Glenn defends 'mean' basketball team

Let’s be honest, Glenn doesn’t know a whole about sports. He couldn’t tell you who is going to the Superbowl this year, and probably thinks Joe Namath is a host on CNN. Nevertheless, he knows the value of sports and competition, especially for kids, and a story out of Utah shows the ways in which these values are being undermined in favor of "social justice".

Pat explained, “There is girls basketball, both high school basketball teams. One girls' basketball team beat another in Utah 108-3. Now, the coach of the winning team said, Look, you know, I wasn't trying to pile on, but I didn't want to insult them by, you know, placating them, by condescending them. I didn't want to rub it in by making it look like we couldn't, you know, compete with them because they were too bad and I agree with that.”

“They weren't playing the first string. So, they weren't playing as hard as they could. I mean, they could have left their first stringers in there and just pounded them into the -- probably could have scored 200 points. They didn't do that, but don't treat them like they're morons. Don't treat the other people like, oh, here. We're going to let you win,” Glenn added.

Glenn said that the only way to get better and improve is to overcome loss, and he tries to teach that lesson to his own children.

“Raphe is my only son and he is very, very smart, really smart. He is always looking to cut corners, as kids always do. You give them an opportunity to cut a corner and get away with something and they will. He's really very clever and, also, is addicted to winning. He's always, I won, I won. And I'm trying to teach him, no, it's not if you win or lose, it's how you play the game,” Glenn explained.

Unless it’s sports (Glenn loses at sports no matter what), Glenn doesn’t let Raphe win.

“I know that's not a surprise, but I kick his butt. I never let him win because I think he is smart enough to know when I'm letting him win and I never want him to see me say, Daddy let him win. No. I want him to earn the wins. I don't rub his face into it. I say, Man, that was a good game. I kicked your butt, but one way you're going to kick mine. Come on. Do you want to do it again? And that's the way it should be, because I'm teaching him that it doesn't come from winning or losing and when you do win, it means something,” Glenn said.

“Like when you're playing your older brother in basketball year after year after year and he always beats you, eventually you cross that threshold where you're able to beat him. It's a huge moment in your life,” said Stu.

Anyone who just lets someone else win is doing his or her opponents a disservice.

“Not just the winning team but the losing time learns so much. You learn that, okay I have to practice harder. I have to get better. Next time I don't want them to beat us 108-3. I want to keep them under 100 points and then, you know, eventually you'll get better,” Pat said.

Glenn brought it all back to social justice (editor’s note: you’re not surprised, are you?)

“Let me tell you something. It is not just the media that is making a big deal out of this. The media is more than happy to pick up the slack and destroy our country, but there is a bigger issue and there is a bigger hand involved and it is the social justice nonsense,” Glenn said.

“These are people who actually believe in this social justice, no competition, strip our kids of everything that could have them survive,” he added.

“For two generations we have been a society that has always walked into McDonald's and there's been food. We have always walked into a grocery store and there's always been food on the shelves. We've always relatively had jobs. We've never wanted or waited for anything, anything. While that's been going on, we've been teaching our kids that somebody else has your stuff, somebody else has your job, somebody else that your life, somebody else has too much and you have nothing. We're teaching them all of that.”

“We're teaching them all of the wrong things and if we're not doing it at home, then I can guarantee you they are learning it firsthand in school,” Glenn concluded.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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