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."

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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