Moment of Truth

GLENN: So anyway, last night I watched American Idol and I watched it through my fingers. Is anybody watching American Idol this season?

STU: I didn't watch it last night but I saw several before that.

GLENN: I had forgotten how much of it is, it's a true car wreck, it really is. You watch through your fingers. I really do watch American Idol, the first part, through my fingers. I'm like, no, no, no, ow, ow, ow. You feel so bad for them.

STU: It is brutal. I would say that they actually have, they may have taken a little bit of the heat from last year. Remember last year they were saying they were too mean. This year they seem to be ending them all in an up note.

GLENN: That's because it's Paula. "I want to vote for you, I really, I wish I could." No, you don't.

STU: My favorite thing that they say to them like it's okay is, "Not for this competition." Like, "There's another singing competition you might just get through."

GLENN: You know the one with the bar on Friday night, not the good bar in your neighborhood but the bar that, just like the really bad people go to? That bar probably will have a competition and that one you could probably win.

STU: Well, not win.

GLENN: But you're right for that competition.

STU: They don't say that you'd win but they say -- you know.

GLENN: And then I watched one of the worst television shows of all time.

STU: This guy, let me guess.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: Absolutely 100% has to be the Lie Detector Show.

GLENN: The Lie Detector Show, one of the worst shows of all time for, I don't know how -- for many reasons, for many reasons, one of which -- and I brought in some audio -- one of which is how long you have to wait for the answers and then whether or not that's going to be an accurate answer or not. And I'm not kidding you. It was almost -- Dan, you have the audio of this? Go ahead. Play it. It's almost like, have you ever eaten cookie when you weren't supposed to? Hmmm? (Mumbling.) Yes!

STU: You have to explain, too, Glenn, that they took the Lie Detector Test off screen earlier.

GLENN: So they've already been asked this question.

STU: Yeah, they knew the questions, they knew out of a certain range which ones they would be asked. So they already know the answers. They know how they answered them previously. It's just that typical reality shows, sort of like they have to look around and act like they are thinking about it even though they know.

GLENN: I don't know. I don't know.

STU: This is not edited.

GLENN: This is ridiculous. Listen to this.

Voice: Did you ever get a passing grade just because you were on the football team?

GLENN: Oh! He's still thinking!

VOICE: Actually no.

GLENN: Wait for it, wait for it, wait for it.

STU: What's the answer?

GLENN: Wait for it! Wait for it! Still waiting!

VOICE: True.

GLENN: Oh, thank goodness. Now --

STU: I love -- you've got to love the contrite, "Whoa!" Every question. They are not even dramatic questions, half of them.

GLENN: No. Half of them are, did you ever, did you ever lick an envelope and then kiss somebody afterwards with that icky envelope taste in your mouth? Whoa! "I don't know if I can admit that on national television." And then they get on these questions that there's no way you can win. You might win money but you may lose your job. You may lose your family. This is the most despicable show on television and that's saying something.

But before we leave the time thing, I just have to play -- I took 40 minutes of this show and I edited all of the pauses out and all of the, you know, "So you're a football player, let's get back to the game." Took all of that stuff out. 40 minutes. How long do you think 40 minutes, when it just plays the game, how long do you think 40 minutes edits down to? Even I was surprised. I will play the 40 minute, excuse me, the edited 40 minutes after this commercial and I'll give you a hint. I only have two minutes after this commercial.

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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