The odious Glenn Beck has every right to his rally

Glenn Beck is a clever and amoral huckster who inflames and incites the lowest passions of his audience in order to keep them entertained. There is nothing too base for him to say; no lie too odious for him to repeat; no smear too vile for him to include as part of his schtick.
He has called President Obama a racist repeatedly. And he is so ignorant of the civil rights movement that he once claimed that U.S. John Lewis (D-Atlanta) was trying to mimic a civil rights leader. Ahem. John Lewis was a civil rights leader — a rather famous one.
Beck has no appreciation for or understanding of Dr. King’s philosophy, which was based on the theological concept of social justice. As a minister, King preached and lived that philosophy. Beck has denounced the very idea of social justice as a theological concept.
You can understand why some civil rights activists are offended that Beck has chosen to schedule his rally at the Lincoln Memorial for August 28, a date that holds a special place in the hearts of many Americans because Dr. King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the Washington Mall on that date.
Still, Beck has every right to his rally. Why? He is protected by the very same Bill of Rights he would deny to others.

From the WaPo:

Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally, with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin among the scheduled speakers, will take place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, 47 years to the day after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech there.

The conservative talk show host announced in November that he wanted to reveal a “100 year plan for America” at the Lincoln Memorial. More recently, he said that the purpose of his Aug. 28 event is to restore the country’s “values” and to pay tribute to military families.

“There will be absolutely no politics involved,” he said. “This rally will honor the troops, unite the American people under the principles of integrity and truth, and make a pledge to restore honor within ourselves and our country.”

Civil rights leaders have denounced Beck’s plans, questioning his motives for choosing the date and place, which they said are historically symbolic of the country’s civil rights movement.

Responding to the criticism on his show June 28, Beck said he believes it was “divine providence” that the rally was scheduled on the anniversary of the King speech. He said he had initially planned the event for Sept. 12 and then realized it was a Sunday. “I’m not going to ask anyone to work on the Sabbath,” he said. He rescheduled the rally for Aug. 28 because it was the best day for the schedules of the people involved, he said.

“It was not my intention to select 8-28 because of the Martin Luther King tie. It is the day he made that speech. I had no idea until I announced it and I walked offstage and my researchers said, New York Times has already just published that this is [the same day as the King speech] — and I said, ‘Oh, jeez.’ “

I don’t believe for one minute that Beck didn’t choose the date intentionally. Of course, he did — to be provocative. And his declaration that the rally won’t be political is a flat-out lie. Sarah Palin is among the speakers. Of course, it will be political.

Demagogues like Beck whip up the passions of a crowd, who then believe they should be able to impose their views on others. But the US Constitution protects the rights of minorities from the inflamed passions of a mob. That same Bill of Rights allows Beck his rally on the mall on any date that the US Park Service gives him a permit.

There is one thing Beck said with which I agree:”. . Whites don’t own Abraham Lincoln. Blacks don’t own Martin Luther King. Humans, humans embrace their ideas or reject their ideas.”

No, black people don’t own MLK. He belongs to America — an America much better because of the life he lived. Beck doesn’t seem to believe in that America, but I don’t believe King would have tried to deny him his rally on Aug. 28.

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granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
10:10 am

kayaker 71

if I remember correctly the bet is whether or not the dems keep both
the house and the senate in November – winner buys steak dinner?

yes sir.

paleo neo-Carlinist

August 18th, 2010
10:10 am

Contractor, I’ve suggested this before, but Google Tim McVeigh or Eric Rudolph. then read Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven if you want some insight to “terrorists” operating within the more fundamentalist arms of some faiths (for example, those who espouse Beck’s Mormon faith). feel free to Google John/Dan Lafferty, or more recently; Elizabeth Smart. faith is faith and crime is crime, and sometimes more oportunistic criminals use the former to justify the latter. it’s not just a Muslim thing.

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
10:11 am

That’s what Glenn Beck does…lie. Other than HIS mouth, someone show us a clip or a print where it’s been announced that it would open 9/11. This poor man is suffering a breakdown and should be committed. Or be friendless at the very least. Let’s put it into perspective, if we had a close friend who walked around “making up stories”, we would begin to distance ourselves, realizing they were just plain nuts.

JohnnyReb

August 18th, 2010
10:11 am

For all you Lefties who think the Obama administration is for the downtrodden:
At 300 East 23rd Street in the exclusive Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan, where to get into parts of the park you need a key granted just to residents, a new 98-unit luxury apartment complex has been built with an outdoor movie theater and panoramic city views. The problem is that not enough buyers are coughing up the $820,000 to $3 million the project’s developers are asking for the privilege to own a unit in the building. But don’t worry, the Obama administration is coming to the rescue. Last December, the Federal Housing Administration loosened its financing rules so that U.S. taxpayers would have the honor of backing loans with downpayments as low as 3.5%. Now rich Manhattanites can better afford condos in buildings with pet spas, concierges and rooftop lounges like the one in Gramercy Park, all on the taxpayers’ dime.

Robert

August 18th, 2010
10:12 am

If ever there was a racist, it is you Cynthia. If ever there was a second one, it is O’Bama.

pat

August 18th, 2010
10:12 am

How very sad and pathetic of you….You really had nothing better to talk about? Talk about hate speach….I don’t recall Glenn Beck doing anything to you yet you name call and levy false accustaions against him.

T-Town

August 18th, 2010
10:12 am

Granny; I may not agree with you very much, I do agree that the children must play and this won’t stop until school starts.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 18th, 2010
10:12 am

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama earned his lowest marks ever on his handling of the economy in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which also found that an overwhelming majority of Americans now describe the nation’s financial outlook as poor.
A frustrated electorate could take it out on the party in power — Obama’s Democrats — in the November elections.
Eleven weeks before the Nov. 2 balloting, just 41 percent of those surveyed approve of the president’s performance on the economy, down from 44 percent in April, while 56 percent disapprove. And 61 percent say the economy has gotten worse or stayed the same on Obama’s watch.

kayaker 71

August 18th, 2010
10:12 am

Granny,

Do we have to win both of them? I thought the bet was on the House only. Would Bones be OK with you?

stands for decibels

August 18th, 2010
10:12 am

Of course Beck lies about crime:

Glenn Beck falsely claimed that Phoenix experiences more kidnappings “than any other city in the world outside of Mexico City.” In fact, PolitiFact.com has reported that this claim is “false”, saying that “experts advise that such rankings can’t be made based on available information.”

Good Grief

August 18th, 2010
10:13 am

Social Justice, CT? Really? Are you and those who believe like you really so dependent on government to get you through the day that you have to rely on “social justice?”

And if I’m remembering my history correctly, the last person to actually live in slave conditions in the US died in the 1940s or 1950s. So unless Obama and CT are pushing 140+ years old, I doubt they personally saw slavery.

As for reparations, where does it stop? Once all of us evil whites pay back our ill gotten gains to the victimized blacks, do we then pay the victimized Chinese? Does the whole of Europe then pay back the Jews? What about the Mongols paying back all of the peoples they conquered and enslaved. And what about the black-on-black slavery in Africa before the white man ever got there?

Let me provide a PC version of the above paragraph:
As for reparations, where does it stop? Once all of us evil Caucasian-non-hispanic-Americans pay back our ill gotten gains to the victimized African-Americans, do we then pay the victimized Chinese-Americans? Does the whole of Europe then pay back the Jewish Displaced Foreign Travelers? What about the peoples of Mongolian descent paying back all of the peoples they conquered and enslaved. And what about the African-on-African slavery in Africa before the Caucasian-non-Hispanic man ever got there?

Tomy

August 18th, 2010
10:13 am

I guess the odious Cynthia is entitled to her opinion. But as O’Reilly says there is not a more ignorant person writing for any newspaper in the land than yours truly, the most odious Cynthia.

Jose

August 18th, 2010
10:13 am

markie mark

August 18th, 2010
10:09 am
Dumb followers….did you miss in the news story (here in the AJC) that the parent company of FOX did the donations?…and then they listed the parent companies of ABC, CNN, TIME WARNER, etc and the fact that they donated to political parties too? and had been doing so for years? Lies of omission, works for liberals everytime, huh?

Dummy only reads tucker and the comics. He understands racist rants and funny cartoons. Everything else is way over his tiny head.

How bout it Jose?

August 18th, 2010
10:14 am

Jose seems to have a comment back to many on here. Just wondering why he didn’t comment back on me? He asked for the lies and I gave him 2 examples. Did you just ignore them? Here the lies are again….just in case you missed them.

Beck falsely claims Obama’s plan to rescind Bush policy would “force doctors” to perform abortions

Beck: If Obama recinds the Bush policy, “doctors can’t refuse to do procedures that they believe is murder [sic].” On the August 17 edition of his Fox News show, Beck misrepresented the Obama administration’s reported intention to “rescind a Bush-era regulation” to falsely assert that the administration “would like to force doctors who believe abortion is the equivalent — the equivalence of murder” to perform abortions. He further added that according to Obama, “it’s totally cool to go forward with a mosque run by a potentially radical nutjob, and it’s not — doctors can’t refuse to do procedures that they believe is murder [sic].”

Doctor’s can’t refuse to do abortions? Lie #1

Obama thinks it’s “totally cool” for the mosque to be built 2 blocks away? All he said was they had the right. Lie #2

While we are at it, let’s add one more.

Beck ridicules Obama administration contention that the regulation “could limit family-planning counseling and even … blood transfusions.” During the same segment, after quoting an anonymous Health and Human Services official telling The Washington Post that the Bush regulation was “worded so vaguely that some have argued it could limit family-planning counseling” — which Beck said was a reference to abortion — “and even potentially blood transfusions and end-of-life-care,” Beck offered to “translate bullcrap to English,” adding: “End-of-life care? Nite-nite, Grammy. Pulling the old plug.”

Pulling the plug on Granny? Lie #3

Wingnuts are welchers

August 18th, 2010
10:14 am

kayaker 71

August 18th, 2010
10:12 am

stw

August 18th, 2010
10:15 am

CT–Obviosly your drug dealer gave you some bad stuff last night..

Chris

August 18th, 2010
10:15 am

Do you even watch his show Cynthia? Just because you don’t agree with someone’s point of view doesn’t make them a liar. I’d love for you to share with all of your faithful blog followers what lies he has spewed? You hate him because he calls for people to have the right to succeed and the right to fail. The problem with this nation is that we don’t want to let anyone fail. If people dont’ want to go out and work to achieve their goals, then they don’t deserve to have those goals achieved.

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
10:15 am

markie mark…here again. now listen. open those ears. clear those brain-webs. ONLY FOX carries the moniker “Fair and Balanced”. Who really cares how much or to whom these news channels support. But please. Don’t be so stupid to think we’ll not notice that you claim to be fair and balanced and then support one party over all others. Only Fox does that and they have finally mucked up. They need to eliminate the F&B moniker. We’ve always known who they REALLY are and now they’ve proven it.

Kamchak

August 18th, 2010
10:16 am

CT winning the pulitzer and Imam Obama winning the Nobel have really trivialized those awards.

I’m sure that you think so, Commie.

Oneatl

August 18th, 2010
10:16 am

For those of you that are still focusing on the Muslem community center… that is the location where the center was prior to 9/11.

DMac

August 18th, 2010
10:16 am

Stands for decibels, You cannot cut and paste from a liberal web site to prove your point. The site is distorting and lying about the facts. I am a Beck watcher. I watched him during the time in question and what you have cut and pasted is an absolute untruth. You should be ashamed for passing along libelous material.

Normal

August 18th, 2010
10:17 am

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
9:59 am

Granny G,

BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO!!!

stands for decibels

August 18th, 2010
10:17 am

Beck claims that the Obama administration doesn’t believe in terrorists:

BECK: If you got somebody now who’s gonna say you don’t have a right to privacy in your email, you don’t have a right to privacy of location. If you’re funding a terrorist organization — not defined, remember, they don’t believe in terrorists.

JF Hunt

August 18th, 2010
10:17 am

I like to be entertained by Glenn Beck, but I would like to make sure that I am not decieved by any potential lies. Please do me a favor and CALL the RED PHONE and set the record straight. OR, please give specific examples of his lies. By the way, I have been unable to find any reference to social justice by MLK, sorry. MLK wanted equality of opportunity under the law for all. MLK was a very Godly man and was not a racist as you seem to suggest. Your views, which are based on race, are racist and unworthy of a country founded on equality and individual liberties for its citizens.

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
10:18 am

@How About it Jose…the only thing Jose IS good at is name calling or reciting something someone else says. He has no thoughts of his own which is why he is easily swayed by a dilusional Glenn Beck. Obviously.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 18th, 2010
10:18 am

How many articles on your jealousy of Beck does this make ctucker? I lost count at 10! And to think he does the same crap you do.

casual observer

August 18th, 2010
10:18 am

Cynthia Tucker is a clever and amoral huckster who inflames and incites the lowest passions of her readers in order to keep them entertained. There is nothing too base for to write; no lie too odious for her to repeat; no smear too vile for her to include as part of her schtick

stands for decibels

August 18th, 2010
10:18 am

You cannot cut and paste from a liberal web site to prove your point.

Oh, yes I can! And if that “liberal web site” is quoting this lying PoS directly, you really don’t have much of a case when he’s reveal to be the lying liar that he is, now do you?

Tom Anderson

August 18th, 2010
10:18 am

Grumpy, ENOUGH with the “you can’t see the building from ground zero” line. It is two blocks over moron. The area was actually damaged on 9/11 from debris. For the record, if you have ever been to NYC, big buildings block EVERYTHING on EVERY street.

Man, the idiots out there parroting BS.

let freedom ring

August 18th, 2010
10:19 am

CT, well, well, well….Rev. Jesse Jackson or Rev. Al Sharpton, which one is the bigger shake down artist, or maybe Louis Farrakan (sp) …white america is not racist, BLACK america is more racist than ever and growing daily…you fools are anti-business and are so silly that you do not realize growing business = JOBS!!! How many JOBS have you created? The baffoon, Obama thinks you can spend yourself out of debt…like the city of Atlanta and most Democratic Mayors in large cities…these cities are dying a slow death just like the USA will do if Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Rangel, Dodd, Waters and the other crooks are not thrown this Fall…CT, your time has passed and you botched it, whoohoo!

getalife

August 18th, 2010
10:20 am

sfd,

You can spend all day debunking his crao but not knowing Lewis was a civil rights leader proves his ignorance.

A white power rally is the klan and nothing new.

DMac

August 18th, 2010
10:20 am

You liberals have no shame… and no brains.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 18th, 2010
10:20 am

kayaker 71

GG is a welcher. Beware!

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
10:21 am

Kayaker 71

First thanks for taking a stand on Namejacking….

I thought it was both but either way is fine.

No need for Bones….for us a gift certificate to Fresh Market or Whole Foods would be fine.

What my Mr. G can do with a marinated ribeye on his trusty Weber Kettle
is to my mind better than Bones….

But if you win, Bones it is.

JF Hunt must not be reading all the posts where Beck's lies have been documented

August 18th, 2010
10:21 am

OR, please give specific examples of his lies

Rick

August 18th, 2010
10:21 am

Go Glenn! The more hysterical your opponents get, the more I know you are on the right track. The higher their blood pressure gets, the more I know you are telling the truth. Martin Luther King said – Don’t judge people by the color of their skin. White people have been branded as racist, homophobe, anti-muslim bigots, simply because of the color of their skin. Clearly, Martin Luther King’s message has fallen on many deaf ears. Pay no attention to racists like Cynthia Tucker. The cause of freedom will leave her and her kind in the dust.

Gator Joe

August 18th, 2010
10:21 am

Cynthia,
Desecration of the Lincoln Memorial by Beck, and the connection of the memorial to Martin Luther King, as desecration of other special places, does not alter the greatness of Lincoln on Dr. King and the good they did during their lives. It only makes Beck and his followers seem even smaller and more insignificant.

stands for decibels

August 18th, 2010
10:22 am

You can spend all day debunking his cra[p]

I can, but I’m done for now.

By the way, I doubt that any of the whiny-arsed teaty baby Beck defenders here are actually going to trouble themselves to attend this hate-fest of his.

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
10:22 am

Normal

Thanks

Gator Joe

August 18th, 2010
10:22 am

The word “or” should appear rather than “on”.

hnf

August 18th, 2010
10:23 am

Was my comment blocked?

DMac

August 18th, 2010
10:23 am

Stands for decibels, The problem is that they are not quoting him directly, or correctly. They either lie about what he actually said, or they excise what he said and lie about the context in which it was said. I know what he says. I watch him.

White Evil Doer (and proud of it)

August 18th, 2010
10:24 am

Im back now, sorry for the delay but I was out doing some evil. Yes we are evil and gettin more evil every minute. From the moment of conception we begin our reign of evil and evilness. As we grow in our mothers womb we enjoy kicking her…this is one of the first signs of our evilness. When we die we dont die normally, OH NO, we just nasty away.

Saul Good

August 18th, 2010
10:24 am

Let’s see how many “minorities” end up in attendance on 8-28. AS usual… like all tea party rallies and even GOP rallies…it will be a crowd made up of 99% WHITES only. As the country grows more and more diverse each year…the right continues to fight the natural progression of things… the more they sink down in rankings…the louder the stamp their feet. Simply because they can’t and envision a nation which is continuing on it’s path of being a meting pot of races, nationalities, and religious identities.

Midori

August 18th, 2010
10:25 am

This blog serves as a beacon/Bat Signal for the worst humanity has to offer.

What I can’t figure out about right wingers is, if you so vehemently disagree with Ms. Tucker, why do you bed down here day, after day, after day?

It just doesn’t make sense.

but then, neither does any of you.

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
10:25 am

I dont have much money…what about a potted meat dinner and a pineapple & cottage cheese salad as our bet.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 18th, 2010
10:25 am

ALBANY, N.Y. – A majority of New Yorkers remain opposed to a mosque proposed as part of a planned Islamic cultural center near ground zero and the issue will be a factor for many voters this fall, according to a statewide poll released Wednesday

WAR

August 18th, 2010
10:25 am

i remember when people were complaining about farrakhan and the million man march. i attended and it was a really great event. many of the negative things that the media and so-called leaders claimed would happen simply did not. i believe this rally will be held and forgotten. beck is not king (pun intended).

Soda Popinski

August 18th, 2010
10:25 am

Saul,

Why would people want to exclude themselves from this rally? You make it sound is if a particular group of people are not allowed to be there.

markie mark

August 18th, 2010
10:26 am

dumb….always here….mind open….you now have changed the slant of what you are saying….the others donated to BOTH parties…and that makes it ok…..hmmmm…I like fair and balanced. Their NEWS programs AREe compared to the 35 or so years I have watched everyone from Frank Reynold to Peter Jennings to Diane Sawyer on ABC (thats what I watch for the liberal slant) I occasionally watch NBC and CBS.. But I didnt make the statement about fox and not mention the others…THAT SIR, IS FAIR AND BALANCED. A concept over your head. Opinions shows, like Beck’s and others ARE NOT intended to be fair and balanced. Just like CTucker is NOT supposed to be fair and balanced. They are opinions.