Is this why Obama won’t say “Islamic Extremism”?

It's no secret that the White House steers far, far away from using the term "Islam" or "Muslim" in the same sentence as "extremist". During a press briefing, Ed Henry called out White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest for not saying that the 21 people killed by the Islamic State in Egypt were Christians, but President Obama did invoke the faith of the three Muslims killed in North Carolina. Is there an ongoing double standard? Glenn has a theory as to what may be happening in the White House.

"I'm curious, why didn't you mention it was 21 Christians killed by Muslims? Is that relevant?" Henry asked.

"It sure is, because the ISIL extremists who carried out this attack indicated that they were killing them wasn't just because they were Egyptian, but also because they were Christian," Earnest responded.

Henry continued, "Two days earlier, on the 13th, you put out a statement under the president saying about the tragic deaths of the three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina, and in there, the president said, quote, 'no one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship.' Why was their Muslim faith relevant in that statement?"

"Well Ed, I think as we have indicated, the situation in North Carolina is still under investigation, and the local law enforcement authorities there are trying to determine exactly what the motivation of the individual who's been charged with this crime was. And so that is still under investigation. But what is clear is that there is this principle that exists, regardless of the faith of the individual in question, that people should not be targeted because of their religion and what they look like or what their last name is or how they worship," Earnest said.

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Now, this exchange prompted a debate over why the President has avoided using the term "Islamic extremism" and has always been careful to point out that the Islamic faith is one of peace.

"Someone told me this and I think it's accurate. Let's think out loud for a second. The president is not a Muslim. He's not a hater. None of that. Okay?" Glenn said, setting the ground rules for the discussion.

"His father and his stepfather were both Muslim. He grew up in Muslim countries. When he went to school, he claimed that he was a Muslim. That's because the culture he was living in. Not because he's a secret Muslim or anything like that," Glenn said.

"He has just like I do, and you do too, whatever it is in your life, you grew up, you had fond memories, you know your family members were like that, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. You didn't grow up around a lot of Christians. So you come in and you see the people that you love and know under attack all the time. And you see the world from a different prism than us. You see America, because you've been taught and raised your whole life that America is the bad guy. And they're racists and they're haters and they don't like anybody that's different from them. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera."

"So you come into office. All he's doing is protecting what he felt his whole life as a child. This is the faith of my family. I know what Muslims are like. My father was a Muslim. My stepfather was a Muslim. They're not haters. They're not doing that. So all he's doing is standing up in defense of his father's faith. He's trying to be the one to hold up the banner."

Does President Obama feel the need to protect the Muslim community because of his experiences as a child?

Stu presented another theory.

"This is something Major Garrett had reported a couple years ago," Stu said. "They call it stray voltage. It's a media concept that is real that the White House uses. I don't know if they're using it in this case. But the concept is that you intentionally do things that cause media controversies. You intentionally say things that are bound to create back and forth between the sides. Like this, where in this particular theory, you intentionally inexplicably don't say Muslim terrorism so everyone is talking about whether you're saying Muslim terrorism not the actual issue. Could it be that? Because it's so inexplicable. They know no one thinks all Muslims are doing this. They know it."

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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