Losing our freedom of conscience in America at a blinding speed

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen that America is being torn apart. Fundamental principles and common sense are being destroyed. Up is down, down is up, and two plus two suddenly equals five. People are losing their jobs because they stand up for religious principles. Politicians espouse whatever stance on is popular at the moment. Gun rights and freedom of speech are attacked at every opportunity. When will it stop?

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it may contain errors:

GLENN: So you remember the song from Lee Greenwood. I mean, it's Fourth of July week so we'll hear it this weekend in every city across America, God Bless the USA. The chorus goes, and I'll gladly stand up next to you. And I'll -- and defend her still today. You know that part?

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: I've always thought that that part referred to standing side by side on a battlefield. I'll always stand up next to you and defend her still today. But I don't think that's the case now.

I'm sure that's not what he intended when he wrote it. You know, to see our situation. Maybe he did. But I see us standing up defending her here at home without any weapons. I see us standing for the right of conscience.

If anybody has been paying attention, and you haven't been playing politics, just paying attention, America is being torn apart. We're just being ripped apart at the seams. All of our most fundamental principles are being bludgeoned to death. And I say that with full confidence. Hillary Clinton said that traditional marriage was a fundamental, bedrock principle.

Now she doesn't. That was like eight years ago she said that. A fundamental, bedrock principle. Well, I agree with her. And now it's gone. But I think our speech is going away quickly as well. You can say anything you want if you don't mind being hungry for the rest of your life. You can't support your family. If you love unemployment, speak your mind all you want, baby. The CEO of Firefox, fired. Because six years prior he had donated money to a cause in which he believed. Donald Trump this week, fired because he said something I don't agree with, but I don't want him fired for it.

People working at ESPN, right chink in the armor, fired. Freedom of speech? Nope. Nope. Fundamental, bedrock principle, gone. Freedom of religion, religious institutions in some cases have been forced against their doctrine to provide birth control, contraception, and even abortion. Have you heard the latest on Steve Green's place? Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby may have to close.

Because the government is going after them again. And they just came out and said, we may not be able to stay open this time. Hobby Lobby!

So don't tell me we have freedom of religion. People are being forced to provide services for ceremonies in which they conscientiously object. It's called a conscientious objector. We've always had that, that carve-out in the Constitution. If your God tells you I can't do that, you don't do it, and no one can force you to do it.

But now, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, two ministers who operate church threatened with arrest for not performing a gay wedding ceremony. Arrest, jail time!

The Supreme Court ruling that came out last week, is that going to help or hurt? Listen to what our first openly gay senator Tammy Baldwin said about religious liberty this week.

TAMMY: Certainly the First Amendment says that in institutions of faith, that there is absolute power to, you know, to observe religious deeply held religious beliefs. But I don't think it extends far beyond that.

GLENN: Okay. It doesn't extend very far beyond that.

Say whatever you like in your church -- this is James Madison -- say -- yap all you want. Got this. Got that, whatever. But as soon as you step out on the sidewalk, your ass is mine.

I don't think so.

By the way, so you know how that works, Tammy, if I may call you that, Tammy, a guy who has been in the service forever, forever -- I'm sorry. No. A guy who is -- I was thinking of another religious case.

This guy is a fire chief in Atlanta. A fire chief.

He said something inside the walls of his church. He was fired from his job because he said at his church from the pulpit, I don't believe in gay marriage. He was fired. So tell me how that one works, Tammy.

By the way, the First Amendment doesn't say anything about institutions of faith. What it does say is Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. I'm exercising my faith right now by telling you what I believe.

The right to keep and bear arms every single time some psycho senselessly takes an innocent life, they roll out the tired, old argument that guns have no place in our society, despite what the Constitution says. The right to be secure in your home, papers, documents, unmolested by authorities, unless there is a probable cause to search or seize your property. Three letters for you: NSA. Here's three more: IRS.

Those are all gone, gang. Or they're on the ropes. Power is not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, reserved for the states.

Yeah. Right.

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No, that doesn't happen. There's no marriage. There's no straight marriage in the Constitution.

That is a power reserved for the states. Not the Constitution. It says it in the Constitution. So the Tenth Amendment is gone. The only thing we have to not really worry about is probably the quartering of soldiers in our homes. Knock on wood. Well, don't knock on wood because that might be a little confusing to some because there might actually be a knock on your wooden door and I don't know it might be the Third Mechanized Infantry Division that is just wanting to stay.

PAT: Looking for a place.

GLENN: Can we crash here? Our public schools and universities are turning out kids and they're turning them into entitlement addicts. It doesn't begin at school. Because even at our sporting events and other extracurricular activities prepare them to expect everything without earning anything. Participation trophies. Telling them that they're special for no apparent reason. Heaping undue praise on them. Even, when just maybe, constructive criticism would keep a few losers off of American Idol. We told you about UC Berkeley, where Janet Napolitano and her staff are banning certain phrases. These are not words. These are now ideas.

This week, last week it was UC Berkeley. This week it was University of Wisconsin joining the list of racist microaggressions. Microaggressions. Take your microaggression and...

America used to be a place where based on your hard work, dedication, and talent, you could have a legitimate chance to get ahead in life. You could actually possibly become successful. Thanks to the University of Wisconsin and UC Berkeley, we discovered now that's just not true. Gaining reward based on your efforts apparently cannot happen. It's referred to as the myth of meritocracy. Saying things like the most qualified person should get the job just accentuates the microaggression that is seething inside of you. Desperately trying to get out.

What you really mean by that phrase is that people are -- of color are given extra unfair benefits because of their race. Why are you such a racist?

And for the holy love of heaven, will you please don't give me the old, everybody can succeed in this society, if they don't work hard -- if they work hard enough. Please don't give that to me. I -- you know that's a lie. Go ahead, say it. Say it to your microaggressive, hateful self. Go ahead say it. Colored people are just lazy. Yeah, that's what you say. Colored people. Hello, Mr. 1956. You're saying they're incompetent and need to work harder. I know exactly what you're saying.

Yep. Can't hide from the University of Wisconsin or UC Berkeley. This is what's being taught to your kids. Take your kids out of school. Don't. Send them to a local community college before this crap.

This is what's happening in the United States of America today. The family, the fundamental building block of civilization is being transformed. Marriage transformed. Speech transformed. Rights rewritten. Invented. Suppressed. It's all happening at the same time by design by the progressives.

And the result will be that America's cream will no longer rise to the top. Cream, we can't have cream. That implies a cow. Who are you to put your hand on the utter of an animal without asking for permission?

Merit is going to just be a parts of in Connecticut. That's it. We'll have generations of Americans who wait to be given what they believe they have coming to them because they're entitled. It won't come, but government benefits will, while they last. More and more fundamental rights will be created.

There is no fundamental right to marriage. Not in the Constitution. For straight people, either. There is no such thing as a fundamental right for health care. Those are things we like. But that's not something government is doing. Marriage was an institution that was started by the religious. And government cannot interfere with the religious inside the walls of the church. So how is it that they say they can -- no, we understand the First Amendment. We got it. You can do whatever you want in the church. And we'll leave you alone. It just doesn't expand past the church. By the way, open up the door of the church because we have to tell you what you're doing on the altar there with those two people. Can't have it both ways, dude.

Health care is the same way. Now they're talking about a guaranteed minimum wage. There is no fundamental right to a minimum wage. A job. There's no fundamental right to food. Now, these rights did exist in that glorious place called the Soviet Union. They still exist in that wonderful utopia of China. But not here in the United States of America. Why?

Well, because our fathers had a different idea. And I'll tell you about that coming up in a second.

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GLENN: So do you remember when the president said this about the Constitution?

OBAMA: That generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can't do to you. Says what the federal government can't do to you. But it doesn't say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.

GLENN: Right. Right. He is a constitutional scholar. He has that wrapped up tightly in a nice little box. That is exactly what it says because that's exactly what the founders designed it to do and be. Why? Because they studied all previous governments. They studied it from ancient Greece and Mesopotamia. They went out and they really searched what worked, what didn't, why did it fail, when did it fail. And then they tried to design something that took all of that into account.

They knew that the government shouldn't do certain things to the citizenry, the way Britain did. They wanted government out of the way. They believed that we can do it. We can do it on our own, and we can do it better. Except for a few things like military. Now, who doesn't think -- does Apple think the government can do computers better than Apple? Does Google think they can run the internet better than Google (sic)? Do you think you can run your life and your family, or the government would be better at that? Based on merit, we're given the right to pursue our happiness. Not the guarantee that the government would provide for us.

You got to grab your kids because they are being reprogrammed. We are being reprogrammed to accept that the most qualified person should not get the job. That the special person should. The first person, the first black, Hispanic, woman, gay, lesbian, transgendered man that's still questioning and a little bit transabled or maybe the first transracial. First dwarf. First something should get that job. But not the person who is actually qualified. No. Look, if Ted Cruz were gay, he had exactly the same policies, I would absolutely vote for him. If he would just for the love of Pete, man, put on a skirt, then he would be the first transgendered woman president. Then he's -- he's more than qualified.

We're being directed down that path. And if we continue down that path, America will cease to be great. We've already slid way past good. We're now in, kind of mediocre. It's okay. Kind of like Canada is looking pretty good right now.

Perhaps one day even less.

I started this with that Lee Greenwood quote. I think it's the first time in my career that I've quoted Lee Greenwood. But I'll stand up next to you and defend her still today.

It's time to stand. It's not time to stand against something. It's time to stand for something. Stand for the Constitution. Stand for people's rights. Not even your rights. Don't even worry about your rights. Somebody else's right. We're going to talk about Ted Cruz and he's talking about his solution to gay marriage. But I think in a way, what he's saying is, we got to stand up against gay marriage and get this thing overturned.

I think we need to get it overturned, but not because of gay marriage. We got to get the government out of gay marriage. Rand Paul has the right position on this. Get the government out of marriage entirely. They have no place in our marriage. Right of conscience.

They have no place in our marriage. If you want to get married, you get married. I may disagree with it, but how does it pick my pocket or break my leg? It doesn't.

You want to get married. Get married. If you're two consenting adults, how does this hurt me?

If you want to force my church to marry you, if I go to a gay church and they're like, we won't marry any straight people, so be it. Why would I want them to do it? I'm not going to force them to do it. I'm not going to force your church or whatever to do whatever. You don't force me to do whatever. Why can't we all just kind of be cool with each other? My evil plan, slowly, quietly take over the world, and then leave everybody alone.

The FBI recently sent more than a dozen armed agents to the home of well-known pro-life activist Mark Houck to arrest him for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances or FACE Act. Now the father of seven faces up to 11 years in prison over claims that he blocked a man from entering an abortion clinic and shoved him when he wouldn't stop verbally harassing Mark's 12-year-old son. Now, if that doesn't sound insane enough, this all happened after local authorities dropped the case. So, what's the full story here?

Attorney Peter Breen joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to tell the family's side of the story, including how the case was already "won" three years ago, and how, after receiving a target letter from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mark's legal team agreed to cooperate fully, only to hear nothing back until the day the FBI showed up on Mark's doorstep.

Breen also explained how the FBI has tried to downplay "abuse of power" claims, accusing Mark's wife of making "inaccurate claims" about the terrifying experience.

"Ryan-Marie, who is Mark's wife, she thought she saw 25 [FBI agents.] The FBI came back and said it wasn't 25, it was no more than 15 or 20 heavily armed federal agents. And she had called them a 'SWAT team' because she's a lay person. I don't know the difference between a SWAT team and a bunch of heavily armed, armored, and shield-bearing federal agents," Breen said.

According to Fox News, a senior FBI source said:

There may have been 15-20 agents at the scene, but denied 25 were there. The agents who came to the door had guns out and at the ready, according to this FBI source, but the guns were never pointed at Houck or his family and were lowered or holstered as soon as Houck was taken into custody. Houck was handcuffed with a belly chain.

"So, yeah, they had guns drawn and pointed at Mark in front of his wife and their children. And that whole show of force was done against a man who was not a drug lord, not a mafia boss, but instead, a law-abiding pillar of the community whose attorney said, 'we'll bring him in if you decide to charge, even though you have no case.'"

Breen went on to assert that he believes Congress "needs to" hold Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable for the arrest. "I can't imagine that those 20 federal agents were excited about being called out to a peaceful man's home, guns drawn," he said.

In the video clip below, Breen goes on the explain what he believes should happen next, and why Houck's arrest "should frighten all of us." Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

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Glenn Beck joined Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night to discuss Visa Inc.'s "horrifying" new plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing purchases at gun shops, a move that Glenn aptly described as "the next step in banning guns."

In what's been hailed as a major victory for gun control activists, Visa agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) new set of standards by creating a special merchant category code for gun and ammunition sales.

In his appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Glenn shared a letter written by Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president at Visa, showing that the credit card company initially pushed back on the ISO's new rules.

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent,” Thomson wrote in the letter to pro-gun-control lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Just days later, however, Visa had agreed to comply with the ISO's plan to establish a new merchant category code for gun stores. So why did Visa suddenly flip?

As Glenn explained, it all comes down to pressure from America's largest union-owned bank, the Amalgamated Bank, one of the only unionized banks in the United States and a proud proponent of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing.

"This is the next step in banning guns," Glenn asserted.

"It's horrifying!" Tucker responded after several seconds of stunned silence.

"I'm so grateful you did the reporting on this," he told Glenn. "I'm not sure why it falls to you since we have a couple of very large daily newspapers in this country you'd think would want to report this, yet none of them did. So, Glenn Beck did."


On a recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn broke down the details of this latest attack on the Second Amendment and revealed how this is a step toward something even worse than federal gun registration. Watch the video clip below for more details. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


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Glenn Beck: Here's why Stacey Abrams' fetal heartbeat remarks are hilarious but TERRIFYING

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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a new pro-abortion conspiracy theory: "There is no such thing as a [fetal] heartbeat at six weeks ... it is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have a right to take control of a woman’s body."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere agreed Abrams' latest "misinformation" is not just ridiculous but could be dangerous if people are actually willing to believe her.

"If you want to defend abortion, go ahead and defend it. Defend what you're actually doing. Stop denying what is reality," Stu said. "If this is such a great defensible policy, then just come out and defend it, but they never can ... you notice how they can't go to the actual thing they say is so important. They keep defending these other things that aren't true."

Glenn said the pro-choice movement was successful for a long time because most people want the decision to be up to the woman and her doctor and that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. But when leftists began "celebrating" their abortions or calling for "abortion on demand" at any point in the pregnancy, that's when they start to lose support.

"Because they've celebrated abortion and are losing regular people, you can't put that genie back in the bottle. So, what do they have to do now? They have to take the insane step of discrediting medical machines and technology," Glenn said.

"This is after two years, by the way, of them claiming the biggest scandal in the world was people suggesting the voting machines were hacked — after they previously said that voting machines were hacked in elections they [Democrats] lost," Stu pointed out.

"Honestly, gang, think this through because this is where life gets very scary. This is where you go to authoritarian rule and you can kill millions of people because you're truly now discrediting things that everyone knows is true," Glenn warned.

"So, if you disagree ... you can say that is an evil magic box that has made up sounds in it to convince people. If they will buy that, you're at the Salem witch trials. 'If she doesn't float, she wasn't a witch.' That's what you're looking at right now — and what's frightening is, [Abrams] can say this with a straight face and no one discredits her," he continued.

"You don't think that they can convince those people that you are a terrorist because of the way you vote? [...] You don't think they can convince half the country that you should be eliminated, liquidated, put into a camp, whatever authoritarians love to do? ... We are headed towards dangerous, dangerous times. We better wake up and stand together because this is frightening — it's hilarious — but because people are taking it seriously, it is terrifying," Glenn added.

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