Glenn: “I am not dying for something I don’t believe”

Being in the spotlight has been both a blessing and a curse for Glenn. On the one hand, it allows him to reach millions of Americans across the country with vital messages of hope and information. But on the other, he has had to have constant security for the better part of a decade. On Monday’s TV show, he described one of the worst death threats he ever got and a terrifying close call that changed his life.

Glenn: Let me tell you a story. I think, David, you know this. Remember when I did The Christmas Sweater?

David: Yes.

Glenn: I was getting hate from all kinds of people. It was amazing. I had gone on the air shortly before, maybe three months before this tour, and I had talked about the 9/11 truthers. I said I think this is nuts. I think this is nuts. Well, at the time, at least, those guys were, at least in New York, they were really dangerous. A video came out about me. I’ll never forget, it was slowed down, distorted, and had driving hard rock music behind it. The voice, a disembodied female voice, said, “All traitors must be executed. All traitors must be executed.” And then the word traitor came on my face.

So, security went crazy, and I’m going out to do this book tour. I’m on the bus, and it was the first time I had to wear a bulletproof vest. I put on the bulletproof vest, and I have to go out into these crowds, shake hands, and do my thing, and we don’t know who’s in the crowd.

The second one, a guy comes up, and we had security like nobody’s business. A guy comes up, and he has his hands in his pockets. My security is all up. We all were focused on just that. He comes up, and he says hey. I try to screw my courage, and I’m like okay, there’s nothing wrong here. I put my hand out, and I said, “Merry Christmas.” He said, “Merry Christmas. All traitors must be executed,” empty hand. Well, he was on the floor by the time he had his hand here.

I went back into the bus, and I thought I don’t know if I can do this. I really don’t know. This was when I was still at CNN. I pictured in my head for that month of Christmas—my wife didn’t know this until much later—what’s the worst thing that could happen to you? And so I pictured myself, the worst-case scenario, only on those things that I truly believe. I made the commitment to myself at that point I am not dying for something I don’t believe. I am never going to say the things that I’m like yeah, I think that’s pretty good, I think that’s pretty close. No, unless I know it, I’m never going to say those things.

I had the extreme case to be able to do that, and I’ve had the extreme with my family and security to be able to do that. So, when they come to me and somebody says are you willing to die for it? I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure. You know what I mean? Most Americans will not have that opportunity. How do we get them, David, I mean, this is kind of why we’re doing this show and trying to show people that are just like you that have changed things and didn’t necessarily weren’t the winners, weren’t necessarily the winners.

David: Not at all. We were talking a minute ago whether faith precedes courage or courage precedes faith and now willing to die for things you believe in. Let me give you one more example because it deals with both of those. This next guys is a guy named Elijah Lovejoy. Elijah Lovejoy was active particularly in Missouri in the 1820s, 1830s. So, you’ve got the Missouri Compromise where the federal Congress for the first time turns around and says hey, we’re going to grow slavery. He’s opposed to this. He’s a preacher. His brother, Owen, is a preacher. He does not consider himself an abolitionist, but he’s a preacher.

He has a weekly magazine called The Observer, and he does religious articles. He started touching on the slavery issue and started talking about what he thought about the slavery issue. His press—

Glenn: Burned down?

David: Three times, came and smashed it. Each time, he’d put it back, go back to it, but you come face to face with what do I believe in? I want you to see this letter he wrote. This is what he said after this. He says, “In The Observer of Thursday, I shall come out openly, fearlessly, and as I hope in such a manner as becomes a servant of Jesus Christ when defending his cause, and whatever may be the consequences, I think, I trust, that through the grace of God, I am prepared to meet them—even unto death itself.”

He says, “My friends are trembling. My enemies, numerous and influential, are open and fiercer in their threats, but I can truly say I was never more calm. I have fasted and prayed. I have earnestly sought the path of duty and think, I am assured, that I have found it, and now I am determined that not all the fury of men or devils shall drive me from it. Yet you need not be disappointed to hear that I have fallen a victim, at least to the lash or the tar barrel.”

He says, “If they content themselves with whipping, I will not run until I have been whipped as often, at least, as Paul was—eight times.” So, he’s prepared himself for all that’s coming, except the next time, they killed them, they shot him. They just assassinated him and then burned his press down over his head.

Glenn: That’s very interesting because the same time and for many of the same reasons, not alone, but many of the same reasons, that’s what Joseph Smith went through, same time, Missouri. They were tar and feathering. They burned down the press because they were also anti-slavery. A lot of people think that happened because of Mormonism, but partly it was because of the Missouri Compromise. He was tarred and feathered, and I don’t think people understand what that was.

David: Oh man, are you kidding?

Glenn: Oh my gosh.

David: Man, if you’ve got any skin left—

Glenn: You’re lucky.

David: Do you know how hot tar has to be to melt and then pour that over somebody? Why don’t we just heat honey to boiling and then just go ahead and pour that on you? He said well, I may get lashed, I may get tarred and feathered, I may get hung.

Glenn: That’s okay.

David: That’s all right. I’ve talked to God about this. I’ve decided this is the right thing to do.

Glenn: That’s the attitude of the people that we’re trying to stand up for in the Middle East. Those people, we win. I mean, ISIS, I’m told that ISIS is freaked out by the Christians in the Middle East because they can’t get them to break. They keep doing these things worse and worse and worse, and nobody is crying, nobody’s begging for their lives. They’re all going quietly, and they can’t figure it out. If we can get to the place to where—somebody taught me once in negotiations, the best negotiation thing I’ve ever seen, and that is never threaten. Make promises. Never bluff, never. Never bluff.

So, when you can sit at a negotiation table or you can sit in this situation or any situation and you can look another man in the eyes and say I’m not moving, I don’t wish you ill, I don’t have any problems with you, but I’m not moving, there is something dog-like in each of us that makes you go crap, they’re serious; they are serious.

David: And that’s that standalone courage. We’ll close this segment out with one more quote. It’s a Texas one, so I’m going to go to Texas, going to go to the Texas rangers for a minute because when the Texas rangers were organized, Texas was a home for all sorts of lawless folks. Let’s back up one to the picture before. These are the guys, man. These are the tough guys that have to take on all the outlaws and the Santa Anna dictators and all the stuff they did.

The guy in the front row, the second guy in, right there, him, that is Capt. Bill McDonald. He runs the rangers. Bill McDonald, and this is what he taught the rangers, and this is where we are today as individuals. This is his quote, Capt. Bill McDonald: No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that’s in the right and keeps on a-comin’.” That’s the deal, you stand up, and you don’t back down.

Whether it’s in negotiations, whether it’s in the American Revolution, whether it’s in the anti-slavery cause, whether it’s ISIS, anything else, you stand up, even if it’s by yourself. You don’t back down, and you keep on coming. That overcomes them.

The Supreme Court slapped down New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings Wednesday, arguing that strict limitations on the number of people in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship — while liquor stores, bike shops, and many other non-religious places face few or no restrictions at all — are in violation of the First Amendment.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere applauded Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who reportedly cast the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling, as well as Justice Neil Gorsuch who took specific aim at Gov. Cuomo for limiting religious gatherings to as few as 10 people in some areas, while imposing "no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers 'essential'."

"It turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores," Gorsuch said. "Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too."

"Government is not free to disregard the 1st Amendment in times of crisis," Gorsuch wrote in a separate opinion.

Gov. Cuomo has since called the Supreme Court ruling "moot" and "irrelevant" because he had recently lifted restrictions in most of the affected areas.

"This is a trick they play all the time. They've done this with Second Amendment cases as well," Stu noted. "They'll put a ridiculous restriction in that's obviously not constitutional, keep it in place for a year while it goes through the courts, and right before it gets to the Supreme Court they withdraw the rule. So then the case gets thrown out because it's moot."

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

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