Glenn Beck: Obama's church attendance



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GLENN: Barack Obama's having his prayer breakfast, there he is, standing so humbly again. See, his stance just screams arrogance. But he's having a prayer breakfast. If I'm not mistaken, Pat, he didn't have one last year, did he?

PAT: Skipped it I believe, if I remember right, yeah.

GLENN: Anyway, he's got one because he's so involved in his church and

PAT: Wait. No, he's not involved in a church.

GLENN: Huh?

PAT: No, not a church. Not a church.

GLENN: He is not going to church?

PAT: He's been to church according to ABC three times.

GLENN: Three times?

PAT: In a year.

GLENN: Okay. Well

PAT: In a year. That didn't include Christmas.

GLENN: But he's I'm sure he's looking for

PAT: But I'm sure he's looking really hard.

GLENN: Does he have a spiritual adviser at least?

PAT: He does, he does.

GLENN: Really?

PAT: He does have a spiritual adviser.

GLENN: Do we know anything about his spiritual adviser?

PAT: We know a couple of things.

GLENN: We know, really, a little bit more about his spiritual adviser? Huh, I can't wait for that episode to air. Anyway, here he is at the prayer breakfast today. Go ahead. Let's listen in.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Help our neighbors from poverty. We may disagree about gay marriage but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are, whether it's here in the United States or as Hillary mentioned, more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda.

GLENN: How about Iran?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Surely we can agree to find common ground when possible, parting ways when necessary. But in doing so let us be guided by our faith.

GLENN: Oh, boy.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: And by prayer.

GLENN: Oh, boy.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: For while prayer can buck us up when we are down, keep us calm in a storm, while prayer can stiffen our spines to surmount an obstacle, and I assure you I'm praying a lot these days, prayer can also do something else.

GLENN: What can it do? Create and save jobs?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: It can touch our hearts with humility. It can fill us with the spirit of brotherhood.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh!

PRESIDENT OBAMA: It can remind us that each of us are children of an awesome and loving god.

GLENN: Oh, yes.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Through faith but not through faith alone.

GLENN: Right.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We can unite people to serve the common good.

GLENN: Oh, that's good.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: And that's why my office of faith based and neighborhood partnerships has been working so hard since I announced it here last year.

GLENN: Faith based and neighborhood partnerships.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: And build effective partnerships and arrange uses, from promoting fatherhood here at home to spearheading interfaith cooperation as well.

GLENN: I can't take it, I can't take it anymore. I can't take it anymore. You know this guy, if I'm not mistaken, he didn't believe in God at all, did he? He was not a religious guy?

PAT: Not a religious guy.

GLENN: And then he found his faith, if I remember, he was speaking to some, you know, prayer group last year or last summer and he was saying, you know, but I understood, I came to Jesus and found Jesus when I found my church in Chicago, which was Reverend Jeremiah Wright. And that taught me how to implement my faith.

Okay. So he doesn't believe in this stuff until he found the Marxist theology of Reverend Jeremiah Wright. I mean, this guy, I mean, if anyone would do their homework in the media, if anyone was interested in actually telling the truth in the media, doing their job in the media, this guy's not that hard to figure out. He's not that hard to figure out. He was raised as a Marxist, he had Marxist friends, Marxist mentors, sought out the Marxists in

PAT: College.

GLENN: In college. I mean, what does it tell you that the guy went from look, he's trying to fit in. But when he's 18 years old, as he's getting ready to go into Marxist, you know, seek out the Marxist professors, he changes his name from Barry, which makes you fit in, to Barack. Now, what does that tell you? Just psychologically what does that tell you? What does it, what does it take to change your name? You know, immigrants used to change their name to fit in. They used to want to be more like the culture. He did the exact opposite. You know his wife, when he was on the campaign trail, his wife said, you know, well, they are just making fun of him because he has a funny name. No, no, no. He chose the funny name. He went on and said, you know, they're just trying to scare you because I have a funny name. Again, you chose the name that you now think that people can use to scare other people with. Why would, why would anyone do that? Why would anyone do that? It doesn't, it doesn't make any sense to me. If you're mainstream. If you're just, you know, I'm just like everybody else, I'm just the every man, it doesn't make any sense. And then, of course, you finally come to Jesus when you meet the Marxist preacher. Ah, okay.

Far away fields are always greener.

It is easy to look at someone else's life or another country and wish you were more like them.

Americans can be guilty of this. It could be Bernie Sanders wishing America was politically more like Sweden or other European socialist countries. It could be an American who finds out I'm Irish, been trying to move to America for over 17 years, and thinks, "Oh Jonathon, Ireland is a lovely free country - stay there. America has problems right now. You would not like it here."

Today, I want to take you on a journey and compare our nations' attitudes toward Coronavirus and the policies currently in place for "our protection."

I would also ask you to imagine you were in my shoes. Ask yourself which country you would want to live in.

Role of Government

Before discussing restrictions, it is critical to understand the very different governmental systems within our two countries. America is blessed to have a federalist system where states have considerable control over what happens in their states. DC, in theory, holds very little power.

Ireland is the exact opposite. We are a democracy with a big centralized government. The vast majority of power lies with our Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and his cabinet. Local states have no control, as our restrictions are countrywide.

America
  • America's restrictions vary from state to state. You will find the majority of businesses are open but operating with some restrictions.
  • Churches, malls, retail, gyms, cinemas are mostly all open.
  • Bars and restaurants are open but usually at a reduced capacity.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No travel limits.
  • Travel between states is allowed, but some states like Alaska require a negative Covid test.
  • Guests are allowed in homes, but some states have a limit (but not enforced).
  • Masks are either advised or mandatory in different states.
  • Social distancing is required.

When researching this article, the most prominent complaints were restrictions on visiting loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes. These restrictions have upset many people because you have a proud history of believing in individual freedoms. The government is not your parent and does not have a right to tell you how to live.

Now let me introduce you to Ireland.

Ireland

Ireland is currently on the highest level of lockdown possible and has been since Christmas Eve. We are officially on lockdown until March 5th, and our lockdown is getting more severe. Our government has already confirmed lockdown will be extended until After Easter.

Ireland has a stay-at-home order in place, and you are to work from home where possible.

  • "Essential" retail is open but with stupid rules. Some of our shops are half-open and half-closed. Imagine a Walmart that is allowed to sell food, but large parts of the clothing section are closed because they are not deemed essential.
  • Non-essential retail is now fully closed. At the start of lockdown, outlets were allowed to offer a click-and-collect service – but that has now been banned.
  • Gyms and cinemas are all closed. Ø Bars and restaurants are closed and unlikely to re-open until mid-summer.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No guests are allowed in homes or gardens.
  • Masks are mandatory and with fines.
  • Social distancing is required.
  • Churches are allowed to open for private prayer, but the mass is strictly online. This has caused a lot of distress for families. Ireland is a Catholic country. I know many older people who have not received communion since last March. My mother is a funeral director and has witnessed the pain caused to families, as only ten people are allowed to attend a funeral, regardless of the Church's size. Imagine a large family deciding what ten people can attend? How do you choose that? Sadly, the Irish Church is spineless and accepts every rule the government passes.
Additional Tyranny

Very few businesses are open right now, but that is not the end of the restrictions. There are limits on how far you can travel. I am currently off my work because of Coronavirus restrictions. There are two legal reasons I can leave my house: personal exercise/walk the dog and to purchase food/essential items from the store. These activities must be completed within three miles of my house.

My human right to privacy has also been crushed. If I decided to get in my car tomorrow and just drive, I would encounter several police checkpoints where I would have to disclose where I live, where I am going, and the purpose of my trip. If the trip is not essential, I will be told to return home and likely given a fine.

Tyranny North Korea Style!

Most countries have border controls, all with similar intent: control who enters the nation, set how long they can stay, and mandate what they can do.

The one exception to this rule is North Korea. Their intent is not to control who enters. Instead, they seek to ensure no one leaves and defects to the South.

As you can imagine, life in Ireland is not exactly pleasurable with the above restrictions. This is especially the case for people like me who suffer from severe depression and are desperate to escape.

If tomorrow I woke up and decided I want out (which I very much do) and found a country I could enter legally, I AM NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE.

The Irish government has deemed all international travel is not essential and has placed police at all our ports and our airports. If I attempt to go to the airport, I would be greeted at a police checkpoint outside the airport, told my journey is not essential, and sent home with a fine. Currently, the fine is €500 ($600). New legislation is being discussed in parliament to increase the penalty to €2,000.

The police have new powers for people who get past the checkpoints and continue to travel overseas. When they return to Ireland, they can be sent to jail for a month. They will also have a criminal record – that record would likely disqualify the person traveling to countries like America and Australia.

Irish People

I could talk to you all day long about why America is unique and exceptional. There are so many different reasons. One of the reasons is your people, and I highlight Alexis de Tocqueville's sentiments, who said, "America is great because Americans are good." Americans have this rebellious streak in their soul, and it can be traced all the way back to the Pilgrims on the Mayflower. This great spirit is based on being an independent sovereign individual and wanting to live life to the fullest and not be stopped or controlled by ANY government.

Irish people are good and decent. However, they do not share the same characteristics. They believe and support government control because it is all they have ever known.

If you ask the average Irish person about the current government, he will likely tell you he dislikes one of the parties involved or an individual leader. Yet, ask that same person what he thinks about the restrictions, and he will defend them. I hear some say they believe the government has not done enough.

On the rare occasions that people break restrictions, the most significant backlash will likely come from the community, as they brand those people selfish and irresponsible.

Going Forward

The damage from Covid is going to be around forever. Our actions have caused damage to our mental health and the economy (with businesses closing and jobs lost). This will cause poverty. This is made worse by governments' reckless spending and borrowing of money we simply do not have.

However, I would argue we have a much bigger problem stemming from Covid: social acceptance of governmental control in a "crisis."

When a government is powerful enough to compel someone not to leave their house, define their job as non-essential, or tell someone they can't hug their grandparent, what exactly is off-limits? What control or power is a line government won't cross for the "common good"?

Most importantly, do you think governments worldwide will fix this issue and give back the powers they have taken? Or is it more likely we will just move onto a new crisis – maybe climate change or the Great Reset?

This is why the world needs America. We don't need the American military to intervene and save us.

We NEED America to rediscover why you are an exceptional nation. We NEED you to be the statue of liberty shining out the beacon of light, hope, and freedom for the world where your actions remind all of us what is possible when we unleash the energy and individual genius of mankind. If we work hard to reapply these principles, we can take another 5,000-year leap forward together.

Writers note: The policies listed here are based solely on Ireland. However, you see very similar restrictions in England and throughout Europe.

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