Glenn Beck

Beck: Obama, Rob Ford, And The End Of Western Civilization

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck was discussing the on-going saga of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who was not only caught smoking crack but also ranting wildly and threatening to murder some unknown target, which prompted Beck to start screaming that, despite all of this, "Canada still has higher standards than we do!"

Beck is furious that Canadians are demanding that Ford resign while Americans are not demanding that President Obama leave office, saying that "at least their guy hasn't actually killed people! Our guy is flying drones over, like 'yeah, go ahead, hit 'em, take 'em out." 

"If the Western World is so corrupt internally," Beck said "that we just sit there and take it and say 'well, there's nothing really we can do so we'll just sit here and take it,' well then we really have lost." 

He continued to lament that, as a society, we have come to tolerate and embrace wholesale corruption, as demonstrated by the recent elections of Bill de Blasio as Mayor of New York City and Terry McAuliffe as Governor of Virginia, saying it signals "the end of the Western way of life as we know it." 

As such, Beck called upon "good men and women need to gather together, buckle down for a storm and stand as one": 

Glenn Beck Is 'The Only Guy That Gets It'

One thing you learn from watching Glenn Beck on a regular basis is that when he starts promoting some new person or organization as people who "really understand what is going on," you can rest assured that those people are producing content that reinforces Beck's myopic worldview.

He does it when he brings on people like David Barton or Frank Gaffney or Jerry Boykin whenever he needs to point to "experts" who just so happen to specialize in producing the sort of biased content that he needs to support his political/social agenda.

On his television program last night, Beck interviewed a man named John Cardillo who runs an organization called PsyID, which specializes in "actionable social media intelligence and analytics." What does that mean? Well, as Beck explained it, PsyID basically runs searches on social media outlets on places like Twitter and Facebook to determine where America "really" stands on contemporary political and social issues. 

The fact that Beck had Cardillo on his program last night pretty much tells you all you need to know about his findings; namely, that most of America agrees with Glenn Beck on the issues! 

In fact, as Beck revealed today on his radio program, Cardillo's findings show demonstrably that Beck's Tea Party audience is "big time winning" and, wouldn't you know it, when it comes to "reading the psyche of the American people," Beck is "the only guy that gets it":

Glenn Beck Explains Politics Via The Wizard Of Oz

There are certain episodes of Glenn Beck's television program that utterly defy explanation and all one can do is wonder what Beck's staff must think when they get tasked with helping him prepare to deliver a ten minute monologue in which he tries to explain contemporary politics by playing with Wizard of Oz dolls and using funny voices and generally just rambling incoherently while wearing a pair of "ruby slipper" sneakers.

As was the case last night, where Beck played with dolls for ten minutes before explaining that Mitch McConnell is the Good Witch of the North, while the NSA is the Wicked Witch of the West, and Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and John Boehner are the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, respectively:

What is most amazing is that Beck truly believes that his real gift and purpose in life is to be a storyteller.

Beck: We Don't Need An FDA, We Just Need To Do Our Homework And Find Honorable Companies

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck and his co-hosts had a discussion about genetically modified foods that turned into a rant by Beck against the Food and Drug Administration during which he asserted that the government should play no role in food safety and simply let the free market sort it all out.

Beck said that the government should not require genetically modified foods or organic foods or any other foods to be labeled as such because "this whole organic thing is bullcrap because you can slap 'organic' on anything, it doesn't mean anything."

You'd think that would be a case for the government setting labeling requirements and basic standards, but you'd be wrong.

"No," Beck said. "That's why we need to be honorable people. That's why, if you really want that, you go and you find somebody that you trust. You got to people, and even if it's Whole Foods, and you have to trust that they're being honorable and they're looking for the right food and they'll tell you what it is. Let them, let the market sort it out. Let the market say 'this is our standard for organic, this is what we mean by organic.' You do your own homework":

15 Things You Need To Know About David Barton, The Man Who Could Be Texas's Next Senator

David Barton’s dishonest and discredited pseudo-history hasn’t stopped him from becoming a star within the Republican Party. Despite the glaring flaws and political bias found in his work, not to mention the fact that actual conservative Christian scholars are among his most vocal critics, GOP candidates for office consistently seek Barton’s advice, counsel and endorsements.

Now, Barton’s WallBuilders deputy and radio show co-host Rick Green has launched a Facebook page to draft Barton run for U.S. Senate against the Republican incumbent John Cornyn.

On October 30, Green wrote that “if the draft page gets 5k likes in just a few days, then we’ll know people want him to run.” As of today, the page currently has fewer than half that number of “likes,” but Barton’s possible run has garnered publicity and made Glenn Beck giddy. Barton recently told Beck that “if the Lord tells me to do it, I’ll do it.”

In anticipation of Barton’s possible run for office, we decided to look through our voluminous Barton archive and pull out the highlights of his radical record.

1. God Is Rightfully Blocking A Cure For HIV/AIDS

Barton is delighted by the fact that God is preventing researchers from finding a cure or vaccine for HIV/AIDS. According to Barton, HIV/AIDS is a punishment for sin and therefore God will block a potential cure: “God says, ‘Hey you’re going to bear in your body the consequences of this homosexual behavior.’” He argues that HIV/AIDS is a divine “penalty” for gay people’s “shameful sexual acts.” On a similar note, Barton has called homosexuality “absolutely reprehensible and disgusting” and said that marriage equality means we “are going down as a nation.”

2. “We Had To Destroy Indian Tribes”

Barton justified the slaughter of Native Americans as a defensive war against tribes who “declared war on all the white guys.” “We had to go in and we had to destroy Indian tribes all over until they said ‘Oh, got the point,’” Barton said, claiming that the tactics were only necessary because Native Americans were resisting missionaries who were trying to “civilize” them.

3. Demons Control Parts Of The Capitol

If Barton runs for US Senate and is elected, he will have to be careful to avoid the demon-controlled parts of Capitol Hill. Barton told televangelist Kenneth Copeland that demonic principalities have control over different government bodies and that is why politicians “think really goofy.”

4. The Bible Opposes Net Neutrality

Did you know that the Founding Fathers, Pilgrims, Puritans and the Bible all opposed Net Neutrality? According to Barton they did. He also argues that Net Neutrality is a “wicked” policy.

5. Founding Fathers Refuted The Theory of Evolution

While the nation’s founders lived long before Charles Darwin published his seminal works, Barton contends that the founders “already had the entire debate on creation and evolution” and sided with Creationism.

6. Evolution Should Be Banned In School Due To Separation Of Church And State

Barton maintains that evolution, secular humanism and atheism are all religions that should be banned in public school because of the separation of church and state. “Darwinism and evolution is a religion. Why don’t we say, ‘Hey, we can’t teach Darwinism in school. That affects the way people behave. I demand separation of church and state. Get Darwinism out of the classroom.’”

7. Government Should Regulate Gay Sex

After comparing homosexuality to cigarette smoking and eating unhealthy foods, Barton proposed: “Why don’t we regulate homosexuality?” He warned that nations that “rejected sexual regulation like with homosexuality” collapse “past the third generation from the time that they embraced it.”

“Nearly one-half of practicing homosexuals admit to five hundred or more sex partners and nearly one-third admit to a thousand or more sex partners in a lifetime,” he added. Barton also claims that a nation will have a spiritual revival once it stops tolerating homosexuality and has “chased the sodomites” out.

8. Schools Turn Kids Gay

Barton “guaranteed ” listeners that if they have children going to public schools “they are getting homosexual indoctrination.” He even said that public schools will “ force them to be homosexual.” Barton’s gay rights conspiracy theories don’t end there: Before the passage of the 2009 Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Barton said the law was “designed to single out preachers in the pulpit” and would put pastors in prison if they condemn homosexuality. Of course, that never happened.

9. Country Needs More Hate

Barton considered writing a book entitled, “When tolerance is a sin and hate is a virtue,” telling listeners of his radio show that nowadays “tolerance is a bad thing and hate is a good thing.” “We’re tolerating a lot stuff that destroys our families, that destroys our own character and we can’t tolerate that stuff. We have to get back to the point where hate is a virtue, at least certain kinds of hate.”

10. Bible Opposes Minimum Wage

Many of Barton’s lectures rail against progressive economic policy as unbiblical, arguing that the Bible condemns the capital gains tax, estate tax, progressive income tax and the minimum wage. “Jesus did not like the minimum wage,” Barton contends.

11. Constitution Quotes The Bible ‘Verbatim’

Even though Barton can’t find a single actually verbatim quote from the Bible in the Constitution, he consistently claims that the Constitution quotes the Bible “verbatim.” It is no wonder that he also asserts that God established America’s system of elections. It is no surprise then that Barton advocates the theocratic Seven Mountains Dominionism.

12. Life Begins Before Conception

Barton has said that life doesn’t begin at conception, but actually “life begins before conception.” Not surprisingly, Barton believes that abortion rights will lead to socialism and that abortion is banned under the Seventh Amendment. The Seventh Amendment reads: “In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re–examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.”

13. No Limits On Second Amendment

According to Barton, under the Second Amendment there is no limit to what type of weapons people could possess, including tanks, bazookas and fighter jets.

14. Abortion Rights Leads To Divine Punishment

Barton recently claimed that inclement weather linked to climate change isn’t a result of climate change at all, but is actually God’s judgment on America for abortion rights.

15. Prayer Stopped BP Oil Spill, Drought

During a Religious Right conference call, Barton maintained that state declarations of prayer ended a drought in Georgia and also prevented damage on the Gulf Coast from the BP oil spill.

Glenn Beck Can Barely Contain Himself At The Idea Of 'Senator David Barton'

A few weeks ago, Glenn Beck set out on a mission to convince Rep. Louie Gohmert to launch a primary challenge to Sen. John Cornyn; an endeavor that Gohmert was clearly reluctant to undertake.

But now Beck has moved on, predicting that Gohmert will remain in the House where he will run for Speaker, which leaves open the position of primary challenger to Cornyn.  So who does Beck want to see fill that slot?  None other than his best friend David Barton.

"Senator David Barton," Beck just kept repeating on his radio program today, unable to keep the elated smile off of his face just thinking about it:

The Oprahfication Of Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck harbors a seething hatred for Oprah Winfrey, whom he considers to be the "biggest fraud of my lifetime."  So it has been fascinating to watch his program lately as Beck slowly adopt her entire media and marketing strategy as he has begun spending show after show preaching to his audience that they need to overcome their fears and find their own purpose in order to create amazing lives.

Beck's new role as self-help guru is now resulting in entire programs where he does nothing but hail a Kindle book that he happened to stumble upon as "the way out of just about every mess the world finds itself in."

A few weeks ago, Beck discovered a Kindle book on Amazon called "The Art of Being Unmistakable: A Collection of Essays About Making a Dent in The Universe" that he's been promoting it ever since and last night, Beck had the author Srinivas Rao on the program to discuss his book and his worldview.  During the interview, Rao explained that, at age 34, he had been fired from every job he'd ever had and was broke and living with his parents, spending his days surfing and so he wrote this book ... and, as far as we can tell, that is pretty much about it. 

So basically, a broke, unemployed blogger living at home with his parents self-published a 64 page Kindle book and now he's being praised by Glenn Beck for having produced "one of the most important pieces of writing I have seen in quite some time":

Glenn Beck Cites George Washington But Mount Vernon Begs To Differ

A few weeks ago, we posted a clip of Glenn Beck telling parents to push their children up against the wall (figuratively, he now insists) in order to teach them that their rights comes from God and not the government.

That video prompted an atheist named James Kirk Wall to write a column arguing that rights do not, in fact, come from God, which in turn prompted Beck to spend nearly two complete segments of his radio program today mockingly responding to Wall's column.

At the end of Wall's piece, he offered a quote from George Washington which really irked Beck, who responded (6:00 in) that quoting Washington in defense of atheism was "ignorant" as he then proceeded to rattle off four other quotes from Washington that felt refuted Wall's point:

The only problem for Beck is that, according to Mount Vernon, two of the quotes he used are misattributed misquotes:

"It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."

The quote is frequently misattributed to Washington, particularly in regards to his farewell address of 1796. The origin of the misquote is, perhaps, a mention of a similar statement in a biography of Washington first published in 1835. However, the quote that appeared in the biography has never been proven to have come from Washington.

"What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ."

This misquote is often attributed to Washington's speech to Delaware tribal leaders on May 12, 1779. However, it is both inaccurate in terms of words as well as meaning. The actual quote reads: "My ears hear with pleasure the other matters you mention. Congress will be glad to hear them too. You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do every thing they can to assist you in this wise intention; and to tie the knot of friendship and union so fast, that nothing shall ever be able to loose it." The quote has its own historical significance and reflected Washington's eventual presidential policies aimed at encouraging cultural and religious assimilation of Native Americans.

Beck: Obama's 'Class War' Is Responsible For A Brutal Murder Of Five People

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck warned that "words have power" and did so in order to hold President Obama responsible for the brutal murder of a family of five over the weekend.

The family was reportedly murdered by a relative who had immigrated from China and had been staying with them but who became enraged when they tried to kick him out, going on a rampage and killing a mother and four young children because "[h]e felt they had everything and that he had nothing. They were doing well and he was struggling just to get by."

According to the police, the suspect "speaks no English and talked to cops through a Mandarin translator," but Beck nonetheless blamed the murder on the "class war" that President Obama has been waging against the rich in America.

"Tonight I want to introduce you to the first victims in this war on the wealthy," Beck said as he directly linked these murder to the Obama administration.

"Part of my job," Beck continued, "is to inform you on what I see coming, but you're seeing it now, it's here: a class war and a race war, not of your doing":

Beck: 'God Didn't Have Anyone To Entrust The Country To, Until Now'

Glenn Beck kicked off his radio broadcast this morning by playing the final speech from Charlie Chaplin's "The Dictator," which served as the framework for the rambling twenty minute monologue that followed. 

As is usually the case when Beck delivers one of his stream-of-consciousness speeches, it was full of passionate beseeching and grandiose themes while simultaneously being utterly incoherent, resulting in passages where he says things like "we were slaves under the state and we didn't eve know it" just eight years ago.

America, at that point, could have been destroyed, Beck said, but God didn't allow that to happen because "God didn't have anyone to entrust the country to, until now."

"It couldn't destroy itself," Beck explained, "because there wasn't any one, there wasn't the group of people, there weren't millions of Americans all around the country that understood where we went wrong, so they could never put it back together again."

We have no idea what that means, but apparently it has something to do with the fact that Beck and his audience of Tea Party activists are the only ones who truly understand the Constitution and what the Founding Fathers intended to create. 

And now, after hundreds of years, they can finally bring the Founder's true vision to fruition ... but not until we "rid ourselves of those progressive ideas":

Paranoia-Rama: This Week In Right-Wing Lunacy - 10/25/13

We here at Right Wing Watch regularly observe how strange conspiracy theories and absurd right-wing nightmares percolate through conservative message boards and fringe websites all the way up to Fox News and the Republican Party, until they eventually become “mainstream.”

In a new feature, we’ll look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories and maniacal claims.

5. Satan Behind Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Herman Cain

Herman Cain has finally put all those allegations of extramarital affairs and sexual harassment from different women to rest, saying that all of them were lying and are working the Devil. Cain told Real Clear Religion that Satan was behind the charges of sexual misconduct, several of which were made long before he even ran for president, as part of a plot to bring down his campaign, which he suspended before the Iowa caucus. After explaining how he was the real victim, Cain said that he now preaches about his experience in fighting the demonic spirits which supposedly manufactured the scandal.

4. Grover Norquist Is Palling Around With Terrorists

In an interview with Glenn Beck, Center for Security Policy head Frank Gaffney said that he saw terrorists meeting with Grover Noquist back when they shared an office in Washington, D.C. Rather than alert the authorities, apparently, Gaffney instead decided to wait over a decade to reveal Norquist’s terrorists allies. Norquist notes that on the date of his supposed meeting with terrorists, he wasn’t even in Washington.

Gaffney’s claims that Norquist is a terrorist fellow traveler are so farfetched that leaders of the American Conservative Union decided to kick Gaffney out of the annual right-wing summit CPAC, but that hasn’t stopped him from winning over Beck and other anti-Muslim zealots such as Jerry BoykinDavid Horowitz and Pamela Geller. Cathie Adams of Eagle Forum has found even more definitive evidence that Norquist is a secret Islamic agent: “he has a beard.”

3. Obama Will Nuke Charleston

After the right-wing conspiracy that President Obama was planning to set off a nuclear bomb in Washington, D.C. and blame it on Syria, we now have gotten word that Obama has shifted his menacing plan to Charleston, South Carolina. Survivalists have been fretting about a secret plan to nuke Charleston that went awry after generals refused and, as a result, were swiftly fired by Obama.

This conspiracy theory follows claims made by Alex Jones of InfoWars, who cited comments made by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) about how Iran could give nuclear weapons to terrorists targeting US cities like Charleston, of an imminent false flag attack: “Graham is quite literally saying that if we do not launch a war with Syria, South Carolina may be nuked. And this ultimately reeks of yet another false flag being orchestrated by the United States government in order to send us into war, or at the very least a threat.”

2. Military, NFL Facing Feminization

Did you know that President Obama is personally selecting new hats for the Marines to make them look “feminine” and “French”? The New York Post story about Obama’s wretched plan to make male Marines seem “girly” was quickly picked up by Fox Newsthe Washington Times, Newsmax, all the news sources you’d expect not to do basic research to see if Obama was actually involved in uniform cover design process.

Shockingly, he wasn’t.

But maybe that was all a plot to take away attention from the “chickification” of the NFL, which Rush Limbaugh bravely exposed. “You don’t put the NFL in pink for a month!” Limbaugh said, referring to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, “I don't think there’s any question, folks, that there is an attack on masculinity. And it’s not new. Basically the modern era of feminism, that's what it is, is a critique against masculinity.”

1. Fainting Lady An Obama Plant

When a pregnant, diabetic woman nearly fainted during President Obama’s press conference in the Rose Garden, “Lady-Patriots” was on the case to expose her as an Obama plant! Naturally, Sarah PalinMatt Drudge, and Fox News were happy to join the usual suspects like WorldNetDaily and InfoWars. “Lady Patriot” Sharon Scheutz foiled Obama’s false flag fainting to “take the focus off the disastrous website” and make people “feel warm and fuzzy for our hero President.”

“There are a lot of idiots out there,” she writes.

Indeed there are.

Lapin: The 'Twisted And Diseased Pathology' Of Liberalism Is Making America Like Nazi Germany

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck interviewed a special needs student who has been ruthlessly bullied by fellow students at her Plano, Texas high school.

Beck followed up that segment with an interview with Rabbi Daniel Lapin, where he asked Lapin what was happening to us as a nation that this sort of thing was becoming more and more common place. Lapin responded by declaring that America is "no longer one nation under God" and was being taken over by a secular socialist values system, the very sort that led to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia.

This evil agenda, Lapin said, is stripping people of their empathy by replacing God with the "twisted and diseased pathology" of secular fundamentalism and liberalism, causing them to do things that they would never do if they knew that God was watching over their shoulder:

Beck: An EMP Attack Will Kill Half The Population, So Buy Food Insurance

One of the oddest things about Glenn Beck's daily radio program is watching him spend twenty minutes ranting and/or sobbing about some topic, only to suddenly make a transition to promoting the company or product that is sponsoring that particular half-hour of programming. 

Sometimes the transition is jarring, like when he has been screaming about how Terminators are going to take over the world and then suddenly stops and begins touting the amazing work being done by Freedomworks or the importance of buying gold from Goldline. 

But other times, the transition is more fluid and natural, like when he talks about a program that aired on his network the night before warning of the dangers of an EMP attack, which he uses encourage his audience to visit FoodInsurance.com.

"If this is indeed what they are going to do to us," Beck said, warning of a possible EMP attack by Russia or Iran or North Korea on the United States, "it will kill half the population in a year. What do you say you're prepared? Go to FoodInsurance and prepare":

Beck: The Washington Redskins Are Being Targeted Because They Donated To The GOP

Responding to reports that the Baltimore Ravens were being paid to promote Obamacare, Glenn Beck and his co-hosts began looking through a report from 2009 that documented which political parties, by team, NFL owners, executives, and players donated to.

When Beck and co-host Stu Burguiere discovered that 97% of the donations made by people affiliated with the Washington Redskins went to the GOP, they knew immediately that this was the reason the team is currently at the center of a debate over whether the term "Redskins" is offensive.

"Oh my gosh!" Beck marveled.  "Follow the money."

"I will bet you that is to send a message," he said, claiming that the Redskins are being tortured and having their right to free speech violated by vindictive political operatives.

Of course, the San Diego Chargers and Houston Texas donated both more money and a higher percentage of it to Republicans without being targeted ... but presumably that is all part of the conspiracy theory:

Beck: NBC Has Sided With Satan And 'Chosen The Path Of Darkness'

Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program today with an extended rant against NBC, stemming from an incident yesterday when CNBC's Steve Liesman asked for some "Mexican music" to be played while they talked about Ted Cruz.

Saying this was just the latest example of an NBC network intentionally fomenting racial division in America, Beck urged his listeners to start sending out tweets of other example using the hasthtag #NBCRaceCrimes.

Somehow, this discussion eventually came to incorporate the book "The Lucifer Effect," which prompted Beck to declare that the networks for NBC "have chosen the path of darkness" promoted by Satan:

Beck: Obama 'Has All The Earmarks Of A Marxist Dictator'

Unimpressed by President Obama's remarks on the lackluster rollout of the Affordable Care Act website, Glenn Beck predicted that if the media would just press Obama for three weeks by asking him tough questions, Obama would snap and reveal himself as the monstrous dictator that he truly is.

"He has all of the earmarks of a Marxist dictator," Beck said. "He does":

Right Wing Round-Up - 10/21/13

Beck: If We Don't Stop Calling Ted Cruz & Mike Lee 'Extremists,' It'll Give Rise To A Nazi-Style Party In America

On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck pointed to a victory by a far-right National Front candidate in an election in France to warn that if people don't stop calling Tea Party leaders such as Ted Cruz and Mike Lee "extremists," it'll give rise to a powerful Nazi Party in America.

"I guarantee you," Beck said, "if we don't wake up, if we don't stop calling people like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz extremists, you are going to see a Nazi-style party in this country."

Saying that the true Right is total anarchy and the true Left is big government Republicans like Mitch McConnell, Beck declared that "the real center of this country is Mike Lee; he is a reasonable man":

Glenn Beck Says Our Dystopian Nightmare Is 'Definitely' Less Than Two Years Away

Last week, Glenn Beck freaked out because our society is right on the cusp of turning into a Terminator movie; a theme to which he returned on his radio program today, warning that "definitely" within two years most Americans will be reduced to working part time and saddled with some new 10% global tax while Beck himself will have been run out of business.

At that point, Common Core will be turning the nation's children into little more than cogs in a massive corporate machine while rich people will be able to upgrade their genes and intelligence through products like Google Glasses and gene therapy.

Taking issue with those who mocked his Terminator fears, Beck screamed "this isn't science fiction, this is science fact ... Read 'The Singularity Is Near' by Ray Kurzweil, you pieces of garbage! You people in the press, open your damn eyes!"

'Values Voters' Laugh About Gay Persecution, Get Bad History Lesson From Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck devoted his address at the Values Voter Summit this weekend to the Obama administration’s supposed war on the religious freedom of Christians, a concept he illustrated with a collection of Nazi concentration camp badges. Beck suggested that those attending the summit would have been forced to wear a purple triangle patch.

Conference attendees erupted in laughter after an audience member incorrectly claimed that the purple triangle, rather than the pink triangle, was used by the Nazis to mark gay people:  

Seeing that Beck was making his remarks at an event sponsored by an organization — the American Family Association — that believes that gay people were behind the Holocaust, it is curious that summit participants found it so funny that the Nazis tried to exterminate gay people.

Beck’s main contention that the Nazis went after people who “knew anything about the Bible” is also incorrect.

The purple triangle Beck held up was actually used to mark Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Jehovah’s Witnesses at the time were known as Bible Students or Bibelforscher, a reference to the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Bible Student movement. Detlef Garbe writes in Between Resistance and Martyrdom: Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Third Reich:

Just a few months after the National Socialist rise to power, Jehovah’s Witnesses—as this Christian denomination has called itself since 1931—were banned. The older designations, Bibelforscher (Bible Students) and Ernste Bibelforscher (Earnest Bible Students), which were abbreviated forms of their official name, Internationale Bibelforscher-Vereinigung (IBV) [International Bible Students Association (IBSA]), remained in use.

Garbe also points out that the purple patch was an “exclusive designation” of Jehovah’s Witnesses: “This exclusive designation denotes, in many ways, the special place Jehovah’s Witnesses occupied within the concentration camps.”

But Beck’s false claim played right into the Religious Right’s persecution narrative, as Sharona Coutts writes:

By allowing U.S. fundamentalist Christians to believe that the Nazis exterminated ‘Bible scholars,’ Beck played into the narrative of victimization and persecution, and allowed them to appropriate the Holocaust as their own tragedy…. It is false to say that Nazis targeted ‘Bible scholars’ in the way that Beck’s audience was led to understand that term.

Even more unbelievably, Beck said that the Religious Right would never try to impose their own religious views on others because if “you truly know the Scriptures, you know the Scriptures are not to dominate someone, that’s unrighteous dominion.”

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