Insider Audio Bonus - Troops Can't Read? Caller III

CALLER: Hey, Glenn, how are you?

GLENN: Very good.

CALLER: It's an honor to talk to you.

GLENN: Thank you, sir. You went to high school with Stephen King?

CALLER: I did. Stephen King and I went to the same high school. He graduated one year ahead of me. We got the same English teacher, in fact, and he can read and I can't, I guess.

GLENN: Wait a minute. You are not saying that you are a member of the military.

CALLER: 30 years in the Air Force, Air Force reserves.

GLENN: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hang on.

VOICE: Are you ready to play, Can a Soldier Read.

GLENN: So Stephen King, you went to high school with Stephen King, he's a year older than you?

CALLER: Yes, sir, he graduated 1966, Lisbon high school.

GLENN: And you claim to have had the same teachers?

CALLER: Well, that's what I'm told. I seem to remember that but I don't know how to read too good.

GLENN: Right, okay. So go ahead and tell us, show us you can read.

CALLER: Okay. I'm going to read you Proverbs 16:13. Kings take pleasure in honest lips. They value a man who speaks the truth.

GLENN: Could you read that again?

CALLER: Kings take pleasure in honest lips. They value a man who speaks the truth.

GLENN: Okay. This, I'm just guessing, okay? I'm not a Bible thumper, you know, that's hanging onto my God and my guns.

CALLER: Right, right, right.

GLENN: But would you say it's safe to say that that line was not talking about the Stephen King family but other kings?

CALLER: I think you are right on with that, Glenn. Yeah, right, yeah.

GLENN: Dennis, hang on just a second. Hang on just a second. We're going to get you a copy of the Christmas Sweater.

CALLER: Been a pleasure, Glenn, thanks.

VOICE: Thanks for playing Can the Soldier Read.

GLENN: By the way, I don't -- I mean, I'm giving all these Christmas Sweaters away to the soldiers today but I just want you to know that it's not -- yeah, I don't expect them to read it. I mean, this is all -- look, this is show biz. We've set all this up. These guys can't actually read. But I'm sending it to them because I don't know what it's like at your house but at my house, whenever I put the Christmas tree up -- does this happen at your house? You put the Christmas tree up and it's always wobbly and so I always need a book about the size of the Christmas Sweater to put and wedge underneath that one -- you know what I'm saying? And so I'm just -- it's -- look, it's just another -- nobody in this audience reads. It's just another obvious benefit and maybe the only benefit of the Christmas Sweater. It will just prop up the tree. I'm just saying. You know, maybe you've got -- maybe you've got relatives coming over and you've got to set up that card table. You know how it's always wobbly? Maybe this one's, maybe the book is a little too big but just take some of the pages out, you know, just rip some of them out and then just put it there underneath the leg of that wobbly table. It's fantastic.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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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!"

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