Thank you Birmingham

In the news and online, it's not hard to find people speaking words that are divisive. People tend to avoid listening to voices that don't seem to fit with their perspective.

On radio Friday, Glenn expressed his appreciation to the people of Birmingham, who have demonstrated how to truly be people of unity.

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GLENN: Bishop Lowe is an amazing, amazing guy. Who studied the Koran.

Actually left Christianity when he was very young because -- this was back in the '60s or '70s. He was in college. And all of his Christian friends who were all white, he thought he was buddies. And he was going to date a woman, ask a woman to go out. She was white. And all of his Christian friends went away and said, no. No, we shouldn't mix. And he's like, aren't we the same on the inside?

Yeah, well, but no, Jesus -- Jesus doesn't want us to mix. So he left Christianity. And he started studying the Koran. And he was going down the -- he was going down the Elijah Muhammad road and started going, you know, really dark.

PAT: Wow. I didn't know that part about him.

GLENN: Yeah, he's very much like Hutch. He's very much like Hutch. You know, he was in the 16th Street Baptist Church when they tried to blow it up. He was in the next room. So he was safe. But he lost friends that way. I mean, he has walked the walk. And he is serious about unity. He is, you know, it doesn't matter what color you are. It doesn't matter what religion you are. He is serious about coming together because now is the time. He's amazing.

STU: And he's taking a chance too. You would think by -- you know, I'm sure he's had a lot of pushback.

GLENN: It was not popular to invite Glenn Beck to his black church.

STU: No. But when you have people and you find people who are willing to step out and do stuff like that, you really need to show them a lot of respect. And you need to say -- really point that out. Because we complain about this sort of thing all the time, that so many people are divisive. And they won't listen to voices that support the values that we talk about. I mean, they've done a great job here in Birmingham to go out of their way to do that. They've really opened up to people here. People you wouldn't necessarily think would be part of this type of a movement.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: And, you know, the fact that that's happening is really encouraging.

GLENN: It's really encouraging. A lot of people -- in fact, I will tell you that the 16th Street Baptist Church, which is more of a progressive church, is right down where the -- where the -- the event starts tomorrow. The march starts. And, well, they've asked me not to speak in the church. You know, not to address. They've opened their doors to -- to all of us graciously. And are making sure everyone is comfortable and everything. That's really nice. Really nice. So we appreciate the hospitality of Birmingham. So appreciate the hospitality of Birmingham and all the people involved. If you'd like to get involved, you still can. Just find out about all of the events and how you can get tickets. Some of them -- most of them don't need tickets. Just join us. Just go to now.mercuryone.org.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.