Glenn Beck: Arizona protests 'grassroots'?

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GLENN: Well, I will tell you this. I am very impressed, in Phoenix with the hard working Americans who just want to be here.

PAT: Because they love the country.

GLENN: Correct.

PAT: They are just looking for a better life for their families.

GLENN: Sure.

PAT: That's all they want.

GLENN: Sure. And I appreciate that it's the tea parties that are violent.

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: And they are the radicals. They are the radicals.

PAT: Yeah. Mean, hateful.

GLENN: Well, not exactly.

VOICE: There's a somewhat chaotic scene out in front of the Maricopa County jail in downtown Phoenix. We'll take live pictures from sky fox here. You can see it is a sizable crowd that has gathered, a Mexican flag out front and a lot of protestors holding up signs really expressing, you see them kind of chanting?

VOICE: But what I can tell you is that several protestors have been arrested at this time that I can tell. It seems that some more could be heading in that direction. What were expected to be peaceful protests today is turning in another direction.

GLENN: I wouldn't have seen that. I wouldn't have seen that coming. Now, what's really interesting is some of the protestors are members of SDS. That's

PAT: Some others are SEIU members.

GLENN: I'm sorry, what?


GLENN: Now wait a minute. SEIU, that's where Andy Stern was, right?

PAT: Yeah, it is.

GLENN: SEIU, the union SEIU. And wasn't Andy Stern, when he was in college, wasn't he in SDS?

PAT: A member of SDS? Yeah.

GLENN: A member of SDS. Hey, the Weather Underground, they came from SDS, didn't they?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: And then ACORN came from SDS.

PAT: Sure did.

GLENN: Cloward and Piven came from SDS.


GLENN: That's weird and so

PAT: Now these people

GLENN: SEIU and SDS members were arrested.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: What are the odds?

PAT: Isn't that interesting.

GLENN: We should go to Vegas because we're just hitting incredible odds because that's definitely not orchestrated, nor is it something that we said would happen. No.

STU: You've got to take into account, though, that everybody knows a couple dozen people who are in SDS. Everybody---


PAT: We've seen that at live rallies lately where

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: You've asked. And how many hands have gone up?

STU: Oh, it's just flooded with people.

PAT: I mean, in crowds of thousands of people, I'll bet three hands have gone up.

GLENN: May I just say with Bill O'Reilly, we were at Kansas City on Friday and I did a luncheon Friday. There were 1400 people there. And I asked, and nobody's hand went up. Then I went to Long Island.

PAT: That wasn't a diverse crowd, though.

GLENN: No, it wasn't.

PAT: Saturday night we had a diverse crowd.

GLENN: And I said, who is a member of SDS. And one hand went up. And it was a lady in the front row. And I joked with her and I said, from the New York Times? And she just shook her head. And I said, oh. You're from


GLENN: CBS? And she said no. I started walking I was making a comedic point and she said, CNN.

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: She was from CNN. And I said, ah, okay.

STU: That's real?

PAT: Oh, yeah. That actually happened.

GLENN: And she hated me.

PAT: Oh, my gosh.

GLENN: Hated me like poison.

STU: But she was there to cover the event?

GLENN: No. She was there because her husband is a fan and her husband wanted to see it and so it was his birthday --

PAT: That's a lot of love.

GLENN: That's a lot of love.

PAT: That's a lot of love.

GLENN: And she was poison darts coming my way like you wouldn't believe for the entire show.

PAT: Now, how did you know? How did you know the story behind that? How did you find that out?

GLENN: She said it. I asked her.

PAT: Okay. Right there on the stage?

GLENN: I asked her at the end. In the second half she was just still killing me with her eyes. And I am like, honestly, why are you here? I mean, was this a penalty of some sort? Did you go to some progressive judge where they are like, "Bad you! Voting for a conservative! You now have to go to the penalty box and see Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly." I said, how did this happen? And so she told me. Now, there's something else I asked, who has ever been for the violent overthrow of the United States government?

PAT: This was amazing.

GLENN: This was amazing. About four people raised their hand in Long Island.

STU: That's a lot for that question. And there was none in Kansas City?

GLENN: They were together no, there was none in Kansas City. They were together and they were hostile hippies.

PAT: I don't know why they were there.

GLENN: I don't know why they were there. They weren't there by the second half. I think they were there just maybe to disrupt because they were very disruptive. The second half I brought them a plate of warm cookies and they were gone and I was kind of disappointed because I had the kitchen backstage make these warm cookies for the hippies. I figure, I know the way I can get to hippies. I can talk to hippies.

PAT: By the second half, they got the munchies.

GLENN: They are all stoned. Just bring them hot cookies and they will be fine. They are like, hey, I'm for capitalism, rah, rah.

PAT: Doritos, dude?

GLENN: Yeah, that's the way it works. But you ask yourself, how many people, how many people do you know have called for the violent overthrow of the United States government? How many people do you know have blown up the Pentagon, wanted to kill police officers, call them pigs? How many people do you know are members of SDS? How many people do you know were members of the Weather Underground? How many members or how many people do you know are avowed communists? Avowed revolutionaries? How many people do you know? This White House has tons of them. It's time to wake up and see what is coming, and what is coming is what was happening there in Arizona. And I want to address that because violence is coming, but the left will blame it on me, as they already are today and my German ancestors, I love that one. It's important that you understand what they are doing and why they are doing it.

[NOTE: Transcript may have been edited to enhance readability - audio archive includes full segment as it was originally aired]

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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