Courage Boys: No Means No

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No Means No

Even before God's finger had finished scratching the seventh commandment on the tablets at Sinai, it was a death sentence for Thomas. Not that Thomas had a problem with adultery. No, he was loyal to his wife Jane and then to Alice when Jane died. Loyal with his whole soul. But it was the company that he kept that would eventually put his head on the chopping block. You see, Thomas was brilliant, respected for his integrity. So naturally, or unnaturally as the times would have it, he found favor with the king.

Thomas became a personal adviser and secretary to King Henry VIII. King Henry VIII wanted a son, a man to inherit the crown upon his death. And the king was married to Katherine, and he had given up hope that she could produce for him that son.

So the powerful king petitioned the pope for an annulment of the marriage. The pope said no. He petitioned again. And again. The pope said no.

Now, Thomas was committed to his faith and the pope. But as the king's personal adviser, he was also committed to the king. This made for an uncomfortable situation, especially when the king decided to break away from the Catholic Church and proclaim himself leader of God's Church in all of England.

Thomas asked the king to allow him to resign. The king now said no. But finally out of respect for his friend, relented.

The king sought approval from the people to start his own church and many just gave it. They all signed an oath to support Henry VIII as the new head of the Church of England. To sign the oath was to live, but others did not sign. The king had them put to death, all except for his former adviser, Thomas.

By the time Thomas left his post as the king's adviser, the king had surrounded himself with "yes" men, who would sanction all of his whims and stop at nothing to increase his power. These men knew that as long as Thomas did not endorse the king as the leader of the Church of England, there would be those that would follow him. They convinced the king to force Thomas' signature. But Thomas would not. He would not lend out his credibility. He would not lend out his name, not even for the king of England.

When Thomas didn't show up at the king's second wedding, he was arrested. But even in jail, in a dank cell, living with rats and filth, bearded and dirty, Thomas would not sign.

Thomas' dear children pled with him, but he didn't sign. He understood something that they did not yet, that even when threatened by the executioner's axe, he would not sign. And his death date was set.

On the day of his execution, he walked calmly to the chopping block, even joking with the executioner. "Please don't harm my beard," he said, "it did nothing wrong."

Thomas may have made some harsh decisions in his life, but he owned them. For better or for worse, he did his entire life what he thought was right.

At peace with his life, he was at peace with his death. And Thomas Moore was beheaded. But courage, boys. The man died with integrity. And with integrity, a man outlives his body.

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!"

Watch this clip to see the heated exchange:

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One of the most dangerous existential threats to the United States is Critical Race Theory, or CRT. As Glenn Beck has exposed over the past year, CRT is gaining momentum and has been preached in our universities for a while now.

Then last August, leaked documents revealed that Marxism, activist ideology of Black Lives Matter, is making its way into grade school classrooms across the country. And since then, things have only gotten more intense.

On next week's Wednesday night special, Glenn will expose the new ways progressives are systematically indoctrinating our kids and culture with this dangerous ideology. But first, it's crucial that you know what your kids may already be learning.

"What I'm about to show you is just the beginning," Glenn said, introducing the leaked documents.

"I found it shocking that Black Lives Matter supporters have developed lesson plans that start from preschool all the way up to the 12th grade," he continued. "Do you know the money it would take to tailor things ... and get it out to the schools and the unions for each age, to be able to brainwash the kids on Marxism and how to destroy capitalism by using race, sexual orientation, and gender?

"Our children don't stand a chance," Glenn added later. "They're not being taught anything except how to be radical activists. What the hell has happened?"

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