Glenn Beck: Obama's stolen prayer

GLENN: I read an editorial about Obama's pilfered prayer note. Did you see the prayer note that he wrote and stuck in the wall?

STU: I did hear about it but I didn't --

GLENN: Do you not know about it?

STU: I do not know about it.

GLENN: Okay. You're not supposed to take those out of the wall, all right? It's very taboo. You don't take those out of the wall and then read them. Well, somebody took his out of the wall and then gave it to the press, okay? Yeah. This is what he wrote. Stationery from the King David Hotel. "Lord, protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins. Help me guard against pride and despair. Give me wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will." That's pretty good, huh? No, seriously.

STU: It is very good.

GLENN: It's a very good, it's a very good prayer.

STU: But it's taboo to even take them out of the wall.

GLENN: And print them in the paper, it's got to be even worse than taboo.

STU: I mean, it seems kind of disrespectful.

GLENN: Uh-huh. So this guy, Halil Hulkin (ph), says that he was over one time with his kid over in Jerusalem and they went to the tomb of Rachel in Bethlehem which is very, very sacred, you know, to Jewish, members of the Jewish faith. And basically if you are a woman, it doesn't get any better than Rachel. And so he brought his daughter to Rachel and to her tomb and there stuck all in the walls were prayers just like at the wailing wall or the Western Wall now. And so he was talking to his daughter and she -- and he said, you know, look, those are all prayers. And his daughter said, what do people pray for? And he said, all kinds of things. She said, what kind? He said, all kinds. The only way we would know is to read what they've written. And they looked at each other and the daughter said, "Well, we can't do that." And he said, "If we take their prayers, how will God answer them?" And he said, "God is a fast reader. He knows what the prayer is. He doesn't need to read these." And so he looked at them for a while and he was curious and he said in his editorial, he's very ashamed of doing this. It was 30 years ago. He was very ashamed of doing this. But what he did is he was there alone with the prayers tucked in and so he took them. He just grabbed a handful of them and stuffed them in his pocket and was like, let's find out what people pray for, okay? Very unethical. Really not cool to do. But as he was driving home, they were talking about what are these prayers going to say. What do people pray for. What do you think people prayed for?

Here's what he wrote down. Dear God, may my daughter-in-law get pregnant. Lord, help me lose 40 pounds. Master of the universe, cure my husband of his illness. May the holy one blessed make my sister pass her driver's test. He said, we got a few into it and my daughter said, Dad, can you read Little House on the Prairie to me? She was so bored because there was nothing there. They were not -- they were not beautiful, they were not eloquent. They were, Lord, can you help me with this test, can you help me with this problem, can you help me lose weight, can you help me do this. There's nothing there. They are not eloquent. They are regular people asking for regular things on regular topics. Now, when I first saw this written on, you know, King David Hotel stationery and the way it was written was so poetic, I thought, hmmm, does that seem like something that you wrote knowing that somebody might take it out and it might get out? Or is this an honest prayer? I don't know and I don't want to judge the man. I don't know the man. Only God knows the man's heart. But what a beautiful prayer he penned there at the King David Hotel and then put in the Western Wall for a few minutes before somebody took it out and published it.

This writer says, "If I could pray to God, I'd concentrate on the things I most wanted. Anything else would seem to me hypocritical. Indeed what does it mean for a candidate for the presidency of America to ask to be an instrument of God's will, that he hopes God is a Democrat, that he believes God is a discernible position on offshore drilling or is it simply a way for wishing that God would make himself an instrument of Mr. Obama's will just as the women in Bethlehem who wanted him to help her succeed on her diet. Help me guard against pride, wrote Mr. Obama in his prayer. Is there anywhere pride is more dangerous than a -- than when concealed in the aspiration of being an instrument of God. Had Mr. Obama written instead, "Oh, Lord, I'm just a poor foolish human being; I'd sure love to be President and I'd appreciate any assistance you can give me," I'd actually feel closer to him. Poor foolish human beings is what all of us really are.

Critical race theory: The education trap

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The fall semester isn't far away. If you aren't prepared for that, someone else is. Predatory behavior. The most important takeaway from this piece is, whatever is happening on campuses right now is what is going to play out through the rest of society in about 30 years. We're seeing it right now with Critical Race Theory.

It started on the campus. It started in the classroom. And our children are set to be the next victims in the cultural warfare for a nightmare that seems like it will never end.

Colleges are manipulating the system.

It's a little ironic that colleges are overflowing with Marxist professors who preach the Gospel of Karl Marx in their classrooms, because academia in America is the perfect example of capitalist achievement. If anything, colleges are manipulating the system in a way that should make Marxists furious. And they hurt the people that Marxism is supposed to rescue.

Colleges are an enterprise. They are Big Business. It means nothing to them to send thousands of students into debt—not if it means the campus will get a new fountain or another office for the Diversity and Inclusion department.

They'll never admit it, but a big part of their problem is that they have put so much into the myth of progress. They can't even admit that it's a myth. Because it's useful to them.

Roger Scruton once said:

Hence the invocations of "progress", of "growth", of constant "advance" towards the goal which, however, must remain always somewhere in the future.

In reality, they don't give a damn about actual progress.

That's how they have turned academia into instruments of social engineering. They use college to change society.

Their purpose is no longer educational. It's social. They're using the classrooms to cause social change.

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On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere were joined by Pat Gray to discuss "woke" Olympic athletes.

In this clip, the guys discussed how "bravely" some athletes are for threatening to protest the national anthem, for twerking on stage, and for showing off how woke they are.

Glenn reminded America of actual bravery at the Olympics when Jesse Owens won the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. "He [Owens] was oppressed," Glenn said.

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Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

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