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."

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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