Our first freedom is freedom of speech

Comedy is supposed to bring us together by showing us there's nobody completely above mockery. But even this most basic of First Amendment expressions is under attack by the progressive leftwing ideology.

Covering for Glenn on his radio show this morning, Buck Sexton talked about how left-leaning comedians seem to be let off the hook of political correctness while their conservative counterparts are forced to apologize for being "offensive."

To demonstrate the extent our PC culture has gone, Buck pointed out some have deemed tribute videos of the late actor, Robin Williams, offensive.

Perhaps one of the best examples of this is after the very tragic and untimely death of Robin Williams, as they created some tribute videos of his comedy, people realized that even but a few years ago, maybe a decade or so ago, there were things that Robin Williams would say, and there were voices he would do. And there were jokes he made. Ooh. That's kind of racist. Oh, I don't know if we can show that on TV.

He continued.

"What is happening to us? How can we allow this to be?" Buck asked. "We're supposed to be the beacon of freedom to the entire world, and our first freedom is of speech, of thought, of ideas. And yet, we're giving that away without too much of a fight."

Listen to the segment or read the transcript below.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

BUCK: There are some who will get away with more minor violations of the code of PC, of political correctness. There are some who have to have a temporary, little minor moment of apology and they can just skate on by. Because if you're on the left -- if you're a leftist in good standing, you get a little more leeway on this.

Tina Fey, who is a talented comedy writer. I actually enjoyed 30 Rock very much, and I think Jack Donaghy is one of the great TV characters of all time. But Tina Fey has also written a show. She was the head writer at SNL for a while, for those of you who are not familiar with her work. She's the creator of a show called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. And on TheBlaze.com, we have this story now, where she's just saying she doesn't really care that there's some sort of -- there's some outrage that people have over her -- over her show. She's not going to apologize.

Now, what's interesting here as a member in good standing with the left, she'll be okay. She can do this. Right? But it's instructive, I think, nonetheless to show that even somebody like her, who has been burnishing -- remember, this is the woman who made a mockery of Sarah Palin -- perhaps her most famous stint on SNL. You could say, well, they make fun of everybody. But it felt -- there was a particular sting, I think, in the Palin jokes. And she's somebody who also created this show.

And in this show, there's a white actress who as part of the story line comes from a Native American family. It's obviously supposed to be farcical. It's really sort of surrealist. It's not in any way a commentary on Native Americans and everything else. And people, of course, because of the culture we live in now begin to freak out about it. They demand apologies. And they just want everybody to walk around constantly in fear of saying the wrong thing. Because there's power in that. For people -- and, of course, this is the mind-set of the modern leftist, is that they want to be able to tell you what to do all the time in every facet of your life. I think this is one of the main characteristics or one of the main distinguishing factors between left and right in this country.

The right wants some rules, but other than that, go for it. The left wants everything to be dictated. Notice the usage of that term. It should remind you of something else.

They have a sense that is dictatorial. Comedy is supposed to be a chance to be brave, to afflict the powerful, to actually bring us all together by showing us that there's nobody that is above mockery. Whether it's our political leaders or religious leaders or anybody, closely held beliefs, all of it should be subject to some degree of humor, right? There's some humor that's in bad taste. There's some humor that's not nice or fair. But you should be able to take a joke about basically anything. And this is one of the casualties of the culture in which we now live. That you can't even make a show that's just trying to entertain and be funny without everyone coming out and saying, "Oh, how could you? It's so racist."

Perhaps one of the best examples of this is after the very tragic and untimely death of Robin Williams, as they created some tribute videos of his comedy, people realized that even but a few years ago, maybe a decade or so ago, there were things that Robin Williams would say, and there were voices he would do. And there were jokes he made. Ooh. That's kind of racist. Oh, I don't know if we can show that on TV.

What is happening to us? How can we allow this to be? We're supposed to be the beacon of freedom to the entire world. And our first freedom is of speech, of thought, of ideas. And yet, we're giving that away without too much of a fight. I say we change that.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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The former ambassador to Russia under the Obama Administration, Michael McFaul, came up with "7 Pillars of Color Revolution," a list of seven steps needed to incite the type of revolution used to upend Eastern European countries like Ukraine and Georgia in the past two decades. On his TV special this week, Glenn Beck broke down the seven steps and showed how they're happening right now in America.

Here are McFaul's seven steps:

1. Semi-autocratic regime (not fully autocratic) – provides opportunity to call incumbent leader "fascist"

2. Appearance of unpopular president or incumbent leader

3. United and organized opposition – Antifa, BLM

4. Effective system to convince the public (well before the election) of voter fraud

5. Compliant media to push voter fraud narrative

6. Political opposition organization able to mobilize "thousands to millions in the streets"

7. Division among military and police


Glenn explained each "pillar," offering examples and evidence of how the Obama administration laid out the plan for an Eastern European style revolution in order to completely upend the American system.

Last month, McFaul made a obvious attempt to downplay his "color revolutions" plan with the following tweet:

Two weeks later, he appeared to celebrate step seven of his plan in this now-deleted tweet:



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Modern eugenics: Will Christians fight this deadly movement?

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Last month, without much fanfare, a new research paper disclosed that 94 percent of Belgian physicians support the killing of new-born babies after birth if they are diagnosed with a disability.

A shocking revelation indeed that did not receive the attention it demanded. Consider this along with parents who believe that if their unborn babies are pre-diagnosed with a disability, they would choose to abort their child. Upwards of 70 percent of mothers whose children are given a prenatal disability diagnosis, such as Down Syndrome, abort to avoid the possibility of being burdened with caring for a disabled child.

This disdain for the disabled hits close to home for me. In 1997, my family received a letter from Michael Schiavo, the husband of my sister, Terri Schiavo, informing us that he intended to petition a court to withdraw Terri's feeding tube.

For those who do not remember, in 1990, at the age of 26, Terri experienced a still-unexplained collapse while at home with Michael, who subsequently became her legal guardian. Terri required only love and care, food and water via feeding tube since she had difficulty swallowing as a result of her brain injury. Nonetheless, Michael's petition was successful, and Terri's life was intentionally ended in 2005 by depriving her of food and water, causing her to die from dehydration and starvation. It took almost two excruciating weeks.

Prior to my sister's predicament, the biases that existed towards persons with disabilities had been invisible to me. Since then, I have come to learn the dark history of deadly discrimination towards persons with disabilities.

Indeed, some 20 years prior to Germany's T4 eugenics movement, where upwards of 200,000 German citizens were targeted and killed because of their physical or mental disability, the United States was experiencing its own eugenics movement.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas documented some of this history in his concurring opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., Justice Thomas describes how eugenics became part of the academic curriculum being taught in upwards of 400 American universities and colleges.

It was not solely race that was the target of the U.S. eugenics movement. Eugenicists also targeted the institutionalized due to incurable illness, the physically and cognitively disabled, the elderly, and those with medical dependency.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, which wiped out pro-life laws in nearly every state and opened the floodgates to abortion throughout the entirety of pregnancy. Since then, 60 million children have been killed. Abortion as we know it today has become a vehicle for a modern-day eugenics program.

Since the Catholic Church was established, the Truth of Christ was the greatest shield against these types of attacks on the human person and the best weapon in the fight for equality and justice. Tragically, however, for several decades, the Church has been infiltrated by modernist clergy, creating disorder and confusion among the laity, perverting the teachings of the Church and pushing a reckless supposed “social justice" agenda.

My family witnessed this firsthand during Terri's case. Church teaching is clear: it is our moral obligation to provide care for the cognitively disabled like Terri. However, Bishop Robert Lynch, who was the bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, during Terri's case, offered no support and was derelict in his duties during the fight for Terri's life.

Bishop Lynch had an obligation to use his position to protect Terri from the people trying to kill her and to uphold Church teaching. Indeed, it was not only the silence of Bishop Lynch but that of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which also remained silent despite my family's pleas for help, that contributed to Terri being needlessly starved and dehydrated to death.

My family's experience, sadly, has turned out to be more of the rule than the exception. Consider what happened to Michael Hickson. Hickson was a 36-year-old, brain-injured person admitted to a Texas hospital after contracting COVID-19. Incredibly—and against the wishes of Michael's wife—the hospital decided not to treat Michael because they arbitrarily decided that his “quality of life" was “unacceptably low" due to his pre-existing disability. Michael died within a week once the decision not to treat him was imposed upon him despite the efforts of his wife to obtain basic care for her husband.

During my sister's case and our advocacy work with patients and their families, it would have been helpful to have a unified voice coming from our clergy consistently supporting the lives of our medically vulnerable. We desperately need to see faithful Catholic pastoral witness that confounds the expectations of the elite by pointing to Jesus Christ and the moral law.

A Church that appears more concerned with baptizing the latest social and political movements is a Church that may appear to be “relevant," but one that may also find itself swallowed up by the preoccupations of our time.

As Catholics, we know all too well the reluctance of priests to preach on issues of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and other pro-life issues. We have heard that the Church cannot risk becoming too political.

At the same time, some within the Church are now openly supporting Black Lives Matter, an organization that openly declares itself hostile to the family, to moral norms as taught by the Church, and whose founders embrace the deadly ideology of Marxism.

For example, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, knelt in prayer with a cardboard sign asserting his support for this ideology.

Recently, during an online liturgy of the mass, Fr. Kenneth Boller at The Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York, led the congregation with what appears to sound like questions affirming the BLM agenda. Moreover, while reading these questions, pictures of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, assumed victims of racial injustice, were placed on the altar of St. Francis Xavier Church, a place typically reserved for Saints of the Catholic Church.

Contrast these two stories with what happened in the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, where Rev. Theodore Rothrock of St. Elizabeth Seton Church fell victim to the ire of Bishop Timothy Doherty. Fr. Rothrock used strong language in his weekly church bulletin criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers. Consequently, Bishop Doherty suspended Fr. Rothrock from public ministry.

In 1972, Pope Pius VI said, “The smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God." It seems that too many of our clergy today are enjoying the smell.

I encourage all who are concerned about the human right to life and about Christ-centered reforms in our culture and our Church to raise your voices for pastoral leadership in every area of our shared lives as Christian people.

Bobby Schindler is a Senior Fellow with Americans United for Life, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.