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.

"What's your climate credit score?" That's a question Americans may have to answer if the green global elites get their way.

While the media has distracted us with Orange Man Bad! and Russia, Russia, Russia!, the Left has been busy working on the fundamental transformation of America with a primary pressure point — YOUR money through YOUR bank. Democrats, forgetting the words of MLK, like to group people into categories. They judge you based on what skin color you have, your religion, occupation, your ideology, and now … your carbon footprint.

On his Wednesday night TV special this week, Glenn Beck exposes how they're now planning, not only to categorize you, but to give you a score. It'll determine everything for you: whether you can buy a home, get a new car, open a business … EVERYTHING. And if you don't bend the knee? You'll be blacklisted. But this isn't some far-off conspiracy theory. Multiple big U.S. banks are part of a private U.S. financial group enacting these policies now. It's here, and we're ALL at risk.

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Unlike the mainstream media, we at the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" decided to actually do the research and get to the bottom of CPAC's controversial stage design, which many on the Left have suggested was purposefully shaped like an obscure Nazi symbol. We got our answers straight from the source — and it's not what the media is suggesting.

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp joined Glenn on Wednesday to share the real story of the stage design, who designed it, and why he's taking legal options against those smearing the Conservative Political Action Conference's name seriously.

Matt told Glenn he'd never heard of the alleged Nazi insignia, noting that even a staff member who "studied anti-Semitism in college" did not recognize the obscure symbol. He went on to explain how the stage designing firm, Design Foundry, and Hyatt Hotels worked collaboratively with CPAC event organizers for months throughout the designing and construction of the stage. However, when pressured by the cancel culture mob on social media, both companies "ran for the tall grass."

"Both the Hyatt and [Design Foundry] looked to CPAC and said [they] had nothing to do with this stage. That's outrageous," Matt stated. "This whole process takes months ... everybody saw this. Everybody had to figure out how to construct this. Everybody had eyes on it from every angle. And nobody in that process ever raised their hand and said, 'Oh, you know, I took a European history class, and I noticed [that the stage design looked like a Nazi symbol.] Nobody."

Matt went on to add that, while CPAC expects attacks from the Left, they also have every intention of standing up for themselves, the conservative community, the Jewish community, and all the people who love America.

"We're fine with taking the hits. We always take the hits, it's part of being a prominent conservative group. We'll take the hits, but we won't let people lie," Matt said.

"I can't tell you how many people have called me during the course of this most tumultuous of years and said, at what point does the conservative community, do the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, do the people who love America, and think it's okay to read Dr. Seuss, and love Thomas Jefferson and Mount Rushmore, at what point do they start pushing back on the cancel culture? At what point do they say, this is a line you can't cross? I think we're at that line," he added.

"We called our conference, 'America Uncanceled.' The whole thing became about them canceling us. At what point do we not have the right to say,' you can't treat us this way'? You're disparaging us. You're destroying our reputation. You're destroying our ability to be respected members of our community. So, I'm taking your challenge of pursuing our legal options very seriously. And I think we have to go broader. We can't let these companies just follow the woke mob. We can't do it."

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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