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Throwback: Remember When JFK Was a Religious ‘Fundamentalist’?

The words “Christian conservative” and “fundamentalist” are being thrown around to paint people as dangerous extremists. Wasn’t it just the other day that it was still OK to say that people are born with “inalienable rights” from a Creator?

MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd said that believing that our rights come from God, not government, meant that you don’t believe in the Constitution. Glenn set the record straight on today’s show, reminding everyone that the Bill of Rights was never about the government giving us freedom. It was intended to outline the sacred rights the government could not violate.

“If our rights come from the government, our founders knew then our rights could be taken away,” Glenn said.

When did the view of our founders and many of our most admired leaders become religious “fundamentalism”?

From President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address:

“The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe–the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God (emphasis added).”
This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

VOICE: Roy Moore, where the phrase "Christian conservative" doesn't even begin to describe him could very well be your next US senator. If you don't understand just how freaked out some folks in the G.O.P. and the White House are about what that means, then you don't know Roy Moore. First off, he doesn't appear to believe in the Constitution, as it's written.

VOICE: Our rights don't come from government. They don't come from a Bill of Rights. They come from Almighty God.

VOICE: Now, that's just a taste of what are very fundamentalist views that have gotten him removed from office twice as Alabama's chief justice.

GLENN: So I want you to understand: First of all, this is from Meet the Press. This is Chuck Todd. This is not just something that he's just saying. This is something that has been written, put in a teleprompter. Producers have read. Writers have read. Researchers have read. And nobody thought to stop Chuck Todd from making a huge error.

Chuck, you're smarter than this. I don't know how you've been misled. But you are completely wrong. If our rights come from the government, our Founders knew, then our rights could be taken away.

The entire Bill of Rights structure, the amendments to the Constitution are to say, there are many rights out there that come from God. There are many rights that people have. And these are the rights that this the government can never, ever violate.

That's the premise behind the Bill of Rights. It's not saying that the government issues these rights. It's saying these rights belong to the people. And the government can never, ever, ever violate them.

Now, I don't know how this has become a religious fundamental kind of issue. As you call somebody who holds those views a -- a religious fundamentalist, who should be feared, let me share with you the audio of another quote, I guess you would call, religious fundamentalist who explained these rights.

VOICE: For I have brought before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forbearers prescribed nearly a century and three-quarters ago.

And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forbearers fought are still at issue around the globe. The belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

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FEC's Twitter/Hunter Biden ruling was RIGHT? Conservative FEC Commissioner explains

Remember when Twitter blocked the New York Post's Hunter Biden laptop story from being shared right before the 2020 election? The FEC ruled that Twitter did NOT violate election laws by doing so. But while many on the right questioned if this was the right call, Glenn has a talk with conservative FEC Commissioner Trey Trainor, who explains why he personally disagrees with Twitter's decision to block the story, but agrees with the FEC's final ruling: "Everybody on the right would have gotten a complaint filed against them immediately if we would have found that Twitter violated campaign finance rules."

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WATCH: Weaponizing Crisis: Exposing the Hidden Hand After January 6

First comes the "crisis," then comes the expansion. The federal government is seizing on the January 6 Capitol riot to take carte blanche to do whatever it wants and weaponize the event to further empower the new overlords of our country — the intelligence community.

On Glenn TV Wednesday, Glenn Beck reveals what's happening with the U.S. Capitol Police and argues they've morphed into a new arm of the intelligence apparatus, boosted by a massive increase in funding and surveillance equipment and new offices OUTSIDE the Capitol building. The Biden administration has also hidden basic details regarding January 6. Why did officials refuse to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt? Where are the 14,000-plus hours of CCTV footage? As any intelligence organization knows, it's best to operate outside the realms of oversight.

Glenn exposes the hidden hand of government that could be used to punish and destroy innocent Americans who are only guilty of holding the "wrong" political view.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below:

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‘Both miraculous and horrendous’: Glenn Beck gives emotional update on Afghanistan rescue

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

Watch the video clip below to hear more updates from Glenn:

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To donate to these rescue efforts, visit NazareneFund.org or MercuryOne.org.

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Economic TAILSPIN? THIS may be why The Fed stopped publishing GDP reports

Branches of The Federal Reserve Bank recently announced — while nobody was paying attention — their decisions to stop publishing GDP forecast reports that the financial industry 'has used forever,' Glenn says. But now new updates from the Atlanta Fed may provide clues as to why these reports have been suspended. Those clues hint at a coming 'economic tailspin,' Glenn says. And, 'When you know something is going to cause the economy to go into a tailspin,' Glenn explains, 'you can either just say, well, that's the truth…or you can just hide it. You can just not publish it.'