Christian Church attacked in East Jerusalem

TheBlaze has been one of the few news outlets covering the burning down of churches and persecution of Christians in Egypt. And now it looks like some of that violence has spilled into East Jerusalem. On radio this morning, Glenn shared the story of Pastor Khoury of the Calvary Baptist Church in East Jerusalem. Glenn got to know Pastor Khoury and his family during his time in Israel for Restoring Courage.

“Do you remember Pastor Khoury,” Glenn asked Pat. “He was a Palestinian Christian. He was a Muslim, who wanted to check out the Christian church. And he would walk through the killing zone, climb over fences, and he would try to get from the Palestinian quarter to the Christian quarter to be able to go to church. And he was almost killed every Sunday. And he would go to church. I'll never forget meeting this guy. Such a remarkable hero.”

This morning, Glenn got some troubling news about his friend and his ministry. Sunday afternoon, Pastor Khoury’s church in East Jerusalem was attacked. Glenn only spent a little bit of time in Israel, but he quickly learned that Christians are not welcomed with open arms in East Jerusalem.

“We were in East Jerusalem and they were giving a cocktail hour with me, and these people wanted to thank me for support of Israel,” Glenn explained. “They lived on this floor. It was probably, what, ten floors up, six floors up, something like that? And the people found out. The Palestinians in the area found out that we were up there and they literally went crazy. They were throwing chairs at the building, trying to throw anything they could up at us at the building. So that's where this guy is. I mean, this is a place where, if you are a Christian or a Jew and you call the police, they are not coming. They are just not coming… So he has his church in that neighborhood.”

In the wake of Restoring Courage, Pastor Khoury and his family came under increased scrutiny for their involvement in the event. “Early Monday morning in Jerusalem, [Pastor Khoury] got word that his church in East Jerusalem, one of the fastest growing churches in Jerusalem, was attacked on Sunday afternoon,” Glenn said. “They burned the entrance and the trees and the playground area. Meanwhile, all of the residents, none of them said anything. Nobody did anything. They couldn't call the police because that would have only made it worse. And the Israeli firefighters had to come in and put it out. The landlord is a moderate Muslim and he's being pressured and threatened by the community not to house this church. The future of their church is at risk because they are threatened to the point where the congregation can no longer meet. They will be homeless in the next 30 to 60 days because no one is willing to rent to the Christians.”

Technically, the church is under Palestinian jurisdiction, and the Palestinian fire department should have been responsible for putting out the fire, but they stood by and watched as Israeli relief rushed in to help.

“Again, the back story on Pastor Khoury: Palestinian Christian 15 years ago, he was beaten up with metal chains and sticks by the families of young men he was trying to mentor as a Christian,” Glenn said. “It's horrifying what is going on and no one really wants to talk about it. What they do want to talk about, at least the people in power, is how great and how much you can trust Al Jazeera because they're going to give you the ‘real story.’”

Yesterday, Al Jazeera America launched in 48 million homes with an extremely over-produced video heralding its work as a global news network and highlighting some of the favorable comments it has received over the years from American figureheads like Hillary Clinton and John McCain.

Given its checkered past, it is hard to imagine Al Jazeera America will provide the straight and narrow it touts on stories dealing with Christian persecution in the Middle East. “You think they're going to say anything,” Glenn asked. “No. Their Egyptian newsroom walked because Qatar told them ‘Slant your news towards the Muslim Brotherhood.’”

“Let's see if [the Al Jazeera America workers] do the same thing when told to do the same thing,” Pat challenged.

“Yeah,” Glenn sad. “Let's see if they do it.”

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."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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