Hand-Knitted Baby Cardigan Tells a Story of Survival and Healing From the Middle East

In the Middle East, both mental illness and rape carry an inescapable stigma. So when Mercury One, with the help of generous donations from supporters, rescued a mother and two of her three daughters from a life of sex slavery with ISIS, caregivers on the ground came up with an ingenious way to offer counseling and recovery care.

"We're working through this other organization . . . these women take off their doctor's clothes, and they just go in regular clothes with yarn and knitting needles. They've got a little van, you know, Knitting Is Us or something, and they go to these houses and say to all the neighbors and everybody, Oh, we're teaching her how to knit.

While the women knit, they also receive counseling on how to deal with the loss of their children, the rapes they endured and anything else needed.

The sweater Glenn held on air Thursday was made during counseling by the mother rescued from ISIS.

"I want you to know how grateful we are, and more importantly, how grateful they are to you, for saving their life and the lives of their children," Glenn said.

To date, donations made to Mercury One's Nazarene Fund have helped save and relocate nearly 4,000 Christians and Yazidis. Visit Mercury One online to learn more about these rescue efforts or to make a donation to The Nazarene Fund.

Enjoy this complimentary clip from The Glenn Beck Program:

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

GLENN: Hello, and welcome to the program. I -- I want to share a story. And especially if you're watching us on TheBlaze TV or on the podcast at GlennBeck.com or however you're watching us, if you happen to be viewing us, I'll describe it here in a second. But this is so much more than a sweater.

I think -- is this not one of the most beautiful children's sweaters you've ever seen?

JEFFY: Yes. And --

STU: It's great.

JEFFY: And the other items in the story that surround this was fascinating.

GLENN: Fascinating.

So this is something Tania and I bought for my grandson. He's never going to get it. This is one of the most beautiful sweaters I've ever seen. In fact, I was talking to my son-in-law about it. He just brought it in. He said, "Where did you get this?"

And I said, "I'll tell you later. Why?" And he said, "This is some of the most beautiful work I've seen." He said, "This would cost 500 bucks."

PAT: Oh, and he knows fashion.

GLENN: He knows fashion. He's like, "This is a 500-dollar sweater easy." And you can tell it's all handmade. And it's just beautiful.

PAT: Was it Bergdorf Goodman he worked at for a long time?

GLENN: Yeah, which is like the Neiman Marcus times ten in New York.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: And so it's a beautiful handmade sweater for a little child. The story behind this sweater is so -- I just don't ever want my grandson to ever wear it. I just want to keep it, you know.

This sweater was made by a woman that Mercury One, through you and the Nazarene Fund, saved.

She was kidnapped, along with her three daughters, by ISIS. And sold into sex slavery. I think she was able to -- wasn't she able to keep two of the children with her. Is that right, Jeffy?

JEFFY: The original story was that she had two of the three with her now. I don't know how they got those two.

GLENN: So part of the thing that the Nazarene Fund is doing, is we're going in and we're trying to find these women and these children that have been captured and been used as sex slaves and bring them out.

But there's a problem in the Middle East with -- mental health problems are looked at in the Middle East kind of like they were looked at maybe in the 1930s. They're shameful. And nobody wants to know about sex slaves. Nobody wants to know about mental health problems.

And so there's -- there's nothing you can do to help rehabilitate these people, if you expect them to come to a hospital and get counseling. It's just not going to happen.

So we found this -- we found all these women. We rescued all these women. We rescued this woman and I believe two of her children. And her 13 is still missing. And we're still looking for the third. And we've moved them way up north into a safe area. And because it's just in this normal community, she can't go to get mental help. Now, imagine being raped six times a day and then standing there while some guy is raping your daughter. Imagine what your life is like.

Well, you can't get anybody to go to a doctor, and you certainly can't -- you can't get them to go to a foreigner. So -- and a man.

So what we have done is we're working through this other organization that has dressed these -- these trucks up as -- you know, these women take off their doctor's clothes, and they just go in regular clothes with yarn and knitting needles. And they've got a little van. You know, Knitting-is-Us or something.

And they go to these houses, and they say to all the neighbors and everybody. "Oh, we're teaching her how to knit."

And so while they knit, so no one knows what they're doing, they're giving her counseling on how to deal with the loss of her children and the rapes that she endured and everything else.

So this was made by a survivor of the ISIS sex slave while she was getting counseling. And we just had a big fundraiser for Mercury One. And a bunch of this stuff was sold.

JEFFY: Yeah. They were -- while that sweater is beautiful. There were other items there that were unbelievable.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

JEFFY: Mittens and socks and -- because we originally walked up, and we were talking about how our grandmothers used to give us these knitted hats and mittens for Christmas when we were little kids.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah.

JEFFY: And then we found out how these were made, and it was like, "Well, these are a lot better."

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh. It's just -- it was just heart-wrenching and beautiful. And I just wanted to show you today -- I wanted to bring this in and show you the beauty of what you have done.

Out of the horror, the beauty that you have done. Please, don't dismiss what you have been a part of, if you helped free some of these people in Iraq, these Christians and the Yazidi women. Don't dismiss that.

I want you to know how grateful we are, and more importantly, how grateful they are to you, for saving their life and the lives of their children.

Featured Image: Baby sweater hand-knitted by an ISIS sex slave survivor, as featured on The Glenn Beck Program.

Soros is trying to elect MORE TEXAS RINOs. Here's how YOU can stop him.

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Texas is under threat of a George Soros-backed takeover.

Soros-funded RINO judges have been elected in some of the highest courts in Texas. These judges implemented restrictions that have blocked nearly a thousand cases of voter fraud from being investigated or prosecuted from across the state. These new restrictions are similar to ones in place in states like George, Arizona, and Wisconsin, leaving Texas more susceptible to election corruption than ever. If Texas falls to corruption, America will lose its largest bastion of conservative electoral power in the nation. Without Texas, Republicans WILL NOT be able to win national elections and liberal corruption will go unchecked across the country.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this: YOU.

If you live in Texas you have a chance to stand up against corruption and to fight back! Starting Tuesday, February 20th, early voting for the primaries begins, where three of these judges are up for election. Go out and vote. If the right people are voted in, there's a good chance the restrictions will be lifted and election fraud can once again be prosecuted.

But remember, you can't just go in and vote for anyone who has an "R" next to their name. Sorors knows that a registered Democrat would never stand a chance in Texas, so his lackeys register as Republicans and ride the little "R" right into office. So who do you vote for?

Fortunately, Glenn had Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on his show today and Ken gave us his list of judges that he vouches for. His list is as follows:

  • Gina Parker
  • Lee Finley
  • David Schenck
The Primary Election runs from February 20th to March 5th. This is your chance to get out there and make a difference. It might be the most important election you ever participate in. If you need to know where your nearest polling location is, or any other information regarding the election, you can go to votetexas.gov to find out more.
It's time to stand up.

Hypocrisy EXPOSED: The 'Amazon Files' and what WE are doing about it

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Who is really banning books?

For years now, Conservatives have been taking flak from the left for supposed "book bans." The left likes to compare these "bans" to Nazi book burnings, accusing the right of sweeping authoritarian decrees designed to suppress information. In reality, this is a movement largely motivated by parents, who want to remove inappropriate books from children's libraries.

But if you want to discuss authoritarian book bans, look no further than the White House. As Glenn recently covered, the Biden administration has been pressuring the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, into suppressing books they disagree with.

On February 5th, 2024, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan released a slew of subpoenaed documents that exposed pressure placed on Amazon by the Biden Administration. The documents, which Jordan dubbed "The Amazon Files" after Elon Musk's "The Twitter Files," revealed an email conversation between Andrew Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser, and Amazon employees. In these emails, Slavitt complained that the top search results for books on "vaccines" were "concerning" and then requested that Amazon intervene. Amazon initially refused, not out of some altruistic concern for the free exchange of information. They thought any action taken would be "too visible" and would further exasperate the “Harry/Sally narrative,” referring to the outrage that followed Amazon's removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally.

Despite this initial refusal, Amazon agreed to meet with the White House a few days later. The number one item on their agenda was removing books from the website. An Amazon employee even admitted that the reason they even took this meeting was due to the pressure being placed on them by the Biden Administration.

What was the result of this meeting? Amazon caved. They began to implement ways of limiting the outreach of books that challenged the mainstream vaccine narrative and other books the White House might not like.

The White House was caught red-handed pressuring the world's largest bookseller to restrict the sale of books they consider in opposition to their narrative, and they have the gall to accuse conservatives of information suppression. This is just ONE of many actions committed by the Biden Administration that are more characteristic of a dictator than a president.

What can you do about it? Fortunately, you are not dependent on Amazon and its corrupted algorithm to help you find books. Every week right here on GlennBeck.com, we highlight books that Glenn is reading or talking about in our "Glenn's Bookshelf" series. Here you can find a wide selection of books free from Amazon's filters. Be sure to sign up for Glenn's newsletter to find out about new additions to "Glenn's Bookshelf" every week.

10 times Biden has acted like a DICTATOR

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The left-wing media's most recent tirade is accusing Trump of being a dictator. But, as Glenn said, "Everything they're accusing us of, they're doing."

Since day one, the Biden administration has overstepped the bounds placed on the executive branch set by the Constitution. In Glenn's most recent TV Special, he examined ten times Biden acted like a dictator, NOT a president. Here are 10 of Biden's Dictator Moves, and click HERE to get ALL of the research that went into this week's Glenn TV special:

5 ways to protect your First Amendment rights. Number 4 will surprise you.

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Every day it seems Glenn covers another story revealing how people across the world at all levels of power DESPISE the fact that YOU have rights, and they are actively trying to curtail them. Recently, there has been a string of attacks against the rights outlined in the First Amendment: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom to petition.

As a refresher, the First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This is powerful stuff, there is a good reason the Founding Fathers made it the FIRST Amendment. It's also the reason why power-hungry elites are attacking it. These attacks are designed to control the way you think, speak, and believe, vote, what you read, and who holds your representatives responsible. The First Amendment is our strongest weapon against tyrants, and they know it.

So what can you do about it? Hope that some wig in Washinton will eventually do something? We know how well that works. The best thing to do is to stay active, engage in the issues you care about, and exercise your rights.

So where to start? Here are a few things YOU can do to protect your First Amendment rights:

Religion

The best way to flex your Freedom of Religion is to—you guessed it—practice your faith. Become an active member in your place of worship, go to scripture studies, invite your friends to that late afternoon event, and walk the life. This can impact the way you spend money as well. Shop the businesses and brands that share your values, and don't shop at the ones that scorn them. Keeping the community alive and healthy is the best way to ensure that generations to come will be able to experience the freedom you enjoy.

Speech

Much like religion, the best way to protect your freedom of speech is... to speak. Engage your friends and family in polite, civil conversation. Stand up for what you believe in, and make your case to your peers. Just remember to keep it friendly. No one ever won an argument by shouting down their opponent. The civil exchange of ideas is the cornerstone of our republic, and a dialogue where the participants are well-informed, considerate, compassionate, and open-minded can have permanent impacts on all involved.

Press

Freedom of the Press seems a little tricky at first. Unless you work for the media, what are you supposed to do? Quit your job and go work for the local newspaper? The good news is that exercising this right is not nearly that difficult. In fact, you are currently doing it. The best thing you can do is to read from outlets that produce informative content. Want to know what Glenn consumes to stay informed every day? Sign up for Glenn's Morning Brief newsletter to get all the stories Glenn gets sent to his desk every day sent straight to your inbox.

Assembly

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Freedom of assembly is one of the more impactful yet underutilized freedoms in the First Amendment. Peaceably assembling and protesting with like-minded individuals can hugely influence politicians and policies while simultaneously creating community and fellowship between attendees. It's understandable why more people don't turn out. We're all busy people with busy schedules, and flying out to D.C. for the weekend seems like a daunting task to many. Thankfully, you don't have to go out all the way to D.C. to make a difference. Gather some like-minded people in your town and bring awareness to issues that impact your community. Big change starts locally, and exercising your freedom to assemble can be the catalyst to lasting impact.

Petition

If you've been a long-time listener of Glenn, then you will have heard a few of his calls to action where he asks his audience to contact their representatives about a particular piece of policy. There is a good reason Glenn keeps on doing those: they work. Whether it's your local mayor or your senator, a call and an email go a long way. If you really want to make a change, convince your friends and family to reach out as well.