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Mixed Messages from Glenn Beck by Cliff Kincaid, August 29, 2010

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This may sound harsh, but Beck, now in a public position of power and influence, is on the spot like never before.

 

Glenn Beck said that his “Restoring Honor” rally was going to be non-political, but Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., must not have gotten the memo. Speaking from the podium in front of hundreds of thousands of people, she declared that “the procreative foundation of marriage is being threatened,” referring to the advancing homosexual agenda; said that the “womb war” must be ended in favor of life for innocent unborn children; and called for prayer to be brought back to the public square and the schools.

 

The irony is that Beck himself was quoted in the Washington Post on the day of his rally as saying that homosexual marriage was not “a threat to the country.” This was actually a quote from an exchange that Beck had with Bill O’Reilly on his Fox News program. Christopher Barron, chairman of a homosexual Republican group, was quoted in the Post article as saying that Beck “sees a need to create a broad-based conservative movement” and therefore has taken the position that gay marriage “doesn’t hurt anybody.”

 

Oblivious to the health hazards of the homosexual lifestyle, including the ongoing AIDS crisis, and the movement’s current demands for the “right” to donate blood that could infect the nation’s blood supply, Beck had quoted Thomas Jefferson as saying, “If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket, what difference is it to me?”

 

While Beck should not be concerned about what the Post or other liberal media think of him or his rally, the fact is that his AWOL status in the cultural war has not gone over well with conservatives who were in this battle for morality when Beck was still a Top 40 DJ and years away from national prominence.

 

Joseph Farah and David Kupelian of WorldNetDaily are blunt. They say that Beck “needs a lesson in how his latest stance actually is aiding and abetting the subversive roots he labors intensely to expose.”

 

They are alluding to the fact that while Beck achieved a national reputation and following for exposing Van Jones’ communist background and forcing his resignation from the Obama Administration, he seems oblivious to the Marxist roots and dangers of the gay rights movement. Harry Hay, a member of the Communist Party USA and supporter of the North American Man-Boy Love Association, founded the homosexual movement in the U.S. Obama education official Kevin Jennings has said he was inspired by Hay to pursue a career of homosexual activism.

 

Kupelian appealed to Beck, saying, “Glenn, the three founders you picture daily on your Fox TV show under the heading Faith. Hope. Charity? namely Sam Adams, George Washington and Ben Franklin?would have been horrified, appalled and aghast at the mere thought of men marrying men and women marrying women.”

 

Nobody knows this better than David Barton of WallBuilders, a regular guest on the Beck TV show who joined the host on the stage of his 8/28 rally. His website is full of articles about how the founders regarded homosexuality as a crime against nature and believed in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.

 

Capturing the serious nature of the crisis, Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute commented, “Homosexual activists in cahoots with legislators and judges are working feverishly? and successfully? to force public educators to present resources that affirm homosexuality and Gender Identity Disorder as positive and normal to even elementary school children. And Glenn Beck proclaims that homosexual marriage doesn’t hurt America. Apparently, children aren’t part of America in Beck’s World.”

 

This may sound harsh, but Beck, now in a public position of power and influence, is on the spot like never before.

 

Addressing Beck directly, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association notes that “If same-sex marriage becomes the legal norm, the freedom of your church, the Mormon Church, to publicly declare its affirmation of natural marriage will suddenly become a punishable offense.” The Mormon Church and the Catholic Church have led the religious opposition to same-sex marriage.

 

Those who doubt Fischer’s words should take a look at what is happening in Britain, where acceptance of the homosexual agenda has led to a pastor being arrested for preaching against homosexuality.

 

In the U.S., we see a similar pattern developing. Fischer notes that Jennifer Keeton, a counseling student at Augusta State University, was told that she must change her Christian beliefs opposed to homosexuality in order to graduate from the program. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) filed suit on her behalf. She lost the case but has appealed.

 

Kenneth Howell, a professor at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana who taught the history of Catholicism, was fired because he had factually informed one of his students that the Catholic Church believes that homosexuality is a disorder. A public outcry, together with an ADF legal threat, forced the university to back down and Howell was reinstated.

 

At the Beck rally, Sarah Palin stuck to the script, avoiding political issues except for her brief comment that she strongly believed in restoring America. Those in attendance could not miss the significance of her implicit criticism of Obama’s vow to transform America. The mother of a serviceman in Iraq, Palin spoke movingly about our soldiers serving abroad.

 

Joseph Farah, founder, editor, and CEO of World Net Daily, is so concerned about the cultural transformation of America that he dismissed commentator Ann Coulter from his line-up of speakers at his own upcoming Taking America Back conference after he found out that Coulter had been scheduled to speak at a gay rights event. In response, the unmarried 49 year-old Coulter went on a Fox News program called “Red Eye” to accuse Farah and his associates of being “fake Christians.”

 

But Coulter ended up with a black eye by attacking one of the leading independent conservative sources of news and information whose editors simply could not accept her betrayal of the cause of traditional American values.

 

Farah has explained the stakes of this battle in his book, The Tea Party Manifesto, noting with concern that “There are groups and individuals who would like to constrict the tea party movement to fiscal issues.” Farah identifies some of these individuals as libertarians who are not concerned in the least about preserving marriage between one man and one woman, even though it is “the cornerstone of civilization.” These libertarians, who come from well-funded groups like the Cato Institute, also don’t want to hear about abortion or the “gender-bending agenda” of homosexual rights, Farah notes.

 

Farah also points out that the powers that be in the GOP want to eschew “social issues” in favor of economic and materialistic concerns and some even want to concede ground to the homosexual movement.

 

Who are these powers? It may not come as much of a surprise to learn that they are financial in nature. The curtain has been pulled back, in the wake of former Republican chairman Ken Mehlman’s declaration that he has been a secret homosexual, to reveal the name of hedge fund manager Paul Singer of Elliott Management in New York City. Singer runs a $17 billion hedge fund, which is a member of the powerful Managed Funds Association, and pours millions of dollars into Republican causes and candidates. He also funds efforts to force acceptance of the homosexual agenda.

 

On September 22, according to The New York Times and other reports, Singer will be hosting a fundraiser to promote a lawsuit designed to legalize homosexual marriage. Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of the former vice-president who had a child through artificial insemination, and Margaret Hoover, the Fox News contributor, will also serve as hosts. For $5,000, people can personally meet Ken Mehlman, whose claim to fame is that he admittedly lied about his secret life when he was running the Republican Party and pretending to support the Republican pro-family agenda.

 

“When rumors of his sexual orientation previously surfaced, he told several reporters they were false,” the New York Daily News reported.

 

How much homosexual influence is there in the top ranks of the Republican Party?  One has to raise the question in light of the decision by Senator John Cornyn and Rep. Pete Sessions, who respectively run the Republican Senate and House campaign committees, to announce that they will be attending a fundraiser for the homosexual Log Cabin Republicans.

 

The Republicans, of course, risk alienating pro-family activists and Christian conservatives. But it is a risk they seem prepared to take because of the perceived need for pro-homosexual money.

 

An analysis of the battle over the 2009 Maine marriage measure showed that Singer personally contributed $200,000 to the homosexual side, which lost, despite outspending the pro-family side by $5.6 to $3.3 million. Traditional marriage has won in all 30 states on which it has been on the ballot and even won in liberal Maine with 53 percent of the vote.

 

This controversy once again showed the true face of the gay rights movement, as Don Mendell, one of the spokesmen for the Maine measure, had his career threatened and was the subject of complaints to the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation requesting that his license to practice social work in the state of Maine be stripped away. Mendell, represented by attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund, eventually got the complaints dismissed.

 

Meanwhile, liberal judges continue to try to force acceptance of homosexual marriage, despite the will of the people, and the gay lobby is hoping that the Senate will soon vote to accept House language repealing the Pentagon’s homosexual exclusion policy.

 

At the peak of his power and with his influence growing, Beck can turn the tide against the well-funded homosexual movement before it does lasting damage to the nation by transforming America’s military into a global laughingstock and ineffective fighting force replete with transgendered service personnel.

 

While all of this may sound incredible, it is a fact that Army soldier Bradley Manning, under arrest and at the center of the WikiLeaks scandal for allegedly releasing classified information, was an open homosexual whose email correspondence suggests he was considering a sex change.

 

It is interesting to note that information provided to the news media in advance of Beck’s event said that “Martin Luther King’s message of focusing on the content of a person’s character above all else is one of the most important and direct ways to restore honor. We are honored to welcome MLK’s niece Alveda King at the event to discuss this important concept.”

 

Alveda King took a stand and put Beck himself on the spot when she denounced abortion and sexual immorality at his “non-political” rally. Beck’s response on his television and radio programs in the days and weeks ahead will say a lot about the content of his own character.

 

“Both [political] parties have sold their soul,” Beck said on the Fox News Sunday show after his rally. Only by taking a forthright stand in favor of traditional morality will Beck be able to prove to many pro-family activists that he has not sold his.

 

As Beck says, it is all about honor.

 

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