Why are so many people moving to Texas?

For close to two years, Glenn has been talking nonstop about how everyone needs to move to Texas. (editor's tangent: Seriously, he won't stop talking about it. Every time I see him he tells me how great Texas is and how I need to get out of New York as soon as humanly possible. I mean, we talk about other stuff but it always come back to that. Sometimes he just mocks the New York staff over Skype when we're in the morning meetings. It starts like a joke and then it's all "No, seriously. Move to Texas". Joel gets it the worst. End of tangent). Well, it seems like the rest of the world is catching on to what Glenn's known all along: Texas is a pretty sweet place to live. Shockingly, the BBC is the latest outlet to espouse the virtues of the state with their Top ten reasons so many people are moving to Texas. Did he agree with their points?

Let's start at the top:

1. Jobs

Well, it's hard to argue that Texas is kicking butt when it comes to job creation - but Glenn has been on the record that the #1 reason people should be going to Texas is for the freedom. If you find a job in Texas (which you probably will) that's great, but freedom comes first.

2. It's cheaper

Yup. As the article points out, it's just easier to make your paycheck last and to obtain the things associated with a middle class lifestyle. Glenn agrees.

3. Homes

Cheap land? Can't argue with that.

4. Low taxes

So far so good.

5. Pick your own big city

Lot's of options including Houston, Dallas, and Ft. Worth. Not so much El Paso even though it's pretty big. But that brings us to the biggest disagreement...

6. AUSTIN

Really? Austin, TX is one of the TOP TEN reasons to move to Texas? Stu stuck up for the city and praised it's great food and music scene, but Glenn couldn't believe that the city made the top ten list.

"Liberal progressive hippies that's who love (Austin). People who just want to be weird and they were like 'You know, San Francisco used to be weird, but now it's too big city weird. So I want to go do weird someplace else'. Would you stop wrecking the whole country?" Glenn said.

Ok, moving on...

7. Family-friendly

Agreed, although the BBC article has to specifically point out that San Antonio is home to the largest community of gay parents.

"We have to differentiate?" Glenn asked when he read that.

8. Fewer rules

Freedom. BOOM! Seriously, how is this not the number one reason?

"If that's not the very fabric of this state, we're done," Glenn said.

9. Texans are normal people

Yes, they are - but does that really need to be pointed out and put on the Top Ten list? Glenn took issue with the way that media portrays Texas to the rest of the country and how the cowboy in a ten gallon bucket hat has become the stereotypical Texan. He also took issue with a woman who was quoted as saying "[They] realise that Texans aren't all Bible thumping, gun-toting people." Uh, would it be so bad to live in a place where people had faith and exercised their rights?

10. And they're not going anywhere

The segment ended before they got to number ten on the list: Native Texans stay in Texas. Why? Because it's awesome (source: Glenn Beck every day since he moved to Texas)

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?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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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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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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