August 29th, 2010
10:20 AM ET
8 years ago

Beck says rally wanted to reclaim civil rights 'from politics'

 Conservative commentator Glenn Beck said Sunday that his revival-style rally yesterday at the Lincoln Memorial was meant to reclaim the U.S. civil rights movement ‘from politics.’

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck said Sunday that his revival-style rally yesterday at the Lincoln Memorial was meant to reclaim the U.S. civil rights movement ‘from politics.’

Washington (CNN) - Conservative commentator Glenn Beck says his weekend revival-style rally at the Lincoln Memorial was meant to reclaim the U.S. civil rights movement "from politics," arguing that the movement was about "people of faith."

Beck told Fox News, the network that carries his weekday television program, that the essence of the movement was about "people of faith who believe you have an equal right to justice."

"If it's not the essence, then we've been sold a pack of lies. The essence is that everyone deserves a shot - the content of character not the color of skin," he told "Fox News Sunday."

Beck drew a crowd that stretched six blocks down the National Mall on Saturday, but drew fire for its timing and location - the same date and location as the 1963 March on Washington, where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Handbills promoting the King-headlined event called it rally "for jobs and freedom," with marchers demanding not only voting rights for African-Americans but "full and fair employment" and a "decent housing." Beck told Fox that the Civil Rights movement's economic agenda was "a part of it, but that's a part of it that I don't agree with."

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  1. Peter M

    With all the bombast, media hype and every technological tool available, the punk could not top MLK's crowd of 47 years ago! How is that for a miserable flop???

    August 29, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Homer

    I went on the internet and the estimate by qualified personnel said there were hundreds of thousands possibly in excess of 1 million at Glenn Becks event. It's the same ole same ole, try to down play the conservative people, but thats ok, come November is when it really counts and then liberals will see the proof is in the pudding. One heck of a lock of democrats will be sent home on the unemployment line they mostly created.

    August 29, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Randy

    These are the kind of people that became the Nazi party in Germany.

    August 29, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. April in Denver

    What Beck & his followers want is THEIR civil rights, not EVERYONE's civil rights. They're more FOR themselves than AGAINST any minority, and that's a dangerous thing.

    August 29, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. vic

    CNN you are crating Filed under Glenn Beck what happened to you CNN?

    Glenn Beck misleading people

    August 29, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Colorodan

    Wow, first it was just to reclaim the civil rights movement. Then it was to support the troops. Now it is to reclaim the civil rights movement "from politics". Maybe Glen just likes attention. Couldn't be that could it? He begins to remind me of the Colorado Springs Mega Church leader Ted Haggard who spent years trying to figure himself out and took a lot of people along for the ride.

    August 29, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    That's the bigot for you. Rev. King was for Federal help to get rid of states rights Jim Crow laws. And he had a strong social justice message. He wanted to get rid of hatred and bigotry. Reagan and Beck and their ilk see race as a card to keep them in power.

    Find me where in the Bible it says to 'buy gold'.

    August 29, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. diridi

    this idiot is a high school drop out, and dope addict...just ignore...what a psychotic to the nation...'s credit...pity...cnn to ask this idiot to not watch channel 202....on dish net...and fox news....too...

    August 29, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Get Real

    Let me get this right.........Beck of all people (filled with hateful rhetoric and un-Christian-like behavior on his show) now wants to be a preacher on a national stage? Gimme a break. I don't buy this garbage, and neither should anyone else.

    August 29, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. jay

    When madmen speak people listen.

    August 29, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Jeff

    Glenn Beck has done more to bring people together at the rally,rather that treat this as a political event as Mr. Sharpton has done.There may be some that would say there is no hope ,but I thank Glenn Beck for proving them wrong

    August 29, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. MrAmerica

    The pot calling the kettle black. How disgusting the site of these racist, homophobic holier than thou people trying to act like they are something that is good for this country. Let me go puke now.

    August 29, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. roro

    Glenn Beck is the new Elmer Gantry, Goldline is his partner, and the Kochs are his mentors. What a lovely Trinity.

    August 29, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. JR

    87000, that's a far cry from the 200 or 300 thousands that the Beck followers were spouting about, even so, how sad that 87000 people are so deluded as to follow that un-American cretin.

    August 29, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. KK

    Beck is preaching religion since he was diagnosed with his eye disease and is going blind. I think he would do better if he was to clean up his act with the things he is preaching on TV.

    August 29, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. ruty

    Glenn Beck has no idea what being a christian is. He is hateful, argumentive,bearing false witness, uncivil, etc. He has no idea what a christian means. Christains try to unify–are peace loving, want harmony for everyone. I have not seen any christian traits in Glenn Beck. He tries to brain wash the average american into thinking they cannot think for themselves. He makes them believe he is here to save the world from democrats. I can understand why Anne Rice just denounced christianity. Maybe Glenn Beck had something to do with it. Think about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    August 29, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Mk

    How does Glenn Beck know anything about people of faith and what they want or don't want? Of all the people I can think of he would be the VERY LAST person I would listen to. I wonder what God thinks about him trying to weasel his way in to a group of potential TV listeners by pretending to care about faith and religion. It's all about the $$$ baby.....the only faith involved is the faith he has in people believing his line of BS

    August 29, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. nick

    Most of you are to young to remember or were not even born yet. But my suspicion, beibng part of that generation, that many of these protesters when they were in their early 20's were rallying much like now with the males burning their draft cards and the females burning their bras. At that time they were spoiled "boomers" who rejected responsibility; now they "found god" and want to make sure you do to.... but they are still the same spoiled brat boomers just more wrinkled to pudgy.

    August 29, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Al


    Really? The Democrats were the ones who created this mess? Really? Because I thought the mortgage crisis, corporate bailouts (which were used to fund big business execs' bonuses) and the deregulation orgy were all on the Republicans' watch.

    August 29, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. hillcrester

    Beck, Palin, Bachmann, et al are attention-seekers who have found a responsive stratum of American society that embraces the new "conservative" form of victimhood. They are bomb throwers and, in some cases, out-and-out grifters. The less publicity they get, the better off we will be as a nation. I can't wait for the return of real news after Labor Day.

    August 29, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. maine liberal

    Glenn Beck has repeatedly attacked the concept of social justice and churches that promote it, asserting that it is "code language for Marxism" and warning that "when you see those words, run." In fact, numerous churches and religious faiths, as well as prominent religious scholars, espouse social justice, including the Catholic Church, the Conservative and Reform movements of Judaism, and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

    run glen run

    MESJ – Mormons for Equality and Social Justice

    August 29, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. astrid

    Beck says he is for civil rights, but, still he is against civil union marriage for gays. How is he not a hypocrite? All men are created equal means just that.

    August 29, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. kita

    I think to rally was a uncover way to get support. This was a any to make himslef look better in every way. This is just a waste time. I think Obama has not had a fair chance at being President and when he was running i knew this was going to happen. All that support he was only i cover up for what still is close door racism.

    August 29, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. JD in Moraga, CA

    "Reclaim civil rights from politics"? What about reclaiming separation of church and state? I certainly wouldn't want to live in a hateful militant theocracy run by this lunatic or his ilk.

    August 29, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. vic

    Churches must remove No trespassing sign from their property. Churches for everyone

    Will Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin get this

    August 29, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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