Putin explains Russia’s ‘softer liberal’ approach to homosexuality

On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) proclaimed that “right-to-life,” “pro-assault weapon,” “anti-gay” “extreme conservatives” are not welcome in New York State, and Glenn took particular issue with Cuomo’s use of the term “anti-gay.” While Glenn explained that he does not know a single individual who does not support a homosexual’s right to live in this country, there are places in the world that are in fact anti-gay. With the Sochi Olympics just around the corner, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos sat down with Russian President Vladimir Putin and asked how gay rights protestors would be handled given the country’s propaganda laws.

“Anti-gay? I don't know anybody who is anti-gay – at least not any of my friends,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “We could talk about the Russians. In fact, Stephanopoulos asked Putin about the gay laws in Russia. You want to hear about anti-gay? It would sound like this.”

Watch Putin’s interview on ABC’s This Week below:

STEPHANOPOULOS: If gay or lesbian athletes engage in a protest, wear a rainbow pin or other protest, would they be free from prosecution under the propaganda law?

PUTIN: Acts of protest and acts of propaganda are somewhat different things. They are close, but if we were to look at them from the legal perspective, then protesting the law does not amount to propaganda of homosexuality or sexual abuse of children. That's one. Two is that I would like to ask our colleagues, my colleagues and friends that as they try and criticize us, they would do well to set their own house in order first. I did say after all, and this is public knowledge, that in some of the states in the U.S., homosexuality remains a felony.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The Supreme Court has struck those laws down.

PUTIN: How are they in a position to criticize us for what is a softer liberal approach to these issues than in their own country?

“How is that a softer approach when you are jailed for it,” Pat asked.

When you consider the Russian government is actively strengthening the country’s laws related to homosexuality, Putin’s comparison of the United States and Russia make little to no sense.

“Talk about the direction of law. The direction of the law in the United States is the opposite. Those are old laws that are being nullified,” Glenn said. “He is putting in new laws that are being strengthened. So the direction is going the wrong way. And Russia is fascist.”

As Glenn sees it, there is simply no room for that type of intolerance in his life.

“Anybody within the sound of my voice that hates a gay person because they're gay, you have no place calling yourself a fan of mine, and you are not a fan of mine. You have no friendship here. If you hate people because they are conservative, you have no place as a friend of mine,” Glenn said. “If you hate somebody just because they're liberal, they're gay, they are different than you in one way or another, you are no different than the monsters who say I can't be friends with them because they're handicapped. I can't be friends with them because they're Jewish. I can't be friends with them because they're Muslim.”

“If that's who you are, I don't want to have anything to do with you, however, you have a right to be my neighbor. You have a right to be somebody in the community and somebody's whose voice is heard. And I'm not going to silence your voice. You're just wrong,” he concluded. “I'm not afraid of your opinion. If that's your opinion, then I want you to say it because I then know who you are, and I have a right to associate or disassociate from you. I have no problem with that. I'm not afraid of your opinion.”

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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