Courage Boys: The Pacifist

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The Pacifist

Alvin York, a reformed alcoholic and troublemaker was trying to read the Bible by candlelight in his family's dirt floor log cabin when his pastor came in to visit. His pastor, also the town postmaster, carried a suspicious letter addressed to Alvin.

Unaccustomed to receiving mail, Alvin hurried to open it. Together, they read.

Besides swearing off swearing, Alvin also didn't drink, dance, attend movies, or swim. Alvin was the perfect convert, you see.

He was also the sole financial support for his widowed mother and nine siblings. The year was 1917, and Selective Service Act had just been signed into law. The letter said that Alvin, 29 years old, must apply for the draft. It was signed, Woodrow Wilson.

“You can tell them no. We don't do war either, you know,” the postmaster, now acting as pastor said

Alvin answered: “Yes, sir. Can I borrow your pencil?”

He scribbled a sentence on his card, sealed it, and sent it back with a trusted friend.

Alvin's conscientious objection, all five words, didn't work. He was drafted, and reluctantly Alvin went to war.

And in a few months, he was in France. One day Alvin, a rank-and-file solider was lost in all of Company G. They found themselves behind German lines. And so far behind German lines, in fact, that they were behind Germans themselves. They were even behind some German machine gunners who were overlooking the valley from a great vantage point. The Germans were mowing down the Allied troops who were stuck in the valley like grass.

That's when the small company of Americans began to fire on the German machine gunners from behind. The Germans stopped firing towards the front and turned on little Company G, killing most of them quickly, leaving York, the conscientious objector, in charge of seven survivors.

“Guard the prisoners,” York yelled to the men. “I'm going up.”

He ran to a new position alone. Over 30 gunners sprayed the forest to try to hit Captain York, who was now shooting an end field model HEP 1917 rifle, one round at a time.

Between German flurries, he took one German out, then two, then three.

“Come down, or I'll keep shooting,” he called to the Germans.

He picked off the fourth, a fifth, a sixth.

“Stop shooting. I'll let you live. Just drop your weapon.”

It was quiet. And he had to reload.

Seeing this, six more German soldiers jumped out of a foxhole and charged with bayonets. He grabbed his Colt .45 automatic pistol from his belt. Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. All six dead.

“I said, stop,” he yelled from his cover.

Shocked, the German regiment dropped their weapons. With their hands raised, they all surrendered to York and his men. The allied troops in the valley advanced safely. News of his heroism reached home before he did.

Upon his hero's return, Captain York lectured a little and met some important people. But he quickly returned to Tennessee to start a school for backwards kids. You see, York was a pacifist, as he explained in the five honest words that he wrote in his draft application: I don't want to fight.

And so, courage, boys. Sometimes you'll have to fight. And when you do, win.

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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