In the wake of the shooting death of yet another police officer, Glenn decided to channel his frustration into a message of hope to his radio listeners on Wednesday.
"I want to tell you the story of the widow's mite," Glenn said before recounting the famous biblical tale of a poor widow who gave up all the money she had. Although the monetary value was practically worthless, her gift was cherished above all others by God.
Glenn went on to tell a similar story in his own life, when his team was trying to raise money to meet in Washington, DC for 8/28. Not knowing how they would ever come up with the money, Glenn said he received a very special contribution that was completely unexpected.
"The guy who was sitting on the plane next to me handed me an envelope," Glenn said. "There were eight pennies inside of this envelope. They're here on my desk now. I started crying because it was the greatest donation we had ever received."
Then, Glenn related this story to the police officers who are being shot.
"We don't have the ability to stop this. We're not equipped. We don't really even know what to do. I don't even know what the answer is. The hatred and the anger has been buried so deep in our society," Glenn said.
The solution, Glenn suggested rests with us, in doing whatever small thing we can do.
"They need to know that somebody appreciates them," Glenn said. "I would suggest to you that the best thing we can do is stand in our own communities. If you don't go to a church, then get your kids to make a card. To bake some cookies."
He went on:
"May I suggest that you gather together and you go arm in arm, hand in hand, and you ring those police departments all across the country, and you cover them with a blanket of prayer. A lot of people will think this won't matter, but I think it will," Glenn said.
Listen or read the full segment below.
Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.
GLENN: We had another shooting of a police officer yesterday in Illinois. There are hundreds that have joined the manhunt for these three people that have killed the police officers. I want to tell you the story of the widow's mite. A woman who came and gave all that she could. The widow's mite is the smallest amount of money you could possibly give. And that's the one that the Nazarene said had given the most.
I have on my desk eight pennies. I had them framed. Eight pennies. They came from Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Smith. All they had to give. We were trying to raise money so we could meet in Washington, DC. And the pressure was on like nobody's business. It was -- it was about eight days before 8/28. We were I think about half a million dollars behind in paying for it. And then we were supposed to raise money for the Wounded Warriors on top of it. And as it was turning out, we weren't going to be able to raise any money for the Wounded Warriors. And we were going to take all of that money and just pay for the event. And that Friday, I got a call from Washington, DC. And they were asking us to provide more security. And it was the Justice Department. And they were doing it because they were trying to bankrupt us.
And we had to pony up with another 500,000 dollars' worth of security. And we were securing ourselves against the Black Panthers, if you remember right. If you look at any of the pictures that you might have taken on the mall, if you took any pictures of anybody speaking and behind us, on top of the Lincoln Memorial, you'll see black clad figures. Those were snipers.
The security was intense and overwhelmingly expensive. The same thing happened here in Birmingham. You didn't see them. But there were snipers on the rooftops. We want to make sure that if we go and do something in this crazy world, we're prepared.
Well, we were now over a million dollars in the hole. And I went down to a fundraiser in Florida, and I had been promised by the people who were doing this that they would raise a million dollars for us. And I got on the plane, and that fundraiser it only raised $75,000. Because everybody there wanted a political solution. And they wanted to be able to see something tangible for their money. And I understand that. But I had wasted 36 hours on the ground because they didn't want me to just come in. I had to go in, speak, then I had to go have breakfast, then I had to have meet-and-greets. And I could have done speeches and made more money. And I got on the plane and I said, what's wrong with us? $75,000, I've just wasted all of this time.
And the guy who was sitting on the plane next to me handed me an envelope after a three-hour flight in complete silence. Because when I heard that we had only raised $75,000, I looked up to the -- to the fan -- to the little air vent in the airplane and I was mad at God. And I said, what else do you want from us? We're willing to risk our lives. We're willing to lose our business. We're doing exactly what you tell us to do, to the best of our ability. What else do you want from us?
There was silence on the plane for about three hours as we flew back to New York. As we were getting to land into the airport, the guy who was with me handed me a letter and said, this might make you feel better. And I read the letter and it said, this is all we have to give. We don't have anymore. But we can't let this go without us making our contribution to make it happen.
And there were eight pennies inside of this envelope. They're here on my desk now. I started crying because it was the greatest donation we had ever received. I understood the story of the widow's mite. It's the small stuff that's the most meaningful, not the million dollars from a bunch of people who are standing around at a cocktail party. But people who search their soul and search the cushions of their couch. That's what makes the difference. Those who are willing to give it all.
I told that story on the air the following Monday. And I don't know how much we raised, but it was well over the million dollars that we were then in the hole. And I believe we ended up for Wounded Warriors, giving them about $3 million in that week, and it all happened because of these 8 cents. It all happened because of these people who gave everything they had.
Now, let me relate this to the police officers that are being shot. You and I don't -- we don't have the ability to stop this. We're not equipped. We don't really even know what to do. I don't even know what the answer is. The hatred and the anger has been buried so deep in our society.
We have opened up wounds that, quite honestly, should have been lanced a long time ago. But they've sat there and they've festered. And then we've had people in our own country that have encouraged it and added to the poison. We in our own homes haven't done enough. We've listened to the so-called experts, and we've given our kids trophies when they didn't deserve it. We didn't teach them our true history. We haven't had to really, truly struggle in our life. And even the poorest among us haven't really, truly struggled. We don't know what real poverty is. The first time I ever saw real poverty, I went to Mexico City, it was just outside of the city limits where people were living in cardboard boxes, and they didn't even have clothing. That's poverty. And that was right across our border.
So we haven't really even struggled. All we're being asked to do is to give whatever we can. And I'm not talking about money. We have been racking our brains to try to figure out, what are we going to do? How can we help support Houston, the police department there, and let people know that we're behind them?
Now, there's going to be thousands of people that I think that are going to show up for this funeral. I'm going to be there for the funeral on Friday. There's going to be people from Houston that will go to this funeral. People that will just go stand outside of this church. You'll probably have to park a ways away. They're worried about how many people are going to come. And I know there will be people within the sound of my voice that will want to be there, that will want to join hands, and they will want to pray.
But may I suggest that we consider something else. That those of us in communities all over the country that know that there are bad cops, but the lion's share, the vast majority are good men and women who risk their lives every single day. Whether they're standing at a gas pump and they get shot in the back of the head or they're chasing people and they get shot while they're trying to arrest them. Or they're just approaching a car for speeding, and they get shot. These people risk their lives every day.
May I suggest that you call your church, you call your friends, I would like to see us all over this country ring our police departments, standing hand in hand, praying a blessing over the people that work in that building, the people who leave those buildings in every community. This isn't going to be solved on the national front. This isn't going to be solved by a president, especially a president who refuses to call evil by its name. But it's not going to be solved by any president. It's going to be solved at the local level.
And our police department, they're being hunted. They need to know that somebody appreciates them. Because I don't care where the police officers are. You don't have to be in Chicago or Houston to feel this. You don't have to be in Chicago or Ferguson or Baltimore to feel that you're being hunted. You don't have to be in any of these cities where we have lost police officers, to have your wife or your husband look at you as you're putting on your uniform and saying, let's -- why are you doing? Nobody appreciates it. It's not worth it. I want you to come home to me.
I suggest that there's going to be a lot of people in Houston. And if you're in Houston, you stand. There's going to be a march next week. We'll tell you about it, in Houston.
But I -- I would suggest to you that the best thing we can do is stand in our own communities. If you don't go to a church, then get your kids to make a card. To bake some cookies. In today's world, they probably will throw them in the trash, but it's the thought that counts. In the sick world we live in, cops probably won't eat a tray of cookies or cupcakes that have made for them to say thank you. We can't just go into our local police station because some sicko would probably poison it and they can't trust it, so they probably won't eat it. But they will notice. Because we live that and we notice it when people do it to us.
May I suggest that you gather together and you go arm in arm, hand in hand, and you ring those police departments all across the country, and you cover them with a blanket of prayer. A lot of people will think this won't matter, but I think it will. And even if you think there is no God, it's the gesture that we're standing behind them and we worry about them and we appreciate them, that I think needs to be said.
And because I believe in God, I do believe that our prayers can help give them the armor that is beyond the body armor that they currently wear.