Glenn reacts to Chick-Fil-A controversy: What happened to free speech?

The past few days and weeks have seen fast food chain Chick-Fil-A  embroiled in controversy over the owner's comments expressing support for traditional marriage. But the debate has quickly focused squarely on freedom of speech. While the left claims to be clamoring for diversity, the most important type of diversity is being lost - diversity of thought and opinion. While the left claims anyone who disagrees with their position are hatemongers, the truth is that many who supported Chick-Fil-A are standing up for the right of a private business owner to openly their opinions and values without being greeted with hate and vitriol from those who disagree. On radio, Glenn reacted the controversy and explained what was really happening as this story becomes a bigger part of the national conversation.

Glenn opened the monologue by making it very clear that this controversy is not about gay marriage or intolerance, explaining that he doesn't want to surround himself with anyone who would hate another person if they were gay.

"This is not about homosexuality.  This is about the First Amendment.  It's the right to speak your mind on a controversial subject, especially in a respectful way, and still continue to be able to maintain your livelihood," Glenn explained.

"Tolerance does not put people out of business.  To speak up without fear of prosecution or persecution or ruin.  You should be able to speak your mind.  That's why hundreds of thousands of Americans, just everyday Americans, stood up," he said.

"We have said nothing for too long.  Meanwhile the actual hatred and bigotry coming from the other side has been nothing short of shocking.  The viciousness of the tweets about those going to Chick‑fil‑A yesterday, wishing death and disease on the participants.  It's yet another wake‑up call, America."

"There's no difference between those people that were tweeting those things and the Westboro Baptist Church.  There's no difference.  From the 'God hates fags' and the 'God hates the Chick‑fil‑A' people. There's no difference.  It's the same hatred, just a different cause, a different mask.  A different side."

"Hatred has many facets.  As does tolerance.  Most of us have finally realized that respect and tolerance are not the goals with most of these people.  Because tolerance for the most part has already been achieved.  It's been achieved over generations of people struggling just to say "I am a man."  Most of our children don't hate black people, don't hate white people.  Most of our children don't hate homosexuals, don't hate straight people.  They don't hate people.  Most of our children are not filled with hate.  If we have a problem with our children, it's not that they hate.  It's that they don't care."

Glenn took particular issue with the idea that political spin of this controversy. While the left is trying to push this as a civil rights issue and that somehow Chick-Fil-A is oppressing an entire minority group because their owner made a comment about supporting traditional marriage - never mentioning gay marriage - the truth is that this controversy is being used to shut down the voices of those who don't agree with the left.

"And you know why most of this is happening?  It's not even really about homosexuality.  It's not about chicken sandwiches.  It's about a stupid election.  They're dividing us again for election points," Glenn explained.

"But the goal now is to get somebody elected, and the goal is to totally and completely silence you, eliminate another point of you altogether.  And that we must not and will not ever tolerate."

Glenn believed that the reaction to the hatred from the left, which resulted in thousands turning out to support Chick-Fil-A, comes from two things: 1) Americans are fed up with having their opinion shouted down by those that disagree and 2) They want to support Chick-Fil-A because they are taking a stand for their values and principles.

"These are good, decent people.  They're not haters.  They're people who have taken a risk.  I mean, who closes their national chain on Sunday?  They're being blessed for it," he explained.

Ultimately, the reaction from the left will only energize conservatives.

"In November if we continue to do the right thing and stand up, then we'll show up at a polling place and we'll taste the delicious fruits of our four years of labor and send the ultimate sandwich message:  Mr. Obama, welcome back to the general public.  Have a sandwich."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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