Glenn Beck

Beck: My Network 'Is Being Led By A Higher Power'

With every passing day it becomes more and more obvious that Glenn Beck is willfully ignorant and will continue to repeat things on air that have already been debunked because he simply will not allow the truth to get in the way of his agenda.

As we noted just the other day, Beck has been claiming that the world was shocked to recently learn that, back during the 2008 economic crisis, Russia approached China about the possibility of selling off massive amounts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities in order to create even more chaos. Beck claimed that if people simply watched the programming on his network, they would have known this fact a whole eight months ago.

Last night, he made this same point again, only now adding that his staff "is being led by a higher power" that is allowing them to always be well ahead of the rest of the news media:

Of course, as we pointed out last time, this particular piece of information had been known for years because former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson revealed it in the book he published back in 2010:

Russia urged China to dump its Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bonds in 2008 in a bid to force a bailout of the largest U.S. mortgage-finance companies, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said.

Paulson learned of the “disruptive scheme” while attending the Beijing Summer Olympics, according to his memoir, “On The Brink.”

The Russians made a “top-level approach” to the Chinese “that together they might sell big chunks of their GSE holdings to force the U.S. to use its emergency authorities to prop up these companies,” Paulson said, referring to the acronym for government sponsored entities. The Chinese declined, he said.

Russia’s five-day war with U.S. ally Georgia started on Aug. 8, the same day as the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Games. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told U.S. President George W. Bush during those ceremonies that “war has started,” according to Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman.

“The report was deeply troubling -- heavy selling could create a sudden loss of confidence in the GSEs and shake the capital markets,” Paulson wrote. “I waited till I was back home and in a secure environment to inform the president.”

This piece of information has been known for over four years, but Beck is claiming that his network is divinely-guided because it was able to report it eight months ago?

Beck: Resignation Of White House Pastry Chef Is Proof Michelle Obama Is 'Nuts'

By this point, we have pretty much run out of ways to highlight how utterly delusional Glenn Beck has become other than by simply showcasing clips of him spinning insane theories out of normal, everyday occurrences, as he did today by spending the entire opening segment of his radio program holding up the resignation of the White House executive pastry chef as evidence that supports his belief that Michele Obama is a monster.

Beck seized upon a quote in this New York Times article reporting that Bill Yosses is "headed to New York with an aim to teach children and adults about eating better" in which he says that "I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs" as proof that Yosses is resigning because Michelle Obama is nuts.

Of course, if you read the quote in context, it is clear that he was not saying anything of the sort:

Mr. Yosses has also been inspired by the White House garden, where he has chosen from a cornucopia of strawberries, blueberries, rhubarb, figs, papaya, carrots, sweet potatoes and herbs like lemon thyme flowers, lavender and pineapple sage. Nearby is honey from the White House beehives. The result — oatmeal bars, baked apples and pear-quince cobblers, among many others — will have a lasting impact on his eating habits, as will Mrs. Obama.

“She has done it with humor and good will, without preaching, just the way you would hope the ‘Mom in chief’ would do,” Mr. Yosses said. He called her “definitely an inspiring boss, a combination of spontaneity and seriousness.”

Nonetheless, Mr. Yosses has hardly turned his back on his old, sweet life. “I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs,” he said.

But Beck was able to read between the lines, declaring this quote to be "one of the most extraordinary statements I have ever read" because Yosses is essentially sticking his "finger in the eye of the President of the United States" by announcing to the world that Michele Obama is "nuts":

It should come as no surprise that Beck's network already debunked this idiotic theory yesterday afternoon but that Beck went ahead and repeated it on air this morning anyway because he apparently doesn't even read what is published on his own website:

[A] quick look at the Times story that served as a basis for the information reveals Yosses’ reasons for leaving are actually quite the opposite.

In the Times story, Yosses says he made the “bittersweet decision” to leave because he was inspired by Obama’s passion for healthy eating and wanted to “teach children and adults about eating better.”

In fact, Yosses praised the first lady as an “inspiring boss” with a “combination of spontaneity and seriousness.”

The quote he gave the Times about not wanting to “demonize” sugary foods appears to have been said more in good humor instead of as a scathing remark against Obama’s healthy foods campaign.

As for Michelle Obama being “partly to blame” for Yosses leaving? That was simply a clever opening lede to the Times’ story.

Technically, the Times said the first lady is partly to blame — but that’s because it said she inspired him to teach others about healthy foods, not because Yosses was unhappy working under her.

If evidence exists that Yosses left for other reasons, none has been presented thus far.

Beck: 'We Are Going To Be Remembered As An Insane Society'

Every day, we watch several hours of Glenn Beck's radio and television programming and, as awful as that is, we do so while giving thanks that we don't actually work for Beck, because if we did, we might be forced to attend his morning meetings where staff members just sit there silently as he goes off on another one of his insane monologues about how the world has collectively gone insane.

"We are going to be remembered," Beck declared yesterday, "as an insane society; as a society that is just totally unhinged, totally disconnected for reality."

That sounds like the perfect definition of life inside Beck's empire, if you ask us: 

Glenn Beck's Tiresome Myopia And Self-Aggrandisement

One of the most infuriating things about watching Glenn Beck's radio and television programs is his constant assertion that his network is the only one that is, has been, or ever will be reporting whatever information or story he is covering at any given time.

He does this constantly, myopically insisting that whatever issue or piece of news he is currently fascinated with is not only the most important issue of the day but also that he is the only one with the courage to cover it.  For Beck, the fact that he hasn't personally seen something covered in whatever media outlets he visits must mean that nobody anywhere has ever covered it, leading to truly ridiculous segments like this one today where he reacts to a report today that former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has confirmed that during the economic crisis of 2008, Russia approached China about the possibility of selling off massive amounts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities in order to create even more chaos; a proposal that China rejected.

Beck can't understand why people think that is new because his network reported it a whole eight months ago when everyone supposedly mocked and ridiculed them for reporting it because it was too crazy, but now they have been proven correct:

Of course, that piece of information has been known for years and was even dramatized in the 2011 HBO movie based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's book "Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System--and Themselves":

The movie isn’t afraid to hammer home its politics in moments like that, or in a scene set during Paulson’s trip to China. It begins with a moment of physical comedy when a Chinese official tries to get Paulson to take a miniature Chinese flag. When he won’t accept it, the official hands the flag off to a little girl, who Paulson hustles to get out of the frame. Later, over dinner, another official tells Paulson that the Russians approached the Chinese about dumping their investments in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in concert to strike a blow to the American economy. “The amount of debt your country carries is a terrible vulnerability,” the official demurs, delivering a warning. “We declined, respectfully.”

This piece of information has been known for several years, but Glenn Beck is acting as if everyone else is stupid and uniformed for not knowing or caring that his network happened to report it eight months ago.

It Is The Government's Fault Glenn Beck Is Spinning Wild Theories About The Missing Malaysian Airliner

One thing you learn from regularly watching Glenn Beck's programs is that he is not to blame for the fact that he happens to subscribe to or promote wild conspiracy theories because it is the government and progressives and various unseen forces who have made it so that Beck can no longer believe anything that anybody tells him.

So, fresh from a week's vacation, the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines' flight MH370 represents essentially the perfect Glenn Beck story because there is so much confusion and conflicting information and general uncertainty about just what has happened that pretty much any explanation can almost seem plausible, no matter how outlandish. And since passing off outlandish stories as seemingly "plausible" is Beck's forte, it was no surprise to see him spend ten minutes today laying out his theory about just what has happened to this airplane.

Seizing upon news that twenty employees from a company called Freescale Semiconductor were on board, Beck speculated that these employees had the technology and expertise to "cloak" the plane and make it invisible to radar and detection. As such, the plane was probably diverted to someplace like Pakistan where is could be hidden and repainted to look like a British Airways jet and then flow over the Atlantic Ocean low enough so as not to be seen by radar right below another British Airways jet, flying on the same path but at a much higher altitude and registering on radar. At some point, and without explaining how this would happen, Beck speculated that the real British Airways jet could then be blown out of the sky, allowing the stolen plane to "jump up" onto that flight path and cloak itself as the now destroyed jet and fly on to Washington, DC without raising any suspicions or setting off alarms.

Sure, that seems really convoluted, not to mention probably nearly impossible to actually pull off ... but, as Beck said, the problem is that nobody trusts the government any more and so people start to believe all sorts of wild conspiracy theories. 

"See, this is the problem," Beck said. "Once you lose trust as a government, once you lie to your people over and over again, this is what happens; conspiracy theories go crazy because I don't trust our government at all":

The 'Grover Norquist Is A Secret Muslim Brotherhood Agent' Conspiracy Returns Just In Time For CPAC

Anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney has unveiled a new petition, with support from Allen West and Andy McCarthy, demanding that the American Conservative Union kick Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan out of the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). CPAC had actually kicked Gaffney out in 2011 after an internal report found his accusations about the supposed ties between Norquist and Khan and the Muslim Brotherhood to be baseless and rooted in bigotry, but today the Huffington Post reports that Gaffney is embarking on yet another anti-Norquist campaign.

The conservative movement’s sowing of anti-Muslim paranoia and discord to help win elections is now coming back to bite it as even top conservative leaders like Norquist, who is married to a Muslim-American, are facing attacks.

At a 2011 right-wing summit, The Awakening, Gaffney was part of an event that immediately followed a panel featuring Norquist, where he delivered a presentation alleging that Norquist is “both enabling and empowering Muslim Brotherhood influence operations against our movement and our country.”

On his radio show last month, Gaffney said that Norquist is advancing the “civilization jihad of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

But Gaffney is not alone.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) denounced Norquist from the floor of the House for associating with “unsavory people and groups out of the mainstream.”

Glenn Beck and Jerry Boykin, the executive vice president of the Family Research Council, also dedicated an entire program to discussing Norquist’s supposed role as “a Muslim Brotherhood facilitator.”

Not holding back, anti-Muslim activist David Horowitz attacked Norquist as a “ practicing Muslim” who has “infiltrated” the GOP, and Robert Spencer said last year that Norquist’s presence at CPAC turned the gathering into a “Sharia-compliant conference.”

“They are enforcing the Sharia,” Pamela Geller said of CPAC after the summit rejected her panel last year, which she blamed on “the influence of what can only be described as Muslim Brotherhood facilitators or operatives like Suhail Khan and Grover Norquist.” She was still able to host a nonofficial event where one speaker said he was “proud” of attacks against mosques.

But perhaps our favorite rant against Norquist came from Cathie Adams of Eagle Forum, who said that she knows Norquist is a secret Muslim because “he has a beard.”

Beck: Romeike Case Orchestrated To Serve As A Precedent To Outlaw Homeschooling In America

As Brian mentioned earlier, Religious Right activists are furious that the Supreme Court has denied an appeal by a German family seeking asylum in the United States on the grounds that Germany does not permit them to homeschool their children.

Glenn Beck is likewise outraged by the developments, warning on his radio program today that the entire thing has been orchestrated from the start in order to set a precedent so that homeschooling can be outlawed in the United States.

"This has Cass Sunstein's finger prints all over it," Beck said, attributing the entire thing to his favorite non-George Soros boogeyman, claiming that the motivation behind this case has been about laying the groundwork to make homeschooling illegal in America.

"Please, dear God," Beck begged, "do not make me right on this one. Please don't let me be right on this one. But everything in me tells me that's what this story is about: making sure they shut down homeschooling."

"There is going to come a time when you're not going to be able to homeschool your kids," he continued, stating once again that he hopes that he is wrong but strongly suspects that he'll be proven right because everyone knows that he has been right about everything else that is happening.

"Can we stop being right, now?" Beck pleaded. "Please. I don't want to be right anymore because we've now passed all of the easy things and nobody is waking up. We've passed all of the easy things and the only things that are left are the spooky ones":

UPDATE: It looks like Beck's wish has been granted and he has been proven wrong, as his own The Blaze website is reporting that, despite losing their asylum appeal, the government has informed the family that they can remain in the United States permanently:

Today, a Supervisor with the Department of Homeland Security called a member of our legal team to inform us that the Romeike family has been granted “indefinite deferred status”. This means that the Romeikes can stay in the United States permanently (unless they are convicted of a crime, etc.)

This is an incredible victory that can only be credited to our Almighty God.

We also want to thank those of who spoke up on this issue–including that long ago White House petition. We believe that the public outcry made this possible while God delivered the victory.

This is an amazing turnaround in 24 hours. Praise the Lord.

A Week Late, Glenn Beck Bravely Calls For The US To Have Boycotted The Sochi Olympics

A week after the completion of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Glenn Beck is now bravely declaring that the United States ought to have boycotted the games.

These games had been in the works for seven years and were the focus of national coverage for several weeks leading up to and during the actual games, and never once did Beck, as far as we can recall, ever call for a US boycott of the Winter Olympics.

But today, while discussing the crisis in Ukraine on his radio program, Beck blasted media coverage of the games for not adequately reporting on Russian President Vladimir Putin's totalitarianism and proclaimed that the United States should not have even agreed to participate in the games in order to give hope to oppressed peoples all over the world.

Responding to a point by co-host Pat Gray that boycotting the Olympics would mostly just hurt American Olympic athletes, Beck was utterly unmoved.

"Yes, it would hurt our Olympics. Boo hoo," he stated. "Cry me a river":

Beck: 'Unbeknownst To Him,' Jonathan Turley Was Quoting The Bible

Earlier this week, George Washington University Law professor Jonathan Turley testified before the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing is entitled "Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws." Turley has long been a critic of the expansion of executive power and it's encroachment onto the roles constitutionally designated to the other branches of government.

At the hearing, Turley testified that the encroachment of executive power has gotten worse under President Obama, which has made him a hero to Glenn Beck who explained on his radio broadcast today that something Turley said during his testimony came straight out of the Book of Isaiah, though Turley probably did not even know it.

In Turley's statement that "our system is changing in a very fundamental way, and it’s changing without a whimper of regret or opposition," Beck heard the words of Isaiah 10 in which God warns that he will pushing the nation of Assyria for the wickedness of its rulers:

And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.

"Jonathan Turley," Beck said, "most likely unbeknownst to him was quoting Isaiah":

'This Is A Very Big Deal': Glenn Beck, Personhood USA, And Justina Pelletier

The other day we noted that, after months of coverage by Glenn Beck, the case of Justina Pelletier had suddenly exploded into a full-fledged Religious Right campaign this week, with Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver signing on as the family's new attorney while Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition (who was deeply involved in the Terri Schiavo case) began serving as a family's spokesman.

On top of that, Personhood USA has also gotten involved and is set to begin running television ads about the case on Fox News beginning today. The ads were put together by a right-wing media firm called Rapid Response TV on behalf of Personhood USA with funding provided by the same unnamed billionaire benefactor who has been bankrolling this entire campaign.

For technical legal reasons, the ads are being run by something called Revolution PAC, but as Rapid Response TV's president Bryan Hartong told Beck yesterday on his radio show, "the understanding is that anything that comes out of this is going to Personhood," meaning that all the names gathered or money raised will be handled by Personhood USA.

As Beck's The Blaze reported today, Personhood USA has also organized a call-in campaign to the Massachusetts court officials about the case:

A human rights group says it has organized people to make hundreds of calls to court officials asking them to “release Justina Pelletier,” the Connecticut teen at the center of an ongoing, high-profile custody battle.

Keith Mason, president of Personhood USA, said more than 500 calls have been made so far to the office of the Suffolk County Juvenile Court, which is overseeing the Pelletier case. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families took custody of the 15-year-old last year after doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital disagreed with her parents and another doctor’s diagnosis.

If the name of Keith Mason or his Personhood organization seem familiar to readers here, it is probably because he was the "manager of the Yes on 62 Campaign" back in 2010, which was the failed effort to pass a constitutional amendment in Colorado that would have granted "personhood" from the moment of fertilization in order to completely outlaw abortion and some forms of birth control.

The campaign was most remarkable for the ad campaigns that Personhood ran in support of the amendment, including comparing supporters of legal abortion to Nazis and even running a radio ad featuring a "fomer slave" who compared abortion to slavery:

I'm George Stevens and I'm a person. I was held as property as a child. Even before my birth I was called a slave in an America you wouldn't recognize. But folks like you helped me escape North to freedom and in 1864, I joined the infantry to fight for my country. I fought so all slaves would be recognized as persons, not property. And we won.

But today in Colorado, there are still people called property - children - just like I was. And that America you thought you wouldn't recognize is all around you and these children are being killed.

This November, vote "yes" on Amendment 62. Amendment 62 declares unborn children persons, not property. And that's the America I fought for.

So visit PersonhoodColorado.com and in November, vote "yes" on 62. It's the right thing to do.

Amazingly, that was not even the most radical ad the organization ran during the campaign, producing one that literally likened President Obama to the Angel of Death:

As Beck declared on his radio broadcast yesterday, "this is a very big deal" not only because Justina's life and health at stake, but Beck thinks that this case is also the key to stopping things like Common Core and progressivism in general once and for all.

"Thank you Lord," Beck said. "Quite honestly, thank you Lord for this Justina case because maybe perhaps this is a blessing because we will all wake up and we'll be able to stop it before it's too late":

5 Tea Party Myths Debunked As Movement Marks 5 Years Of Dysfunction

As the Tea Party celebrates its fifth anniversary, we decided to look at five of the myths that Tea Party supporters, and many pundits, continue to believe about the far-right movement.

Myth #1: Tea Party Cares About Economic Stewardship

If Tea Party activists believe they are on a crusade to save the American economy, they have an odd way of showing it. The Tea Party was responsible for an economically harmful and utterly pointless government shutdown and has several times threatened economic catastrophe by refusing to raise the debt limit — with their hostage-taking strategycontributing to a S&P credit downgrade and lower consumer confidence.

The Treasury Department warned in the midst of last year’s government shutdown [PDF]: “A default would be unprecedented and has the potential to be catastrophic: credit markets could freeze, the value of the dollar could plummet, U.S. interest rates could skyrocket, the negative spillovers could reverberate around the world, and there might be a financial crisis and recession that could echo the events of 2008 or worse…. Because the debt ceiling impasse contributed to the financial market disruptions, reduced confidence and increased uncertainty, the economic expansion was no doubt weaker than it otherwise would have been.”

One problem might be that Tea Party leaders seem to have no clue what they are talking about.

Tea Party politicians dismissed concerns about failing to raise the debt limit — with one Tea Party-aligned congressman arguing that such a move would help the economy — and didn’t seem to grasp the fact that “raising the debt ceiling simply lets Treasury borrow the money it needs to pay all U.S. bills and other legal obligations in full and on time” and isn’t a “license to spend more.”

Similarly, a Bloomberg News poll found that 93 percent of Tea Party Republicans believe the federal budget deficit is growing, even while it is rapidly shrinking.

Myth #2: Tea Party Wants Entitlement Cuts

We keep hearing about how the Tea Party will lead a push to cut entitlement programs, but Tea Party members are disproportionately entitlement program benefactors. A New York Times/CBS poll found that Tea Party members are more likely than others to claim that they or a family member receives Social Security benefits or is covered by Medicaid, and 62 percent believe “the benefits from government programs such as Social Security and Medicare [are] worth the costs of those programs.”

According to a McClatchy-Marist poll, 76 percent of Tea Party supporters oppose Social Security and Medicare cuts while 70 percent said they were against cuts to Medicaid.

Of course, many Tea Party supporters don’t seem to mind public programs when they are the ones benefiting from them, and Republicans continue to criticize reductions in future Medicare spending that they voted for.

“[W]hat many of the Tea Party candidates have found is that when push comes to shove, their backers want to protect their entitlements as much as the next guy,” writes Shikha Dalmia of the Reason Foundation. “In fact, much of the fury of the Tea Partiers against government stimulus and bailouts might have less to do with any principled belief in the limits of government and more to do with fear of what this will do to their own entitlements.”

Myth #3: Tea Party Faces Government Persecution

The Tea Party has desperately clutched onto a conspiracy theory that the IRS specifically targeted Tea Party groups to help seal President Obama’s re-election. Of course, it turns out that the IRS actually scrutinized liberal and conservative groups alike. The faux-scandal was hyped and distorted by congressional Republicans, and Tea Party leaders predicted that it would rejuvenate the movement.

As Alex Seitz-Wald reported: “We know that in fact the IRS targeted lots of different kinds of groups, not just conservative ones; that the only organizations whose tax-exempt statuses were actually denied were progressive ones; that many of the targeted conservative groups legitimately crossed the line; that the IG’s report was limited to only Tea Party groups at congressional Republicans’ request; and that the White House was in no way involved in the targeting and didn’t even know about it until shortly before the public did. In short, the entire scandal narrative was a fiction.”

Rather than face facts, leaders are out with a fresh and similarly dubious conspiracy that proposed IRS rules on political activity by certain nonprofits will target conservative organizations for discrimination.

Myth #4: Tea Party Ignores Social Issues

Many Tea Party leaders -- including Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Louie Gohmert, Michele Bachmann, Mike Lee, Jim DeMint and Glenn Beck -- are also favorites of the Religious Right. The GOP victories in the 2010 midterm election brought about what the Daily Beast called “one of the most religiously conservative [House of Representatives] in recent history” and Republican politicians in Congress and state legislatures immediately pursued a crackdown on abortion rights.

Glenn Beck’s massive 2010 Tea Party rally on the National Mall turned into a religious revival meeting. Last year, even the openly gay founder of the National Capital Tea Party Patriots addressed an anti-gay marriage rally in front of the Supreme Court. And far-right pastor Rick Scarborough decided to establish his own group, Tea Party Unity, to promote his call for a “class action lawsuit” against homosexuality.

Pew found that just as “the Tea Party is much more Republican and conservative than the public as a whole… Tea Party supporters also tend to take socially conservative positions on abortion and same-sex marriage.” Tea Party activists oppose marriage equality and abortion rights at rates nearly identical to Republicans at large, and are just as likely to cite religion as the driving force on their stances on such issues.

A 2013 American Values survey observed that the majority of Tea Party activists “identify with the Christian Right,” and a study by political scientists Robert Putnam and David Campbell found Tea Party members to be “disproportionately social conservatives” with a penchant for the “overt use of religious language and imagery.” “It thus makes sense that the Tea Party ranks alongside the Christian Right in unpopularity,” they added.

Myth #5: Tea Party Has Wide Popularity

Tea Party politicians like to fashion themselves as champions of a broadly popular movement that has supporters across partisan lines. Bachmann thinks the Tea Party represents “virtually 90 percent of America” and a poll of Tea Party supporters found that 84 percent agree that “the views of the people involved in the Tea Party movement generally reflect the views of most Americans.” Beck even believes that most Americans are in the Tea Party and to the right of the GOP.

But while the Tea Party is far from dead, a majority of Americans have an unfavorable view of the right-wing movement.

In December, Gallup found that the Tea Party has never held widespread support:

Glenn Beck Supports Arizona's Legal Discrimination Law: 'That's Freedom'

Do you recall the story Glenn Beck told a few years back when he traveled to New York City and he was treated badly when he dined in several restaurants and then treated even worse on his flight back to Texas?

Beck railed about it on his program the following week, repeatedly complaining that he was treated "as a subhuman," stating that he "just wanted to be treated as a human" who was worthy of dignity and respect:

I’m tired of being treated as a criminal, a disease, mentally challenged, stupid, or subhuman just because I happen to believe that the founders weren’t racists, that the Constitution was and still is inspired and the greatest document for government ever created, that the military is not full of a bunch of baby‑killers, or that we shouldn’t spend the money that we don’t have, or that we should stick up for the little guy, the small business owner, that the corrupt businessman should go to jail and that capitalism is still the best system to lift people out of poverty. I will not shy away from saying proudly that I believe in God, that I believe churchgoers in all churches get a bad rap. We are good people and the reason, Christians are the reason the Nazis were stopped, slavery was stopped, and man was eventually set free all over the planet. It was Christians that did it. I’m sorry that you might find that offensive, or that I ‑‑ that I go to church and you find that offensive, or that I happen to go to the wrong church and you find that offensive. But I will not apologize for what I believe in or who I am. Because what I believe in compels me to stand up for you and your right to be who you are. I’d just like to be treated with a little dignity along the way.

Given that experience, you'd think that he would be opposed to the Arizona legislation that would allow business to discriminate against gay customers (or anyone else, for that matter) in the name of "religious liberty," would you not?

Well, you'd be wrong, as he voiced his support for it during yesterday's morning meeting, saying that while he doesn't necessarily like it, he doesn't see anything hateful about it.

"I don't like that world," Beck said, "where everybody is able to say 'I'm not going to serve your kind' but that's freedom. That's freedom. Freedom is ugly":

Meet Justina Pelletier, The Religious Right's Next Campaign

For the last several months, Glenn Beck has tirelessly focused on a case involving a young woman named Justina Pelletier who was diagnosed by one set of doctors at Tufts Medical Center as having a condition known as mitochondrial disease, for which she had been receiving treatment. At one point, Justina became ill and ended up at the Boston Children's Hospital to see her longtime gastroenterologist, who had switched hospitals, when doctors there determined that she did not, in fact, have mitochondrial disease but was rather suffering from a somatoform disorder, which is "a mental disorder characterized by symptoms that suggest physical illness or injury."

Justina's parents disagreed with the diagnosis given by Boston Children's Hospital and sought to discharge their daughter but the hospital refused, instead informing them that an allegation of medical child abuse had been filed against them. At that point, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families got involved, taking custody of Justina, placing her under psychiatric care and limiting her contact with her parents.

That set off a long and on-going legal battle between Justina's parents and the state and while the case has been heavily covered in the local media, few outside of Glenn Beck have been paying much attention to the story. Beck continues to focus attention on it daily and last week, Justina's father appeared on his television program in violation of a gag order, for which he is now facing contempt charges.

Those were the latest developments until, suddenly, a bunch of Religious Right groups got involved in the fight yesterday, including Patrick Mahoney, who was deeply involved in the Terry Schiavo fight, and Personhood USA, as the two groups announced that they would be protesting outside the Suffolk County Juvenile Court during a hearing that was scheduled to take place regarding Justina's case.

On top of that, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver just as suddenly announced that he was the Pelletier family's legal counsel and his organization made this case its top priority as Staver began making the rounds promoting it on Fox and elsewhere.

Why, after months of total silence and literally no interest, did several Religious Right organizations suddenly and collectively begin to care about this case, all on the same day? 

Well, as Beck explained on his radio program today, last week an unnamed billionaire benefactor of his The Blaze network saw the program featuring Justina's father and was so outraged by it that he vowed to hire a legal team and turn this into a crusade:

As Beck said, the "new attorney" hired by this benefactor would be appearing on his program tonight to discuss the latest developments in this case ... and that attorney is none other than Mat Staver:

Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, will appear on the Glenn Beck TV Show today from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to discuss the ongoing story of Justina Pelletier, who was taken from her parents and is currently being denied medical treatment.

So that at least seems to explain why, all of a sudden, a bunch of Religious Right groups have gotten involved in this complex and frequently confusing case: because some unnamed billionaire is footing the bill for them to do so.

Beck: 'We're Not A Bunch Of Crazies'

Despite his belief that America is just the "stink on the crap pile" and a nation that is doomed to collapse, Glenn Beck has been on one of his optimistic upswings in recent weeks, mainly because God has massive miracles in store for his network that will bring him success beyond his wildest imagination.

And that was the message he delivered once again on his radio broadcast today, telling his audience that there is something really important taking place right now that he cannot exactly put his finger on, but "it gives me great and profound hope" because his audience of Tea Party activists cannot be dismissed as a "bunch of crazies" any more.

"You're not dismissed any more," Beck told his listening audience. "We used to be a bunch of crazies; we're not a bunch of crazies. We're a very powerful force and only getting stronger":

Beck: America Is 'The Stink On The Crap Pile'

Last night's Glenn Beck program was a cavalcade of insanity, even by the generally insane standards of Beck's nightly program, as he spent most of the show railing against Common Core and ginning up outrage over the FCC's non-existent plans to place "monitors" in newsrooms all over the nation.  Beck even had the ALCJ's Jay Sekulow on the show to warn that this FCC study represents "the greatest assault on free press that we've seen in my lifetime" before turning his attention to the crisis in Ukraine in order to warn his audience that it is only a matter of time before what is happening there starts happening in cities all over America.

As he explained in this clip from one of his daily staff meetings, America is actually fortunate that, right now, we are just "the stink on the crap pile" because that gives us a little bit of time to prepare before our society and the entire world go up in flames.

Beck then somehow linked that to his obsession with the FCC study, warning that the government would use monitors to prevent news outlets from reporting the news that Americans need to know, crying out "don't you see? How can people be so stupid? Don't they see they are closing the noose around you?"

Right Wing Leftovers - 2/20/14

  • Scott Lively and Peter LaBarbera are forming a new anti-gay group that will work to "more effectively oppose the now-global LGBT agenda" and "urge other nations of the world to follow the Russian example."
  • On a related note, Gary Bauer is not happy about all the attention Russia's anti-gay crackdown is receiving.
  • Also related, the "ex-gays" over at Voice of the Voiceless are not happy with Glenn Beck denunciation of people who hate gays.
  • Yay, Rick Santorum is plotting another run for president.
  • FRC's weekly prayer targets.
  • Finally, Glenn Beck does not know what to do about North Korea, but he is positive that God "is going to right this":

Beck On Ukraine: 'How Do You Stop That From Happening To Us? Well, Goldline'

As the crisis in Ukraine deepens, Glenn Beck promised his radio listeners that he would explain what is "really" going on there tonight on his radio show, predicting that Vladimir Putin will eventually send Russian troops into the nation to quell the uprising.

In the meantime, the way for people in America to prevent anything like that from happening here, Beck assured them, is to buy gold from his sponsor, Goldline.

"That's what's happening in the Ukraine," Beck said, "and the people of the Ukraine lose in the end. So how do you stop that from happening to us? Well, Goldline":

No, The FCC Is Not Going To Be Stationing Monitors In Local Newsrooms

Last week, Ajit Pai, a Republican nominee serving on the Federal Communications Commission, wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which he alleged that the FCC was planning to "send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run" in newsrooms all over the nation.

Predictably, the claim has been picked-up by all sorts of folks on the Right who are now warning that it is part of an attempt by the Obama administration to shut down conservative media outlets; most recently Glenn Beck, who spent a large portion of his radio broadcast today freaking out about it, at one point declaring that he would renounce his citizenship if this is what America is becoming:

As luck would have it, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler recently sent a letter to the chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee explaining that the right-wing fear-mongering over this study is totally overblown and inaccurate, as the FCC "has no intention of regulating political or other speech of journalists or broadcasters."

As Wheeler explained, the FCC has a legal obligation to identify "market entry barriers for entrepreneurs and other small businesses in the provision and ownership of telecommunications services and information services" and make a report to Congress. The study in question aims to identify the "access/barriers to [Critical Information Needs] in diverse American communities" within "FCC regulated markets."

Beneath all the jargon, as far as we can determine the study will allow the FCC to monitor "television, newspaper, radio, and Internet" reports in communities of varying sizes at various periods in order to determine if there are barriers in place in the given media market that are preventing entry by entrepreneurs and small businesses. As part of this study, researchers working on it will interview "corporate management, local management, and lower level employees" at various media outlets in order to "ascertain the process by which stories are selected, station priorities (for content, production quality, and populations served), perceived station bias, perceived percent of news dedicated to each of the eight CINs, and perceived responsiveness to under-served populations."

The FCC is not going to be stationing agents in local news stations all over the country in order to monitor their reporting, as the Right has been frantically proclaiming. As Wheeler explained in his letter, the study is designed merely as "a tool intended to help the Commission consider effective, pro-competitive policies that would encourage new entrants" and is currently being modified so as "not [to] go beyond our responsibilities."

Will this clarification from the FCC stop the Right from continuing to make feverishly overblown and politically charged claims about the study? If history is any indication, most certainly not.

Glenn Beck Is Done With America: 'I'm Really Considering Burning The Flag'

Whatever America once was and once stood for and once represented, Glenn Beck said on his radio program today, that it is all over ... and he really doesn't even care anymore if they just burn Washington, DC and all of its monuments to the ground.

"I will tell you this," he bellowed, "the country, the institution, what that flag, those buildings that the flag flies over, what the flag is becoming, what it means to the rest of the world, I DON'T KNOW! I don't care!"

No matter what happens though, Beck proclaimed that he was never going to change and would give his life in defense of the Constitution, if necessary.

"Shoot me in the head if you have to," he said, "you're not changing me."

Saying that he despises them, by which he means progressives who are responsible for everything that is wrong in the world, Beck said he is working on becoming entirely indifferent to them, so much so that "I don't really care" if they were to burn down the entire city of Washington, DC and the Capitol Building and the White House and all the monuments.

"I don't care," he shrugged. "I don't care. I'm not about the buildings, I'm not about the flag, I'll burn the flag every day. In fact, I'm really considering burning the flag. I may do a show really super soon where I burn the flag. And if you don't like it, then maybe you should figure out what the flag means."

While he vowed to defend the Constitution to his last breath, Beck said "I'll burn the flag every day of the week":

Glenn Beck Struggles To Make Sense Of The Term 'Heteronormative'

Glenn Beck is oddly obsessed about a move by the state of Washington to convert all of its same-sex domestic partnerships to marriages now that gay marriage is legal in the state. Back in 2007, before the state enacted marriage equality, Washington began granting marriage-like benefits to same-sex couples (as well as to older heterosexual couples) who registered for domestic partnerships.

Operating on the assumption that same-sex couples who registered for such partnerships would have gotten married had that been an option at the time, the state will now automatically convert those domestic partnerships to marriages as of June 30 for every couple that chooses not to opt out and the domestic partnership option will be eliminated for gay couples entirely.

The way Beck and his staff see it, the state of Washington is now essentially forcing gay couples to get married against their will, which is apparently just like forcing two same-sex roommates to get married.

Beck talked about this issue on his television program last night with The Blaze's Billy Hallowell and gay writer Brandon Ambrosino. During the discussion, Ambrosino made the point that some gay couples might object to having their relationship converted to marriage because they believe that marriage is a heteronormative institution of which they do not want to be a part ... and Ambrosino's use of the word "heteronormative" completely threw Beck for a loop, as he simply could not understand the point that Ambrosino was making, which he then logically attributed to the fact that other people supposedly aren't being consistent.

"The world is such a confusing place now," Beck said. "How do you disagree with that because people aren't consistent?"

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