Senate candidate Chris McDaniel breaks down the importance of the Hobby Lobby SCOTUS case

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in the case of Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Hobby Lobby is contesting a part of Obamacare that stipulates employers must to provide healthcare that covers all forms of contraception at no cost to their employees. While Hobby Lobby has agreed to offer plans that cover a majority of contraceptives at not cost, the contends providing no-cost access to emergency contraception like Plan B violates their religious freedom. On his Facebook and Twitter accounts yesterday, Glenn encouraged his followers to “pray for those who are taking a stand for religious freedom like Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby."

On radio this morning, Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel joined Glenn to discuss his U.S. Senate campaign against longtime incumbent Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) and the Hobby Lobby case.

In addition to being a FreedomWorks endorsed candidate, McDaniel is particularly expert in Obamacare. In 2010, McDaniel served as the state of Mississippi’s lead council in its lawsuit against Obamacare.

“I represented now governor Phil Bryant in a class action, and we fought Obamacare all the way to the Supreme Court,” McDaniel explained. “I did that free of charge, pro bono, on behalf of the people, on behalf of my governor, and behalf of the Constitution,”

When it comes to the Hobby Lobby case, Glenn asked McDaniel why Americans should be paying attention.

“Religious liberties are fundamental – as fundamental as they get… So we're watching this case very closely because it is a large case in regards to religious liberties. And if an American citizen has a deeply held religious belief, it is absolutely not the right of the government… to force that American citizen to violate those beliefs,” McDaniel said. “To me this case is very simple. To the extent the government tried to violate those beliefs or coerce a person to do something they find objectionable, it is absolutely unconstitutional. We've seen evidence of that in lower court rulings, and I'm hoping the Supreme Court finally has a glimmer of common sense and rules correctly in this regard.”

As McDaniel explained, this case involves courageous Americans standing up not only for their faith but for their rights. For that reason alone, Americans of all backgrounds and ideologies should take notice.

“To be forced to do anything against our deeply held beliefs, is on its face, unconstitutional if you really still believe in the First Amendment as it’s written. And there are those of us that still believe that Amendments mean exactly what they say they mean,” McDaniel said. “We have to learn again to stand up for our rights. They are being eroded. They are being taken away. And we have to find strong courageous people that will say, ‘You know what? We're not going to go down this path any longer. We're going to stands up to this government and stands up to those who would dare reduce our rights.”

You can learn more about McDaniel’s Senate campaign HERE.

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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