Florida hotel backs out of hosting FreedomWorks event

Glenn has been covering the Common Core curriculum for months now – exposing little known facts about the system that is seeks to amend the nation’s educational schema.

Based on the media attention the education system has garnered, it is should come as no surprise that many parents are up in arms. In Florida, parents are planning to protest a national Common Core conference that is supposed to be hosted later this month by The Center for College & Career Readiness. FreedomWorks, a non-profit organization, agreed to help these Florida parents by providing the resources for a grassroots-training program during their rally.

On radio this morning, Glenn spoke with the FreedomWorks director of grassroots initiatives, Whitney Neal, who explained that the Ritz Carlton in Orlando cancelled the conservative group’s reservations — after the group had already paid for and booked the space.

Neal explained FreedomWorks chose the Ritz Carlton because it is next to the J.W. Marriott that is hosting the Common Core conference. “We set this up with the hotel next door to where they're having the convention,” she said, “booked the contract, paid for everything, and yesterday we're asked to no longer host our event there.”

“We told them it was moms and dads and grandmas and concerned citizens who really just wanted to learn,” she continued. “This is a learning opportunity and we were giving them, you know, information and skills. It's a small group. You know, it's very small in comparison to the group they were having at the other hotel… I was explaining free speech also.”

The Ritz Carlton has since responded to Neal’s claims and provided TheBlaze their account of what happened.

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But the hotel says the decision to cancel was based on safety concerns. In a separate interview with TheBlaze, Michelle Valle, a representative for both hotels, explained that the Ritz and the JW Marriott have the same owners and that they are considered part of the same resort. Thus, issues pertaining to one campus would certainly impact the other.

And according to Valle, who handles PR for both venues, partisan angst wasn’t at the center of the cancellation. Instead, the spokeswoman notes that there was a serious crowd-control issue presented by the publication and advertisement of the protest on social media.

“So [the Ritz is] refunding your money now ten days out because they were so concerned about the J.W. Marriott and they seem to not really understand that, you know, you have a right to gather peacefully,” Glenn said to Neal. “They have a right to not accept your money and not sign a contract, but they were in a contract.”

With just over a week to go, the group has no place to hold their event. Glenn asked Neal to explain what kind of space FreedomWorks is looking for.

“Well, our original space was for about 100 activists to do training. You know, there are other activists that are coming in town to actually hold their rally, but for our training we were predicting about 100,” she said. “I don't know. There may be more now that this is getting some attention, but we would love to and welcome anyone who wants to learn about Common Core and, you know, get equipped to go educate their community.”

If there are any hotels in the area that have a space to accommodate the event, Neal asked that they contact her via the FreedomWorks office. “I would happily speak with them about this opportunity because we are 10 days out and we have people coming from multiple states. It wasn't just Florida,” Neal explained. “These were people who were planning to stay at this hotel and they're driving from Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee to attend.”

There are certainly two sides to every story, but, ultimately, Neal feels that FreedomWorks and this event were politically targeted. “We are seeing this happen around the country – the pro-Common Core group sees that citizens are aware and concerned about these standards and the surrounding requirements,” she told TheBlaze. “I feel that the large convention next door was concerned about our event.”

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?

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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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