Principal SUSPENDED for warning students about cancel culture: 'What happens when YOU do not have dissenting opinions?'

Tennessee Principal Barton Thorne was suspended by Shelby County School administrators in January after speaking with his students about the dangers of cancel culture.

"I want you to understand the problem that's going to face you and your generation if there is no longer a marketplace, a free exchange of ideas," he told them, urging the students to engage in respectful conversations with those who hold differing opinions.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn read Thorne's message word for word, and said he doesn't know what's wrong with anything the high school principal said.

Here is are a few excerpts from Thorne's message on Jan. 11 to the students:

"I'm not going to tell you what to think. I just want to help you think. And, no, it's not about the Capitol riots. That was ignorance at the highest levels. I don't know too many people who are going to be okay with what happened. I don't care whose side you agree with. We do not practice sedition. We do not attack our legislature."

"It's what's going on with Twitter and Facebook and Google and Apple, and their decision as private companies to filter and to decide what you can hear and know about. And this isn't about Trump, I'm not getting into that, this is about speech, because there have been times even in American history where a small group of people decided what you can hear. Think about McCarthyism ... think about totalitarian governments, think of North Korea, think of China. What makes those types of systems possible is the restriction and the elimination of the free exchange of ideas."

"…in democracies, we talk about the marketplace of ideas. Well, what happens when the marketplace of ideas becomes a forced monopoly? What happens when you do not have dissenting opinions, when you do not have an exchange on competing ideas—how do you know if your ideas can stand on their own if there is no marketplace of ideas?"

"Any time we allow any group of people to tell another group of people, 'you can't think this. You can't say this. You can't write this. And you can't go to places where it's talked about,' that's just one step away from happening to you. Because right now, it may be that the ideas that you value, that are shared by the people who are in power and filtering those people who are not in power. But it's just one election or one moment away from being flipped."

Thorne's attorney, Daniel Suhr from the Liberty Justice Center, joined Glenn to explain why they're suing, and how the district administrators can use their "immense" mistake as a teaching moment for the students under their charge.

"I hope the school district does the right thing here, which is not just giving Barton his job back, but acknowledging that what he said was right," Suhr told Glenn. "This is a teachable moment. The school district needs to tell its students that if they talk about free speech in a paper, they're not going to get an F. They need to tell other teachers, in this district and across the country, it's okay to talk about the Constitution, to teach basic civics, and not have to watch your back, that the speech police are coming for you. So hopefully the school district does the right thing here, and acknowledges what it did was wrong and illegal."

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It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

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An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is now warning that his nation is preparing for war with China after Beijing flew a record number of warplanes over Taiwanese territory. Wu reached out to another country for help, but it wasn't the United States.

In a video, Wu urged Australia to help prepare for a possible invasion, but gave the U.S. no mention.

"The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. And if China is going to launch a war against Taiwan, we will fight until the end. And that is our commitment. And, of course, during this period of time, we would like to exchange with other countries for security cooperation," Wu said on ABC News In-depth's China Tonight program. "We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so that Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation. And so far, our relations with Australia is very good. And that is what we appreciate it for."

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere discussed whether or not America would do anything during such a conflict — because it sure seems like President Joe Biden is more focused on working with China to fight climate change. Plus, why did China just cut off all cryptocurrency?

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