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Curtis begins: "Forty-seven years ago Saturday, hundreds of thousands of Americans joined the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and witnessed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his 'I Have a Dream' speech, which summed up the hopes of generations."

How much does Glenn Beck want to be like Martin Luther King? Dr. King after the bus boycott arrest by Alabama police, 02/22/56. (photo: King Archives)
How much does Glenn Beck want to be like Martin Luther King? Dr. King after the bus boycott arrest by Alabama police, 02/22/56. (photo: King Archives) your social media marketing partner


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+17 # Guest 2010-08-27 23:47
What Beck is doing is sickening. He will use anything, any symbol, any person, say anything to divide the nation.


And the really sick thing is he is doing it all for MONEY. For him to say, that he had no idea, that his rally would be on the day of "I have a dream speech, is a lie. Nobody believes him, except his followers.
+16 # Guest 2010-08-27 23:52
Pick up and read a copy of Martin Luther King Jr's "Letters from a Birmingham Jail."

Then, for comparison, read or watch ANYTHING Glen Beck has said. No Glen, you're no Martin Luther King. Not even a pimple on the man's ass. Press rewind all you want fool. We're not going back! Tell THAT to all the "real people" when you see them.
+16 # Guest 2010-08-27 23:57
What he is doing is despicable, for there are so many videos of him approving of issues he now demonizes. He has become drunk on his own evil.

He really enjoys whipping up hatred and shoveling in money in the process.

+13 # Guest 2010-08-28 00:14
That's a catchy title hook, but merely a hook. As everyone knows, Glenn Beck is a charlatan and not competent to wash MLK's socks.
+15 # angelfish 2010-08-28 00:35
Glenn Beck and his ilk are anathema to EVERYTHING Dr. King stood for, he and his Ultra-Right Wing cronies are propagandists along the lines of Lord HawHaw, Tokyo Rose and Axis Sally. They give aid and comfort to the enemy of everything that is good and honorable in this World. Hopefully, few will Show up to feed off his vitriolic rhetoric and pretentious drivel. God bless Dr. King's legacy and may it continue to remain a voice of sanity, reason and unity in our painfully afflicted Nation.
+15 # Guest 2010-08-28 00:36
Looks to me like Glenn is going to attempt a hi-jacking. Beck pushes the theater of the absurd over the line again and again and again. The man is an uneducated lout who has a desperate need for attention. Alas, because of FoxNews, he gets the attention he so obviously craves. Once upon a time the media would have ignored a buffoon like Beck.
+13 # Guest 2010-08-28 00:36
I would agree that Beck is trying to hijack Martin Luther King's legacy but I am not worried about it much. Glen Beck is such a cartoon in the first place that I don't see him as a credible threat. The only people he will be persuasive to are cretins who will buy anything anyway. A "Restoring Honor" rally being undertaken by fools completely lacking of honor makes such an event farcical. It's as absurd as the American Nazi Party hosting a Jewish Appreciation Parade. Is any thinking soul being confused into giving Beck credibility? While some will give him credibility, they are going to be people from whom approval would not be desirable in the first place. Let the clown dance at the Lincoln Memorial. A shame indeed, but coming from such a shameless source, what else should we expect in a land that gives even fools the freedom to trot out their stupidity for public display. Bully for them. They get their rights, just like the rest of us, as they should.
+9 # Guest 2010-08-28 07:25
The question is, are there more "cretins" in this country than those who are intelligent? I hope not, but after the past twelve years of insanity, I'm not so sure. I guess we'll find out in November.
+7 # Guest 2010-08-28 01:33
Since the Beck rally is going to go forward, I am hoping to be surprised if his spirit guide does take over and make him an instrument of unification to nullify the divisiveness, nastiness, viciousness, meanness, selfishness and fearfulness that he and Palin have injected in every word. That is the only way any honor can be restored. They have dishonored our cherished ideals that made us different from those oppressive societies from which our ancestors fled. Or will our honor be stained even darker with more of the same efforts to arouse the basest instincts and fears.

Every time I see Beck, I flash back to this classic Burt Lancaster role:

Will Beck and Palin have not yet put away childish things and act like spoiled brats.
+13 # Guest 2010-08-28 02:29
Beck has already attempted to hijack Thomas Paine's legacy (Common Sense) so why stop there? As to Paine, Beck can make his claim just as soon as he will publicly embrace Paine's real legacy and final testament, The Age of Reason. As to Beck, he is shameless self promoter who will misrepresent anything at any time for a buck including leading his sheep to be shorn at the hands of a shady gold dealer. This description seems to apply to all the most virulent right wing media performers, those without a gold dealing sponsor are simply the less successful not the more principled. Yet another example of how market forces are no substitute for a sense of right and wrong, and the determination to do right. Also an example of how urgent the need is for Americans to get a grip on their true history as the right continues its efforts to reshape it into a tale of Christian triumph in the new world slowed only by traitors and heretics who obstruct the rich from taking everything on any terms they please.
+14 # Guest 2010-08-28 02:31
Glenn Beck has the same mentality as the once leader of Germany in 1930, and sadly the Naive in America are following him down the same path to disaster. Will Blackwater be our Gestapo and McChrystal their leader? Will Palin become Queen of the new Fundamentalist Empire and set us back 100 years?
+6 # Guest 2010-08-28 07:14
100 years? 100 years ago the USA was a powerful, solvent industrial nation with an appropriate military profile on the world stage with an increasingly active progressive movement at home. TR had just busted the trusts. Try 500 years at least. Strappado anyone? (Offshore at one of our rendition sites, of course, nothing is too evil for our enemies, foreign AND domestic.)
+24 # Guest 2010-08-28 04:04
I still think Glen Beck is making a huge PR blunder by holding his "Let's Stay Stupid" rally on the anniversary of the MLK "I Have a Dream" speech, for reason I have posted here previously.
Some of the "Christian-Jude o values" of our founders;
-Slavery is good idea.
-A woman is more or less the property of her father until she becomes more or less the property of her husband.
-The complete annihilation of Native Americans and their culture is a good and proper thing to do.
-The natural resources of the Earth exist solely for the exploitation for profit by humans.
This is only a partial list. Maybe you can add some of your own.
+4 # Guest 2010-08-28 05:03
Our Founding Fathers were almost all members of the Free Mason Cult, believed their way and pushed their ideas as dictators do. We the people had no say, especially women or people of color. This land was invaded by Illegals, who stole the land. The Founding Fathers were not Foundamentalist and believed in separation of church and state. Watch the History channel, and find out they drank alcohol because of poor water, grew Hemp for clothing and smoking.
-17 # Guest 2010-08-28 05:45
Glenn Beck must be a threatening image in the minds of this crowd of responders to an article that starts out with the observation that "Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin -- two conservative stars known more for their divisive political views than for their King-like stands for social justice." Are views "divisive" when you don't agree? Can you not disagree with someone you respect?

Dr. King articulated some truths that were now widely celebrated in either black or white communities. He sought openness in conversation and preached the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

The anti-Christian crowd of his day renounced his Christian non-violent approach to politics. I guess a lot of the inheritors of that violent, small minded set have left their comments on this less than praisworthy piece of slanted reporting.

Glenn Beck is not the only man in America standing up for honor and integrity. Others who celebrate the finest values of our culture will be there with him.
+4 # Guest 2010-08-28 10:10
I do not respect him except in the way one respects a poisonous snake. He is not respectable. He shills for a disreputable gold dealer encouraging his followers to invest on very poor terms while filling his wallet with promotional fees. He appropriates intellectual property that is not his under false pretenses. He probably did not even write his novel (where did he find the time?). Like most of his peers he is aiming for shock, fear and anger to increase his ratings and line his pockets. So where is the integrity and honor to be found in Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter, Ingraham, Hannity et al, ad nauseam? I think one needs special rose colored right wing glasses to see it or perhaps a hallucinogen with which I am not familiar.
+6 # Guest 2010-08-28 10:11
What anti-Christian crowd is advocating violence and rejecting non-violence? The only parties I see doing that are hyper-Christian right wingers, Tea Party types calling for revolution and gathering up their guns, Palin's unceasing use of weapon metaphors, Oath Keepers swearing to bring back secession and nullification backed by more guns and threats of a new civil war.
-1 # Guest 2010-08-29 08:41
Addendum. What is most peculiar is that almost everything these would-be rebels are ready to start shooting for now they were perfectly willing to tolerate when a hard right president professing evangelical Christianity was in office, further they were willing to tolerate even more inroads against liberty in the name of national security. If it's the choice of dictator and not the dictatorship in dispute, we may have passed a point of no return.
+7 # Guest 2010-08-28 10:51
John Henry, Beck is not threatening. He is sickening because he is bought by, anmong others, the Koch brothers, to spread hatred in the country. The fools who follow him obviously don't care that the "big business" they profess to hate is bankrolling their sick movement.
We sure disaggre with him; but it should be clear to you that we definitely DO NOT RESPECT HIM. He doesn't know what honor is.

A person who embraces an issue one day, only to demonize it later is nothing but a MONEY-GRABBING VICIOUS CHARLATAN. He is in it for money, and I bet he is laughig at all the fools he is pulling around by their noses.
+2 # Guest 2010-08-28 18:07
I admire your courage to saw what others have countered. However, I have tried to listen to both Mr. Beck and Ms. Palin but have had to turn them off because they are so negative. Always criticizing (which is easy) but seldom proposing something positive to help the economy, etc. They say we shouldn't spend money on big government but always want to spend more money for over-priced items for the military. They're against the mosque in NYC yet staunchly support our costly military efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, etc., stating we're there to protect non-terrorist Muslims. Our soldiers are dying overseas to protect the right to erect mosques over there, yet we won't allow one here. How sadly ironic.
+6 # kckc 2010-08-28 06:25
Glen Beck is Hitler. He has the same aspirations and grand delusions Hitler did, but he thinks he will be the 'good' Hitler because he claims to love Jesus. He is to the American black population what Hitler was the the European Jewish population. Black Americans should be very wary and disturbed about the following this nutcase is attracting. I certainly am. Hitler stepped into a power vacuum during a time of weak and uncertain leadership in Europe. Adolph Beck believes he sees the same opportunity and he has seduced a lot of unthinking and frustrated Americans into believing he has solutions to their angst about the state of American at this time.
+10 # Guest 2010-08-28 06:42
Cheese to Chalk! MLK was about LEADERSHIP; Beck is all about TOM-FOOLERY.
0 # Guest 2010-08-28 17:43
MLK was more than just leadership. He was a godsent when the nation had enough of bigotry, discrimination and hypocrisy.
He also gave he life for what he believed in.

Beck is nothing more than greed, evil, feed on the weak minded (he did bring out the sorriest individuals America has to offer) and idiocy! He has insulted everything decenct the US had to offer.

MLKs memory will last a lot longer than Beck and the rest of the Fox News crap loonies.
+10 # Guest 2010-08-28 07:37
Beck's "Christian" followers preach the lie that this country was founded on Christianity, when it was founded on freedom of (or from) religion. This is part and parcel of their hypocrisy, as they act with hatred while claiming to be followers of Jesus. "They have me much in their mouths, but little in their hearts."
0 # Guest 2010-09-02 11:41
"Beck's "Christian" followers preach the lie that this country was founded on Christianity, when it was founded on freedom of (or from) religion"

Let me you ask one qustion, "historian." Where did the idea of religious freedom come from? From Islam, from Buddhism, from Hinduism? Did you hear about Puritans called separationists? Did you hear about anabaptists and quakers? As an atheist, I do no care too much about Christianity, especially about so-called Jesus freaks, but make no mistake: the very idea of religious freedom had originated from Christianity and only from Christianity, and the political system that allows you to enjoy libery and freedom also gradually had evolved from the Christian tradition, including the Western concept of REASON. Now give my reply as many minuses as you want but you will not be able to change history. That is why I, an atheist, would rather side with poeple like Beck (a proponent of self-reliance and capitalism) than with PC/multiculty folks.
-5 # Guest 2010-08-28 09:41
To go to glenn beck’s live show on facebook Saturday AM 8/28?10
+5 # Guest 2010-08-28 11:18
Glenn Beck is a Mormom and if I remember correctly they do not have the same beliefs as Christians do and some in the Mormom Faith are still practicing Pologamy having several wives an marrying underage girls.
+1 # Guest 2010-08-28 15:42
And even more cleverly claiming one wife for incomes taxes and presenting the others as single women with children to collect AFDC and other benefits.
0 # Guest 2010-09-02 11:46
Quoting Sally:
Glenn Beck is a Mormom and if I remember correctly they do not have the same beliefs as Christians do and some in the Mormom Faith are still practicing Pologamy having several wives an marrying underage girls.

A bit of historical insight for Sally. Mormons is a branch of Christianity founded by Joseph Smith. Catholics, Sally, are Christians too, by the way. When I came to US I was stunned by hearing from some folks that the Catholics are not Christians.
-2 # Guest 2010-08-28 11:54
When a voice is raised in praise of God and personal redemption and integrity of character, others clamor to denigrate the man rather than the message. King was flawed. Lincoln more so. Beck is flawed and so are you. A great difference is found in the response to one's ideals. Those who renounce ideals are to be pitied. Those who seek redemption for failing thier ideals might find mercy and grace. Might be that Lincoln was a demagogue. Might be that the ideals of freedom that attach to him now are real. Salvation is always personal and one on one.

2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
0 # Guest 2010-08-28 23:47
[quote name="John Henry"]When a voice is raised in praise of God and personal redemption and integrity of character, others clamor to denigrate the man rather than the message."

Could it be,John Henry, we denigrate the man because he has no "integrity of character."Or that his "voice raised in praise of God" is done with tongue firmly planted in cheek along with pseudo tears designed to convince the gullible, like you John Henry, that "personal redemption" actually means more to him than "financial redemption." Beck is an actor/charlatan with delusions of grandeur. Your kind has been taken in by these "charmers" in wolf's skin since time immemorial. If there is indeed a God, and in whatever form that may or may not turn out to be, Beck and his type of mass manipulators are surely on record for their crimes against the formation of an altruistic and compassionate society. Unless, of course, God turns out to be something entirely different than so often advertised. "The fool's windows are always dirty."
0 # Guest 2010-09-02 11:58
"Beck and his type of mass manipulators are surely on record for their crimes against the formation of an altruistic and compassionate society."
Here is the key - "an altruistic and compassionate society." Welcome to the Brave New World. Those who are against it will be tried for their crimes against this wrnderful utopia
0 # Guest 2010-09-02 11:55
"When a voice is raised in praise of God and personal redemption and integrity of character, others clamor to denigrate the man rather than the message. King was flawed. Lincoln more so. Beck is flawed and so are you."
My respect to you, John Henry, even though I am an atheist. You are exactly right. Many comments you read on this page are not concerned with the message. They are more concerned with the assisinaiton of the character. Can you imagine: one of the people here compared Beck (the guy who advocates individualism, liberty, free enterprsie and other Western values) with Hitler, who advocated racism and worked to build national socialism and a big nanny state. It says much not only about the way we debate things these days but also about plain lack of knowledge of history. Now, the crowd, give me your minuses...
-3 # Guest 2010-08-28 12:05
Gee, genierae, it might be a good idea to read biographies of the founders before making such a statement
+1 # Guest 2010-08-28 14:57
Gee, John Henry, why do I need to read the biographies of the founders, when all that's necessary to read are the founding documents? I'd rather know about facts than personalities. By the way, did you know that our constitution was based, in part, on the constitution of the Iroquois Nation? They aren't Christians, John Henry.
0 # Guest 2010-09-02 12:11
Quoting genierae:
Gee, John Henry, By the way, did you know that our constitution was based, in part, on the constitution of the Iroquois Nation? They aren't Christians, John Henry.

genierea, mine freund, you set yourself up by saying that our constitution is based in part on the Iroquios Nation. You became trapped into the multicultural version of history railroaded into our mainstream since the 1960s. Reading this "history" you may also find out that Africans (or Chinese) "discovered" New World before Columbus. The catalogue of these non-Western "accomplishment s" is too long to be mentioned here. Now here is my question for you: where is the document that proves that our constitution was in part was modeled after the Iroquios? Not a book where you may have read this nonsense but an actual, as you say, "founding document." When you find it and show it to me and I will send you a money order for $100. Deal?
-3 # Guest 2010-08-28 12:07
Gee, Sally, perhaps you ought to study Mormon faith a bit more carefully. Perhaps even to the point of looking into the various denominations within the Mormon community.
0 # Guest 2010-08-31 01:42
My stomach has been turning ever since I heard he was having an event there, and on that day. It turned even more when I heard him say on his radio show that he was writing only bullet points in the event that the 'spirit' wanted to talk through him. It's alright, I suppose, to believe that God speaks through you, but Glenn Beck? This day? This place? And, mixed with what is obviously politics?

There are some that say it's an "apolitical" rally. Bull. "Restoring Honor" completely refers to the honor they say has 'left' Washington with the current administration. The fact is that Glenn Beck did highjack MLK's memory, did attempt to claim ownership of the civil rights movement, and did attempt to be the 'reverend' of the right-wing.

The former coke addict, who called our president a racist who had a deep-seated hatred of white people, tried to give the impression that this was about something other than politics. Didn't work, dude.
0 # Guest 2010-09-02 13:44

Anything can be magically transformed, defeated, altered, manipulated, swayed, finessed, motivated, defeated, won, lost, destroyed, created, beloved, hated, despised, sought after in the minds of MILLIONS... ANYTHING..! Especially when deliberately 'Politically-So cially-Attached ' by Media to whatever whenever wherever however-- even when its a fabricated-fois ted issue.

If the Media Enterprise is big enough, vast enough, pervasive enough and disproportionat ely controlled enough, IT can place whatever it wants into the Public's Mind when the Airways, Cable-ways, Print-ways, Entertainment-w ays are vastly owned by a Global Corporate Enterprise dedicated to a Political Agenda and that Global Corporate Enterprise uses all those Media Enterprises it owns, control and easily, readily exploits in the pursuit of whatever agenda it has a mind to pursue.

Look around. Listen. There is HUGE Propaganda Network at work IN AMERICA 24/7.
0 # ArizonaMildman 2011-10-16 05:06
If Pagans decided to reserve National Mall on Christmas and hold the winter solstice celebration a year before it was scheduled and then said that Christians don't own Santa Clause or Christmas day and that they helped be a part of the Birth of Jesus, some people would be really angry and what Glenn Beck did to the memory of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement was no different. He kept saying WE referring to him and his conservative Kool-aid drinkers, who stood there nodding their heads, even though the "I Have A Dream" speech occurred on August 28, 1963, and Glenn Beck wasn't born until February 10, 1964 which made him less than seven months old when that all happened. FAUX NEWS finally got rid of him but not before he defiled a national holiday and if he had a shred of decency and any shame at all, he would have been humiliated but someone who fake cries on the air and makes up ridiculous accusations that are completely unfounded constantly doesn't have enough sense of right and wrong to be ashamed.
0 # ArizonaMildman 2011-10-16 05:07
The founding fathers were Deists, not Christians who fled the church of England. There were only seven founding fathers so Christians need to quit making up new founding fathers to try to fit their agenda. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington were the founding fathers that Warren G. Harding spoke of in his keynote address to the 1916 Republican National Convention as a Senator. He coined the phrase.
0 # ArizonaMildman 2011-10-16 06:19
Gee, you really think being flippant, arrogant, and condescending gives you an air of superiority? Why would someone who wrote "...All men are created equal..." while owning slaves bother to write the source of their ideas into a "founding document" which actually only means the constitution, the preamble, and the bill of rights, which your bet has no basis in understanding. If you look up the Iroquois in an Encyclopedia or other actual reference source for actual information (something most right wingers don't believe in, facts) I just learned through my own random research that there had been something called the Iroquois Confederacy and that the early Europeans admired their ideas and were surprised at how pure a form of democracy that the Iroquois had established. It stands to reason that they might have similarities to their own writings and would borrow some of the indigenous people's ideas to be passed off to their own culture as their own original ideas. But that would take you actually looking something up instead of just arguing. Who are you to demand what source that someone who actually does study history read to get information from. Read a book.

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