What are some books to stay away from and why?

There are no bad books.

What are some books to stay away from and why? It's an odd question, one that left Glenn quite puzzled when he came across it. Are there any books you should avoid. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' isn't a book that Glenn is rushing out to buy, but it's certainly not a book he would tell someone to avoid. In fact, one of the most transformative experiences of his life came from reading a book he didn't agree with. On radio this morning, Glenn explained why he would never tell someone to avoid reading something.

"You know, I thought of like 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. I avoid that. And I don't think there's any redeeming value. I haven't read it, but from what I've heard, I don't think there's any redeeming value. It won't make my life better," he said. "But I'm so afraid, I'm so nervous about where our society is going. When somebody poses the question, what books are bad? No books are bad. No books are bad."

Glenn explained that it was actually The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan that started him on the road to finding God in his life. Glenn was Catholic when he started reading it, and it challenged his perception and made him think about what he truly believed and why.

"The books that have made me the most angry, the most frightened, the most insulted are the ones that have come the closest to changing my life. Because they're the ones that I feel something. I can tell you the first one that made me feel that way is 'The Demon-Haunted World' by Carl Sagan. I think of that book all the time. 'TheDemon-Haunted World' by Carl Sagan. I was Catholic at the time, and he was talking about the old church."

"But I remember reading Carl Sagan, and I got so infuriated because he was using the Catholic church as an example of how bad things could really get," he explained. "I actually got so mad, I threw the book across the room. And I stopped. It was like instinct. This guy pisses me off. Where did that come from? I remember I went back and picked up that book and I said, I have to read it now. There's something inside me that's not right now. What is making me feel that way? That book changed my life."

"I considered because of that book, there is no God. And, you know what, I've never considered that before. Why do I feel this way? Because why am I defending something that happened in the ninth century. How could I possibly be upset about something that happened, that I know is wrong? Where is that feeling coming from? Wait. What feelings have been given to me that don't belong to me. Wait a minute. Does God even belong to me, or have I just been given that in doses my whole life? Yeah, I don't know if he's real."

"It started the gears turning. And so the gears were turning and churning and churning and churning and finally, things started going, wait a minute. Click, click, click. And the vault door opened."

"What started as a book by an atheist, who says there is no God, and then going to Yale, where they're saying, there definitely is no God. To being the guy that everybody is like, oh, jeez, the guy is a freaking preacher, shut him up. "

"There are no bad books."

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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