Father of Ft. Hood victim calls in to radio, labels attack “domestic Benghazi”

Talk radio will sometimes lead to some unexpected phone calls. No one could have predicted that Glenn would hear from an impassioned father on radio this morning, one whose son was involved in the shooting at Ft. Hood, who had taken his own life after a battle with PTSD, and who had been forgotten by the leaders of the country he served. Howard Berry had strong words for anyone in Congress or the media who dared to call the beheading in Oklahoma, or any act of terrorism, as "workplace violence."

When the Ft. Hood shooting took place, it was written off as workplace violence. And then over the weekend, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry referred to the Ohio beheading as "workplace violence".

“It is a story that I read as a workplace violence story,” she said.

Howard Berry passionately disagreed.

"I'm so disgusted by the manipulation of the English language, how they can take something like the beheading in Oklahoma and call it a random act of violence in the workplace, when it's clearly a terrorist act. If anyone should know what a terrorist act is, I do," Howard said.

"My son was one of the victims from the first Fort Hood shooting, and that has been -- those folks have been -- it is a domestic Benghazi. We should be ashamed of ourselves. We turn our backs on the very people who volunteer to stand between us and our enemies."

"I'm sorry for your loss, and thank you for your family's sacrifice," Glenn said. "There are many of us, millions of us that know that this is BS, and honestly, I think we feel as helpless as you do, in a way, of saying what is wrong with people? What is wrong with people in Washington? When we heard that they were classifying this beheading again as workplace violence, and again, this guy is from that same Saudi mosque in Boston, you know, hello. I mean, what else do we need?"

Howard has been contacting politicians and asking them to support the victims of the shooting, including his son who took his life after struggling with PTSD.

"He was a regular guy. He had just come back from Afghanistan, I talked to him the night before the shooting, and he sounded like he had won the lottery, and he was going to get two signatures on a med card, all his guys were processed out, he was on his way home. The next thing I find out is he's involved in the shooting. My son died from post-traumatic stress. He took his life February 13 of 2013, because of the indifference our country has shown him," Berry said.

TheBlaze's 'For The Record' spoke with survivors of the Ft. Hood shooting about the response of the federal government in the aftermath of the attack. You can watch the full report below:

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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