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Glenn:  Here's the people who keep saying this.  Here are the people who keep saying this, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louie Farrakhan, Reverend Jeremiah Wright.  What do they all have in common?  I mean, they all have the same approach.  It's that angry, you know ‑‑ Al Sharpton said over the weekend, "I'm going to shut this city down."  Over what?  I read ‑‑ I read the article.  I was for you until I started reading the facts of the case here in New York where, you know, the 50 bullets, the cops, they used 50 bullets and shot ‑‑ what's his name, Bell? .

Stu:  Shawn Bell.

Glenn:  I mean, horrible, horrible situation.  Horrible tragedy, but I can see how the case worked out that way.  It's all these people who are just ‑‑ they are ‑‑ they're using ‑‑ why do you think Jeremiah right is up there right now?  This isn't helpful to get the first black man elected President of the United States and you know what?  America is perfectly fine, perfectly fine having the first black American serve in office.  We're totally cool with that.  We are not cool with the first angry black man.


Do you know what my problem is with John McCain?  John McCain, I don't know if ‑‑ well, just one of the problems, but I don't know if this guy has the temperament to be the President of the United States.  He's got a temper to him and he's arrogant.  I don't want a guy who is arrogant with a quick temper in the White House.  I don't want ‑‑ I don't care what color they are.  I don't want an angry white man and I don't want an angry black man.  That's why people like Colin Powell, he seems reasonable.  I disagree with Colin Powell.  I don't think I would vote for Colin Powell because of his politics, but, you know, before I knew his politics, I was perfectly willing to vote for Colin Powell, because he seems reasonable.


Jeremiah Wright does not seem like a reasonable guy and anybody who cannot judge that this man wasn't reasonable when you're that close to him for 20 years does not have the judgment to be the President of the United States.

Glenn:  1‑888‑727‑BECK.

(Out at 9:43 a.m.)

Glenn:  Here's one thing about Reverend Wright that I don't really understand.  I don't understand how he feels honestly about God, because I want you to listen to this last part of this answer about Lewis Farrakhan.

(Audio played.)

Glenn:  Is he your friend?

(Audio played.)

Glenn:  That's the question I want to know.  Here's the question:  He didn't put me in slaves.  He didn't put new chains.  Who did?  Who did you, sir.  You.  Who put you in chains?  It's my contention that you put you in chains because there are no literal chains that are hanging around you now.  The chains are created by you and that's a mighty nice multimillion dollar chain that you have there that you call a house.  So, you are putting you in chains and then he says, He didn't create me this color.  Who created you this color?  Is this a problem with God?  Do you have a problem with God creating you that color, quote, unquote?

Here's another quote.  He said, God set me free to forgive stupidity.  He set me free to praise God in spite of an oppressive government.  Your government has been oppressing folks since we stole this country from the Comanche, but I'm going to praise him in spite of the government.  Our government has been oppressing folks since it defined the African‑American man as three fifths a person, but I'm going to praise him in spite of our government.

Okay.  You're going to praise him in spite of.  So, I don't understand that relationship, but here's something else.  And I wanted to make sure I was absolutely right and I called professor after professor after professor yesterday to make sure that I was right on this.  The three fifths of a person drives me crazy because it shows people's ignorance of history.  It's related to Article 1 of the Constitution.  Representatives and direct portions shall be apportioned among several states which may be included in this unit according to their respective numbers which shall be determined by adding the whole number of free persons, including those bound as service for a number of years and excluding Indians not taxed three fifths of all other persons.

Now, he says, Reverend Wright keeps saying that you have to consider the context of everything.  They're taking me out of context.  They're only using a sound bite, kind of like you quoting the founding fathers by same I'm only three fifths a person.  Well, let's just look at this in context.  This was pro ‑‑ this was pro abolition.  It was the proslavery faction that wanted to give the slaves the full human status.  Why?  Why?  Because they wanted more representation in Congress.  It would have maximized the congressional representation of the southern states.  It was the abolitionists who wanted to completely do away with slavery, that didn't want black individuals to count at all.  They said, Let's not let them count at all because then their population in the south will be very small and we'll have a chance to overturn it in Congress.  It had nothing to do with rejecting someone's humanity, but to preserve and strengthen the anti‑slavery majority in Congress.  It was not a ‑‑ proslavery southerner but an anti‑slavery northerner.  His name was James Wilson of Pennsylvania.  Why does Pennsylvania play such an important role?  Oh, I remember, because Ben Franklin was one of the first big abolitionists.  It was James Wilson that proposed the three fifths compromise.

Now, why, why would you do this, Jeremiah Wright?  Why would somebody who is anti‑slavery propose this?  It kept the southern slavery views in check.  It reduced their political power by limiting their representation in the House of Representatives.  That's why it happened.  Frederick Douglas, quote, it gives representatives to the south for three fifths of its slaves but what does that amount to?  It's a down right disability laid upon the slave holding states, one which deprives those states of two fifths of their natural bias of representation.  Instead of encouraging slavery, the Constitution encourages freedom by giving an increase of two fifths of political power to free over slave states, end quote.  Frederick Douglas.

I am so sick and tired of people distorting our history for their own political gain.  I am so sick and tired of people teaching my daughters, your family lies about our founding fathers and lies about our country.  We are a good country.  We are a decent people.  Our founding fathers were God inspired and they did not hate others, period.

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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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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