Louisiana Pastor Fingerprinted for Being Too Loud

A church in Louisiana is being told to shush up---or at least keep it down.

After gaining permission from the city to hold tent services while their church building underwent construction, the pastor of Vintage Church in Metairie is now being told to keep the noise at 60 decibels.

How loud is 60 decibels, you ask? Surely that level would allow for some good ol' time religion, right? A solid round of preaching and a few hymns?

Wednesday on The Glenn Beck Program, Glenn asked the $64,000 question. Just how loud is 60 decibels? Like a jackhammer? Maybe a boombox?

"We had a decibel meter in here yesterday," Glenn said. "I'm going to show you how loud---I'm not kidding---61 decibels is. You ready? Quiet, please. Here we go. This is 61 decibels."

That's right, the studio with only air handlers and the sound of running equipment hit 61 decibels. No talking, no back-and-forth bating, no Jeffy complaining, nada.

An outraged Glenn noted that the pastor of the church has been fingerprinted twice in front of his congregation, as well as twice fined $500. Christmas services were canceled because the city next threatened the pastor with six months in jail time.

Vintage Church Executive Pastor Matthew Brichetto has sued the sheriff and Jefferson Parish government in the 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna, seeking a temporary injunction to keep their services going in a tent in the church's parking lot.

Liberty Institute has also come on board to represent Vintage Church in their fight for religious freedom.

Sign a letter of support created by Liberty Institute that will go to the members of Vintage Church.


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

GLENN: Last night, on the TV show, we talked a little bit about anger, and how do you -- how do you not tolerate things? Because that's the problem. We have a toleration problem here in America. We've tolerated too much. And so how do we not tolerate what's going on without getting angry? And we told a couple of stories that I want to pass on.

There's a church in Louisiana, in New Orleans, that has had to restore their church. They had some problems. They had to restore their church. And so they have built a tent outside. They got permission from the city to build a self-enclosed tent with the heaters and air-conditioning and everything else, while they work on their building. Well, neighbors complained.

Now, there's a picture of the tent. You can see, it's a nice tent. It has doors on it, et cetera, et cetera. The neighbors complain it is right next to the church building. Neighbors complained that it was too loud. So the city got together and they have an ordinance that churches cannot be louder than 60 decibels.

Now, we're in the audio business. Pat, Stu, do you have any idea how loud 60 decibels is?

STU: Not off hand, no.

GLENN: Do you want to take a guess? How loud do you think it has to be before they shut this -- now, here's the deal. They have already gone into this church.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: And they have fingerprinted the pastor twice in front of the congregation. They have given him a 500-dollar fine twice. They canceled their Christmas services because of the city, because they've told the pastor, "Next time, six months in jail." How loud is 60 decibels? Guess.

PAT: I'm going to say, more than 59. But less than 61.


GLENN: No, come on. Like jackhammer. What is 60 decibels.

PAT: Oh, less than a jackhammer.

JEFFY: Oh, my gosh.

GLENN: Boombox?

JEFFY: Yeah. Car radio turned up. Turned up to the max.

GLENN: Let me give you a hint. You pick up the phone, you hear the dial tone. You remember when you used to pick up the phone and have a dial tone? You pick up the phone and have a dial tone, how loud do you think that dial tone is to your ear, on a decibel meter? Eighty.


GLENN: We had a -- yes, we had a decibel meter in here yesterday. I'm going to show you how loud -- I'm not kidding -- 61 decibels is. You ready? Quite, please. Here we go. This is 61 decibels.

That's it.

STU: That was nothing.

GLENN: This room, with the air handlers and the sound of the equipment in this room -- quiet, is 61 decibels.

PAT: Are you sure something wasn't --

GLENN: I'm positive.

PAT: -- wrong with your decibelometer?


GLENN: No, I'm positive. The sound of an air-conditioning unit turning on is about 60 decibels.

PAT: Wow, that's amazing.

GLENN: So the church -- they've stopped all amplification. It wasn't good enough.

PAT: Hmm.

GLENN: The pastor told everybody, "Next Sunday, when you come in, we have to be very, very quiet. So I'm not going to use any amplification, and I'm not speaking any louder than this."

As I'm speaking to you now, it is over 60 decibels. This (claps once) is 73. What the hell is happening? What the hell is happening?

STU: Interesting word choice. Good question.

GLENN: Yes. And, by the way, by the way, they've argued this in court and lost. And one of their defenses is, excuse me, there is destruction going on, and the city is using jackhammers which are 120 decibels. It's a power of ten each time. Each -- it's exponential.

STU: Right.

GLENN: So it's 120 decibels for a jackhammer, and that's fine on a Sunday morning. But 60 decibels in our church, on our property, is not. What's going on?

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Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil


Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

Watch the full "Glenn TV" episode below:

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn explain:

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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