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GLENN: Let's go to Raj in Philadelphia, hello, Raj.

CALLER: How in the world does being a progressive, a reactionary, a person who reacts to the climate of their times, how in the world does that make you antifreedom when most every social and political battle that took place in this country and was one was spearheaded by progressive and progressive organizations and groups? How does that make you antifreedom?

GLENN: Explain early as Hillary Clinton calls it, early 20th Century American progressivism. What does it believe?

CALLER: I'm not sure. I don't want to get into trying to explain it. I'm not too familiar with it.

GLENN: Explain progressive. Explain progressivism as understand it.

CALLER: How will you answer my question with a question?

GLENN: I cannot answer your question, sir, if I don't know how you define progressivism.

CALLER: I'll let you know. I look at progressivism as reactionaries.

GLENN: What does that mean?

CALLER: A person who reacts and changes along with the climate of our times. People who are willing to move forward and get things done according to the climate of our times. There were years centuries ago when homosexuals were not being looked as they are looked at now in our country. But because progressives, because this happened to be whatever you call it, this is just a trend, a culture of part of our culture of this country of homosexuals getting their rights and doing the things they want to do, we, progressives, are those who went to fight for laws and freedoms for homosexuals to be able to do the things that they are able to do now that they weren't able to do 40 or 50, 60 years ago in this country. Do you understand that?

GLENN: First of all, yeah, you don't have to talk down to me, Raj. First of all, I never heard reactionary ‑‑

CALLER: I'm just not as articulate as you are, that's all, Glenn.

GLENN: First of all, I've never heard the word reactionary used as a positive before. And I can understand why you now don't understand progressivism as anything other than freedom because you have one part of it actually right. The one part that you do understand, unfortunately you don't apparently know the history or you've chosen to dismiss it because you didn't include it, and that's the important part, the one part that you do have is the evolutionary idea of the progressive movement. The progressive movement really grew out of the same time that Darwinism did. That's why the progressive movement were the ones that came up with ‑‑ what do you call it? Eugenics. Because they have this idea that man progresses. Man changes. Man evolves. And so the best idea, the eugenics came from the progressive idea of evolution, came from the idea of we can make a better society by not allowing those people that are not as whole, not as people, not a quality of life, inferior in some way or another, including African‑Americans, those were included in the early 20th Century American progressives. What they decided to do is either not let them mate or ex terminate. That's what it turned into over in Europe when it left our shores. Promoted by doctors, it left our shores and became "let's ex terminate those and we can have a master race." That was a progressive idea.

The other way that they took evolutionary ideas is they said "there is no truth. It evolves. So we hold these truths to be self‑evident, the early 20th Century progressives said" those truths were self‑evident then. But there is no self‑evident now that relates back then. All truth is up to the individual in his time period. There is no self‑truth.

So you have that part down. You have the "let's just evolve." but what you don't have down is the idea that there is no God. There is nature's God and nature's laws do not exist. There is the idea that the progressives have ‑‑ and that is: God doesn't exist, therefore the state must exist. The state is the one that gives you the rights. It tells you ‑‑ it, you, man, is not born with rights given or endowed unto him by his creator. He is not born with rights. The state issues those rights and the state can take those rights away at any time if it is deemed in the self‑interest for the collective. That's the part you're missing is you want to look at the collective as a happy thing. But if the collective is run by people that don't necessarily agree with you, well, then you're out. What would happen, Raj, if you didn't like the new truth?

CALLER: But that is not really considered the new truth. That's someone else's understanding of what they want to consider the new truth.

GLENN: Let's just say, Raj, let's just say, because the Republicans have been progressives, as well. George Bush is a progressive.

CALLER: Right.

GLENN: You agree with that, Raj?

CALLER: Yeah.

GLENN: Did you agree with George Bush in all of his truths?

CALLER: No.

GLENN: So the stronger the government gets, Raj, under a progressive, the stronger it gets, the more rights it takes from the people that they don't agree with. That's why you don't want to get into bed with progressives, on Republicans or Democrats, because you have the rights; they don't see it that way. The state does for the good of the collective. But if you happen to be on the opposing side, well then you've just lost everything. So if you didn't like George Bush and you thought he was taking away freedoms, then you should understand the progressive movement.

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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