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."

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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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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