Maryland bans birthday invites in order to protect feelings

It's natural for a parent to want to protect their kids, but has it gotten to a point that we aren't letting them learn life lessons? A Maryland school has banned invitations to birthday parties, claiming that in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings they don't want to do anything that would cause kids to get upset. Isn't that crossing a line?

"You notice, you see up in Maryland there's this school now that says you can't have birthday cards, you can't have birthday invitations, you can't pass any of that out at school, you can't have the cupcakes, you can't have anything. And all of it is set up because people will get hurt. You're going to hurt my kids because they weren't invited to the birthday party and so they will be hurt," Glenn said.

"Let me tell you something. My daughter I believe changed. I can tell you the day my daughter Mary changed, and I think she was in first grade. And I'll never forget. She came home and she had a friend who, you know, I think we all you ‑‑ you know, as parents all of our kids at some point have a kid that, no, they're not your friend. They are really not your friend. They are just, you know, they're ‑‑ they'll play with you when nobody else is around, you know, and they are just, they are just not ‑‑ they are just not your friend. Well, Mary had this friend and I remember, you know, Mary coming home one day and everybody in the class was invited to a birthday party except for her. She was the only one in the class. And this was her friend. And my daughter changed because she came home and she had convinced herself that it was okay. And then she had ‑‑ when she told her mother and I, she said it this way: 'You know, it's her birthday on Saturday and I've got to get her something and is she having a birthday party?' Yeah, everybody got a birthday party. Did you get an invitation? No, but that's okay. That's okay. That's okay. Just, I want to get her something and it's okay. It's okay. And she kept saying that, 'It's okay. It's okay.'It broke my heart."

"Now, here comes the hard decision. What do I do? Do I call the school and tell them stop all of the invitations? Do I tell them ‑‑ do I call their parents? Do I involve? Do I ‑‑ as a dad, and I contend this is the easy thing, and I contend we do these things not for our children but for ourselves. We could get involved and we could say, 'You know, I want that changed. That shouldn't happen anymore because that was too much pain.' Too much pain? I think my daughter changed on that day, and I know my heart broke, my heart still breaks, still breaks. I've spent my whole life now with Mary trying to get her to say, 'It's not okay. It's not okay. I hurt. It's not okay.' But she's just put up this wall of defense. And I'm happy to say she is, she is growing past it now. She's a ‑‑ she's a miracle. She is ‑‑ she's a miracle."

"But anyway, what parents do is they get involved and they try to save it, and I contend they do it because it would have been so easy for me to be a hero in my daughter's eyes if I would have said, 'You know what, honey? I'm going to call them.' And she would have said, no, Dad, don't do that. 'No, I'm going to call them and this is going to stop.' And then I could have paraded around my house and I could have been indignant about it and I could have shown her that 'I'm going to do something about it because now I'm her protector.' And if I had enough and early enough, she will believe that I'm her protector when indeed I'm not protecting her; I'm hurting her. And beyond that, beyond that, it's selfish because if I can do that, I can be her hero and be, I don't have to go into my room and cry and try to be strong around my daughter and then come back out of the room and say, 'Honey, you're going to get hurt a lot. That's the way life is. And I wish I could help you, but I can't. And the world sometimes is an unfriendly place, and sometimes, sometimes people hurt you and they don't even know. Sometimes people will hurt and they do know. And I know you feel bad because of this and you feel singled out and you now feel different, and I know you're not going to listen to me at this point. It's not going to make sense, but know this: Everybody who's ever done anything worthwhile has been different, and you can either let it destroy you or you can say, 'You know, it's not okay. I have my feelings hurt, but I can move past that because this will make me a stronger person in the end.' That's a hard conversation to have and a conversation that your kids probably won't understand for a long time, and you're not their hero. 'Dad, help me.' 'I can't. I can't. There's some things you're just going to have to face and I can't help ya."

"All of these things, all of these things come from, do you want to protect her in a small ‑‑ a big government that will protect you, do you want a big helicopter parent that will protect you all the way? I don't care what your politics are, liberal or conservative. It only matters when you start telling me we have to protect."

"I want to play this gun testimony from a citizen in Connecticut in a few minutes. The point of what he said was you were promised liberty, not safety. Liberty. You were not promised anything, except you could be born, and you have certain rights. Everything else is up to you. Teaching that in this society is tough and that's what has to be teached because ‑‑ taught because that is what makes us unique and different. Everybody over in Europe, you can't change your station in life, you can't get around the machine, you can't dream and become."

"Here, you always have been. You've always been able to do it. And now more than ever before for all races, all groups of people, all different philosophies, that's what needs to be taught, reinforced, and strengthened and that doesn't ‑‑ you can't strengthen that through the State. You strengthen that in your own families, with your own children."

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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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

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