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.

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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