them

    August 25, 2011 at 9:14 am |
  4. Tony

    Glen Beck is the blo in bloviate.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:07 am |
  5. angrysmell

    there were 200 people there at best. 150 christian zealots on vacation, and 50 confused jews observing the spectacle. the crowd of protesters looked almost as big as his audience. glenn beck needs to go away, because even if there was a global conspiracy, like he claims there is, no one but crazies would believe him because he comes off as a crazy doomsday preacher.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:05 am |
  6. Tony

    The man is the paradigm of buffoonery.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Ummm

      You might mean paragon.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  7. pablo

    Beck is doing this because, is being pay for it, he is a nazi is not even a Cristian, it made my stomach sick when Cristian people that i now saw this guy is a real Cristian, he is a clown and a heater, if you read the Holy Bible they do the opposite that JESUS teach

    August 25, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • Gomer

      Thought + grammar = credibility. Give it a try sometime.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • pablo

      I'm using google translator

      August 25, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  8. Frankie

    Please get this Nazi clown out of Isreal. Glenn Beck is for Glenn Beck, he is on his own crusade and haven't we been through this mess before???

    August 25, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  9. JCC

    QUICK! Revoke his passport and we can be rid of this jerk.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  10. Rev. Rick

    I find the whole notion of Beck "supporting" Israel, rather confounding. Beck is a Mormon "Christian", and a religious conservative. Conservative Christians believe that if you reject Jesus Christ as your savior that you will burn in hell. Now it is common knowledge that devout Jews have rejected the notion of Jesus as their (or anyone elses) messiah. So what is Beck's motive? Does he want to hasten the Jews' path to hell and usher in the Second Coming of Jesus?

    As a former conservative Christian, I have studied enough of Jewish thought to understand why they reject Jesus as their (the Jews) messiah – and rightly so. If you look at scripture the way Jews do, Jesus did NOT fulfill Old Testament prohesy, and in fact Christians (and the early church) re-wrote and twisted New Testament scripture in order to prop up the notion of Jesus as the messiah.

    So again, what is Beck's motive? I support Israel's right to exist, just as I support any nations right to exist, including Palenstine. If Beck want to support troops someplace, let him support our U.S. troops and bring them home from wars that should never have been started in the first place!

    August 25, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Like every conservative christian their stance of pro-israel is not supporting the jews but seeing it as a sign of heralding the 2nd coming of christ.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:07 am |
    • Reader1435

      I agree. this idiot supports any war including the war we should've not been in and that caused the death of our solddier and othoer innocent civilians at other countries.

      I agree, he should support our soldiers by bringing them to safty (HOME). But on the other hand, that would not make him money. How convenient, this Jerk support foreign soldiers and enemy of Jesus and Christianity, he sells gold an jewlery on his program, support anything that is AGAINST the current government even though some of them are for the help of our own goods, and on top of that he encourage the killing everywhere. OUR SAFETY IS HAVING PEOPLE LIKE HIM who benefit with money from religion, politics and criticizing the governemnt.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • Reader1435

      OUR SAFETY IS HAVING PEOPLE LIKE HIM who benefit with money from religion, politics and criticizing the governemnt OUT OF OUR LIVES

      August 25, 2011 at 9:22 am |
  11. Reality

    If there were a god, he/she/it and/or its spirit form would not tolerate the stupidity of Beck thereby proving there is no god. Ditto for all others who consider natural disasters as being the work of some god.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:53 am |
    • S.R

      Study science you will find there is a creator. You think all this just happened by itself, the plants, stars,the universe and the complicated science that makes up your being? Look a little deeper my friend!

      August 25, 2011 at 9:08 am |
    • Nonimus

      @S.R.,
      While science does not have all the answers and may never have them, currently there is nothing in science that points to there being a creator god. If you think it does, I would suggest that you are perhaps misinterpreting what the facts/data/findings are saying.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • Reality

      o Think infinity and recycling with the Big Bang expansion followed by the shrinking reversal called the Gib Gnab and recycling back to the Big Bang repeating the process on and on forever. Human life and Earth are simply a minute part of this cha-otic, sto-cha-stic, expanding, shrinking process disappearing in five billion years with the burn out of the Sun and maybe returning in another five billion years with different life forms but still subject to the va-ga-ries of its local star.

      o "In the 1930s, theoretical physicists, most notably Albert Einstein, considered the possibility of a cyclic model for the universe as an (everlasting) alternative to the model of an expanding universe. However, work by Richard C. Tolman in 1934 showed that these early attempts failed because of the entropy problem: according to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, entropy can only increase.[1] This implies that successive cycles grow longer and larger. Extrapolating back in time, cycles before the present one become shorter and smaller culminating again in a Big Bang and thus not replacing it. This puzzling situation remained for many decades until the early 21st century when the recently discovered dark energy component provided new hope for a consistent cyclic cosmology.[2] In 2011, a five-year survey of 200,000 galaxies and spanning 7 billion years of cosmic time confirmed that "dark energy is driving our universe apart at accelerating speeds."[3][4]

      One new cyclic model is a brane cosmology model of the creation of the universe, derived from the earlier ekpyrotic model. It was proposed in 2001 by Paul Steinhardt of Princeton University and Neil Turok of Cambridge University. The theory describes a universe exploding into existence not just once, but repeatedly over time.[5][6] The theory could potentially explain why a mysterious repulsive form of energy known as the "cosmological constant", and which is accelerating the expansion of the universe, is several orders of magnitude smaller than predicted by the standard Big Bang model."
      A different cyclic model relying on the notion of phantom energy was proposed in 2007 by Lauris Baum and Paul Frampton of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[7]"

      What we know for certain:

      1. The Sun will burn out in 3-5 billion years so we have a time frame.

      2. Asteroids continue to whiz by us daily.

      3. One large hit and it is all over in a blast of permanent winter.

      4. There are enough nuclear weapons to do the same job.

      5. Most contemporary NT exegetes do not believe in the Second Coming so apparently there is no concern about JC coming back on an asteroid or cloud of raptors/rapture.

      6. All stars will eventually extinguish as there is a limit to the amount of hydrogen in the universe. When this happens (100 billion years?), the universe will go dark. If it does not collapse and recycle, the universe will end.

      Bottom line: our apocalypse will start between now and 3-5 billion CE. The universe apocalypse, 100 billion years?

      August 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Isolate

      From your response to yourself:

      2. Asteroids continue to whiz by us daily.

      Meteoroids and other random space junk whiz by us daily, and 150 tons of them hit the Earth's atmosphere every day, fortunately in the form of dust or tiny fragments. The passage of an asteroid is a rare event, since they're in fixed orbits and any close enough to strike the Earth have already done so in the distant past. The last serious asteroid strike/extinction event was 65 million years ago, remember. (source: NASA)

      3. One large hit and it is all over in a blast of permanent winter.

      Not necessarily. Life is particularly tenacious. The worst asteroid strike/extinction event was at the end of the Permian, 250 million years ago, after which some estimates say 90% of all species were wiped out. The strike/extinction event 65 million years ago (K-T Event) resulted in the rise of the mammals to world domination, something we see as a good thing today.

      And today, for the first time in the history of the planet, we have the means to stop an asteroid strike.

      4. There are enough nuclear weapons to do the same job.

      Not even close. At the peak of the Cold War there about 30,000 nuclear warheads with a destructive capacity of 5.0 gigatons (5 billion tons) of TNT. The K-T event released energy estimated at 96 teratons of TNT (96 trillion tons). (source: Earth Impact Database, University of New Brunswick, Canada)

      August 25, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • Isolate

      @ S.R.

      I have studied cosmology, planetary formation, paleontology and biology deeply enough to know there's no need for a creator. Simply accepting that there was a Big Guy in the Sky who did all this is the easy way out. You may BELIEVE in a creator god, but recall this tidbit: "Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." ~ Epistle to the Hebrews 11:1 (possibly the revealed word of God to you, depending on your level of piety). Faith-based groups don't need proof. As the old saw goes: "Science has questions which may never be answered; religion has answers that may never be questioned."

      Science is the polar opposite, very hard to learn and understand, where every proposition has to be checked and re-checked, every hypothesis rigorously tested, repeated by others, and used to make successful predictions, and repeatedly challenged in scientific journals before it's tentatively accepted. And ANY scientific position can be challenged at any time: that's what science does. Relativity and quantum theory didn't overturn Newton's Laws, but they proved that there were conditions under which they no longer applied.

      The human world you see all around you is created, the result of millennia of human scientific progress; the natural world shows no evidence of a creator or the need for one, at least as far as human senses and instruments can detect. If you would like an excellent use for your spare time, pick up a popularized biology, astronomy, physics or organic chemistry book and learn why your position is untenable. Or stick with your Bible if it satisfies you. But at least learn why those of us who have accepted atheism as our personal savior think the way we do. I have read at least as deeply into religion as I have into science, and at some point long ago I made a rational choice, based on the evidence. Try the same experiment.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
    • Reality

      "Asteroids with diameters of 5 to 10 m (16 to 33 ft) enter the Earth's atmosphere approximately once per year, with as much energy as Little Boy, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, approximately 15 kilotonnes of TNT. These ordinarily explode in the upper atmosphere, and most or all of the solids are vaporized.[6] Objects with diameters over 50 m (164 ft) strike the Earth approximately once every thousand years, producing explosions comparable to the one known to have detonated above Tunguska in 1908.[7] At least one known asteroid with a diameter of over 1 km (0.62 mi), (29075) 1950 DA, has a possibility of colliding with Earth on March 16, 2880, but the Torino scale only works for impact possibilities within 100 years, and thus cannot apply to this asteroid."

      Then there is the radioactive fallout which will kill any remaining humans after an all-out nuclear war. Chernobyl!!!

      August 26, 2011 at 7:58 am |
  12. Michael T Murphy

    This is the same guy who spoke about the evils of Zionism and the Jewish Bankers????????

    August 25, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  13. coder

    another self righteous wanna be using religion to sway opinion his way – when will modern man realize religion is the yoke by which they are enslaved. If god does exist, and any of the holy text even partly correct – then man has failed the god. But then what need does a god have? If it is a god, then by definition it is autonomous. So imams, clerics, pope wanna be's like beck are just using religion. continuing to divide the world by bible, torah, & qur'an while being indifferent to anything other than his words

    August 25, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  14. JP

    The Bible plainly states how we should view non-Christians like Mr. Beck. He is conducting himself as one would expect the anti-Christ to behave.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  15. Michael T Murphy

    What a waco. Just proves if there is a void some yahoo will always jump up to fill it. He is probably a Grover Norquist supporter also, not knowing Norquist supports Hamas and anti Israel rhetoric

    August 25, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  16. toxictown

    At least he's become so irrelevant here in the states that he has to do his loony dog and pony show overseas. They will tire of him soon as well.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  17. Charlie

    Shame on any Jew who supports this clown. He is not a friend to the Jewish people. He is a huckster, exploiter, and hate-monger.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  18. wayne

    The world won't know peace until religion is buried and forgotten.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:40 am |
    • Frankie

      Amen

      August 25, 2011 at 8:48 am |
    • Tony

      Absolutely, but it'll never happen. They'll never stop believing.

      August 25, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • BRC

      @Tony,
      Will they hold on to that feeling?

      August 25, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • BAHAHA

      @BRC: Tony is just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • BRC

      @BAHAHA,
      He'll probably take a Midnight train, could be going Anywhere.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  19. Adam

    Where is his world tour of bigotry going to take him next? The Vatican, Salt Lake City, Scientology Headquarters? So called "Christian Zionists" is an oxymoron in itself, Jews for Jesus are evil manipulative maggots. Sounds like this butthole's type of people.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:39 am |
  20. jeremy

    yes, israel is a liberal cause!
    israel wants peace!!!
    and israel is the only place I know after so many years where they still hope for peace every day (and they go through hard days every day...)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df2XzpVqzao

    August 25, 2011 at 8:39 am |
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