‘What right does the state have?’ State takes custody of 85-year-old Texas man against his will

As Justina Pelletier’s parents continue to fight to bring their 15-year-old daughter home in Massachusetts, a Texas family is fighting Texas’ Adult Protective Services to regain custody of their 85-year-old relative. According to KDFW-TV, Adult Protective Services took 85-year-old Charlie Fink into emergency custody when it was thought the man was a danger to himself and others.

TheBlaze reports:

The state initially took custody when it thought Fink didn’t have any close family, but two nieces were recently identified. A previous report about Fink’s story in late February said he checked into the hospital for surgery and then wasn’t allowed to leave after.

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KDFW added that Fink’s 82-year-old wife was taken into state custody earlier when it was deemed her husband couldn’t care for her anymore.

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Fink’s case took a positive turn Monday after his attorney located two of his nieces, both of whom appeared in a court hearing this week. One of them, a nurse, said she would take care of him… Judge John Peyton wants the state to work with Fink’s family members, but Fink will remain in state custody until at least May 7.

“What is the problem? If this guy wants to go home, and he wants to live on his own, and you know, even if he dies on his own terms… The family now is saying, ‘We want him, release him,’” Glenn said on radio this morning. “[But] the state is not sure. What do you mean the state is not sure?”

Glenn explained that his family recently went through a similar situation with his father, who wanted to spend his final days in the comfort of his own home. While it ended up not being possible to honor his father’s wishes, Glenn believes it is not up to the state to get involved.

“My father wanted to die at home. He died in the hospital. Now, that was because, in the end, we thought it was cruel to move him because he was in so much pain… and he probably would die before he even got to the ambulance,” Glenn explained. “But… a man has a right to die where he wants. If he wants to live in a mess, he can live in a mess… I feel bad for his relatives. But he can be a hoarder if he wants. What right does the state have to tell us how to live?”

As Pat explained, however, this is just another iteration of progressivism.

“Well, [the state has] every right because we don't know how to… really take care of ourselves,” Pat concluded. “If left to our own devices, we could hurt ourselves and others. And so that's what the state does. They help protect us from ourselves and others… It's more progressive bull crap. That's what it is.”

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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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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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