Have we lost the true meaning of courage?

The First Lady has invited several people to sit in her box during tonight’s State of the Union including survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing and the Moore, Oklahoma fire chief. Her most high profile guest, however, will be former NBA player Jason Collins, who became the first professional athlete to announce that he is gay.

TheBlaze reports Collins played for six NBA teams over his 12-year professional career averaging less than three points per game. After his announcement in April, President Obama called Collins to say he “couldn’t be prouder” of him.

While Glenn has no problem with Collins or the First Lady’s decision to invite him to the State of the Union, Glenn did question what qualifies as ‘courage’ in today’s society.

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“Can I ask you a question? I mean we’re not living in Iran. We’re living in the West. We haven’t erased hatred by any stretch of the imagination. But… what makes people heroic is when they stand up against power, [and] the power in this country is all progressive,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “What I’m saying is: You’re not being a hero really anymore coming out and saying, you know, ‘I don’t believe in God.’ There’s nobody in power that is going to silence you.”

Glenn explained that he views Collins coming out of the closet much in the way he view the election of President Obama – it is a milestone, but that fact alone should not dictate the conversation.

“I feel the same way [about Collins] that I did when the President was elected. I don’t know anybody who is racist. I know that racists exist. I know that racism is a human disease,” Glenn said. “And it was a cool milestone that the President is black and he was elected president of the United States. That’s a cool milestone. Good. We checked that box. We got it. It shows America doesn’t care about the color of your skin.”

“[Some could claim] Martin Luther King’s idea of ‘judge me by the content of my character, not the color of my skin’ [box] has been checked. I don’t think it has been, quite honestly, because I don’t think we judge the man on the content of the character,” he continued. “I think a lot of people voted for him for the color of his skin. A lot of white people said, ‘You know what? I’m not racist. I’m for him.’ I don’t think they even know his character.”

We used to judge people based on the content of their character, but we have become too concerned with checking off the politically correct box to really judge a person’s performance objectively.

“We’re starting to judge people now not on the content of their character, we’re judging people on: Can we check the right box,” Glenn explained. “Are you pro-abortion? Are you homosexual? Are you black? Are you a minority of some sort? Are you a protected class of some sort? Because if you are, well, then you’re in. This is your time, I guess. That’s what it’s being made to feel like… [But] most Americans don’t think that way.”

As society has evolved, in many cases what was once considered courageous or against the grain is now widely accepted.

“The ones who are really truly heroes and brave now are the ones who peacefully stand up and say: God bless everybody. I’m totally fine with whatever, but let’s judge people on the content of their character. Not their sexuality. Not the color of their skin. Not any of that,” Glenn concluded. “Let’s judge people on the content of their character. And I have a right to disagree. You’re a hero when you have a lot to lose by standing up… What’s courageous is somebody who goes against the grain.”

  • Anonymous

    Martin Luther King was right, its not the color of ones skin that makes the person, rather, its the content of our character. More and more, by the choices made from the Obama family, and by that I mean, when the president said publicly, he could not be more proud of a gay-man who just announced to the world, his obsession with perversion. And now, this same degenerate individual, has been personally invited by the presidents wife, to sit in none-other than her own private box, to view the address of the nation.

    That one single bad choice, by itself, has given more than enough evidence and proof, of where our nation is headed…more and more, we further slip away from the Godly principles set down by our forefathers and written within the documents that describe who we “were” and unfortunately, who we no longer are.

    So go ahead Mr President, talk all you want this evening, but your actions are much stronger than your words, maybe it would serve our people better, if in tonight’s presentation, you stand mute.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    “Every man is scared in his first battle. If he says he s not he s a liar. Some men are cowards but they fight the same as the brave men or they get the hell slammed out of them watching men fight who are just as scared as they are. The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared.

    Some men get over their fright in a minute under fire. For some it takes an hour. For some it takes days. But a real man will never let his fear of death overpower his honor his sense of duty to his country and his innate manhood.

    Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best and it removes all that is base.”
    ― George S. Patton Jr.

    Let’s no longer fear these Liberal elitist.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps it would clear things up to understand why Barack Obama was elected, at least the first time. Simply, voters from all parties are fed up with the the corporate sponsored Republican party and their idiocy in selecting ‘leaders’. It was not about race although many want to suggest it was. The courage it took Obama to run in the first place was proof enough of character and the idea of change was on the table. Sadly, Barack Obama has failed as President of the United States. A simple constitutional test will prove this out:

    The preamble of our Constitution is the very cornerstone of our government and it clearly states the reason for establishing our governing bodies, among these ‘to secure the blessing of liberty for ourselves and our posterity’. Nowhere in the constitution does it say we established our governing bodies to secure the blessings of liberty for every wayward nation we can send our soldiers to die for or everyone we can drag across the border to take our jobs. Nowhere in the constitution does it say we established our government to insure a higher corporate profit margin or to make a non living entity such as a corporation equal to a living citizen. While President Obama inherited these issues, he has failed to make a change that makes any real difference.

    Sadly, the Republicans are still not offering an answer and if they did would we recognize it? I fear the words of Walter Cronkite in one of his last interviews may be accurate, the American people may not posses the intelligence to vote in good leaders. I hope we can prove that wrong.

  • Becky Rangel

    Amen!! I have been thinking this EXACT thing!

  • Becky Rangel

    Awesome! Funny because I have been thinking this exact thing recently. What use to be courageous is now becoming the norm. Now, I believe being courageous is coming out as a Christian & standing up for your beliefs. Christians are bullied in the public arena EVERY DAY. Look what happened to Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty! Perfect example! Thank God their show is so successful. If that were someone else, who knows what would’ve happened?! Look what happened to the woman who was competing for Miss America & when the gay judge, knowing her Christian values, asked her her stance on gay marriage. When she stated her beliefs, she was horribly persecuted & obviously lost the crown. I could go on & on with stories of people being bullied, persecuted, ridiculed, & harassed for standing up for their beliefs. Where is the equality sentiment here?? Where is the tolerance?? Why are Christians hated so much?? I’ll tell you why. One answer. The devil. It’s his whole reason for being. His whole mission. To keep as many souls from going to heaven as possible. If he can pervert God’s message, take it out of context, & twist it into something bad to unknowing humans, then he has won. If he can take people who believe in God & call themselves Christians & cause them to say or do horrible things, to make them falter, so people will say Wow THAT’S a Christian? No thanks! Then, he’s won. If you TRULY have a relationship with God, you will not set that bad example. This is such a serious issue!! Talk the talk & walk the walk!! I knew when I had my business that I couldn’t really talk about God. It was so hard. I always believed but wasn’t living right. The devil had me right where he wanted me. It feels SO GOOD to be on track now! To be centered! Everything makes sense now! I am NOT perfect & never will be! Not claiming that whatsoever. But I am striving to be everything God intended for me to be & it feels GREAT!! I’m ALL IN!! ALL OR NOTHING! FULL FORCE!! HERE I AM GOD! USE ME IN ANY WAY YOU NEED!! Anyway, real courage is standing up for your beliefs-especially when you’re going against the grain. When you’re being ridiculed, harasses, & bullied. When you feel all alone standing there. THAT is courage!! I AM NOT AFRAID OF THIS WORLD!! I fear & love God more than man! Glenn is onto something here =)

  • Anonymous

    Yeah. A real hero is Tom Perkins who compares being rich to being like a persecuted Jew in 1938 Germany … you are so gross, dude.

  • Robert

    OK, I’ll bite. Been a Left Leaning Liberal my whole life and now realize their is middle ground so am trying to listen to the other side. What do you mean by “Godly principles set down by…who we no longer are.” This is probably the biggest item I am having difficulty wrapping my head around.

  • Anonymous

    YOU are onto something as well. It’s not easy being a Christian in a totally degenerate society that is in complete denial of said degeneracy. I like to express my faith in God to people. I find great pleasure in doing so. The easiest way to go about sharing your faith to a hostile world is to not care what anyone thinks about your faith. We need only to care about what God thinks of our faith. I haven’t seen your name in these Glenn Beck threads too often. That’s a shame because I’d like to see you here again :) Laus deo and have a good day!

  • Anonymous

    There used to be a day in America when our citizens could actually govern themselves, using the high standards found in the bible. But today, more of us have forgotten our history, or worse yet, never new our history and by that lack of national heritage, our course has been altered. We are no longer the same people or nation. We have quickly become a god-less nation. What feels right, now overrides what is right.

    There used to be a day in America – and not so long ago – that grass was something that was mowed, coke was a cold drink, pot was something your mother cooked in, rock music was your grandmothers lullaby, aids were helpers at the principles office, gay referred to a happy person and no one thought the worse for admiring a rainbow. Today our values have become shallow and distorted. Our people conduct their lives with aimless passion with no one at the helm to guide the ship

  • Anonymous

    It starts with Reconstruction. After the Civil War ended, a bunch of white southern men were slaughtering black men and accusing them (falsely) of raping their women. A lot of people, judges, preachers, fellow Confederate soldiers, and others, helped finance these men to run to Texas as fugitives and to start an organization to supposedly defend the South from the free running black slaves who they thought would be angry at past wrongs and create problems in the South. They met up in Austin and became what is known as the KKK. A group of lawyers and politicians who defended their right to lynch innocent black men became what is today known as the Democratic Party. About 100 years later, the Republican party of Abraham Lincoln’s origin (who of course freed the slaves) wrote up the original drafts of the civil rights bill to end segregation against black America. Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson wouldn’t sign the bill until it included clauses for women’s rights as well. He then took credit for the Civil Rights Act, which he did not originally bring forth. It never ends, today the Tea Party is called racist and “teabaggers” and every Republican who speaks out against the entitlement mentality is branded racist. Can’t you see the hypocrisy of the Left? It’s the Alpha and the Omega of American politics. That’s why we Conservatives are getting a little sick of being called the opposite of what we really are at every single solitary juncture in American history.

  • Anonymous

    Jason Collins, you admitted your sexual orientation, how courageous. Hey, I’ll do it too! I find women beautiful, I have a wife and I’ll confess, we have sex! I’m courageous too! Yay!

  • Anonymous

    1 Peter 5:8 says: Be sober and be vigilant because your adversary the devil – as a roaring lion – walks about seeking whom he may devour.

    Rather than always reporting on the deeds of our “Roaring Lion” ( Messianic Obama) what might happen if Christian or Jewish reporters and entrepreneurs on Fox News capitalized on this failure by regularly airing the hidden dangers written in the Progressive Socialists Manifesto? German Jews who experienced the ”messianic” Hitler would be the most help!

    Fox News only reports on symptoms and has no courage to report causes.

  • Anonymous

    …but something tells me, you won’t be personally invited to the State of the Union address…

  • Robert

    Having taught school for 23 years I am dismayed at your bastardization of History. A simple internet search would suffice. I lean even more firmly left after being exposed. Have a wonderful evening.

  • Robert

    Thank you for your time. I don’t feel that America ever governed itself on Biblical standards. I have watched, as you, a significant change in the pulse of America. As a 60 year veteran of the Southern Baptist Association I have experienced the 1950′s Hellfire and Damnation Brigade to the 2010 Love the sinner movement. What has not changed through all this is God. I am surrounded by people of God and what feels right is prayer and then the most difficult part of all, being quiet enough to know if there is an answer. Too many people have decided that if they yell loud enough they have won. In my day we were taught to sit quietly until the foolish grew tired of their noise and decided to listen. That is the most sad change to me. That we are unable to hold civil conversations because we are so busy preparing our response to the speaker. Please do not count me in your “used to be” or “have become”, for that would suggest I have surrendered. I understand your sentiment, but the days of $0.29/gal gas and $0.18 loaves of bread are gone. I am confident that the Captain of the ship is still there. You just may have to look a bit harder to see Him.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, the president is proud of someone who comes “out of the closet” and calls that man having COURAGE! I have heard that word being used in many instances but never in that way. The dictionary defines courage as “mental or moral strength, to persevere and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. It takes courage for a soldier to go on with his life after a terrorist attack (Fort Hood and Benghazi for example), or seeing your best friend being killed on the battlefield. But, using that word in the manner Obama did is totally misplaced.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a little dismayed that a teacher has no concept of reality. The original abolitionists were Republicans. Slavery was held onto with the mantra of “state’s rights.” The seats were filled generation after generation into what is now the Democrats. Apparently you’ve never read Gone With the Wind. There is a ton of evidence to corroborate the narrative of that book and the things that went on. I hope history isn’t your subject, because then you have been lying to children.

  • Anonymous

    I’d turn the invitation down in a heartbeat. ORRR…I’d only go if I got to listen to my iPod (headphones on loud) and take selfies.

  • Anonymous

    “Just one year prior [to passage of the civil rights act], the same Congress had passed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibited wage differentials based on sex. The prohibition on sex discrimination was added to the Civil Rights Act by Howard W. Smith, a powerful Virginia Democrat who chaired the House Rules Committee and who strongly opposed the legislation. Smith’s amendment was passed by a teller vote of 168 to 133. Historians debate Smith’s motivation, whether it was a cynical attempt to defeat the bill by someone opposed to both civil rights for blacks and women, or an attempt to support their rights by broadening the bill to include women.”

  • Anonymous

    Our founders realized the importance of self governance. Something that might be considered a by-gone-era. Our first citizens were guided by concepts found in the bible. One of the most important reasons for coming to America was the hope inspired by the freedom of religion.

    Before that time, one was either Roman Catholic, or Presbyterian, anyone else, having a difference of opinion, was frowned upon, if not persecuted. So our founders and the early Americans did cherish the sacred writings found only in the Bible and they governed their own personal lives by the concepts found within.

    The problem of course, of living in a free society , especially one having the freedom of religion, that very concept opens wide the door for everything under the sun to be considered religion, rather it be solely based on greed and stupidity or not. That then, creates a new set of problems altogether, where mass confusion enters the picture. Now the one true and simple truth of God is squired in mass confusion and if everyone of these tax-free organizations, boast, that their particular “gospel” is absolute, then is it any wonder that there are more turning away from the idea of God, than at any other time in our history.

    I believe the captain of the ship has traveled to a far country, he placed men in charge of his estate while he was absent. My concern is, what shape will it be in upon his return.

  • Anonymous

    ..I can see it now….you and Michelle…cheek to cheek…you will bring your Smokey Robinson won’t you(?)….tears of a clown…just sayin….Z

  • Cathy den Boer

    God
    himself is increasing and progressing in knowledge, power, and dominion, and will
    do so, worlds without end.” Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Discourses Vol.
    6:120

  • Cathy den Boer

    As man is, God once was; as God is, man may
    become.

    Author: Lorenzo Snow

    Source: Gospel Through The Ages

    Chapter: 43

    Page: 105

  • Cathy den Boer

    And inasmuch as mine enemies come against you … ye shall
    curse them; And whomsoever ye curse, I will curse, and ye shall avenge me of
    mine enemies (Doctrine and Covenants, 103:24-25).

  • Bundle Up

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  • melissa

    Yeah, my thought is what’s with the obsession over gays and lesbians? I’m a Southern raised, Rust Belt born Libertarian Conservative, and I don’t get the obsession with one’s sex life. It’s big government just as much as the left is capable of.

  • Fat Lip

    And it will be as it was in the beginning the pain of birth is not just a mothers courage will be tested in us all and then we will see who is tuff and who will get on there knees and be humbled and ask for courage !

  • wcjarman

    I like this definition of courage. Courage is obedience to a clarified philosophy. When your personal philosophy is identified and you obey that philosophy, you naturally stand up for correct principles and values if that is part if your personal philosophy.

  • Anonymous

    Power Corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely! Absolute power destroys those who are intimidated by it.