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.

The number of people serving life sentences now exceeds the entire prison population in 1970, according to newly-released data from the Sentencing Project. The continued growth of life sentences is largely the result of "tough on crime" policies pushed by legislators in the 1990s, including presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Biden has since apologized for backing those types of policies, but it seems he has yet to learn his lesson. Indeed, Biden is backing yet another criminal justice policy with disastrous consequences—mandatory drug treatment for all drug offenders.

Proponents of this policy argue that forced drug treatment will reduce drug usage and recidivism and save lives. But the evidence simply isn't on their side. Mandatory treatment isn't just patently unethical, it's also ineffective—and dangerous.

Many well-meaning people view mandatory treatment as a positive alternative to incarceration. But there's a reason that mandatory treatment is also known as "compulsory confinement." As author Maya Schenwar asks in The Guardian, "If shepherding live human bodies off to prison to isolate and manipulate them without their permission isn't ethical, why is shipping those bodies off to compulsory rehab an acceptable alternative?" Compulsory treatment isn't an alternative to incarceration. It is incarceration.

Compulsory treatment is also arguably a breach of international human rights agreements and ethical standards. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have made it clear that the standards of ethical treatment also apply to the treatment of drug dependence—standards that include the right to autonomy and self-determination. Indeed, according to UNODC, "people who use or are dependent on drugs do not automatically lack the capacity to consent to treatment...consent of the patient should be obtained before any treatment intervention." Forced treatment violates a person's right to be free from non-consensual medical treatment.

It's a useless endeavor, anyway, because studies have shown that it doesn't improve outcomes in reducing drug use and criminal recidivism. A review of nine studies, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, failed to find sufficient evidence that compulsory drug treatment approaches are effective. The results didn't suggest improved outcomes in reducing drug use among drug-dependent individuals enrolled in compulsory treatment. However, some studies did suggest potential harm.

According to one study, 33% of compulsorily-treated participants were reincarcerated, compared to a mere 5% of the non-treatment sample population. Moreover, rates of post-release illicit drug use were higher among those who received compulsory treatment. Even worse, a 2016 report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found that people who received involuntary treatment were more than twice as likely to die of an opioid-related overdose than those with a history of only voluntary treatment.

These findings echo studies published in medical journals like Addiction and BMJ. A study in Addiction found that involuntary drug treatment was a risk factor for a non-fatal drug overdose. Similarly, a study in BMJ found that patients who successfully completed inpatient detoxification were more likely than other patients to die within a year. The high rate of overdose deaths by people previously involuntarily treated is likely because most people who are taken involuntarily aren't ready to stop using drugs, authors of the Addiction study reported. That makes sense. People who aren't ready to get clean will likely use again when they are released. For them, the only post-treatment difference will be lower tolerance, thanks to forced detoxification and abstinence. Indeed, a loss of tolerance, combined with the lack of a desire to stop using drugs, likely puts compulsorily-treated patients at a higher risk of overdose.

The UNODC agrees. In their words, compulsory treatment is "expensive, not cost-effective, and neither benefits the individual nor the community." So, then, why would we even try?

Biden is right to look for ways to combat addiction and drug crime outside of the criminal justice system. But forced drug treatment for all drug offenders is a flawed, unethical policy, with deadly consequences. If the goal is to help people and reduce harm, then there are plenty of ways to get there. Mandatory treatment isn't one of them.

Lindsay Marie is a policy analyst for the Lone Star Policy Institute, an independent think tank that promotes freedom and prosperity for all Texans. You can follow her on Twitter @LindsayMarieLP.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani joined Glenn Beck on Tuesday's radio program discuss the Senate's ongoing investigation into former vice president Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and reveal new bombshell documents he's currently releasing.

Giuliani told Glenn he has evidence of "very, very serious crime at the highest levels of government," that the "corrupt media" is doing everything in their power to discredit.

He also dropped some major, previously unreported news: not only was Hunter Biden under investigation in 2016, when then-Vice President Biden "forced" the firing of Ukraine's prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, but so was the vice president himself.

"Shokin can prove he was investigating Biden and his son. And I now have the prosecutorial documents that show, all during that period of time, not only was Hunter Biden under investigation -- Joe Biden was under investigation," Giuliani explained. "It wasn't just Hunter."

Watch this clip to get a rundown of everything Giuliani has uncovered so far.

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For most Americans, the 1980s was marked by big hair, epic lightsaber battles, and school-skipping Ferris Bueller dancing his way into the hearts of millions.

But for Bernie Sanders — who, by the way, was at that time the oldest-looking 40-year-old in human history — the 1980s was a period of important personal milestones.

Prior to his successful 1980 campaign to become mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders was mostly known around the Green Mountain State as a crazy, wildly idealistic socialist. (Think Karl Marx meets Don Quixote.) But everything started to change for Sanders when he became famous—or, in the eyes of many, notorious—for being "America's socialist mayor."

As mayor, Sanders' radical ideas were finally given the attention he had always craved but couldn't manage to capture. This makes this period of his career particularly interesting to study. Unlike today, the Bernie Sanders of the 1980s wasn't concerned with winning over an entire nation — just the wave of far-left New York City exiles that flooded Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s — and he was much more willing to openly align himself with local and national socialist and communist parties.


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Over the past few weeks, I have been reading news reports of Sanders recorded in the 1980s — because, you know, that's how guys like me spend their Saturday nights — and what I've found is pretty remarkable.

For starters, Sanders had (during the height of the Soviet Union) a very cozy relationship with people who openly advocated for Marxism and communism. He was an elector for the Socialist Workers Party and promoted the party's presidential candidates in 1980 and 1984.

To say the Socialist Workers Party was radical would be a tremendous understatement. It was widely known SWP was a communist organization mostly dedicated to the teachings of Marx and Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution.

Among other radical things I've discovered in interviews Sanders conducted with the SWP's newspaper — appropriately named The Militant (seriously, you can't make this stuff up) — is a statement by Sanders published in June 1981 suggesting that some police departments "are dominated by fascists and Nazis," a comment that is just now being rediscovered for the first time in decades.

In 1980, Sanders lauded the Socialist Workers Party's "continued defense of the Cuban revolution." And later in the 1980s, Sanders reportedly endorsed a collection of speeches by the socialist Sandinistas in Nicaragua, even though there had been widespread media reports of the Sandinistas' many human rights violations prior to Sanders' endorsement, including "restrictions on free movement; torture; denial of due process; lack of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; denial of the right of association and of free labor unions."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Comrade Bernie's disturbing Marxist past, which is far more extensive than what can be covered in this short article, shouldn't be treated as a mere historical footnote. It clearly illustrates that Sanders' brand of "democratic socialism" is much more than a $15 minimum wage and calls for single-payer health care. It's full of Marxist philosophy, radical revolutionary thinking, anti-police rhetoric, and even support for authoritarian governments.

Millions of Americans have been tricked into thinking Sanders isn't the radical communist the historical record — and even Sanders' own words — clearly show that he is. But the deeper I have dug into Comrade Bernie's past, the more evident it has become that his thinking is much darker and more dangerous and twisted than many of his followers ever imagined.

Tomorrow night, don't miss Glenn Beck's special exposing the radicals who are running Bernie Sanders' campaign. From top to bottom, his campaign is staffed with hard-left extremists who are eager to burn down the system. The threat to our constitution is very real from Bernie's team, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before in a U.S. election. Join Glenn on Wednesday, at 9 PM Eastern on BlazeTV's YouTube page, and on BlazeTV.com. And just in case you miss it live, the only way to catch all of Glenn's specials on-demand is by subscribing to Blaze TV.

Justin Haskins (Jhaskins@heartland.org) is editorial director of The Heartland Institute and editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com.

Candace Owens, BLEXIT founder and author of the upcoming book, "Blackout," joined Glenn Beck on Friday's GlennTV for an exclusive interview. available only to BlazeTV subscribers.

Candace dropped a few truth-bombs about the progressive movement and what's happening to the Democratic Party. She said people are practically running away from the left due to their incessant push to dig up dirt on anybody who disagrees with their radical ideology. She explained how -- like China and its "social credit score" -- the left is shaping America into its own nightmarish episode of "Black Mirror."

"This game of making sure that everyone is politically correct is a societal atom bomb. There are no survivors. There's no one that is perfect," Candace said. "The idea that humanity can be perfect is Godless. If you accept that there is something greater than us, then you accept that we a flawed. To be human is to be flawed."

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