The amazing stories behind the 8.24 participants

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.”

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

Watch the full interview with Douglas Murray below:



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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

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Everything comes down to the two Senate runoffs in Georgia. If we lose both races, we lose the country. Democrats know this and are pouring in millions to usher in a Marxist agenda.

As the Left tries to hide how radical the two candidates really are, Glenn takes us inside the Democrat war room to expose the wolf in pastor's clothing, Raphael Warnock, and America's Justin Trudeau, Jon Ossoff. Socialism, the Green New Deal, and "defund the police" are all on the table. And Glenn warns of what's to come if conservatives don't activate: Chuck Schumer will weaponize the Senate, and the radical Left will launch an all-out assault to ravage the Constitution.

Watch the full special below:

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