August 28th, 2010
03:30 PM ET
4 years ago

Beck talks faith in rally coinciding with anniversary of King's speech

ALT TEXT 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.

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  1. MikeH

    This is more a condemnation of America than anything else. Recall how Adolph Hitler came to power (no, Beck is too stupid to be compared to Hitler, Beck is a tool of the American Hitler, named Koch).

    To the rational Americans out there, let this be a warning to you, this is what awaits America if you are complacent and don't vote to oppose these facists.

    This is also a warning to the rest of the world, watch closely, if you see a Hitler-esque government seize power in America, don't hesitate to act to prevent World War III

    August 28, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Real American

    Wow, it seems that Slogan-Based rhetoric is the new language of choice in the conservative world. It must include: Hyperbole, Fear-Mongering, over use of Superlatives, Self-Serving and wrong Assumptions, more Fear-Mongering and lots and lots of pure Whining!

    Sounds like a typical speech from Palin, Beck, et al. "Take back OUR Country"!?! You mean, so it's like it was PRE Civil Rights? When only a select few had a voice and most had NO voice? Right...

    August 28, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. bbrooker

    If you want to restore faith and values our country started on, start by having faith in a president who is trying to help all Americans. Start by being charitable and loving instead of wanting to kick 12 million people out of the country and deny pregnant women medical aid simply because they're poor and from another country. Start by admitting that all people should have a right to health care, not just those rich enough to afford it.

    August 28, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. cassie

    Glen Beck is best when he is picking off the Obama Czar lings. He's pretty good at revealing how Acorn is a bogus group too. Although I support our underlying values, I don't like to be preached to. Beck is weakest when he tries to turn into an old timey preacher. However, there's no reason why we shouldn't listen to him rather than Al Charlatan. I've never heard Glen Beck preach hate. People who say that must be hearing their own inner voices.

    August 28, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Tony

    The word "honor" is a stand-in for a whole lot of things Republicans want to restore/repeal/replace, starting with the current occupant of the White House. It is a code word. Beck's followers, including those who feel threatened by the civil right movement, are free to replace the word with ones they like.

    August 28, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Challenging Ignorance

    I'm just so glad that all those God fearing racial and religious biggots had a good time today.

    Glenn Beck will eventually end up on the Trinnity Channel. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus saves.. but vote for big oil, big tobacco, big military industrial complex, big war – big KILLING of innocent citizens who just happen to live where the aforementioned hullligans wish to rape and pilliage.

    I am bruttally ashamed of all you false Christians, who apparently don't have a clue about what Jesus really preached...
    Just reference Hitler's speeches during his rise to power in the early 30's.. full of doing what the 'Lord' intends, taking back (Germany) for it's citizens. His speeches were laced with references to God, Lord and Christianity.. while demonizing non-Christian faiths.

    Go Glenn – Adolf would be proud of you!

    August 28, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Snake

    Why are there only whites at these events?

    Because wanting lower taxes and smaller government is a white thing, you wouldn't understand.

    As for the imbecile here who thinks whites all get two month vacations, go and tell that to the white construction workers who just put up the new office building on the street where I work. You'd be able to count your remaining teeth on the fingers of one hand.

    August 28, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Wow, all that build-up and it boils down to "turn to God?" This country's decline boils down to ways the most economically powerful (see wealthiest individuals and CORPORATIONS) have in many ways taken control of the way our country operates. It boils down to ways big business and the military industrial complex have gained far too much power. It boils down to the ways the power and meaning of the individual have shrunk, not by accident, bur purely by design. The entire political system is at fault, but standing at the head of the line are the so-called conservatives who have facilitated this drastic shift and greased the corporate wheel.

    August 28, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Mich

    Glenn Beck is right on message. Great

    August 28, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Maria

    It's really fun watching libbies with thier panties all tied up in bunch. Get used to it. November is coming soon!

    August 28, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. mother and sister of soldiers

    I just don't get it that it is always a "racist" thing. Racisim goes both ways and as a white republican, I was a victim of "reverse" racisim while working in southern Florida. It didn't make me a racist and I am sick to death of the liberals blaming Bush and racism. The division in this country is becoming worse becasue of these cries. Get over it and move forward. Stop being the victims. There is nothing wrong with bringing this country back to its roots of "one nation under God".

    August 28, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. maria

    I am really enjoying watching you libbies get your panties all in a bunch.

    August 28, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Dean

    Guess what CNN.....It was never billed as a political rally.

    August 28, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Restore US

    I don't see anything here at odds with the message of Martin Luther King. In fact it seems pretty congruent to me.

    August 28, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Dale

    Return values on which America was founded, including among other things, slavery Africans, slaughter of native american "savages", no votes for women, no Federal oversight of local injustices, etc etc.. Yep, that sounds like a Republican all right! Conservatives, protecting the status quo then and now.We have made a lot of progress in the past 200 years, which is what bugs the Republicans so much. They would prefer it if nothing ever moved forward. That what conservative means– one who aims to conserve the status quo.

    August 28, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. HWY TECH

    PAPASANIN ARZ:

    I am truely sorry to be the one to tell youi but fascisam arrived in america with an one the day that george w & chenney were sworn into office an it is still today continueing to be perpurted by the big coporate instrest , special instrest an the far righ activist judges on the u.s supreme couurt oof this nation that is an has been since the swearing in of the bush chenney admin has been protecting the instrest of big coporations across an opposing anything that they the five u.s supremes view in their minds eyes that might be viewed as obstructing to the big coporations an their special instrest thank you

    August 28, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. mamacoo

    jeremy :
    August 28th, 2010 4:24 pm ET

    Over $5 million was raised for SOWF by Mr. Beck. How much money did Mr. Sharpton or Mr. Jackson raise for charity?
    ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    Well Jeremy, Al Sharpton never said he was raising money for charity. In case you didn't know, African Americans including Al Sharpton have always commemorated this speech in some sort of way. People like you have never cared about it before. The only reason why you care now is to somehow one up Al Sharpton.

    By the way, after expenses, how much of that money will actually be seen by the charity?

    August 28, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Dan, TX

    How much money did Beck pay himself for his appearance 'fee'? After all the 'expenses' THEN what is leftover goes to charity. How much was Palin's appearance 'fee'?

    August 28, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. sara

    Jim Jones spoke of "faith and honor".........come on followers take a drink.

    August 28, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. gs

    Palin is not suited for the Presidency and does not have the intellect to aspire to run this country. She's after the almighty dollar. I will not watch her show as this past week shows that she lifted interviews from other shows, she can't even be honest with her audience that the interviews were tapes from other Palin wouldn't be the dumbest woman in Wash. DC.She's after the almighty dollar. I say, Sara, stay out there. You make the President look that much more presidential.she's not the brightest bulb on the tree and she QUIT her state job (but the Alaskans area actually probably better off since she did). Oh, did I remeber to say Palin=BIMBO! Never met a camera she didn't love.

    August 28, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    As Beck says, people need to take responsibility for themselves and not rely on the government. The first they'll do is give BP a complete refund and make the people of New Orleans pay for their own losses. It's their fault that they let BP drill and have a spill, they take BP's jobs, they should pay for any damage caused by the spill.

    August 28, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. joan

    I would not walk across the street to see Beck The Scum Bag. He is no MLK not even close.

    August 28, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. Shannon

    Come on CNN, show clips of some of Beck's show. His words today, are completely opposite of what he says everyday to his followers. Please, is anyone buying this clowns act.

    August 28, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Hank

    Why would any serious person listen to Glen Beck. He offer simpleminded solutions to complex problems. His appeal is entirely emotional. Thank the Good Lord that I live in a free country and do not have to listen to the former rodeo clown, reformed Alcoholic, Morman who have nothing valuable to say. To tell me I need to turn to God is a joke.I turned to God as a teenager and have never left. What right does he have to tell me to "turn to God". This from a man that has spend most of his adult life intoxicated.

    August 28, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. wweeks

    I am really sick and tired of the dems/libs calling everyone that disagrees with the great obama. racist. If that is what racist means, then that's what I am. Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are not some type of gods, they don't even hold a candle to MLK. They are just race baiters. If you want to get this country back on course, then lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way.

    August 28, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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