Glenn headed to Charleston, SC after heartbreaking shooting at a church leaves nine dead

A heartbreaking story out of Charleston, SC. Alleged shooter Dylann Roof gunned down nine people at Bethel AME Church in South Carolina Wednesday night. On radio this morning, Glenn said he would be flying to Charleston on Friday to show the community that they are loved and supported by people all over the world.

Stay tuned to GlennBeck.com and Glenn's Facebook page for more details on his planned visit.

Glenn first announced his plans on his Facebook page:

I am going to Charleston SC tomorrow. I don't have the details yet. But I want you to join me. Let us no longer...

Posted by Glenn Beck on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Below is a transcript of this segment from the 9am hour of radio. The latest details on this story can be found at TheBlaze.com

In Charleston, South Carolina, police are widening the search for a gunman who opened fire and killed nine people. He's a white guy about 21 years old. We know very little about him at this hour.

We have a partial of his license plate. We know that he came in to the church. The church. During a Bible study. And he sat there for about an hour. He then got up, walked out. Went to his car. Came back in and shot nine people.

The Embassy Suites was a interim headquarters for the church, as people began to gather. People began sobbing and screaming as they learned about the details of what happened.

Let me say this. Tomorrow I'm going to be in Charleston, South Carolina. I called WSC this morning when I heard the news. They're our affiliate. And I asked them if they could host us. We're in New York, and we're on our way.

Tomorrow, I would like to ask you to join me. I don't have any details yet of where we will be. Where we will gather. I hope to be somewhere close to the church. But I believe -- and I read this story, my heart broke. And my heart was lifted up at the same time.

Where there is great darkness and evil, there is also great light. This church behaved so amazing last night. They gathered together and prayed. And when I heard their prayers, I knew where we needed to be.

I'm perplexed. But I'm not in despair today. I really believe that Charleston is going to show the rest of us an Amish moment.

Do you remember -- do you remember when the shooter came into that Amish community and opened fire and killed all of their children in a schoolhouse? Do you remember what the Amish did? The Amish immediately forgave him, forgave his family, and reached out to the family. They gave some of the funds that were raised for the families to his family and begged him -- I'm sorry, begged them, the shooter's family, not to move away, to please stay in our community. That's what Christians are supposed to do. And I think the Amish are one of the few that have it.

But I have a feeling that Charleston will show us that Christian moment. They're going to show us that Amish moment. I don't know why, but this isn't Ferguson. I don't know why, but this isn't Baltimore. This is a place where the slave trade happened. This is a place -- I have a dog tag from Charleston, South Carolina, as part of our history collection, I have an actual dog tag. But it's not for a dog it's for a human being. This was the place that was the heart of darkness at one point. It's not anymore. They're not those people. And I refuse to be dragged back into the 1960s or the 1860s. The 18 and 1960s are long gone.

Now, I don't know why this shooter shot people. He might shoot people because he's a racist. He might have shot people because he's an anarchist. He might have shot people because he hates Christians. I don't know why he shot people. But either way, whether it was because of race, or he was anti-Christian, or he just wants to stir up trouble, it's evil. Chaos is evil.

There is persecution, but we're not forsaken. We may feel cast down, but we're not destroyed.

It's time we take our light and stop hiding it. Stop being afraid of it. Why were you born? I -- I think I'm just figuring out why I was born. Why were you born?

There's a reason all of us are here, and it's not to watch TV. It's not to work. It's not to -- it's not just to gather more stuff. It's not to go on vacation and have fun. It's not to climb the corporate ladder. It's none of those things.

We were born so miracles could happen through us. I really truly believe we were born so we could -- we could show the power of God. That he would be working through us. Right now, we're -- we either don't have any light, or it's so dim in all of us, it's just -- it's just in tradition. You go to church just because, well, I don't know, my parents went there. That's why people are leaving our churches. Because that's not enough.

Who cares. Who cares about tradition like that. Who wants to go for that reason.

Donald Trump said yesterday, no, I'm very Christian. I go to church, definitely on Easter and Christmas. You know why? Because you don't get anything out of it. Because nobody is putting it into action. It's all a bunch of words.

Why were you born?

I think God raised us up, that he could show his power in us and that we might declare his name.

I know I'm getting all preachy or religious, but our country has no choice. We can either look to man. And I'll tell you who is going to be there. Al Sharpton will be there. He's on a plane right now. He'll be landing and he'll be at a prayer vigil today at noon. And do you think he'll say, let's all come together? Do you think that the people that went into political mode last night when they first heard about this shooting, do you think they're going to bring us together? Or do you think they'll use this community to drive a wedge?

Let's hold the arms up of this community and let them show us how to heal. That's what's going to happen in Charleston. But, you know what, Charleston has a choice today. My gut tells me -- I know -- I know these people. I know what they're going to choose. I think this community is going to show America what it's like to be an American and a Christian. To be a good neighbor. I think they're going to show us the 1860s and 1960s are dead and buried. We're not those people.

I don't have any of the details, but I want to witness them tomorrow. I want to be there tomorrow because I think something great is going to happen in Charleston. I think it began last night. I think there was a flash for about two minutes of absolute evil and darkness, and then I think people said, I'm going to be a lamp stand. I'm not going to hide my light anymore. I'm going to put it right up for everybody to see it. And they did. I watched them pray.

This is a community in mourning.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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