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'It's Time To Go': Glenn Beck Warns That The Time Of 'Book Burnings, And Re-Education, And Death' Is Now Here

Glenn Beck opened his television program last night by declaring that "it's time to go now" because everything he has been warning about for the last decare is now all coming to fruition.

Beck said that he sat all of his children down on Sunday night and told them that "now is the time, kids, this is the time that I have been preparing you for almost your whole life now, since September 11th. This is the time."

He then went on to discuss the latest execution video released by ISIS in which several men were drowned in a cage, while others were executed by having explosives wrapped around their necks. Falsely claiming that the men featured in this video were killed because they were Christians — in reality, they were accused of being spies — Beck warned that "the time of sorrows" has begun and would soon make its way to America.

As evidence, Beck pointed to the firing of Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, whom he falsely claimed lost his job simply for opposing same-sex marriage at church, insisting that he "was never preaching this at work." That, of course, is entirely untrue, as Cochran was fired explicitly for promoting his anti-gay views at work.

Beck continued with his misinformation campaign by then repeating his likewise untrue claim that the University of California has banned phrases such as "America is a melting pot," before inevitably warning that all of this can only end in death.

"When you get down to banning ideas, the next step is banning books," Beck warned. "First step. They soften the ground, biblical views can get you fired, expressing the idea of merit is bad. What's next? I will tell you: book burnings, and re-education, and death. That's not something I'm predicting, that's not something I'm projecting, that's not something I'm cheering for, I'm not using hyperbole, I'm looking solely at history."

Hide Your Grandparents! The Five Most Panicked Right-Wing Reactions To King v. Burwell

In a 6-3 decision this morning, the Supreme Court rejected an attempt by conservative activists to unravel the Affordable Care Act by attacking what was essentially a typo in the law. The court’s decision in King v. Burwell will prevent at least 8 million people from losing their health insurance, so naturally the Right is devastated.

Here are the most panicked reactions from the Right just the first hour following the King decision being handed down:

1. Nothing means anything anymore!

2. We’re becoming a banana republic!

3. Hide your grandparents!

4. Justice Roberts is a tyrant!

5. …who was obviously blackmailed!

Honorable mention: The most popular line on conservative Twitter this morning was written not by a professional pundit, but by  Justice Antonin Scalia in his dissent. We’ll let Glenn Beck share this one:

Update: The Ben Shapiro quote that we originally included in this post was from 2012. But luckily he still has plenty to say! We've also added Michelle Malkin's insight.

Beck And Barton Warn That SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision Will Legalize Pedophilia And Outlaw The Bible

Glenn Beck opened his television program last night by previewing the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage with David Barton of WallBuilders and Kelly Shackelford of the Liberty Institute.  The three Religious Right activists warned that if gay marriage bans are struck down, churches will be stripped of their tax-exempt status, average citizens will be fired from their jobs simply for attending a church that opposes gay marriage, and the government may even attempt to strip Beck of his broadcasting license because his church won't perform gay marriages ...spectacular incidents that haven't occurred in any of the 37 states that already have marriage equality.

To kick things off, Barton flalsely claimed that 2009's hate crimes law protected pedophiles, which means that if the Supreme Court now legalizes gay marriage, pedophilia will also become legally protected.

Not to be outdone, Beck later chimed in to warn that anti-gay churches will lose their tax-exempt status, people will lose their jobs for attending such a church, and ultimately the Bible will be outlawed as a "hate book."

"Maybe right away, maybe not right away, but definitely it will happen," Beck declared.

Beck: God Will Punish America For SCOTUS Jerusalem Passport Ruling

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court issued a ruling declaring that Congress did not have the power to force the State Department to issue passports to American children born in Jerusalem and list them as having been born in Israel. The issue of Jerusalem and its position as the capital of Israel is a contentious international topic and the court majority ruled that the issue of "which governments are legitimate in the eyes of the United States and which are not" is something that is reserved for the Executive Branch and not Congress.

On his radio program last night, Glenn Beck declared that this decision has broken America's covenant with God and therefore God will punish this nation as a result.

"I think we're going to pay for this one," Beck said. "We are told that if we stand against Israel what will happen to us. This is the United States government. George Washington made a contract, we're in a covenant with God; us and the ancient nation of Israel, those are the only two that have this kind of a covenant. We will pay for this one. Things are going to get tough."

Beck: Nonexistent University Of California Policy Will End In 'A Bullet To The Head'

On his radio program this morning, Glenn Beck voiced his outrage over reports that the University of California had supposedly banned phrases such as "America is the land of opportunity" and "America is a melting pot" on the grounds that they are "microaggressions" that could potentially offend others.

In reality, the university had simply held "seminars to make people aware of how their words or actions may be interpreted when used in certain contexts." Nobody was required to attend these seminars and "no one at the University of California is prohibited from making [these sorts of] statements."

But that basic detail was lost on Beck, who decided to react to this phony story like he always does: by warning that it will end with beatings in the street and a bullet to the head.

Calling the University of California "a re-education camp," Beck warned that the university had officially banned certain thoughts and so it is only a matter of time before it bans any books which contain those thoughts. From there, it was just a short step to attacking the people who hold those views and beating them in the streets. And if that doesn't get them to shut up, Beck said, "you just kill a few of them and everybody else shuts up."

"You ban not just words but thought; next thing, you're going to be banning books," Beck warned. "And the step after that is a bullet to the head."

Glenn Beck And Star Parker See The Upside Of Charleston: More Guns In The Inner City

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck interviewed right-wing activist Star Parker about last week's racist shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Beck and Parker were both encouraged that positive developments would come out of this tragedy ... such as more people who live in the inner city deciding that they need guns for self-protection.

"This weekend, I heard with the gun debate, black families in Chicago and inner cities going, 'No, no no, it's time now to arm," Beck said. "It's going the other direction. While the left is pushing for gun control, the inner city, the African Americans are the ones saying, "No, no, no."

"I'm glad they are getting to the place where they embrace our constitutional right to bear arms, the Second Amendment," Parker responded. "Because if you think about why there is so much murder in the black community, especially our at-risk communities where we have concentrated poverty through welfare policy, the blacks, only 16 percent even own an arm. So when you have an unarmed people, then those that are armed, the gangsters, will come and wreak havoc over your community."

"I hope that it takes a little bit of time" for blacks in the inner city to fully arms themselves, Parker added, "because we don't want a race war."

Glenn Beck: Flying The Confederate Flag 'Makes No Sense' Whatsoever

Later today, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will hold a press conference to reportedly call for the Confederate flag to be removed from the grounds of the state capitol in the wake of the racist shooting at a Charleston church last week.

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck said that while this issue should be left up to the people of South Carolina, he supports removing the flag because flying "the Confederate flag makes no sense to me whatsoever."

"It's a flag of another country," Beck said. "Why are you flying that? Are you proud that you were another country at some point?" 

On top of that, he added, it is a symbol of slavery, saying that if you look at the constitution of the Confederacy, "there's no ifs, and, or buts" that slavery was the central issue of the Civil War.

"It was not about state's rights because you didn't have a right as a state in the Confederacy to go against slavery," he said.  "So there's no state's rights there. That's not about state's rights."

"This is a legacy of rebellion against the United States that had everything to do with slavery," he continued. "It wasn't about state's rights, it was about slavery. And that was a [rebellion] that was put down; we have healed since then and it was only brought back as a symbol against the civil rights movement. It's a thing of the past."

Defamation Suit Against Glenn Beck Has Potentially Become Significantly More Expensive

Last year, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi sued Glenn Beck after Beck spent the weeks following the Boston Marathon bombing openly accusing Alharbi, who was injured in the attack, of being an al Qaeda control agent and the "money man" behind the terrorist bombing.

Long after Alharbi had been cleared by law enforcement authorities, Beck spent program after program insisting that the United States government was covering up the truth and was protecting Alharbi at the behest of Saudi Arabia. Unsurprisingly, Alharbi eventually sued Beck for defamation and slander.

While Beck's lawyers have unsuccessfully attempted to get the lawsuit dismissed, the judge in this case has not been particularly sympathetic to Beck's defense and, to make matters worse, has now allowed Alharbi to amend his lawsuit to add a count of "unjust enrichment," which has "significantly upped the amount of a possible judgment" he could receive if he wins his suit:

It is now clear that indeed false statements were made by Beck about Alharbi and it should not be difficult for Alahrbi to prove that his reputation was harmed by those statements, however, the case does not end there.

In the landmark Supreme Court case of New York Times v. Sullivan and in a series of cases since then including Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts, the Supreme Court ruled that when it comes to public officials and public figures, there is an additional burden of proof for a plaintiff alleging he has been defamed by the media.  In those cases, a plaintiff will not be successful in a defamation case unless he can prove in addition to the statements being false and that he was harmed by the statements that the statements were made with malice either knowing the statements were false or with a reckless disregard for the truth.  This higher standard makes it much more difficult for a public official or public figure to win a defamation lawsuit.  Thus Beck’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit by arguing that Alharbi was a public figure and Alharbi had not alleged that Beck had made his statements with malice.  In December the judge denied Beck’s motion.

Now in a significant ruling, Judge Patti B. Saris has allowed Alharbi to amend his defamation lawsuit by adding a count for unjust enrichment.  In allowing this count to be added to the complaint, Judge Saris has significantly upped the amount of a possible judgment.  In her decision, Judge Saris stated that “Massachusetts courts have recognized that misuse of confidential information may lead to unjust enrichment.”  Judge Saris also cited the defamation and unjust enrichment lawsuit brought by former Minnesota Governor and former Navy SEAL, Jesse Ventura against Chris Kyle, the author of the book and the subject of the movie “American Sniper.”  In the book and in a later interview with Bill O’Reilly about the book, Kyle described an alleged bar fight involving Ventura during a wake for one of Kyle’s comrades killed in action.  In his O’Reilly interview account of the fight, Kyle quoted Ventura as saying the Seals deserved to “lose a few” due to their involvement in an unjust war in Iraq.  In Kyle’s version of the altercation, Ventura ended up “on the floor” with a black eye.  The case went to trial after the death of Kyle and ended with a largely reported verdict in favor of Ventura, the plaintiff.  What was less reported was the jury’s verdict consisted of an award of $500,000 for defamation and $1.35 million for unjust enrichment.

Jindal: 'The Left Is Trying To Take God Out Of The Public Square'

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana called into Glenn Beck's radio program today, where he warned that an "unholy alliance between big business and the radical left" is persecuting Christians by opposing legislation designed to allow Christian business owners to discriminate in the name of "religious liberty."

"Look at the fight in Indiana over religious liberty," Jindal said. "You had this unholy alliance between big business and the radical left going after the religious liberty and conservatives. Look, the radical left wants to tax and regulate businesses out of existence. They think profit is a dirty word, so these businesses need to be careful who they're making these alliances with."

That prompted Beck to warn that if the Supreme Court strikes down bans on gay marriage, Christians will be on the verge of  being stripped of their rights of conscience, to which Jindal responded that "America didn't create religious liberty; religious liberty created the United States of America and the left is trying to take God out of the public square":

Beck: Donald Trump Is 'The Biggest Flaming [Ass] That You Could Possibly Imagine'

Glenn Beck covered Donald Trump's presidential announcement live on his radio broadcast yesterday, playing Trump's speech while he and his co-hosts relentlessly mocked the reality TV star as an utter clown and a buffoonish egomaniac.

Beck's derision toward Trump did not sit well with Trump supporters in his listening audience and today, several of them called into Beck's radio show to blast him for not supporting the real estate mogul's candidacy. But Beck was unmoved, declaring that "Donald Trump is the most arrogant man I have ever seen" and the "biggest flaming [ass] that you could possibly imagine."

Beck said that he might run for president as well, just to highlight what a joke Trump's campaign is and how he is nothing but an "embarrassment."

After co-host Stu Burguiere warned that allowing Trump to actually participate in Republican presidential debates would be a total catastrophe because Trump would just turn them into an utter circus, Beck said that it is people like Trump who make voters think that the Republican Party is nothing but a group of idiots.

"Donald Trump coming in and doing this to the Republicans is going to make all of us look ridiculous," Beck said. "Anybody who is a conservative, we are going to look absolutely like clowns. It's just a shame."

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 6/16/15

  • Glenn Beck will be releasing a new book about Islam later this summer and he is fully expecting to end up with a fatwa on his head.
  • Speaking of Beck, he spent his entire television show last night laying out his theory that when Vladimir Putin was not seen for 10 days earlier this year, it was because he was being held captive by the KGB. Beck, of course, provided literally zero evidence to support this claim.
  • Jan Markell is confident that "God is going to protect Israel from an Iranian nuclear bomb."
  • Susan Stamper Brown says that "ISIS is winning [because] the U.S. military is preoccupied with political correctness, thanks to the elitist man-child in golf shoes 'commanding' from the Oval Office, whose social experimentation has reduced our military to a bunch of sissies fighting over cake pictures on social media."
  • Finally, Sen. James Lankford will receive the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship's Distinguished Christian Statesman Award at a ceremony on Capitol Hill tomorrow night.

Glenn Beck: Rachel Dolezal Controversy Paving The Way For Internment Camps

Since Glenn Beck is seemingly unable to discuss any contemporary cultural topic without eventually connecting it to Nazism, he naturally warned on his radio broadcast today that the Rachel Dolezal controversy is the sort of lie that a society believes as it slides toward the establishment of internment camps.

"I can't take this anymore," Beck said. "We are living in 'Alice In Wonderland.' We are America through the looking glass where the Mad Hatter is leading us and we're just accepting it ... You wonder how did communist countries or fascistic countries become crazy enough just to round people up and kill them? The answer is: slowly, by dribs and drabs, through slow, deliberate lies, through lies that denied reality. And once you become so deadened from reality, once people can say anything to you that used to be 'shut up,' and you just stand there as a group and accept it, that's when bigger lies can be thrown onto the fire and before you know if, you're living in 'Alice In Wonderland.'"

"We have got to raise our hands right now and say, 'I'm not part of this,'" he continued. "I want my name to be on a record; honestly, if it means in the end that we're the first to be targeted, to be rounded up, good! I want my name on record, I do not stand with this nonsense!"

Right Wing Round-Up - 6/15/15

Beck: Gay Activists 'Are Making Exactly The Same Demands As Were Happening In Sodom And Gomorrah'

On his radio program this morning, Glenn Beck recounted how, when his daughter was off at college, she was essentially brainwashed into believing that people like him hated gays. That was absurd, he told her, because just look at "how many homosexual friends we have, how many homosexual employees we have" as he assured her that "we have no problem" with gay people. 

The reason he opposes gay marriage, he explained to her, is because gay activists only want it so that they can use it to force Christians to violate their faith, just like during the time of Sodom and Gomorrah.

In Beck's recounting of Genesis 19, two angels arrived at Lot's house when the men of Sodom and Gomorrah demanded they be sent outside so they could have sex with them, which Lot rejected, offering his own daughter as a substitute. And that is exactly what Christians are facing again today as they too are surrounded and pressured by gay activists who are forcing them to comply.

"Lot has said in his language of his day, 'Guys, don’t force us to comply. Don't force us to comply,'" Beck said. "No, you will comply! It shows that even back then, the religious were willing to — they didn’t want to fight, they're not trying to control everybody — they're just saying, no, I don’t want to participate."

"Think of the people who won't do floral arrangements for gay weddings," he continued. "Think about the people who are bakers. Now there's another one with a DJ. They just say, 'I don't want to participate.' That's what Lot was saying, we don’t want to participate. And in exchange for not participating, I'll give you something I shouldn't be offering, but I'll comprise this far but no further. We're making exactly the same mistakes and they are making exactly the same demands as were happening in Sodom and Gomorrah."

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 6/12/15

  • Predictably, Glenn Beck is now going on and on about how his upcoming event in Birmingham, Alabama, is being orchestrated by God.
  • Mat Staver says that "transsexual rights are NOT civil rights, but rather the abolition of civil rights and decency."
  • Lori Roth fumes that "Middle finger president Obama has from the beginning done nothing but lie about all he is involved with."
  • The American Family Association has added its support to the "boycott Wells Fargo" campaign because the bank ran an ad featuring a lesbian couple.
  • Finally, enjoy this video of Matthew Hagee and a puppet attempting to recruit volunteers to work at Cornerstone's vacation Bible school via a "parody" of "Let It Go":

Beck: The Obamas Hate America Because They Never Accomplished Anything On Their Own And Still Answer To 'The Man'

Nobody quite infuriates Glenn Beck like First Lady Michelle Obama, whom he has attacked in the past as "a monster" who is "nuts," and his fury is generally unleashed whenever she dares to mention this nation's struggle with racism, which he inevitably interprets as her showing nothing but contempt and hatred for America.

Discussions of race have played a key role in several of the commencement addresses that the first lady has delivered in recent weeks and Beck grew predictably outraged on his radio program today as he spelled out his theory that Barack and Michelle Obama hate America so much because they know that they never accomplished anything on their own and therefore feel like they are still being controlled by "the man."

"I think honestly that some of their saying, 'You can't make it, you can't make it' is because they didn't make it on their own," Beck said. "They didn't. They made it through George Soros and the Tides Foundation and everything else. They were picked up by people who said, 'That one, that guy, that couple.' They were shaped by the collective. He's not a scrappy guy who made it on his own. He's a scrappy guy that said the right things, did the right things."

"Look at what he said he was going to do and what he's done," Beck continued. "He answers to a lot of people, so I think that they think they didn't really make it on their own. They're still working for the man."

Hey Ladies, Do You Get Emotional During Your Period? Take Solace In Knowing It's Just A 'God-Given Sadness'

Last year, Glenn Beck totally freaked out over the release of the video for Nicki Minaj's song "Only," which he bizarrely claimed was a violation of the biblical command to keep kosher because it was mixing "graphic, awful sex with the images of death."

It turns out that this idea was something he had learned directly from his favorite right-wing rabbi, Daniel Lapin, who appeared on his radio program this morning to further expand upon this theory and enlighten Beck's audience to the fact that women get emotional during menstruation because they are sad about the loss of potential life.

After Beck brought up his concerns about society's tendency to mix images of sex with images of death, Lapin explained that this was exactly why God prohibited anyone from touching a woman for seven days during her monthly period in Leviticus 15, since sex represents life while a menstrual period represents death.

As Lapin put it, "the good Lord created men with an infinite capacity to produce seed at almost any age whereas he chose to create women with an absolute finite limited number of eggs. And so the loss of an egg every month, for any sensitive woman, is sad because it's one less opportunity for life. And so foolish and insensitive people say, 'Oh, it's just a hormonal imbalance,' it isn't; it's a genuine, authentic sadness which suffuses any sensitive woman at the loss of an egg."

Beck, of course, was blown away by this revelation.

"Wow, I've never thought of it that way," he said. "It is actually a God-given sadness."

President Santorum Won't Enforce Gay Marriage Ruling Since It's A 'Violation Of The First Amendment'

Rick Santorum called into Glenn Beck's radio program this morning, where he warned that if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage, it will be an unconstitutional establishment of religion that, when he becomes president, he will not enforce.

Citing the absurd claims made by David Barton on his radio program yesterday, Beck warned that if the Supreme Court strikes down gay marriage bans, the government will strip churches of their tax-exempt status and force them to perform gay marriages, and asked Santorum how he would respond to this if he is elected president.

"This is tantamount to government establishing religion," Santorum said. "When the United States government comes in and says this is what you are going to believe, this is how you're going to practice your faith, this is a new religion. This violates, in my opinion, the Establishment Clause in the Constitution that says that Congress shall make no law with respect to an establishment of religion. If the government goes around and tells churches what they have to believe in and what their doctrine is, that is something that is a violation of the First Amendment."

Santorum said that he holds out hope that the Supreme Court will rule against marriage equality advocates "because there is no way that the left will stop at mere tolerance, they will demand conformity, they will demand it from the church, they will demand it from every institution, they will demand it from businesses and there will be no tolerance to a different point of view on this issue."

But if the Supreme Court does legalize gay marriage, Santorum said that, as president, he will fight it.

"If they get it wrong and the consequences are what I suspect they will be toward people of faith," he said, "then this president will fight back."

Glenn Beck's Discussion Of Texas Pool Party Incident Naturally Concludes With Nazi Reference

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck spent a segment discussing the recent video showing a white Texas police officer roughing up a black teenager girl at a pool party, which he naturally asserted was just more proof of his conspiracy theory that progressives are working to discredit the local police in order to justify a federal takeover.

During the discussion, Beck and his co-hosts wondered why adults in the area didn't intervene during the confrontation and help the police round up the teenagers at the party, concluding that nobody helped out because they were afraid of getting involved.

And since this is Glenn Beck, it was then only a matter of time before he brought it all back to Nazi Germany.

"They made you afraid," Beck said. "Why are people not speaking out on things now? You're afraid. Why don't you say things anymore? Because you might be called a nasty name. You might be destroyed. They are making you afraid. The first thing the goon squads that Hitler had out; do you know how he grabbed control of Germany? Now thank God, we're not here, but it's happening to us mentally."

Beck then went on to recall how Hitler's Brownshirts would beat up anyone who did not support their agenda in an effort to intimidate anyone who might consider voicing their opposition in order to warn that the same thing is happening in America today.

"That's how they did it," Beck said. "Well, that's happening to us mentally now. Every time you speak out, every time you don't comply, God forbid you say something about Caitlyn Jenner like Clint Eastwood, they'll hammer the snot out of you. They'll destroy your job, they'll destroy you socially, they'll make your name the worst bigoted name out there. You cannot be afraid. If you're afraid now, you wait. You stay silent much longer and it will get much, much worse."

Barton: Gay Marriage Will Force Male And Female College Athletes To Share The Same Locker Room

David Barton appeared on Glenn Beck's radio program this morning where he warned that if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage, it will lead to the elimination of gender-specific locker rooms for all college athletes.

After claiming that the legalization of gay marriage will force churches to hire "a homosexual youth director" despite the fact that it conflicts with their religious beliefs, Barton went on to assert that it will also require male and female college athletes to share one locker room.

"Because sex also means gender identification," Barton said, "Title IX, which is what all the colleges use for sports, it goes out the door as well. So all your locker rooms now become one locker room, you can't distinguish between male and female."

"This destroys all of society," Beck added:

It should be pointed out that nothing like this has occurred in any of the 37 states that already have marriage equality.

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