"KONY 2012" explodes over social media - What is it?

Over the past few days, almost anyone connected to social media has seen a video called "Kony 2012" show up in their feeds. Twitter, Facebook have been dominated by the video, and it has been picked up by most major news sites. But what is it? What is it's mission? And why do you need to look at it with a critical eye?

"KONY 2012" is the latest documentary from a 501 (c) 3 organization known as The Invisible Children. According to their Facebook page, "Invisible Children uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in Central Africa to peace and prosperity."

You can watch their powerful documentary below:

"This is a really well done documentary," Glenn said. "It is the Joseph Kony story."

Joseph Kony is an incredibly evil rebel leader who has operated and Africa, and mostly in Uganda, for over a quarter of a decade. He leads the LRA, the Lord's Resistance Army, which is primarily made of children who were abducted from their homes. The male children are turned into soldiers, while the female children are forced into sexual slavery. It cannot be stated how bad of a man Koney is. But despite how bad of a guy he is, he is relatively unknown to the general population. The documentary above aims to increase his notoriety and fame so that people demand action be taken against him.

Since it debuted, the video has received 38,954,272 on YouTube as of this writing.

"All across the world and all across America they are asking you to put up posters of this Joseph Kony to convince Congress that we have to go in there with full military might," Glenn said.

Despite the noble goals outlined in the film, Glenn told the audience they needed to look at it with a critical eye.

"This is the way the progressives do it. This is the way Bernays does it. This is the way Cass Sunstein does it. This is the way you build a dictator. You get somebody -- you get something so outrageous and then you just use it," Glenn said.

Stu added that this is undeniably a horrible and serious issue, but "as we've seen from many people in the administration, they do look to take advantage of crisis, crises."

"I believe that they didn't create this crisis. They found this crisis. Maybe somebody really actually believes in this crisis. I think these guys could be dead inside in the White House but I mean, it's a shocking, horrible thing that should be stopped," Stu added.

American troops are already in Uganda, but were sent without Congressional approval and without a justification of how it impacted the United States.

Complaints have also emerged that the video simplifies the situation and is misleading.

"Like I told my kids, we watched it with my two boys last night and we talked about it afterwards and I said, you know, yes, 66,000 children being kidnapped and used in some warlord's army, horrifying, awful thing. We'd love it to stop. Here's the problem. It's a much more complicated mess than they lead you to believe on the 30-minute video," Pat said.

The Telegraph reports:

But Kony and his diminishing troops, many of them kidnapped child soldiers, fled northern Uganda six years ago and are now spread across the jungles of neighbouring countries.

“What that video says is totally wrong, and it can cause us more problems than help us,” said Dr Beatrice Mpora, director of Kairos, a community health organisation in Gulu, a town that was once the centre of the rebels’ activities.

“There has not been a single soul from the LRA here since 2006. Now we have peace, people are back in their homes, they are planting their fields, they are starting their businesses. That is what people should help us with.”

Joseph Kony, a former church altarboy, has spread terror through eastern and central Africa for almost three decades, as he has pursued an aimless war that has killed thousands of people and at one point forced hundreds of thousands from their homes.

Glenn drew comparisons to the situation in Egypt. He said, "We knew about Mubarak. We shouldn't have been propping him up. We knew about him. It's awful. But who's replacing Mubarak? Is it going to be better? No. It's not. It's going to be far, far worse. For not just Egyptians but the entire Middle East. And maybe the world. That's the kind of thing that you need to do and that's why you put a viral video out, you get all of the people who just think with their heart. You know what we need to do? We need to pray, we need to work together, we need to find out about it ourself, find out how we can help, find out how our churches can help. But you don't just say, "Oh, my gosh, this has to be stopped" and send troops in there."

"It's dangerous when you get a situation like this because this one seems very serious. But you're (Glenn) right. When you have the sort of social networking push, you have a slick presentation, a lot of times people don't think about the repercussions of how you deal with those situations," Stu said.

"Again, I have nothing on this Kony thing except it just doesn't feel right to me," Glenn added.

When they returned from a break, Glenn wanted to emphasize that he only had a feeling that something was off with the documentary.

"We're having conversation off the air that I think is important to have on the air and that is, look, I'm not saying this is Obama-funded although you could do ten minutes of work and I'll bet you you'll find somebody involved with Soros behind it, but I could be wrong. This isn't an accusation. This is a warning and -- to all Americans: Stay vigilant. Nothing is as it appears."

"Investigate and question everything," Glenn added.

The Blaze has looked into the video further, and you can read their praise and criticism HERE

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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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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