Crowds fill in around the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Steinhauser/CNN)
(Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET)
Washington (CNN) - In what resembled more a revival than a political rally, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck urged the large crowds at his "Restoring Honor" event Saturday to "turn back to God" and return America to the values on which it was founded.
"Something beyond imagination is happening," he told participants who packed the National Mall in Washington. "America today begins to turn back to God. For too long, this country has wandered in darkness."
The rally drew fire for its timing and location.
People filled the park by the Lincoln Memorial's reflecting pool, in the shadows and echoes of the most pivotal civil rights address in America's history - the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, which he delivered there 47 years ago.
Brought to you by Koch Industries and buy gold companies.Looks like 99 percent wasps that fear they will no longer rule the country.
God, please forgive them because they know not what they are doing. Those who may not agree with Beck and his crowd, please don't hate them, pray for them in the name of God. God has the final word, not Beck.
With so many stupid people in this country, why are we always talking about beck?
Wonder if the expenses paid by the Koch brothers brought the reward they want? TWO would-be corporate dictators buying votes and paying expenses for people to attend these rallies. Sorry folks, I work for a living - I'm not about to go out stirring up more hate and fear and spreading misinformation like that bunch of clowns.
What?? Excuse me for thinking there was a separation of church and state! Way to foster hatred of other religions Beck – you sicken me. You are NO King.
This rally is an insult on history.
"Whites don't own Abraham Lincoln. Blacks don't own Martin Luther King. " BECK STATES!!
However, isn't it stange that both fought for the rights and freedons of African Americans AND, most WHITES were against both FIGHTS! So what is BECKy's point????
Al Sharpton and Jessee Jackson are the two biggest racists in this country.
People like Glenn Beck who have a large audience and an agenda of hate are arguably some of the most dangerous people in America.
Beck was probably more likable when he was a self-admitted drunk.
It is a shameful waste of his God – given intelligence to espouse such hate-filled beliefs.
America is the greatest country the world has ever known and each day of life here is a gift from the almighty.
Beck should be ashamed.
"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." – Sinclair Lewis
The idea of urging our country, to return to God is great, but the fact that it is coming from Glen Beck, Sarah Palin and the socalled "Conservatives" makes it suspicious and hard to believe. You can't go on the air spewing divisiveness, false propaganda, bigotry, indifference to your fellow Americans, and all that the good Lord would frown at, and expect your message to be embraced. If God is here,down on earth, today, would he say let the people loose their houses, let them die if they can't afford healthcare, etc. This Glen thing is just phony. The conservatives should practice the true nature of Christ or God. A true Christian reflects God's nature and embodiment.
Glenn Beck strikes me as a narcissistic personality who operates on the principle of whatever will serve his own self-aggrandizement. His contention that churches should not engage in social action ministries proves only that he has no understanding of the Christian faith, particularly that portion of the Gospel of St. Matthew (Chapters 5-6-7) commonly referred to as the "Sermon on the Mount". His rally will be tolerated because we believe in freedom of speech...even for the likes of Beck.
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"Beck talks faith".... I wouldn't have used the word "faith" in that headline if I was interested in accuracy.
Where are the minorities? Where are the african americans? EVERY picture (save the picture of Dr. King's niece) has ONLY caucasian americans represented! Given that the tea party is financed by hedge fund managers, I don't think that this type of "activism" is genuine. I'd bet against it!
Poor, slighted overindulgent caucasians, taxed too much nowadays. Investments taking a hit? Can't afford another 2000 mile trip in their RV's! Or another harley ride to oklahoma! Or, can only afford a 2-week vacation rather than a 2-month vacation. Give me a break!
And all under the cover of your friendly corporate public relations arm – CNN! I feel for you, really!
If the banks in Switzerland only did not allow the type of tax haven that they do for the wealthy in the U.S., we wouldn't be sweating over the debt.
May Mr. Beck answer to God @ his final reconning. If he's the "second coming of our Lord", then pigs fly & I'm Howdy Dooty. Who does Glenn Beck think he is?
Thank God Martin Luther King Jr. was a registered voting Republican !
Most of the posts here talk about how much Glenn Beck and the Tea Party hates..that they are racists.
Well there is plenty of hate coming from these posts.. And racism is not a white condition. It's a black affliction too.
The only thing I can see is that the liberal left is scared witless.
Thats a good thing. It is time for a change.
Beck is right.
The World is Laughing at us that this Person would even have a platform to even be heard !
Over $5 million was raised for SOWF by Mr. Beck. How much money did Mr. Sharpton or Mr. Jackson raise for charity?
I think the Beck-Palin-Tea Party crowd needs a bit of a history lesson. They keep talking about the founders' intentions and fidelity to the constitution, and getting back to our roots. Yet it seems they would very much like to establish a theocracy – not a democracy. They seem to forget that's why people came to this country to begin with – to escape a theocracy and why our founders looked toward freedom of religion and separation of church and state.
I'm also wondering, all those tea party folks complaining about government handouts and bail outs. I wonder how many are turning down their medicare, social security, farm subsidies etc.
What horrible things to talk about. He has some nerve talking about faith, love of country, tolerance, personal responsibility and all of those horrible thingsl It is no wonder the libertards are slamming him. Would it help if he lied and said this is the greatest "summer of prosperity" we have ever had or that Obamacare will not cost you one dime more, or how the surge was a failure until Obama became president? Would lies like that help the liberals calm down from their drug addled hate and demonization.
Did anybody watch the rally?
I was surprised by the inclusion of all races and life experiences represented. I watched . . . fully expecting and prepared to see a political, devisive and far far (far far) right demonstration detailing what is wrong with America.
That's not what I saw.
I was impressed by the calls for prayer and getting back to what is important in our lives. I hope those that were prepared for negativity will speak honestly about what Glenn Beck did this morning.
As a non-believer I guess I do not believe in Beck, Palin, Billy Graham, Mitt Romney, the Pope, or any of the rest that believe "their God is the right God". If you all want to get back to the "Real America" perhaps you should study the original peoples of this country, their form of governmental rule, their social customs, and their religions. All religions are ideas from a particular class (in Christian's case it was rich white guys in Italy that decided which books would be in the Bible and which ones would be destroyed). It offends me that a select group of people, no matter who they are, think they can push their religious ideas on the rest of us. That is why this country was started, Freedom Of Religion and Freedom From Religion.
What disturbs me most is the "many" people that came to see this white racist, money grubbing, lie through his teeth to make a dollar,
worthless american! His ONLY goal is to make money and to continue to stir the hate! While we have many problems in this country the biggest and most serious is those that pervert "our rights" for personal gain and beck stands at the lead of the pack!
It's amazing that on a day like this in which the Rev. Martin Luther King spoke about a "dream" in which he would see the coming together of all people, judged not by the color of one's skin, but by the contents of his/her character, yet, on this day, the day in which "we the people" should make Rev. King's dream come true, I see two sets of crowds of people, marching against each other, killing the dream in which Dr. King died for. You see America, things don't just happen, it all happens for a reason. And on this day, all I see, is that even a powerful dream from one of our great leaders can and will never come true, because we are so blinded by the color of hatred, that we will never be able to see the contents of each other's character.
Turn back to God ... Wasn't Martin Luther King, Jr. a Christian minister? As if only whites can turn back or to God. Beware of these Beck types, America. Beware!