Do You Support the Hammond Family?

On his radio program Tuesday, Glenn shared his thoughts on one of the biggest stories that's been flooding the media outlets thus far in 2016.

Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son were charged with arson for setting fires that spread to public land in 2001 and 2006. The government used an anti-terrorism statute to secure its convictions.

"I support the Hammonds," Glenn said, while making it clear he is not a fan of the tactics of Ammon Bundy and others protesting their incarceration.

He explained the statutes authorities relied on to convict the Hammonds were put in place after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

"What they were going after was, you go in and shoot up a federal building, you go in and set it on fire, we've got you for five years. That's what they were trying to go after," Glenn said. "Not somebody who is trying to stop a fire on their own land, or even, quite honestly, somebody who is trying to cover their tracks."

What do you think?

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

GLENN: I support the Hammonds. Now, Stu is telling me that he thinks there is testimony in the court case from the Hammonds' relatives that show that they were poaching.

STU: Yeah, actually Jeffy had sent around a bunch of articles yesterday, one of which indicated that one of their relatives had testified -- they had several quotes from these guys, saying that that is why they set the fires.

GLENN: To cover their track.

STU: Illegal deer poaching or whatever.

PAT: So it wasn't this innocuous thing to prevent forest fires.

STU: I believe that's what their claim was.

PAT: Huh.

STU: And, look, I think that's kind of separate from this. In that, even if they did something absolutely wrong, it's still unfair to somebody to sentence them for a crime, have them exit prison, resume their life, and say, "Oh, by the way, you're going back to prison for the same crime."

PAT: Right.

GLENN: I have to tell you, you're living on 6,000 acres and a deer happens to cross a fence, I now can't shoot it because it's crossed a fence. I mean, it's a different world out there. It's just a different world. Now, I'm not going to shoot it because I know I shoot a deer, it crosses the fence, I'm in trouble. And I don't know anybody who would do that. However, you're on 6,000 acres of land and if you're getting your food that way and you're shooting across a fence, for the love of Pete.

STU: I mean, again, the case is tough. And you're right. I don't live in that world, and I don't understand the world of the western rancher at all, to be perfectly frank about it. I'm just telling you what their case was, which they said they said it -- so they knew -- they knew they were committing -- doing something wrong, that's why they set the fire.

JEFFY: Right.

STU: And while they set the fire, they did not alert any of the authorities who were out there with firefighters fighting another fire. So, you know, their accusation was they put other firefighters in danger because they were --

JEFFY: I think that was the second fire.

STU: Yeah, it was two separate fires.

JEFFY: There's two separate fires.

GLENN: But I also heard the testimony said that the firemen -- some firemen said that isn't true, that they actually helped them, that it actually helped put the fire out. Post.

STU: It's hard to drill down. They were convicted of the crime. But that doesn't -- again, that doesn't excuse this.

GLENN: I think the first judge was right. It would have been cruel and unusual punishment to give them five years for this crime. Cruel and unusual. And the only reason why it's five years is because of 9/11.

STU: Yeah. Oklahoma City.

GLENN: Oklahoma City. It would not have been this if it wasn't for Oklahoma City. They were trying to be tough. What they were going after was, you go in and shoot up a federal building, you go in and set it on fire, we've got you for five years. That's what they were trying to go after. Not somebody who is trying to stop a fire on their own land, or even, quite honestly, somebody who is trying to cover their tracks --

PAT: Because they shot a deer.

GLENN: Because they shot a deer. That's not terrorism, for the love of Pete.

STU: Obviously not.

GLENN: And I like the way the Hammonds seem to be handling this. They have asked people, the Bundys, "Go home. Go home. We're reporting for our sentence on Monday." They did yesterday. They're going to be heard in front of a court tomorrow. I think they're handling this the right way myself. I actually have respect for the Hammonds.

PAT: Yeah, they didn't condone this taking over the federal building. Of course, it's more of a federal shack, really.

GLENN: Yeah, it's not really a federal building.

PAT: I mean, they make it sound like it's in the middle of downtown Portland, like they took over a highrise. It's this dumpy, little shack out in the middle of nowhere. Thirty miles from a tiny, little town that's in the middle of nowhere.

JEFFY: But that's a different argument, right?

PAT: Yeah, that's a different argument.

JEFFY: The BLM overreach is a different argument than what they're -- I mean, that's what they're fighting for, is the overreach of the land management.

PAT: Yeah. Supposedly 30 or 100 ranches have been taken from their owners by the federal government in 100 years.

JEFFY: I know. We're having it here in Texas.

GLENN: But we're having it here in Texas too.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: The federal government is overreaching. People in the east don't understand this. Utah is 80 percent BLM land. 80 percent owned by the federal government. That's insane.

Featured Image: A sign is posted on a fence at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on January 5, 2016 near Burns, Oregon. An armed anti-government militia group continues to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Headquarters as they protest the jailing of two ranchers for arson. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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