August 28th, 2010
03:30 PM ET
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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. Indy

    Only people who hate their country would go to see two of the biggest frauds where MLK had his most famous speech. There are two Americans in particular that have eroded honor in the highest degree and their names are Beck and Palin. These two only honor their love of money that they suck out of the un educated with fear and lies.

    August 28, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Mk

    So if this isn't a political event why on earth would Palin be giving a speech. Surely not because she is so refreshingly bright. And why is it a "tea party" spectacular?? Sounds pretty political to me Beck!! At least be honest about it. Oh wait, I'm sorry you didn't learn that at FOX did you.

    August 28, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. tochi

    Facism comes to America

    August 28, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Sgt. USMC

    Call it what it is... racism. Not everybody there is a racist, most are misinformed by the lead racist on this day. Beck signifies what is wrong with our beautiful country. You don't speak for the troops.

    August 28, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. ddt

    God bless all those racists assemble there

    August 28, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Death Panel Sarah

    Why don't the just go to Iraq os Afganistan to 'honor the vets'?

    Its because Beck is to afraid to go!!!!

    August 28, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Death Panel Sarah

    I speld so as the 'Tea baggers' kuld unnerstand it!!!

    August 28, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. AmFem

    It's official. The "dumbing down" of America is complete. Apparently, none of these sheeple have read the interview that Beck gave to Forbes magazine recently where he admits that he couldn't care less about politics, and is in this business to entertain and make money. In fact, he himself calls his behavior, his "brand."

    This is his "shtick" people!!! He's nothing but a shock-jock and doesn't really believe what he's saying!


    August 28, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Jack

    Media–let's get a grip on reality here. "Thousands" showing up at a rally in DC is not stunning news for starters. Thousands show up for events all the time in DC. These are celebs of the media (Beck, Palin, afterall. We got 50,000 to attend a Billy Joel concert at Shea Stadium AND they had to pay to get in. So, thousand showing up for an event with no price of admission is not a phenomenon. Of course, when this is all over, everyone will be arguing about the numbers in attendance. Anything less than a few hundred thousand would be a stunning failure considering the media hype, celebs, and months of promotion.

    August 28, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Bill from GA

    Glenn Beck, a Mormon, is real inclusive of other religions when it is for political or monetary gain. Some one-time family friends (of my family, not Glenn's) once 'trapped' my devout Christian, Baptist mother alone for hours, telling her she was not 'saved' because she was not a Mormon. Not very inclusive of them. Most Christian religions (Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, etc) are tolerate of other Christian religions, but the Mormons don't seem to be, usually.

    August 28, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. chad

    By covering this non story, CNN, you are giving free publicity to Fox News and the right wing GOP propaganda machine. And you are losing credibility. Good work.

    August 28, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Orlando Patriot

    Maybe now the liberals will realize that those of us who work hard (and don't wait for our "government" checks) are fed up with this idea that morals and family values don't matter anymore. You liberals (since FDR) have systematically ruined this country with the belief that government will take care of you and working hard is not necessary.

    Stand up and be an adult!! Don't be a leech!! Go out and work hard!! My father used to tell me "Good things happen to good men that work hard". Why don't you try? Glenn Beck is simply letting people know that God and Family are a requirement for a society's survival and the way we are going there is no way this country can survive the next 50 years...........

    August 28, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Aaron

    All I see is a sea of White racist hiding behind this crap in order to thumb there noses at a Historic event that happened on that very spot. Apparently, it is kool to be openly racist these days while saying you aren't. This rally shows why we still need affirmative action policies. How many Human Resources employees do you believe are in that crowd? I use to be split down the middle on who I voted for. Now, I would not vote Republican if there were a gun pointed at my head. In fact, before I got married 2 years ago, my wife had to register to vote and agree to never vote Republican. I hate the Repubs!!!!!! Sore frickin losers!

    August 28, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Eunice in Memphis, Tennessee

    I agree with Larry/ CNN is adveritising this racist crap not Fox

    August 28, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Bassman

    Some in the media have told us that Gov. Palin's appearance means this will be a "Political Event". CNN has just said her speech wasn't politcal. She inpired today.

    August 28, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Marty, FL

    Hmm, another gathering of Glenn Beck's teabagger group. Notice the lack of diversity in the field of Caucasians (again). Coincidence? These followers were unbelievably instructed to stay away from the green & yellow transit lines where American diversity actually exists. How sad.

    Fortunately, Beck does not represent The Dream many Americans want for our beautifully diverse country. God bless America.

    August 28, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. True American

    the Tribe of European Americans gather again to pat each other on their back for their phony conservative values. Who will be the guest speaker? The tax raising (e.g. ACES tax) socialist program benefiting (e.g. Alaska Permanent Fund) ex-governor of Alaska, Palin? Or the multi-divorced anti-gay marriage former speaker Gingrich? Or the government-grower-into-the-private-lives-of-people-through-the-legislation-of-religion-which-goes-against-the-constitutional-separation-of-church-and-state-but-let's-not-help-the-needy hypocrite Bachmann?

    August 28, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. True American

    I hope the taxpayer is not footing the bill to clean up the mess they leave after their rally. That would make them hypocrites would it not?

    August 28, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. the real ib

    Is all you libs got is that the tea party and Beck and his followers are racist. Get throught your heads they are not. The only racists I see here are the libs calling others racist; they ar not you are. If that is the best you've got; you loose.

    August 28, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Lousy Biased Coverage

    Your TV coverage seems to be going overboard to try and paint this in the worst possible light. You cover it on the "Political Ticker". It appears on CNN TV right now, you seem to be as negative as you could possibly be. Seems your objective re your coverage is in much more question than this rally. Where is the straight reporting on the events and not the editorializing you are spewing forth?

    August 28, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. Marcus

    Orlando Patriot – Stop with the 'doom and gloom', willya? Or the 'hollier than thou' attitude or with....
    Wait a moment...
    Of course you like Glenn Beck!!! He's just like you (and with the same lack of substance in everything he says...)!!!!

    August 28, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. B

    What a Fraud Beck is and a desecration of a national monument!

    Disgusting.. Dumbing down of America is accelerating.

    August 28, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Get A Grip

    Thank you to all that went!

    August 28, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Sue

    Other sources are reporting that there are already 100,000 people there.

    Martin Luther King's niece will be one of the people who will be speaking today.

    It probably really bothers liberals to see so many patriotic, God loving citizens in one location at one time.

    August 28, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. Marcus

    Even with all those 'socialist overtaking', 'socialist agenda' and other 'socialists' stuff that these people claim that are the motto and goal of the current administration...
    Even with all that junk...
    Isn't great to see that the freedoms and rights are so strong these days that you can gather whenever you want and chant any kind of criticism AGAINST the government and not be labelled as a 'traitor' by part of the media (and some govt. officials too)?

    August 28, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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