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A Biblical American History Lesson With Glenn Beck

It was only a matter of time, given Glenn Beck's current obsession with Israel, before he dedicated a program to Biblical history, which is just what he did last night, spending his opening monologue tracing Western Civilization back to the twelve tribes of Israel and explaining that all of our contemporary laws and society are directly rooted in the Kingdom of Judah.

In Beck's telling, following the defeat of the Assyrians, the lost tribes of Northern Israel fled across the Caucus region and settled on the coastlines of Europe where they created Western Civilization and eventually became the Pilgrims that founded America.

"All of Western Civilization," Beck declared, "is based on the laws of Israel and our entire history is directly tied to this moment" before going on the explain that our Statue of Liberty is, in reality, a representation of Moses proclaiming the Ten Commandments.

Does Glenn Beck Even Read 'The Blaze'? Part II

A while back, we wrote a post noting that sometimes it seems like Glenn Beck doesn't even read the reporting done by The Blaze because he asserts things on the air that have been debunked by his own network.

The same thing happened again today when Beck kicked off his radio program by complaining about how the trial of Nidal Hasan is being handled, during which he asserted that Hasan received a military promotion even while sitting in jail awaiting his trial on multiple murder counts:

Of course, Beck's website debunked that claim several months ago, noting that it only required "little cursory Googling" to discover that the claim was false:

A little cursory Googling immediately shows that the article is false. For instance, the full article mentions figures named General William Hewitt and Colonel Nathan Butterworth. No such Army officers exist. In fact, the only General William Hewitt we were able to find is a British army officer.

How could such a story be written, then? Simple: It is not a story. It is satire — a joke. The Duffel Blog is not a news site. Rather, according to its own “About” page, it is essentially a military equivalent to “The Onion.”

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Even if you don’t find the joke funny, it’s difficult to argue with the basic fact that it is a joke, and there is no “story” to substantiate the rumor. Major Nidal Hassan remains a Major, and his only potential promotion is to the post of “ex-Major.”

Beck: San Antonio's Anti-Discrimination Proposal Is Just A Bid By Mayor Julián Castro For Higher Office

On Monday night's broadcast of "The Glenn Beck Program," Beck and John Hagee dedicated a segment to railing against a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance in San Antonio, Texas that the Religious Right is convinced would ban Christians from running for office or in any way working for the government.

It is not true, of course, but Beck returned to the topic again last night when he asserted that the filibuster Texas state Senator Wendy Davis carried out against the radical anti-abortion legislation earlier this summer was nothing more than a stunt designed to raise her profile in order to allow her to run for higher office, just as San Antonio's anti-discrimination proposal is an effort by the city's mayor to become Vice President of the United States.

"In this case," Beck said, "the mayor of San Antonio is a Hispanic and he's trying to show Hillary Clinton and all the other Democrats that he is the perfect running mate in 2016."

Because that makes sense, since presidential candidates frequently tap mayors to serve as their running mates:

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/6/13

Beck: 'All Of Western Society Comes From The Torah'

Glenn Beck once again hosted John Hagee on his television program last night, where he introduced him as "one of the great men alive today" based on their mutual love and concern for the nation of Israel, which they both explained was rooted in the Bible.

After Beck declared that he "gets his pro-Israel stance from the Bible" and that "between the Bible and the history of America, I know whose side we're supposed to be on," Hagee proclaimed that "the Jewish people do not occupy the land of Israel, they own the land of Israel" because it had been given to them by God. 

As such, Hagee said, Christians are obligated to protect and defend them and Beck eagerly agreed, adding that "we're so indebted because, if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have the Torah, which most of our laws come from; all of Western society comes from the Torah":

Right Wing Leftovers - 8/5/13

  • Glenn Beck's The Blaze network has opened a Washington, DC bureau and added a correspondent with White House credentials.
  • RNC chairman Reince Priebus is threatening to pull Republican primary debates from CNN and NBC "unless those companies pull their current Hillary Clinton-related film projects."
  • Sen. Ted Cruz doesn't seem to understand how BuzzFeed operates.
  • Bryan Fischer says that, even today, God is raising people from the dead.
  • Apparently, environmentalists are responsible for the deaths of the nineteen firefighters who died fighting a forest fire in Arizona earlier this summer.
  • Finally, John Boehner’s office says that nobody on staff remembers Boehner ever "agreeing" with Rep. Ted Yoho's claim that Obamacare is racist.

Beck: US And Russia Are On The Verge Of World War III

Glenn Beck views all of human history as little more than a series of cycles that continuously repeat, seeing it as his responsibility to understand those cycles and uncover the modern-day recurrences in order to warn all of humanity what is coming down the road.

So when something happens today, it is just like what happened in the past, which means that what happens next will be just like what followed when it happened the last time in exactly the same fashion and on the same timeline.

All of which is a convoluted way of explaining that, according to Beck, we are now on the verge of World War III.

"It's the United States versus Russia," Beck declared on his radio broadcast today. "This is what all of us who are my age grew up worried about. This is it.  It's been a cold war. It's been a proxy war. It's been one where nobody really understands it yet. But I think you're about to.  I think this whole thing in the Middle East is the beginning of the end of the proxy war and the covert war. You're now going to see an openly hot war, I fear, and the beginning of World War III":

Beck: Obama And His Administration Are Sowing The Seeds Of A Race War

One of the great ironies of Glenn Beck's current trajectory is that he spends hours every week warning his audience that certain groups (e.g., progressives, unions, socialists, communists, Muslims, etc...) are working to divide the nation by blaming all of society's problems on other groups in order to implement their radical agenda ... while Beck's entire worldview hinges on the idea that it is these groups who are responsible for everything that is wrong with this nation.

Last night, he dedicated most of his program to laying out "The Anatomy of a Racist," and while he used Adolf Hitler, Louis Farrakhan, and David Duke as his examples, he was really trying to make the case that President Obama is following the same pattern.

On his radio broadcast today, Beck returned to the topic as he asserted that "many in this administration" fit this definition of racists, warning that they have been intentionally sowing the seeds to racial discord and are just waiting for the proper "crisis" to set off a race war:

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/1/13

Beck: We Are On The Verge Of Taking Over The Republican Party

As Glenn Beck has been vacillating between mania and depression over the last several weeks, he has been working to encourage his audience to telling them that they will be the ones who will save America and they are on the cusp of winning, so long as they refuse to give up.

He sought to rally the troops again today on his radio broadcast, telling them that they are now on the verge of completely taking over the Republican Party.

"I don't think people realize," Beck said, "how close you are to winning. Don't you see, in six years we haven't [ever] been this close to taking over taking over the Republican Party ... The next election, you're there":

Glenn Beck Provides A History Lesson To Reza Aslan

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck dedicated his opening monologue to attacking and "exposing the truth" about Reza Aslan and his new book about Jesus.  Of course, in the end, Beck's exposé was reduced to nothing more than his standard boogeyman of progressivism, the Tides Foundation, and George Soros.

But in the middle of it all was a fascinating segment where Beck took Aslan to task for supposedly not even understanding the Bible or the Gospels. Seizing on a piece Aslan wrote for the Washington Post in which he stated that "the gospels are not, nor were they ever meant to be, a historical documentation of Jesus’ life. These are not eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ words and deeds," Beck smugly declared that "this claim is flat out false."

He then cited the first passage in the Book of Luke, which he apparently believes demonstrably proves Aslan to be wrong:

Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

Of course, this passage actually reinforces Aslan's point, as even the author of Luke is admitting that he has set out to write an account of event "just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses."  Luke is not an eyewitness account, as the very author admits; or as the "Introduction to the Gospel According to Luke" in the current ESV Study Bible put its: "It is known that the author was from the second generation of the early church, was not an 'eyewitness' of Jesus' ministry (Luke 1:2) and was a Gentile."

To make matters worse, Beck then bizarrely claimed that if a book like the Bible cannot be accurate, according to Aslan, because parts of it were written decades after the events they describe, then how could Aslan's book be trusted when it was written two thousand years after Jesus' death:

As we have said before, this is what happens when you learn your history from David Barton.

Right Wing Leftovers - 7/31/13

  • It is going to be fascinating to watch Glenn Beck, who thinks that David Barton is a great historian, try to take down Reza Aslan and his new book about Jesus.
  • Bryan Fischer says that President Obama is working to destroy America by intentionally weakening the military.
  • Janet Porter is out with a new video that has the top-notch production values we have come to expect from her.
  • Tony Perkins, Brent Bozell, and hundreds of other "conservative and Tea Party leaders are demanding that major news media outlets end their virtual blackout on the IRS targeting scandal."
  • Finally, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt says that, because of hates crimes legislation, it is now illegal to quote passages from the Bible that condemn homosexuality.  Of course, Chaps quoted those very passages in the video and has not been arrested, which pretty much proves that his entire claim is ridiculously false.

Beck Wants To Start A Campaign To Get Local Streets Named After Rush Limbaugh

Last night, Glenn Beck co-hosted his television program remotely from Salt Lake City, Utah, a city which has become the latest victim of the progressive effort to revise American history, all because it has a street named after labor organizer and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.

"Now you tell me what Cesar Chavez Boulevard has to do with Salt Lake City," Beck fumed, as he called on Americans to join with him by vowing "not to take it sitting down" because his movement, he believes, is right on the verge of winning.

We have no idea what he was talking about, but apparently now Beck wants his audience to start campaigns to get their city councils to start naming the streets after George Washington, Thomas Jefferson ... and Rush Limbaugh:

"They are doing it to us," Beck said. "Make sure you are ramping it up in your town and putting those boulevards and those street names [in place]":

Right Wing Leftovers - 7/29/13

  • It really is remarkable how willing people like Matt Barber are to openly accuse us of hating God and America.
  • According to reports, "Cumulus Media, the second-biggest broadcaster in the country, is planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its stations at the end of the year."
  • Did you know that President Obama's "real mother" is a domestic terrorist who has been on the run from the FBI since 1985? Now you do.
  • Things were so much better when "Coach" Dave was a kid!
  • Finally, near the end of this video, Glenn Beck repeats the myth behind the famous painting of George Washington in prayer and tells his private audience that it is an established fact that is known to be true.

Understanding History With Professor Glenn Beck

Earlier this month, Glenn Beck hosted a three-day long Independence Day celebration in Salt Lake City, Utah which culminated with his "Man In The Moon" performance, but the gathering's other main attraction was a "museum" that he and David Barton curated featuring artifacts from their respective collections, as well as several outside pieces.

While the museum was open to the general paying public, special VIP guests received guided tours personally led by Barton and Beck.

And what sort of things did these VIP guests learn from Beck's guided tour?

That all of human history is just cycle-upon-cycle of Satan trying to wipe out God's chosen people in order to ultimately destroy God: 

Right Wing Leftovers - 7/25/13

  • Not surprisingly, anti-gay activists are pleased with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus' statement that the GOP is not changing its anti-gay views.
  • CBN's David Brody has posted video of pastors praying over Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
  • There is trouble in Beckville as Glenn Beck declares that Michele Bachmann is "almost dead to me" over her vote against defunding the NSA.
  • They are literally changing the definition of marriage.
  • Finally, the pastor convicted of helping "ex-gay" Lisa Miller kidnap her daughter and flee the country is appealing his conviction, saying he should not have been tried in Vermont.

September 30, 2013: The Day The Constitution Dies

A few weeks ago, Glenn Beck was warning that the passage of any immigration reform legislation would be the "death knell of the country."

But it turns out that immigration reform is not the only thing that will destroy America, as Beck is now mobilizing his audience to get behind Sen. Mike Lee's plan to block any effort to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government operating after September 30 unless the resolution defunds health care reform.

On his radio broadcast today, Beck declared that America technically died on the last election, but the "death certificate" won't be signed until September 30; "that's the day that makes it official."

"This truly is the end of the Constitution," Beck declared, saying that if Congress does not defund health care reform, then President Obama "is a dictator at that point":

Beck: America Was 'Established For The Establishment Of Israel'

Last night, Glenn Beck traveled to Washington, DC to address John Hagee's annual Christians United for Israel conference where he delivered remarks that were predictably filled with Bible prophecy, doom and gloom, and dire warnings about the need to turn this nation back to God.

During his speech, Beck boldly declared that the United States was "established for the establishment of Israel," meaning that the United States was established by God specifically for the purpose of re-establishing the nation of Israel.

And, as proof that our Founding Fathers were well aware of this, Beck pointed out that even our dollar bill contains a Star of David, as well as representations of the cloud and fire that led the Israelites while they wandered in the desert.

It's not true, of course, but that is what happens when you get your history from people like David Barton:

Beck: 'We're A Society That Has Literally Gone Insane'

Remember last month when Glenn Beck was so heavy-hearted over the state of the nation that he began citing the Book of Mormon as he solemnly warned his audience that the Last Days were rapidly approaching ... but then he went to Washington, DC to speak at a Tea Party rally and God showed up and miraculously rejuvenated Beck who suddenly understood everything and eagerly declared "I'm back!"

Well, judging by his remarks last night, there is no joy in Beckville any more as he is back to declaring that "we're at the Beginning of Days."

And you know what set Beck off this time?  This video, posted on his The Blaze website, of a woman throwing a tantrum because her husband wouldn't take her to the lake.

To Beck, this wasn't just a video of some woman having a meltdown but was actually another road sign highlighting everything that is wrong with this country, prompting him to declare that God had given us "sacred ground" upon which to build the United States and "we have defiled it, we have debased it, we have broken the covenant" as we continue to refuse to turn to God, for which we will suffer the consequences.

"We're a society that has literally gone insane," Beck said, warning that if we do not turn back to God "humanity doesn't survive":

Barton: Glenn Beck Is A Christian Who Identifies As Mormon Simply Out Of Loyalty

It has been no secret that there have been some among the Religious Right who have raised concerns about the prominent role that Glenn Beck has been playing within the movement because he is a practitioner of the Mormon faith.  And given David Barton's close ties to Beck, Barton has also received criticism for defending Beck, often by claiming that if you judge Beck simply by the "fruits" of his works and not his label, he is really a Christian.

While Beck himself openly embraces his Mormon faith and has even dedicated entire programs to defending it, Barton continues to insist that Beck is really just a Mormon in name only, and he only does that because he has a loyalty to the church for helping him overcome with problems with alcohol.

As Barton explained to Steve Deace last week, individual Mormons can go to Heaven and Beck really "became a Christian back when he was in Alcoholics Anonymous" but identifies as a Mormon today only "because he has a loyalty to them":

They see the label Mormon and they say "ah, I know what that is." No you don't.  To say a Mormon can't go to Heaven is like saying every Baptist is going to Heaven. What you have to look at is individuals. And individuals often don't believe what the rest of the of the group does.

Now, in the case of Glenn - and I'm not going to speak for Glenn, I'll just speak for what I know about him - Glenn became a Christian back when he was in Alcoholics Anonymous, but when he was up in New England and laying on the floor, curled up, trying to get withdrawal from drugs and alcohol, no Christians reach out to him; it was the Mormon Church that took him under its arm and said 'hey, let us help you.' And they just loved on him and they just held him and he's got a loyalty to them because they're the people who reached out for him when he really needed help.

So people get stuck over what the label is and my position has been very simple; if I walk up to a tree and it says I'm a banana tree but I keep seeing apples, what do I go by? The label or what I see of the fruit?

And so people again keep getting caught up over labels, but hey, back off the labels, judge the fruit.  And there's going to be things we disagree with and I think you analysis was good is that it's in development.  You know, you look at where he was three years ago and where he is now; a world of difference.

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