It's wrong to excuse Shariah Law as part of a "different culture", and here's why

A beheading in Oklahoma should raise alarm bells. Who was the attacker? Why did he do it? Was he motivated by radical Islam? And if so, how did he get radicalized? But these questions really aren't being asked. In fact, people seem to be relatively unfazed by the terrorist actions of radical Islamists. Do Americans simply have such low expectations of the Middle East that these actions to the point we no longer get upset? Shouldn't we be asking people to be better, rather than writing off oppressing women, persecuting gays, and beheading enemies as just "part of a different culture"?

Glenn explained on radio Monday morning why "the bigotry of low expectations" bothers him so much.

Below is a transcript of this segment:

Our bigotry of low expectations is despicable. I was thinking about this this morning as I got up and I was looking at the news and everything that's going on. I thought to myself, here's the real problem here. The real problem is we have such low expectations of people in, I guess, the Islamic world. We have such low expectations that we're not offended that they're stoning homosexuals to death. Homosexuals to death.

A Christian says you know, 'I think homosexuality is wrong.' Oh, my gosh. They should know better. But you can actually stone homosexuals to death, whip them a hundred lashes for homosexuality and we have such low expectations. Well, it's a different culture. What are you talking about a different culture? So we accept that? No.

You know what you're saying by it's a different culture? 'You don't expect very much from them. They're not real people. They just have a different way of looking at things, because they're kind of like cute little kitty cats or something. That once in a while, they go awry -- but they're cute when they do it. Ha-ha-ha. You, on the other hand, can't have an opinion on homosexuality, but they can kill homosexuals.'"

Our bigotry of low expectations is going to be the death of many, many more homosexuals. It's going to mean the mutilation of many, many more women. It is going to mean the slavery of many more children. And the death and the beheadings of many more. Muslims, Christians, Jews, white, black, Arab, European. Doesn't matter. Doesn't matter.

Our values are so screwed up and so upside down right now, that we don't even know what we're doing. We don't even -- we're arguing about, 'well, I don't know, I didn't get a free condom. I mean, this is how outrageous life is right now. I can't get free condoms. And -- and -- and I'm not getting free everything. I just want to go to the best university in the world and not have to pay or do anything. I don't even want to have to earn my grade. I mean, I went. I applied. Why can't I get it and get A' s and then walk right out? I want to be the President of GM. And I want free birth control. And if that doesn't work, I want to you perform an abortion for me for free. Don't even think about asking me a question.'

This is the mindset. Meanwhile, there are people who are actually struggling for their lives. There are people who are starving to death. We're sickening.

We're sickening with what this society is pushing, what this society is complaining about. The Department of Homeland Security now is working on global warming. They're going to keep us secure from global warming.

You know, I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said, 'Jesus, please save me from your followers.' I thought that was great. How many Jesus people do we need to be saved from? Because I've read The Bible. I've seen it over and over again. Let's see. It was Jew against Jew for a while because you're not -- 'you don't understand the law, Jesus. You don't understand.' So it was Jew against Jew. And then it became Jew against Christian. And then Christian against Jew. And then Christian against Christian. And then Christian against the gentile and then the gentile against the Jew. And then the Muslims were introduced. So then it was the Muslims against the Christian and the Christians against the Muslims and the atheists against the Christians and the Muslims.

Religion is the problem. Faith is the answer. Nothing has changed. We're still doing the same thing. 'My religion is better than yours. My religion is better than yours. And that one, don't even question that one over there. Oh, yes, sir, they're beheading people, but that's workplace violence. Don't even question that. I'm questioning yours right now.'

How about we have some common sense? How about we try to find the things that we actually agree on? All people of any religion worth its salt believe in this. Be the best person you can be. Be the best most charitable, kindest, most humble, most forgiving. Ask for forgiveness, serve other people. It's the best way to serve God. Serve other people. Be a servant. Be a servant. If you have those things in your heart, man, I am -- I'm willing to go into battle with you on anything.

But if you're sitting here arguing about free birth control, if we're sitting here arguing about women's rights and you want to condemn my faith on women's rights, when we've got a planet that is going into horrid, horrid oppression -- I mean, imagine. Imagine. You know what we're turning into? We're turning into the Poles. The smoke is billowing out out of the chimney and we're like, 'Geez, have you seen the potholes? We got to do something about this government and these potholes, huh? They're burning Jews right down the street. What do you think your priority is right?

The Christians that were in the churches as they were burning Jews, the Christians, where were you? Where were you? You lost focus of your priority. They weren't in your tribe. We're all part of one tribe. The human tribe. The human race.

I don't know about you, but I'm so -- I'm sorry. I got up in the middle of the night, 3:00 in the morning, I woke up. I couldn't go back to sleep. I read for a while. I prayed for a while. I paced for a while. I watched a John Wayne movie. Then I watched a documentary. Then I read some more. Finally got up and I was like, okay. Come in to work. But what I did at the very end was read Facebook. Oh, what a mistake that was today. Because I read Facebook and there were so many people that were arguing about their religion. Stop arguing about your religion. Stop it. Stop it. Can't we all see that we're generally moving in -- that's not good enough. 'You know, you're going to burn in hell.' Good.

You know what? Here's the deal. When Jesus comes, I'm going to let him condemn me to hell. I'm doing my best. And I'm not going to judge you because nowhere in the scriptures can I find, 'I judge the living and the dead. I didn't see that. Glenn decides who is going to hell.' In fact, I find the exact opposite.

So I'm not going to judge you on whether you're going to Hell or not. Why don't you stop judging me. Why don't we stop judging everybody else. Why don't we work on the things that we can do.

Man, we're -- you know what we are? We're all turning into a bunch of fourth graders that are arguing stuff that makes no sense to even argue. Because it's not getting us anywhere.

What do you say we stop acting like fourth graders and we start telling each other the truth. We start having high expectations for people. Yes, and people who are different than us. We have high expectations for -- I didn't think that I would ever have to utter this phrase, but I don't think it's that high of an expectation to say, 'yeah, you shouldn't behead people. I know you got fired. I know, that's crazy. You shouldn't behead people. You shouldn't mutilate genitalia. You shouldn't enslave people.' I don't think that's that high of an expectation.

I didn't -- I thought that was kind of like -- that's not a limbo, man. That's -- I don't really have to even bend over to get underneath that bar.

What do you say? Raise our expectations a little bit. For everybody. Without judgment. Without trying to condemn anyone. Let's just be members of the human race for a while. Let's try it.

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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