Churches to lose tax free status?

On radio this morning, Glenn interviewed Pastor Jim Garlow about a new initiative to get pastors to speak up about some of the political issues of the day. And while Glenn certainly doesn't want to have his church telling him where to stand on political issues, he also doesn't want to have the government stifling free speech in church.

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The Blaze has also been covering this story, and you can read their coverage here. Pastor Garlow and Glenn spoke about the event last week on GBTV, and you can get more on this story here.

The full transcript of their interview is below:

I want to bring in Jim gar low. He is the pastor of skyline church in La Mesa, California. He also is part of pulpitfreedom.org. I want you to go there now. This is really going to rely on you helping this movement out. Jim, how are you, sir?

GARLOW: I'm doing well, Glenn. Thank you.

GLENN: You bet. Can you explain exactly what you have planned on October 2nd?

GARLOW: October 2nd across America will be Pulpit Freedom Sunday. Pastors will be free to speak in such a way to defy what's called the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment was enacted by Senate, our U.S. Senate without a single bit of commentary or discussion on a voice vote only when then Lyndon Baines Johnson, then senator of Texas, came back from Texas after a bruising battle for reelection. He was angry at two businessmen who had two nonprofit corporations that opposed him because they thought he was soft on communism. So he added a couple of sentences to the IRS code which said in effect that anyone associated with a 501(c)(3), not‑for‑profit corporation could not oppose or speak out in any way pertaining to political issues or candidates' positions, and the result is for 57 years this law has been not one single time tested in the court because the IRS doesn't want it to be. And so the Alliance Defense Fund, a group of some 2,500 Christian attorneys allied together across America hand‑selected a group of 33 pastors in 2008 who would stand up and intentionally defy it and then record their sermons and send them to the IRS based upon the First Amendment's freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Nothing happened. So the next year 84 pastors in 2009 did the same thing, recorded their sermons and sent them to the IRS; nothing happened. Last year 100 pastors did it. This year somewhere between 400 to 500 pastors have so far signed up and who will be sending in their sermons after they preach October the 2nd, and the whole issue of the Sunday is not whether or not a pastor outlines exactly where our candidate stands or how you should vote. The issue is there should be no government intrusion in the pulpit at all. The government should never tell a pastor how to preach in any way. If people actually believe in separation of church and state, they would affirm the fact that the government should have no capacity to dictate to any individual church or any pastor anywhere what they speak and so that's the purpose of Pulpit Freedom Sunday. People can go to pulpitfreedom.com and there they will see a lot of information about this Sunday, and a tremendous movement is occurring across America.

GLENN: It goes both ways. You can't chase God out of the public square and put the government into the pulpit. You can't. Separation of church and state. You say you don't want God in the public square? You can't ‑‑ you can't have, you know, God in the government, which is not what our founders intended. But you want to make that claim? If you really do believe in separation of church and state, you cannot also then put Uncle Sam in the pulpit. You must have freedom of expression in the pulpit. Get the government out of the churches. I've never said revoke Jeremiah Wright's tax status, never. Never have I said that. You want to attend that church? I think it is a dangerous, dangerous church, and I will speak out about it. But I'm not saying round Jeremiah Wright up. I'm not saying that he is ‑‑ he's breaking the law. I'm not saying that his tax status should be taken away. He's a preacher. If that's the kind of church you want, God bless ya. I think you're sadly, sadly mistaken and on the wrong side. But it is his right to say it in the pulpit. Period.

So now what happens, Jim? You have these ‑‑ you have these pastors who are going to give these sermons and you're going to tape it. What kind of sermons should they be giving?

GARLOW: Well, the example what I'll be preaching that day is I'll walk through the various people who, for example, are running for president right now. I will outline where they stand on the topic of abortion, where they stand on the definition of marriage, where they stand on issues of national debt, where they stand on issues of understanding the nature of taxation. Then I will walk through what I believe the Bible teaches about each of these with a concluding statement of any follower of Jesus Christ would want to vote for people who stay within the framework of biblical mandates from God. Why would a follower of Jesus want to violate what the Bible teaches about these principles?

Now, this interestingly enough doesn't apply just to me as a ‑‑ I happen to be a conservative evangelical pastor. This would apply to leftwing pastors as well who take the opposite position.

GLENN: Jerusalem.

GARLOW: I mean, this gives them complete freedom in the pulpit as well. So it's not just those of us that might be considered conservative. This is complete pulpit freedom regardless of what type of pastor we're speaking of.

GLENN: I have somebody on tonight on GBTV who shall remain nameless at this point but he is a ‑‑ he doesn't agree with me. He doesn't agree with me on policies. But he's a lefty and he's involved.

GARLOW: And another thing, too. People say, oh, well, the church is tax‑exempt, so it should not be. Well, the church was tax‑exempt for 162 years before this ever happened, before the Johnson Amendment in 1954 because we do believe in separation of church and state. The power to tax is the power to destroy and separation between church and state is what separated that. And the irony is there are many tax‑exempt organizations that are called 501(c)s and they have no speech restriction upon themself but only this one category because of this quirk in the law, 501(c)(3) is the code name for churches. Only churches and religious organizations have speech restrictions on them. All the other tax‑exempt organizations, and there are 20 ‑‑ I think 27 different categories, none of them have speech restrictions on them like churches do.

GLENN: Now here's what I want you to do. America, I want you to go talk to your pastor, your church, your priest, your rabbi, I don't care if you're for traditional marriage, against traditional marriage. Doesn't matter to me. You go to them and tell them on October 2nd you give a speech that does talk about politics, that is a poke in the eye at the man. And then you take and you videotape it and they will all be sent to Washington D.C. where Washington D.C. has a rebellion on their hands and they have to either fight this case in the courts and lose or admit that what they have is a sham. But it is time to challenge this and it's time for the pastors and the priests and the rabbis to stop cowering in fear. We'll give you details on that here in just a second. Jim, can you hang on just a second more?

GARLOW: Yeah, sure can.

GLENN: All the information is at pulpitfreedom.org, pulpitfreedom.org.

STU: There's a big story too on The Blaze, Glenn, from this weekend that explains all of this as well.

GLENN: Okay.

STU: So you can get all of it there.

GLENN: Please pass this on to everyone you know. Take that story, go to pulpitfreedom.org, you can see some stuff on it. Also you can go to TheBlaze.com, get a story on it. And more tonight on GBTV. And just one more thought on courage with Jim gar low in just a second.

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GLENN: Let me go back to Jim gar low, pulpitfreedom.org. This is not a left or right issue. This is a right and wrong issue. Does the state have a right to edit the words from the pulpit? Pastors, priests and rabbis, you need to be involved and speak up and speak up now. I'm asking you to get involved if you are just a congregant some place. You just go. You don't have anything to do. I want you to Facebook this, I want you to tweet this message, I want you to get this message out and get it to your pastor, priest or rabbi right away. Pulpit Freedom is Sunday, October 2nd.

Jim gar low, the problem as I see it is too many people in the pulpit are afraid of alienating their flock because they could lose. I mean, they could lose their tithing money and their jobs. So people, shhh, be quiet.

GARLOW: The number one problem in the pulpit is fear, not fear of the IRS. It's fear of people who ‑‑ you've exactly said it right ‑‑ who somehow operate with the cultural myth that the pulpit should be controlled anyway by any kind of government intrusion. Tragically that's wrong and we must educate our parishioners that it's wrong. If the First Amendment means anything, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, it ought to mean that we have freedom in the pulpit. But what happens there? We're not telling a pastor he has to endorse or oppose a candidate. We're simply saying that is a church's decision or a pastor's decision. By the way, the Alliance Defense Fund with its 2500 attorneys is prepared to defend any of these pastors pro bono if the IRS were to come after them. But ironically the IRS has worked hard to keep this out of court and so it's never seen the light of a courtroom in 57 years. It's never been contested. Each time a church comes up to that point, then they ‑‑ the IRS backs away, "We're closing your file, just don't do this again." They don't want to go to court. In 57 years no church has ever lost its tax exemption, but a lot of saber‑rattling goes on. I suppose most people aren't aware that right before an election, we as pastors start getting letters from primarily leftwing organizations saying, you better not speak out; this will be illegal, you'll lose your tax exemption. None of that is true, but that gets mailed to pastors, particularly conservative pastors, to try to silence them. And we say enough of that, that any pastor, conservative or liberal, has the right to speak from the pulpit what they choose based upon the First Amendment. Not based upon what the IRS would dictate.

GLENN: You have between 400 and 500 pastors involved right now. I would like to see that number 600, 700, 800, 1,000 because if there's a real groundswell, the message will be sent to the IRS, which is a weapon in the hands of whichever side is in power, can be used as a weapon. And the weapon of the IRS needs to be taken down.

Do you sense political courage here or spiritual courage from the pastors? Really this is the Black‑Robe Regiment. This is it.

GARLOW: I really do. I'm not naive about this. I know what we face. At the same time one year ago David Barton and I led a 12‑day tour of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. It was called the Next Great Awakening Tour. We went to Harvard, Yale, Princeton and many of the sites ‑‑

GLENN: About 15 seconds.

GARLOW: ‑‑ of the Revolutionary War and we went past the home of Jonas Clark.

GLENN: Hold on just a second, Jim. We've only got about 5 seconds left now. Back in just a second. He can finish up the story. I want you to go to pulpitfreedom.org. Back in a second.

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GLENN: Tonight GBTV.com, having a town hall meeting. I'm bringing you in as a shareholder of GBTV and you will see one of our strategy sessions. We're going to do it on the set. I was in the middle of a meeting today and I said, you know what? Let's bring the audience in on this and everybody kind of got quiet and I said, I know, never been done before on television. Oh, well, this isn't television. This is something completely different. But I need you to be a part of what we're building. I need you to be a part and tell us what you're thinking. You're going to see the beginning of a course and some of the things that I'm thinking on now trying to take GBTV to the next level. We stabilized it by the end of the week on, okay, now we're doing a good television show for you that you are used to. Now comes the ‑‑ now comes the hard part. Now comes the part of doing things that nobody's ever done and making it one on one, interactive and what you need. Join us tonight, GBTV.com. Where you own the dump. So you might as well be involved in planning it, huh? That's tonight, GBTV.com.

Jim gar low is with us. There is pulpit Freedom Sunday happening. Important for you to go, important for you to find out what this is. Go to pulpitfreedom.org, find out what this is and then go viral, please. I think, Pat and I were just talking about it during the break. I think this is a big test quite honestly whether or not the right is ‑‑ if they want to be or can be activists because you have to be at this point. You have to be, or the way of life and your freedom of speech is going to be gone. And I know that's a pretty bold statement, but it is absolutely true. Go to pulpitfreedom.org.

Jim, I just want to wrap up this one story. You and David Barton were going around. I asked you if there was political courage. You said you toured some of the places where the revolution began in the 1700s.

GARLOW: That's correct. It was about a year ago and the high point of the entire trip, it was a twelve‑day tour. We took a group of ‑‑ full busload of people on a tour called the Next Great Awakening Tour but the heighth of it for me was going past the home of Jonas Clark in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was the one where Paul Revere was trying to get to on the night of the famous midnight ride and what intrigued me was the British were going after the pastors and Paul Revere was trying to warn the pastors. It was as you've already spoken about so many times the Black‑Robe Regiment that sparked the revolution, that gave us the freedom we have. And my question today, are the contemporaries of Paul Revere, are they coming back to warn the pastors because those who are attacking truth and freedom and justice are coming after us? Or are we so silent in the pulpit that the seculars who would destroy America as we know it don't even really care about what's going on in the pulpit? And we have a chance on October the 2nd, this coming Sunday, to rise up in America's churches, in America's pulpits and speak with truth. We need to thunder forth the way they did back in the colonies when the pastors would preach an election sermon, annual election sermon, they were three hours long.

GLENN: Hang on a minute.

GARLOW: And I'm to the recommending your pastor try three hours long this weekend. But the point is that the people looked towards those who were to be spokespersons for God to disseminate truth about not only what the Bible says about personal issues, not only what the Bible says about family issues or church life but the Bible speaks to community and national life. National issues that are on the news right now tonight. And we ought to be as pastors articulating what God's will is towards these situations. Silence in the pulpit has harmed us for these last 57 years.

GLENN: Pastor, talk to you again, my friend. Thank you very much. Can you keep me updated on what's happening and what you see on the website, et cetera, et cetera? And pastors can just get involved by going to?

GARLOW: Pulpitfreedom.org. And Glenn, thank you for being a cheerleader for truth and as you've already indicated, people ought to call their pastors and say, do we have a free pulpit? Is our pulpit walking in freedom? We want you to join this movement: Pulpitfreedom.org.

IN PLAIN SIGHT: COVID and mental health

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A lot of times, people drown in plain sight. Largely because most of us haven't been taught what to look for. We're accustomed to the movie version of a person struggling in the water — flailing their arms and shrieking and gymnastic — but in real life drowning is quieter, something you could see and not realize. It's never been harder than it is now, in 2020, as we're all locked indoors, alone, out of sight.

Every year, an estimated one million people worldwide kill themselves. A death every 40 seconds.

America is in the throes of a suicide epidemic, with the highest suicide rate since World War II. Suicide rates have risen 30 percent since 1999, and the number keeps climbing. There were 45,000 suicide deaths in 2016 alone. In 2017, there were 47,000. Roughly 129 people a day.

In 2018, 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide. There were 48,344 recorded suicides. That's roughly one person every 11 minutes. And that's 1,171 more people than the year before. The average American knows 600 people. Meaning, the increase of suicide deaths in one year was more than double the number of people you know. And that's just the difference.

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in this country. It is the second leading cause of death among children, and since 2000, there has been a worrying jump in the suicide rate of 15-to-24-year-olds.

In January, USA Today ran an article about the rising suicide rates, "More and more Americans are dying by suicide. What are we missing?

That was January. Three months before the pandemic sent all of us indoors.

An article in The BMJ, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, points that "Widely reported studies modeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates predicted increases ranging from 1% to 145%." In other words, "We really don't know."

So we can't prove exactly how much damage the pandemic and the lockdowns have caused, or how many suicides there have been this year compared to last year because those numbers will take a while to assemble. But we can get an idea by measuring the scope and prevalence of the conditions that lead to suicide, and they are significantly higher in 2020. Because what's not in doubt is that the pandemic has gravely affected people's mental health.

Affect on Adults

For starters, while suicides tend to drop at the start of pandemics, they quickly increase in response to the conditions of quarantine. It's also true that suicide rates increase during recessions.

A study in Science Advances journal noted that "as the rates of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths increased substantially across the United States, COVID-19–related acute stress and depressive symptoms increased over time in the United States." A CDC report from August found that in 2020 compared to 2019, adults' symptoms of anxiety have tripled and symptoms of depression have quadrupled (24.3% versus 6.5%). Compared to 2018, two different studies concluded that symptoms of depression and "serious psychological distress" are triple the level they were. In fact, the rates of anxiety and depression have been higher throughout the pandemic than "after other large-scale traumas like September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the Hong Kong unrest." Ten percent of Americans surveyed in June said they had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.

French philosopher Albert Camus once wrote that "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Lockdowns

A number of studies warn about the danger posed by lockdowns. One in particular, published in Lancet, summarizes it well: "Most reviewed studies reported negative psychological effects including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger. Stressors included longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma. Some researchers have suggested long-lasting effects."

The report is very clear about how to minimize the harm of quarantine: Give people as much information as possible, reduce boredom, improve communication, emphasize altruism, and keep lockdowns as short as possible.

Affect on Children

The pandemic and the lockdowns have been especially difficult, and even fatal, for one group in particular, but you might not have heard about it because the media is too obsessed with identity politics to stop for a moment and look at the bigger picture. I'm talking about the most important population: Children.

But they aren't dying of Covid. In fact, children are more likely to die of homicides, drowning, or even fires and burns, than they are to die of Covid. The Academy of Pediatrics reported that, as of December 3rd, children accounted for slightly more than 0% of all COVID-19 cases, and even fewer deaths, about 0.11%, about 160 in total. There are still 15 states with zero reported child deaths. They don't even catch it as often: They account for less than 2% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. Even here in America, the nation with the highest infection rates, that number is the same: 2%. And, when they do catch it, the overwhelming majority of them experience either no symptoms or mild symptoms. Another recent study found that, compared to the flu, children play a minimal role in spreading Covid-19, and most children who contract it actually get it from their parents.

So they rarely catch it, they almost never die because of it, and they don't spread it. Yet, according to data from the CDC, the rate of children visiting emergency rooms has skyrocketed. Compared with 2019, the number of 5-11-year-olds is 24% higher, while the rate for 12-17-year-olds is 31% higher. This surge is due to mental health reasons.

According to a ton of studies (Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here), during the pandemic, children of all ages have "had high rates of depression, anxiety, and pos-traumatic symptoms as expected in the aftermath of any disaster."

The reality is unequivocal: The lockdowns and quarantines are bad for children. Certainly much, much worse than the disease itself, a point Donald Trump was heckled by the media for making. We waded through a sea of studies, reports, and articles, and the consensus was so consistent that we shifted our focus to looking for studies that said otherwise.

The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction released a study this month that found that three in four children have reported having depression, and that "the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's mental well-being is worrying 60% of parents, according to a survey by parents with primary-aged children and 87% reported that their children were missing school and less than half stated that their children were feeling lonely, which altogether affects their children's mental health and wellbeing."

One study found that children of all age groups "showed more clinging, inattention, and irritability. However, 3-6 year-olds were more likely to manifest clinginess and fear that family members might contract the infection, while 6-18 year-olds were more likely to show inattention and persistent inquiry." Another study found that "In many households, children who end up staying indoors become restless and, in some cases, violent."

Children need predictability... and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things.

Uncertainty, social isolation, and parental angst. Children need predictability, they need activities, and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things. But, as a result of draconian lockdowns, they have spent much more time in front of screens. They are also more susceptible to sleep disruptions, or "somatic symptoms." And they are at a much higher risk for sexual abuse and domestic abuse, and, without school, unable to escape it.

Like us, they'll be dealing with the long term effects of the pandemic and lockdown for the rest of their lives. The difference is, we're more equipped to handle it.

One report refers to the undue harm lockdowns cause children as "collateral damage," adding that "we all have a responsibility to promote the health and well-being of children at home, and to ask questions and fight for service provision in areas where clinicians are not needed to fight COVID-19 but are needed to protect children."

As a society, it is our duty to protect the defenseless, and there is no group of people more defenseless, yet more important, than children.

German philosopher Kant wrote a lot about suicide. His argument can basically be boiled down to two parts:

1) I ought to do my duty as long as I am alive; and

2) It is my duty to go on living as long as possible.

He used the anecdote of civilization as a human body. We must only harm our body if it's necessary for self-preservation. If a toe is necrotic for whatever reason, we amputate it, so that we can preserve our body, our person, as a whole. Suicide, on the other hand, is an act of destruction. It is harmful, not just to the person it removes from humanity, but to humanity as a whole. Each of us plays a role in making sure that body remains in motion. So, when a person resorts to suicide, they are harming the body, the whole, they are depriving society and humanity. They are severing limbs or slicing our arms. They are robbing us of every good that they would bring.

School

Most European countries have closed their schools. According to UNESCO, 91% of children worldwide have been affected by school closures. A study from Bangladesh found that Bangladeshi children were suffering from higher rates of depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorder. In Italy and Spain, one study determined that 85% of parents have noticed negative changes in their children's emotions and behaviors since the pandemic. In England, deaths by suicide among children increased shortly after the country's first lockdown. In Holland, a study "found that young people reported a significant increase in severe anxiety and sleeping problems during the country's lockdown period." Numerous studies from China found that roughly a quarter of children were suffering from the same symptoms. In India, like many other countries, children are spending so much time in front of screens that experts fear it will lead to "psycho-social problems, like lower self-esteem."

Meanwhile, in Sweden, where schools and childcare centers have remained open, the spread of Covid as a result of children attending school is practically nonexistent. Over the next few years, research will show us exactly how Sweden's no-lockdown approach affected their youth.

The research concludes that children should remain in school.

Overwhelmingly — and I mean overwhelmingly — the research concludes that children should remain in school. Academic articles are known for their boring, long-winded, incomprehensible titles, but not these. Like this one: "Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak."

Children need physical activity, which is crucial to minimizing depression and anxiety. Schools provide structure. Schools are a consistent source for children's nutrition, and a lapse in nutrition can have psychological effects. Schools also provide healthcare.

School closures have also put children at a higher risk of domestic violence or sexual abuse, because "school is a safe space where children can report problems and where signs of abuse can be detected."

Children need community. They need friends. While many adults are at home with their kids, most of us are working, and children left alone on workdays are more likely to have anxiety or depression.

Teenagers

According to the CDC, of every demographic, 18-24-year-olds have been most affected, with 75% of respondents in that age range reporting at least one negative mental health symptom. One-quarter said they were using more drugs and alcohol to cope with pandemic-related stress, and another one-quarter said they had "seriously considered suicide" in the previous 30 days.

No prom. No graduation. No church. No dates. No birthday parties — birthdays spent alone. No games. No homecoming. No extracurricular clubs. No sports. No Spring Break — no vacations at all. No funerals, although there are plenty of people being buried.

Teenagers in lockdown are more concerned about their more basic needs. They feel less connected to other people. They are learning less and spending less time on school work. In other words, they are hurting, and bad.

The number of studies that back this up is daunting.

Three papers (Here, Here, and Here) determined that older adolescents suffer more symptoms of depression than younger ones and children. Another study describes the "collective trauma" that the lockdowns have had on teenagers.

The National 4-H Council found that:

●81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S., and 64% of teens believe that the experience of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation's mental health.

●7 in 10 teens have experienced struggles with mental health.

●55% of teens say they've experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression.

●61% of teens said that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased their feeling of loneliness.

●82% of teens calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health issues in this country.

Life has always been hard for teenagers, but even before the pandemic, it has been especially rough on American teenagers, who are twice as likely "today to have more anxiety symptoms and twice as likely to see a mental health professional as teens in the 1980s.

Here's how the conversation went on radio:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: The politics of COVID-19 is DESTROYING our children youtu.be


On "Glenn TV" this week, Megyn Kelly, host of the "Megyn Kelly Show," told Glenn Beck she believes the Democrats' talk of unity is "all nonsense" and forecasted the "death of journalism" under a Biden administration.

Megyn cited President Joe Biden's unwillingness to make concessions that would help unify Democrats and Republicans as an example of how much he actually cares about unity, and added that, while she's all for lowering the political temperature in America, she also believes there are some personal freedoms that are worth fighting for.

"What's happening substantively is worth fighting for and it's not going to go away just because [Biden] gave a nice speech," Megyn said.

"I will object. I will protect my family and what I think is right over Joe Biden's need for unity, which is false anyway. 'Unify behind my agenda' is not a real call for unity," she added.

Megyn said she believes the Left has reached too far and "awakened a sleeping giant" in reference to the silent majority who should speak up, speak out, and refuse to be silenced any longer.

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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