Glenn Beck: Banishing God From Our Classrooms





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I seriously need duct tape just to make it through the day to survive. If I don't wrap my head up tight, it's going to explode just from reading the news of the day.

Our Karl Marx-loving administration is trying to spend its way out of a debt crisis; we're about to send a progressive to the Supreme Court (remember, progressives think the Constitution is an outdated document), and then there are stories like this out of Arlington High School in Massachusetts:

A student there named Sean Harrington noticed something odd: There were no American flags in the classroom and no Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Sean decided to try and get flags put back in the classroom and to have students start reciting the Pledge of Allegiance again. Seems like a benign request, right? Not in Massachusetts. It's been three years — three years — since Sean took up the oh-so-controversial fight of getting American flags back in American classrooms.

Sean finally got them to relent on the flags, but the Pledge has been a different story. The principal, Charles Skidmore, finally agreed to lead the Pledge, not in class but in the foyer for those who wish to attend. The school said: "The principal wanted to be very respectful about the Pledge and be sensitive to the Supreme Court ruling that students are not forced to say the Pledge. He wanted to be sensitive to the diverse group of students we have."

Diverse group of students? Look, if you don't want to say the Pledge, whatever, you don't have to. But what part of that "diverse group" of students doesn't want to recite it?

How did we even get to a place where we are even having this debate? The Pledge of Allegiance? The flag in class? Really? Where was the tipping point on this? Do the majority of people think the Pledge is offensive or is this a bogus tipping point? Who exactly is offended?

The school originally rejected Harrington's request because, "some educators are concerned that it would be hard to find teachers willing to recite it." Really? That's even worse! If that's true and teachers won't recite the Pledge, then maybe it's time to start firing teachers. My 4-year-old recites the Pledge and that's one reason my kids are not in public school.

Do you remember when Red Skelton recited the Pledge?

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RED SKELTON: I — me, an individual, a committee of one — pledge — dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity — allegiance — my love and my devotion — to the flag — our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there is respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody's job — of the United — that means that we have all come together — States — individual communities that have united into 48 great states; 48 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common cause and that's love for country — of America and to the Republic — a republic, a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people — for which it stands. One nation — meaning, so blessed by God — indivisible — incapable of being divided — with liberty — which is freedom, the right of power to live one's life without threats or fear or any sort of retaliation — and justice — the principle or quality of dealing fairly with others — for all — which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.

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Some think there was a tipping point in 1962 when the Supreme Court first ruled that a voluntary —- voluntary — prayer at the start of each school day was unconstitutional because, the court said, it amounted to state sponsorship of prayer. What was the offensive, voluntary prayer New York schools recited?

"Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee and beg Thy blessings upon us, our teachers and our country."

Oh, the horror! I feel for all the atheists who had to sit through that divisive indoctrination. At least they didn't make them read this:

"O! Lord our heavenly Father, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords... look down in mercy, we beseech thee; on these our American states who have fled to thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves upon thy gracious protection, desiring henceforth to be dependent only on thee."

That's the official prayer of the first Continental Congress in 1774. Oh, how far we've come. First, not — not — mandating a specific religion; then, don't talk about God at all. You might offend someone!

Then a compromise: A middle school in Brooklyn is talking about religion — well, using material that compares religion to a disease. But don't worry, the material also says religion may be a disease, but it's a "noble disease." What is a noble disease? A cancer that only attacks pedophiles?

As we've reduced our exposure to God since the 1962 court ruling, I contend we've all but forgotten God. It's what led us to some big problems. Let me show you what David Barton found when he looked into this: SAT scores began falling, pre-marital sexual activity among teens skyrocketed and the number of violent crimes rose rapidly. Coincidence?

Progressives have fought this fight for decades, because the less people rely on God, it creates a dependency vacuum. And guess who's there to fill the void: government and the unions. It gives them more power over you. And if you think they don't want it, watch this video from NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin, who was giving a retirement speech:

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BOB CHANIN, NEA: Despite what some among us would like to believe, it is not because of creative ideas, it is not because of the merit of our positions, it is not because we care about children, it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power and we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year because they believe we are the unions that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees.

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It's about power and control. Progressives believe the government will make better choices than the individual. And a huge part of what's allowing them to amass more power is our growing separation from God. At a time when we need to hear more people of faith, they are being pushed aside — all in the name of political correctness. Even a high school kid from Massachusetts understands it:

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SEAN HARRINGTON, STUDENT: As Ronald Reagan said, "If we forget that we're a nation under God, then we are a nation gone under."

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Is that not proving true?

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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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