Redemption of a Grand Dragon: Can such a hateful person actually change?

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Do you believe a person can truly change who they are?

A huge missing piece in all the talk about how America can bridge its political and racial divisions is the concept of grace. Mention that word and some people get very uncomfortable because of its religious connotations. But everyone wants it and needs it, whether or not we actually recognize it as grace.

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We want plenty of grace for ourselves, but we're often reluctant to extend it to others – especially when they're the perceived enemy.

A lot of people think racism is an incurable disease. Can a man who was a neo-Nazi and KKK member and marched in the Charlottesville rally last year, have a genuine change of heart?

Ken Parker first joined the KKK in 2012. He earned "Grand Dragon" status in the KKK for recruiting new members.

At the Charlottesville rally last year, and for a few months afterward, Parker was interviewed by Deeyah Khan, a female filmmaker who was making a documentary about white supremacist groups. She impressed Parker with the kindness and respect she showed him and his fiancée. Their interaction planted a seed of doubt in Parker about the hate that boiled within him.

A few months later, Parker approached a man named William McKinnon who was having a cookout near the pool of Parker's apartment complex. McKinnon is black. They began talking and their conversation led to more meetings and discussions. Turns out McKinnon is a pastor at All Saints Holiness church in Jacksonville, Florida. He invited Parker to his church. Parker accepted the invitation.

Ken Parker and William McKinnon may be onto something. A little less cynicism, a lot more conversation, and a ton of grace.

A few months later, Parker decided he was ready to repent and be baptized. McKinnon had Parker give his testimony in front of the small, all-black congregation. Parker says he told them, "I was a grand dragon of the KKK, and then the Klan wasn't hateful enough for me, so I decided to become a Nazi – and a lot of them, their jaws about hit the floor and their eyes got real big."

Last month, Pastor McKinnon baptized Parker in the Atlantic. The congregation embraced him on the beach afterward. Just last week, Parker began the first of several tattoo removal treatments to remove the swastika and KKK symbols on his chest.

Ken Parker and William McKinnon may be onto something. A little less cynicism, a lot more conversation, and a ton of grace.

How many times must the corporate media get something completely wrong — and attack anyone who dares to disagree — before we realize who they have become?

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck shared an article from the Daily Caller titled, "Eight Anti-Trump Narratives the Media Finally Had to Admit Were False All Along." From the Lafayette Square controversy to the denial that COVID-19 could have anything to do with a lab in China to the "Russian bounties" story, the list of mainstream media conspiracy theories goes on and on. If it were anyone but the liberal media who got the facts this embarrassingly wrong, they would have been out of a job long ago.

Watch the video clip below to hear eight of the most anti-Trump the narratives shamelessly pushed by the media — that were completely wrong.


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Former President Barack Obama sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper recently for an interview scheduled to air in full on Friday. During the interview, Obama scoffed at the idea that critical race theory could be a "threat to our Republic," while claiming that "right-wing media venues" are "stoking the fear and resentment of a white population."

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck set the record straight: the right-wing media's efforts to call out the far-left have nothing to do with race in America, but rather everything to do with protecting our way of life that is being threatened more and more each day by the radical, Marxist ideology seeping into government.

"Mr. Obama, you lied," Glenn asserted. "You used the IRS to hunt down your enemy. You spied on the media. And your health care package, which was supposed to save every American $3,000 per year, has helped some, perhaps, while raising the cost of everyone's health care in double and triple percentages. But the worst thing that you did, is you planted, you watered, and you protected the Marxist seeds, by crying race."

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Our sacred republic has never been in more danger than it is today. Little by little, industry by industry, the far Left is fundamentally transforming the country we love. And it's an aggressive, hostile kind of takeover we've only seen in some of the world's darkest societies.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how the Biden administration and Democrats are aggressively scrambling to reset everything: our free and fair voting system, our kids' education, our policing, immigration and border security, our economy, our military, and our energy supply.

Finally, Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) joins to discuss how Biden's "woke" policies are threatening America's national security and our way of life.

Watch the full episode below:

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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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