Now that Restoring Courage has come to a close, Glenn can now reveal some of the secret backstage stories that he couldn’t reveal beforehand. Now, you’re probably wondering how Glenn could ever possibly keep a secret, and it shocked his staff too! But today on radio he told the stories of a few people who made it to the event and some that had to cancel, not because they wanted to but because they felt they had to.
“I have to tell you some of the stories that I wasn't able to tell you before and let's start with this. Yesterday, if you watched the broadcast on GBTV, if you watched the whole event that unfolded at the Temple Mount, what you -- what you may not know is how many people canceled at the last minute and not because they were, you know, I'm not going to stand with him, none of that. The reason why they canceled is because they were under death threat,” Glenn revealed.
“I said on the podium yesterday when we read a letter from a sheik, a Muslim sheik, that this individual wrote this letter but wasn't willing to come on stage to read it because he knew the minute he left the Temple Mount, he would be killed, he and his family would come under threat.”
“But what you didn't know and we couldn't say is that the choir that you heard yesterday, if you watched this event, was a choir that we cobbled together as of Sunday. We had had a choir that had been working for over a month and at the last minute, right at sabbath, sundown on Friday, right before then, they were called in and they were told that if they did proceed and they did go on the stage, the political pressure was going was growing so large that they would be dismissed and they would most likely never work again. The choir had a meeting and they didn't know what to do because they believed in the program that we were doing.”
“One of the guys who was one of the orchestrators of the music and one of the guys who was there from the get-go was a guy who, you know, I didn't know, most people wouldn't know, but if you -- you know, if you're in those circles of music in the industry, in classical music and serious musicians, you know this guy. He was told he would never work again. It tore him up to not be there, but he had to make the decision with his family.”
“But one of the more interesting stories is we could not get an Arab to perform, a Muslim to stand on stage. The only Arab that stood with us is a guy who is a minister, a pastor, a Christian and he has his church in Bethlehem. This guy's life is threatened every day, especially on Sundays, and he's -- he stood and he gave the prayer at the end, but he was the only Arab.”