Anti-Semitism, a growing evil that weighs heavy on the heart and mind of Glenn Beck, has been rising inside our own shores in recent months. Anti-Jewish vandalism in Brooklyn in mid January and arsonists who targeted a Rabbi's home in New Jersey, are just two examples amongst a handful of anti-Semitic attacks to take place in the tri-state area in recent months.
Attacks like these caused Glenn to stay in New York following his trip to Europe. Glenn gave a speech at a Fundraiser for the Gush Katif Museum last night in Brooklyn, NY.
Gush Katif was a cluster of 21 communities in the Gaza Strip which were vital to Israeli border security according to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. In 2005, however, Israel withdrew from Gush Katif under then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Along with displacing 9,000 residents from their homes, Israel lost a thriving agricultural zone with 4,000 greenhouses. Last night's event served not only as a fundraiser for the Gush Katif museum in Jerusalem, but also to assist traumatized families still hurting from their forced evacuation.
After being introduced to the stage twice as “fearless,” Glenn humbly informed the attendees of the banquet that this statement was an “out and out lie,” saying “I am afraid, but more afraid of going against what my God tells me to do. I am more afraid of what the world will look like if people don't stand up. I don't want to live in a world that has gone insane again. Israel is in trouble—in grave, grave trouble, but, more importantly, the Jewish people are in trouble yet again.”
Referring to the mad-man who the world ignored in 1938 until it was too late, Glenn explain that this time around not only are people ignoring the mad men, who are telling us exactly what they are going to do, but the media is complicit. “It is dangerous,” Glenn said.
A central theme in this speech and one Glenn says changed his life, are the words of Thomas Jefferson in a letter to his nephew, Peter Carr.
“Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.” Thomas Jefferson
So many Americans, and people all around the world, take the media, their governments, and even their professors at their word—failing to notice that there are holes in their arguments where the facts should be. People are no longer “questioning with boldness,” and because of this evil growing amongst us and very few take note, and those that do question until they find the truth are called “controversial.” Beck noted the insane stigma the media gave him for saying that George Soro’s was not a friend of Israel. He was even referred to as a “Jew-loving anti-Semite.”
Glenn took some time on this public stage to clarify his previous statements, saying “let me apologize for that statement… I don't think I said it loud enough. Georg Soros is not a friend of Israel’s, and if people would question with boldness, they would realize that this administration is not a friend of Israel's either.” Glenn followed that up by pointing out that “that is not a political statement, that is just simply the truth.”
“It has happened 109 times,” Glenn said, in reference to the persecution of the Jewish people. “Why? Because no one will recognize the seeds,” he added.
Glenn, who has a deep passion for history, traveled as far as Auschwitz last summer trying to discover how to stop evil from growing amongst seemingly good and decent people. He found the answer to his question after speaking with an elderly woman, Paulina, one of the Righteous Among The Nations. Her answer for Glenn? First of all, God. Second, You can’t just become righteous overnight. The righteous just chose not to go over the cliff.
No one hopes to be wrong more than Glenn, but his questions is, “What if I’m right?”
“Evil is growing and people are asleep,” Glenn added, citing Occupy Wall Street as an example. The media ignores the evil in these protests; the assaults, the rapes, the violence. “It will get worse if we don’t stand up and stand together,” Glenn said.
Glenn held the event Restoring Courage this past summer in Jerusalem to send a message to the world that Israel was not alone, and that he stands with the Jewish people. Last week, in the midst of the Obama Administrations attack against the Catholic Church, Glenn traveled to the Vatican to speak with officials of the Church. Like Glenn said in August, that he “stands with Israel,” he sends the same message to the Catholics.
Glenn centered the focus on the new “civil rights movement,” one that he has been building up to unknowingly for the past three years, studying different leaders of civil rights movements: Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Today's leaders have taken the words of these leaders and twisted them to fit their own agendas, noting that today's “civil rights movements” is a “sham.”
“The left says that so-called civil rights leaders of today say they stand for women, yet they help hide the rapes at Occupy Wall Street. They say they stand for the oppressed, and yet they stand with the killers at Itimar, they say they're for free speech…believe me I know this one to be true… they will silenced, slander, smear or destroy anyone who differs with them.” Glenn continued with a powerful statement saying, “many times I find it difficult to see the different between the so-called civil rights leaders and the terrorist, and the killers, the dictators, and the thugs, they claim to be against.”
Glenn points out that, “This is why they will fail.”
“The Truth has power and the Truth is His,” he added.
“It is an honor to be born, because we have the opportunity,” Glenn reiterated. “It is a time for giants.”
“You can hide a Jew from the wickedness of man, but you can't hid a man from the justice of God,” Glenn said. Fundraisers, words and speeches, are no longer good enough. We have to trust God, unite and stand together, defend one another's freedom, and be a force for good.
Glenn, who has recently transitioned from being the man sounding the alarm to a leading a movement of service and charity with his new non-profit Mercury One, knows the magnitude of the forces he is standing against, and that without God we won't make it.
Glenn used the example of Joshua, from the Old Testament, who had to have faith in God against unbelievable odds. Glenn said, “The walls of Jericho came peacefully down. All they had to do was follow God, even when it didn't make any sense.” Adding, “they linked arms and marched… (sound familiar?)”
Like God told Joshua before he moved forward with his seemingly impossible feat to bring down the walls of Jericho, courage and truth in Him are the only way to overcome the obstacles that lay ahead.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“We have a chance to be our highest self,” Glenn said, “but it is time for action.”
Being George Washington's Birthday, Glenn concluded by reading a letter he wrote to the Hebrew congregation in Rhode Island.
The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship.
It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for, happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.
It would be inconsistent with the frankness of my character not to avow that I am pleased with your favorable opinion of my administration and fervent wishes for my felicity.
May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants—while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid. - George Washington