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Glenn Beck's Lawyers Argue That His Attacks On Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Were Protected By First Amendment

Earlier this year, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi sued Glenn Beck for defamation over the fact that Beck had dedicated several days of radio and television programming to alleging that Alharbi, who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, was actually an al Qaeda "control agent" and "money man" who had financed the bombing and recruited the Tsarnaev brothers to carry it out.

None of that was true and so Alharbi sued Beck, seeking "punitive damages for defamation with malice." Now, Beck's lawyers have responded to the suit by arguing that it should be dismissed on the grounds that Alharbi was a "public figure" and that Beck's attacks on him were protected by the First Amendment:

Radio host Glenn Beck says in a recent legal filing that his on-air remarks inaccurately linking a Saudi Arabian student to the Boston Marathon bombings were protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution and that a federal judge should dismiss a libel case the student brought against Beck and his employers.

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Beck's lawyers, in their recent filing in U.S. District Court for Boston, don't question Alharbi's innocence. But they argue that courts have set a high standard for libel in similar cases and that Alharbi's grievances fall short of that standard.

The talk show host's lawyers argue that to prevail in court against their client, Alharbi would have to prove "actual malice," including that Beck deliberately made false accusations against Alharbi.

Beck's lawyers also argue that the radio host's remarks were Constitutionally-protected criticism of the government's handling of national security. And they argue that Alharbi became a public figure in the days after the bombings, a designation that raises the bar for a libel claim.

'We Are All Faceless': Glenn Beck Explains The Slender Man Phenomenon

Earlier this month, two young girls allegedly stabbed their friend nineteen times in an effort to please an internet urban legend known as Slender Man. Predictably, Glenn Beck was very alarmed by this since everything that ever happens always bears some deep social significance and must be taken as a sign that our culture is deeply sick and on the verge of collapse. As such, Beck and his staff have becomes obsessed with the story and are on the lookout for other possible Slender Man related crimes, such as an alleged attack carried out by another young girl on her mother earlier this week.

Beck and his staff discussed the Slender Man phenomenon during yesterday's morning meeting where Beck diagnosed the problem as being rooted in the fact that people are just desperately trying to fill the holes in their empty souls with things like this.

"We're starving to death," Beck lectured his staff in a very world-weary manner. "Slender Man is filling a hole in people's lives and what's going to happen is people are going to start talking more and more about Slender Man and more and more people will go in and try to fill that hole with Slender Man because it's new and it's exciting and it's different and it's kind of on the edge."

"We are all faceless," Beck said. "We're all worried that we're being sucked into these woods, that we have no idea what's in there":

Same-Sex Marriages Continue in Wisconsin After Federal Judge Denies Motion to Stay

Since last Friday’s ruling by Federal Judge Barbara Crabb that Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, hundreds of same-sex couples have lined up to get marriage licenses across the Badger State. Immediately after receiving the ruling, clerks in Dane and Milwaukee counties began issuing marriage licenses, and in both areas, facilities stayed open late on Friday and continued issuing licenses on Saturday. Officiants, including judges, ministers, and commissioners, married couples on-site at their respective county courthouses.

Similar to actions in other states where courts have struck down same-sex marriage bans, Wisconsin’s right-leaning GOP Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed multiple motions to “preserve the status quo” attempting to stop same-sex marriages from happening.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 48 of the state’s 72 counties were issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite the ongoing legal battle. Wisconsin’s Vital Records Office is accepting the licenses, but holding them until they receive further guidance from Van Hollen.

For its part, the ACLU filed a proposal of how to implement same-sex marriage in the state. If approved, the plan would force Governor Scott Walker, Attorney General Van Hollen, and county clerks across the state to treat all same-sex and opposite-sex couples equally under the law.

Judge Crabb is set to have another hearing on June 19th.

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Beck Warns Wave Of Immigrant Children Will Create Israeli/Palestinian-Type Conflict In America

On last night's television program, Glenn Beck asserted that President Obama was "directly responsible" for the waves of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have crossed the U.S.-Mexican border so far this year, saying that Obama's announcement in 2012 that the Department of Homeland Security would temporarily halt the deportation of children who were brought into this country illegally by their parents was code to parents in Latin America to start sending their kids to the United States in order to overwhelm the system so that Obama could then use it in his effort to pass immigration reform and amnesty.

On his radio show today, Beck expanded upon this theory, declaring that this flood of children will result in an Israeli/Palestinian-like crisis here in America by creating permanent camps along the border and then using the existence of these camps to eventually press for the United States to hand Arizona back to Mexico.

"What are they doing to our border? They are making camps," Beck said. "I’m warning you right now, mark my words: If it lasts five to 10 years, they will say exactly the same thing. ‘You know what? We should give them their own state. We should give them Arizona. We took it from them in the first place. That’s land that we stole from Mexico.’"

"You mark my words: It’s coming," he continued. "They are making a Palestinian plea, and you’re watching the beginnings of it right now. Mark my words: That’s going to go all over today, and everybody is going to call me crazy. Whatever":

Klingenschmitt: 'The Ultimate Hate Speech Is To Endorse Homosexuality'

On today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Gordon Klingenschmitt praised Colorado bakery owner Jack Phillips for his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, declaring that not telling gays that they are destined for Hell is a form of "hate speech."

"By endorsing their sin" by making a cake for a gay couple, Klingenschmitt said about Phillips, "he would not be showing compassion to them; he would be showing cruelty. So the ultimate hate speech is to endorse homosexuality because you give them the impression that it's okay and that deceives them and ultimately trips them into Hell":

Beck: Obama Is Fomenting Revolution By Making The Tea Party Feel Invisible

During his morning staff meeting yesterday, Glenn Beck once again lectured his staff about how President Obama is intentionally fomenting revolution in this country by intentionally ignoring the Tea Party and making them feel invisible.

"You have revolution when people feel invisible," Beck said. "When people feel invisible, they go for their guns. That is exactly what [President Obama] is doing."

Saying that while Obama is elevating gays and thugs and radicals and illegal immigrants, he is systematically telling Tea Party activists that they don't matter and dismissing their concerns.

"This government has taken a group of people," Beck proclaimed, "and diminished them and given them the Harry Potter cloak of invisibility":

Klingenschmitt: Teaching Kids About Gay Marriage Is Mind Rape

Earlier this year, Scotland legalized gay marriage and now a debate has broken out over whether teachers and parents who object to it should be allowed to opt out of having to teach about it or have their children learn about it during sex education classes.

On yesterday's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Gordon Klingenschmitt explained that the real issue at stake here is whether or not children will be "recruited into perversion," saying that those who support teaching kids about gay marriage are declaring, in essence, that "every child has a right to be raped, at least in their mind, by somebody who is going to pervert them and recruit them into sexual immorality":

Fischer Upset Pope Francis Allowed Worship Of The 'Demon God' Allah At The Vatican

On Sunday, Pope Francis hosted an interfaith "prayer gathering" at the Vatican featuring Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as well as Jewish, Muslim and Christian spiritual leaders.

Bryan Fischer, of course, is not happy about it, mainly because Muslims worship a "demon god."

Saying that interfaith prayers are "horribly misguided," Fischer declared that "not every being that occupies the unseen world, the spiritual world, is a good guy, is a good spirit," explaining that in addition to the good spirits of God, Jesus, and angels, there are also countless dark, dangerous, and sinister spirits that are under the control of Satan.

Allah is one of the latter, Fischer proclaimed, saying "Allah, as he is referred to and thought of and addressed and spoken of and invoked by Muslims is not a god, he is a demon":

Beck: 'We Are Now The Radicals, We Are Now The Revolutionaries'

On his television program tonight, Glenn Beck will be interviewing the controversial street artist known as "Sabo," who is perhaps best known for his poster of Sen. Ted Cruz covered in tattoos and his poster depicting Texas state Senator Wendy Davis as an "abortion Barbie."

Beck will be interviewing Sabo because, as he explained on his radio program today, "we are now the revolutionaries" and need learn how to "short-circuit" the system through the culture in the manner that Sabo has been doing.

"We are now the radicals," Beck told his audience. "We are now the revolutionaries and we have to start thinking that way. We have to start looking for ways to short-circuit things because what we're doing is we're relying on the system. Well, the system is now geared against us. We are in the Martin Luther King position and Barack Obama is the one in the J. Edgar Hoover role.  You can't out J. Edgar Hoover J. Edgar Hoover.  You can't Nixon Nixon. You have to think differently":

Todd Starnes 'Cannot Wait For The Day That We Have A President That Loves America'

Todd Starnes appeared on the AFA's "Today's Issues" radio program last week to discuss the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl where he suggested that President Obama has "deserted" the United States of America.

Claiming that Bergdahl is a traitor who had betrayed his country, Starnes declared that "this soldier may not be the only one who has deserted; I think President Obama has deserted his obligations and responsibilities as President of the United States of America."

AFA president Tim Wildmon agreed, asserting that he feels like he is "living in the Twilight Zone" because "it's as if our own president is against our country ... I look at what's going on and I go 'whose side is this guy on?'"

While Wildmon predicted that this story would help the Republicans in the midterm elections because "Democrats are scurrying like rats on a ship that's on fire" to distance themselves from this story, Starnes simply stated that "I cannot wait for the day that we have a president that loves America":

BREAKING: Wisconsin Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

A District Court judge ruled today that Wisconsin’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.  Judge Barbara Crabb relied on equal protection law to strike down the ban:

"My task under federal law is to decide the claims presented by the plaintiffs in this case now, applying the provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment as interpreted by the Supreme Court," she said. "Because my review of that law convinces me that plaintiffs are entitled to the same treatment as any heterosexual couple, I conclude that the Wisconsin laws banning marriage between same-sex couples are unconstitutional."

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Klingenschmitt: Satan Has Blinded Atheists To The Fact That They're Possessed By Demonic Spirits

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" program today, Gordon Klingenschmitt defended the comment made recently by E.W. Jackson that church-state separation groups like the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation are literally representatives of "demonic power."

As Klingenschmitt explained, atheists are possessed by demonic spirits but do not realize it because those demonic spirits are blinding them to the fact that they are possessed by demonic spirits.

Citing 2 Corinthians, Klingenschmitt says that "an atheist complainer, he looks at Jesus and doesn't see the glory of Christ. He's blind. And who has blinded him? Satan inside of him as blinded his eyes. It's impossible for atheists to discern the demonic spirits":

Gordon Klingenschmitt's Interesting Defense Of Tax Exemption For Clergy & Churches

Under current tax law, members of the clergy are entitled to receive a housing allowance upon which they are not required to pay taxes. This so called "parsonage allowance" allows clergy members to receive thousands of dollars per year from their church to be used to pay for their housing but this money is not classified as part of their salary and is thus exempt from taxation.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed suit over this practice, arguing that churches and clergy are receiving special treatment that is not available to other non-profit institutions and Gordon Klingenschmitt, not surprisingly, is vehemently opposed to FFRF's effort to end this exemption, arguing on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program today that it is not fair to make members of the clergy "pay extra taxes" by ending this practice.

As Klingenschmitt sees it, no churches should be required to pay taxes because the donations it receives have already been taxed once when the money was first earned by the people who donated it.

"Everyone who goes to church and has a job," he explained, "already paid their taxes back home on their income and then they gave whatever was left over to the church. So should the church then have to pay taxes on top of that?"

By the same token, Klingenschmitt says, a pastor who receives thousands of dollars from the church to pay for housing should also not be required to pay taxes on that money because the pastor has already paid taxes on his or her salary.

"Because [the housing allowance] is still funded by the church, it should not be double taxed," Klingenschmitt argued, "since the pastor already paid his income taxes as an employee of the church ... That doesn't mean he ought to pay extra taxes for the simple fact of living in a church-owned or church-rented property":

Of course, the entire point is that most people pay taxes on their salary and then have to use that salary to pay for their housing, but members of the clergy receive a salary on which they pay taxes and then thousands of dollars in the form of a housing allowance upon which they don't.  But to Klingenschmitt, not giving clergy members this tax-free allowance amounts to double taxation.

Bryan Fischer Can't Seem To Keep His Story Straight

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer said that while he has great respect for Ben Carson, he is not sure that Carson has the toughness needed to withstand the relentless onslaught of attacks and lies he will face if he decides to run for president.

And Fischer was speaking from experience, he said, "because virtually everything I say that the Left gets hold of they twist, they distort it, they try to create the impression that I have said something different from what I have said." This has become so routine that Fischer doesn't even bother trying to correct the record any more since people on the Left "don't care if they have misrepresented you, misconstrued what you've said; they're doing that intentionally, that's what they want to do because they want to take what do and twist it and turn it in a way to make you look as bad as humanly possible."

This comes as news to us, especially since probably 99% of the video clips featuring Fischer were first posted on this blog which, on multiple occasions, Fischer has praised for helping him to "get the word out" by posting clips that feature "exactly the soundbite that I want them to use":

Of course, by posting these clips of him saying two diametrically opposed things, we are probably guilty of creating the impression that Fischer has said something different from what he said.

Glenn Beck Is A Paragon Of Consistency: 'We Need To Live Side By Side'

Upset by the news that a Christian bakery in Colorado has decided to stop offering wedding cakes rather than provide cakes to gay couples in compliance with the state's anti-discrimination law, Glenn Beck wondered why we all can't just get along and learn to live together.

"We must, in the end, be able to live side by side," Beck said in defending the baker's right to refuse to serve gay customers. "We are dividing ourselves in every possible way and it's being done intentionally. Nope, the Republicans have to live over here, the conservatives over here and the liberals and then the progressives, and then we have the gay people who live over here and the straight people who live over here and these people can run businesses and these people can't."

"We need to live side by side," Beck preached. "Diversity is actually a good thing."

Allow us to remind everyone that this is the same Glenn Beck who, just last year, laid out his grandiose vision for a massive $2 billion libertarian compound called Independence Park in which only like-minded people would be allowed to live and only like-minded businesses could operate.

This is also the same Glenn Beck who, the day after President Obama was re-elected, openly encouraged his listeners to buy farmland and to literally move away from their neighbors if they did not share their values and "find a place where you are surrounded by like-minded people" by looking "at the maps on how counties voted":

LaBarbera: 'Masculine Men Do Not Have Sex With Other Men'

Peter LaBarbera was recently interviewed by a former Infowars reporter named David Ortiz who asserted that acceptance of homosexuality represents "the death of the American male because you cannot be a masculine nation and support homosexuality."

Ortiz smartly pointed out that if society is going to embrace "moral relativism" on this issue, then "why can't a man sexually relieve himself next to you on a bus stop as long as he's not groaning, as long as he cleans up after himself?"

Sadly, LaBarbera did not answer this intriguing question but chose instead of focus on the idea that one cannot be gay and also masculine, declaring that gay men who dress in leather are displaying "faux masculinity" in an attempt to compensate for their inherent lack of masculinity.

"Tough guy homosexuality masculinity is not the real deal," LaBarbera asserted. "Masculine men do not have sex with other men":

Beck: God Prompted Me To Investigate Van Jones

On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck raised the alarm about reports that the Department of Justice will relaunch a task force responsible for investigating threats posed by domestic terrorism, saying that while he has absolutely no evidence to justify his concern at the moment, he does have a gut feeling that it is very dangerous.

And we can trust his gut feeling about this, Beck reminded his viewers, because he had the same gut feeling about Van Jones and was prompted by God to begin investigating him after hearing his name mentioned in a staff meeting.

"I really don't know how we figured out Van Jones," Beck said. "That was not from man, I really don't think."

Beck says he simply heard Jones' name and somehow immediately knew to instruct his staff begin to investigate Jones and ties to Hurricane Katrina, which led to Beck's amazing discovery that Jones and ACORN were responsible for the failure of the levees in New Orleans during the hurricane in order to wipe out all the records and cover up their massive corruption.

Obviously, given that record of accuracy, we should all be very alarmed by Beck's gut feeling about these new reports as well:

Fischer: Bergdahl Release Offers More Proof Obama 'Is Secretly A Muslim'

On his radio broadcast today, Bryan Fischer said the deal to release Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl provides further evidence that President Obama "is secretly a Muslim."

Asserting that Obama insisted on releasing five members of the Taliban as part of the exchange deal because he is constantly attempting to assist radical Islam all over the world, Fischer asserted that Obama's "face lit up like a Christmas tree" when Bergdahl's father briefly spoke in Arabic at the White House, which is another reason to believe that Obama is actually a Muslim.

"I've had Washington insiders tell me everyone in D.C. believes that secretly he is a Muslim," Fischer said, "and when President Obama does stuff like this, it starts making that explanation easier and easier to believe":

FL Legislator Says Obama's Election 'Is An Indictment Of Our Educational System In This Country'

Infuriated by the state Department of Education's approval of a textbook that he felt was baised in favor of Islam, Florida state Sen. Alan Hays introduced legislation giving local school districts the power to choose their own textbooks. 

The legislation was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott last month and today Hays was the guest on "WallBuilders Live" to discuss his effort where he declared that the election of President Barack Obama is proof positive that our entire educational system is fundamentally broken.

Obama's election, Hays said, "is an indictment of our educational system in this country," explaining that "it's because our students have not been properly educated that somebody with that kind of resume could even be considered a candidate, much less elected."

"It's an embarrassment to all of us," Hays concluded and host Rick Green completely agreed, saying that Obama's election "shows that we've dumbed down the education system to the point that our people do not now know to measure a candidate against the values upon which a constitutional republic can survive":

Glenn Beck Explains How Keurig Freed Us From Our Collectivist Coffee Nightmare

Once upon a time, office workers all had to drink the same coffee and those were dark days of communism and government oppression. Then along came companies like Keurig, offering the ability to brew cups of coffee one at a time in a variety of flavors and thus, the free market was born.

At least that seems to be the history lesson delivered by Glenn Beck last night on his television show as he recounted how office kitchens used to simply have one coffee pot from which everyone got their coffee, compared to today where most offices have machines that allow individuals to brew the drink of their personal choice.

Pointing to the array of options his company offers its employees, Beck said "you can have any of these or we could go back to the collectivist and you can have this really crappy instant coffee that just has a flavor that everybody kind of tolerates and kind of likes."

"This is the free market," Beck said, which apparently did not even exist until the invention of individual coffee options around the beginning of this century:

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