Glenn Beck: When God is not the center


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GLENN: Yes, that's right. California is now in a budget crisis and, you know, a lot happens when a crisis hits. You want to make sure you never let a crisis go to waste. I'm sorry, I didn't say that, that's just Rahm Emanuel. Let's just get the social elements of the ACLU to help us out a little bit and that's when the rest of us are left scratching our heads as mass numbers of prisoners are being set free in the name of saving a buck and help balance the budget, and this logic is going to amaze you.

The ACLU has been successfully filing lawsuits against prisons for quite some time now. What they do is they claim that it's a human rights violation to keep prisoners in crowded spaces. The lawsuits are virtually always won by the ACLU, and after the suits are filed but before any court decisions are handed down, prison populations grow more slowly in the litigation states. Got it? The ACLU keeps suing and the prison population goes down slightly.

Let me give it to you in a less cryptic way. Criminals are being let back out on the streets because of the ACLU. Well done, mission accomplished, ACLU. Not only do you stop that horrible human rights violation of people being a little crowded in prison but you've also helped California's bottom line. Study points out a little hiccup in the process, however. I mean, who would have seen this one coming? But apparently when criminals are released in large numbers -- again I'm not a scientist, but try to figure this one out. Crime goes up. Isn't that weird? But in the land of socialism and for the greater good, what's a few extra violent crimes every year? Quoting the New York Times: Ultimately violent crime will be roughly 6% higher in Californian it would have been absent the lawsuit. That is roughly 150 extra homicides a year, 500 additional rapes and 4500 more robberies. Oh, those 500 women that have been raped, I mean, I'm sure they will understand the greater good argument. You know, aren't you willing to be raped to help the budget deficit in California? I mean, seriously. New York Times -- and this is actually from the freakonomic guys who I love. The New York Times continues: While those crime numbers sound bad, letting out the prisoners, from a wash perspective. Oh, I'm sure the 150 extra families who have had their loved ones murdered and, of course, the 500 rape victims would more or less get on board with this being more or less a wash. "The money we save from prisoners is on the same order of magnitude as the pain and suffering associated with the extra crime." Excuse me? Pardon me? Anyway, when you base all your policies on experts who know everyone and they are the only ones that can do the job -- Tim Geithner -- this is how you stop thinking about things: "Don't worry. The cash we save will cover the pain we cause." And then when you give the state the power to act on these recommendations, it only gets worse. The study and the book freakonomics both go on to conclude that tougher penalties drastically lower violent crime rates. Wait a minute. Tougher penalties drastically lower violent crime rate, how is that possible? And I don't even know why you need to read the book when you can learn the same lesson with the minimum societal cost of only 500 rapes. I mean...

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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