Glenn remembers his good friend, author Vince Flynn

This morning we learned that bestselling author Vince Flynn died at age 47 after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. Glenn and Vince had been friends for many years, and this morning on radio, Glenn shared a heartfelt tribute to the man who was taken from this world far too soon.

Read Glenn’s remarks below:

It seems like it was just yesterday, the you'll pardon me for a personal note here for a second, it seems like just yesterday I moved into an apartment in New York City and a very good friend of mine, Vince Flynn, was in town with his wife and his daughter. And we hadn't even had the time yet to put our food in our kitchen yet. And they were coming over and I said, let's go downstairs. We lived in the Bloomberg building, unfortunately, and we went downstairs to a restaurant and there we sat. And we sat for hours. And his daughter, God bless her, just wanted to hang herself. Her dad and his friend were scaring the living daylights out of her. And my wife and his wife were talking about children and trying to keep life normal when you have anything but a normal life.

We all went up to the apartment afterwards. It was late at night and we had these gigantic floor‑to‑ceiling windows that overlook the skyline of New York, and both of us who grew up simple kids stood there like a couple of 12‑year‑old boys, and we talked about how amazing, how amazing life can turn out to be, how you just never know the twists and turns that will come and how blessed we are to have lived in this country and the responsibility that we had. He joked with me in the elevator about living in the Bloomberg building, living in the floor above what's‑his‑face, the guy who runs GE, Jeffrey Immelt. He joked to me about surveillance. He said, "Glenn, I do this for a living. You wouldn't believe the intelligence people can gather on people, especially someone like you."

He then asked to see another part of the apartment that was away from our wives and his daughter. I thought he was curious about the apartment, but he wasn't, and he took me into the other room and he closed the door and he said, "Listen. I write this stuff for a living. We've got to keep you healthy, my friend." He said, "You've got to watch your back. We need you alive."

I found it interesting that my friend Vince was giving me this advice when he had just found out that he had prostate cancer. And I looked at him and I said, "Vince, you do more to tell the American story and give people courage than I do. We've got to keep you alive."

Vince Flynn is a true American hero. Just a minute ago I just got an e‑mail from a friend who said, "I don't know if you're going to say anything this morning, but sorry to hear the news about Vince." I only know two Vinces in my life.

Vince never would talk to me about his problems. He was always getting better and stronger. This is the third friend I have lost to cancer in... 60 days? My good friend Jon Huntsman said to me six years ago, "Do you know anybody with cancer, Glenn? Have you been affected with cancer at all in your life?" And I said, "No, I'm fortunate, Jon." And he said, that won't remain that way. He said, "It's an awful, ravaging disease."

He showed me his hospital, the Huntsman Cancer Institute out in Salt Lake City. He built it right next to a genetics laboratory that was funded and built by Howard Hughes. Howard Hughes said the way to help heal people is to figure out genes and genetics. And he knew the Mormons knew their family heritage, so the best place to study genes and study it over a long period of time in families would be in Utah. And so he poured millions and millions and millions of dollars into a genetics laboratory and research center.

When Jon Huntsman became the wildly successful industrialist that he became, he wanted to do good with his money as well and so he poured his hundreds of millions of dollars into the Huntsman Cancer Institute and built it right next door to where the other philanthropist did. Jon said to me, I'll never forget as we were walking out of his hotel, he said, "Glenn, we're going to cure cancer." I believed him. I still do. We're very close.

I promised Jon then, I said, "Jon, I will do everything I can to help my wife and I give a large donation to not only Huntsman but also MD Anderson and other researchers." And we have given our time and lent our name because we believe that we are close.

This summer we're asking people to go on a walk to raise awareness on the Huntsman Cancer Institute this July 4th. When you come out for the Man in the Moon that Saturday morning, we have asked you to come and walk with me and my family. Take a stand against cancer. I think it's 10 bucks to register your children and register you, and we have everybody coming. Another good writer friend of mine, Brad Thor, is coming.

If you're coming out to the Salt Lake City area or if you're in Salt Lake on the morning of July 6th, the day we have Man in the Moon at 8:00 in the morning, we're going to take a stand. And we have things set up for your family and your kids to do that morning to have fun, and we'll all be together. I'd ask you to... in honor of my dear friend Vince Flynn I would personally invite you to come out on Saturday, July 6th and help us change the world. We're very close to curing cancer. It would change everything. You want to get down to it, it would wipe out our national debt. It would wipe out misery, so much misery. Sign up now at MercuryOne.org. Come walk. And come with me and today remember friend number 3, Vince Flynn.

A virus has escaped the university labs and is super-spreading through our culture. It's called Critical Race THEORY and what used to be a fringe topic in the academic world is now a dangerous Marxist REALITY infecting our public schools where students are taught the U.S. is a "parasitic system" based on the "invasion" of "white male settlers."

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how some teachers are being instructed to "cash in on kids' inherent empathy" in order to train them to become "activist intellectuals," starting as early as first grade.

CRT is an absolute toxin to America and Glenn warns that in just one generation the Constitution, freedom, and true equality will be totally destroyed. Yet, any opposition to the spread of this disease is shouted down as racism and bigotry. If Critical Race Theory is not already in your local school curriculum, it will be soon.

Joined by Asra Nomani, Vice President for Strategy and Investigations at Parents Defending Education, Glenn arms you with the facts about CRT so you can stand up to this tyranny in your community.

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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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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