The history of Christian persecution you might not be familiar with

On Thursday's Glenn Beck Program, Glenn examined the history of persecution in relation to the rise of Islamic empires, for the two have often gone hand-in-hand. When the Arab Spring first broke out, revolutions brought about dramatic changes in the Middle East. The most significant was in Egypt, where Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhoos seized control. The U.S. government and media wanted us to believe the Brotherhood was a secular group looking to protect the rights of Egyptians, but billions of dollars in U.S. aid later, we now know the Muslim Brotherhood is not who we were told they were.

Following Morsi's election, the systematic targeting of Christians began. While women and Christians have always struggled for equality in the Arab world, the persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt following Morsi's election has been unprecedented for modern times. Kidnappings, forced conversions, vandalism, and rape have run rampant throughout the region. Even with Morsi out of power, and the Egyptian Military looking to restore order, the largest concentration of Christians in found in southern Egypt - the part of the country with the weakest Military influence.

Glenn has been talking about the plight of the Coptic Christians for a number of weeks now. He has also talked about similar situations in Libya, Iran, and Syria. Christians in Syria have been steadfast in their warnings that if the rebels rise to power, Christians will be forced from the country. But this is nothing new. Since the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire, Islamists have been searching for a way to enforce Sharia Law and relive that time. We know the importance of understanding history, and how necessary it is to ensure we do not repeat our past mistakes.

Perhaps one of the most egregious and under-reported examples of Christian persecution comes from not all that long ago. These humanitarian crises are not ancient history. A gruesome and all-t0-familiar story played out in September 1955, when the Great Riots of Istanbul occurred. Glenn told the story of the riots, and the devastation it caused for the minority Greek population in the country.

As Glenn explained, what we saw during the Ottoman empire, what we saw in Istanbul, and what we are seeing now in Egypt and across the Middle East is the Islamic desire for the power and control to create the next great empire. The message is clear: convert or else. The persecution extends beyond Christians to all minority groups - be it Jewish, Atheist, and otherwise. As President Obama talks about the tragedy of the chemical gas attacks on Syrian children, we must remember the tragedy Christian and other minority children across the region currently face.

Buck Sexton, national security editor at TheBlaze, also joined Glenn to discuss the current turmoil in the region and the historical undertones of the chaos we have witnessed recently.

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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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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