August 28th, 2010
03:30 PM ET
13 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. Robert, CA

    I don't understand Al Sharpton's objections... isn't he a "Reverend"? Shouldn't he be happy about a speech about God?

    >scratches head, shrugs<

    August 28, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Buster

    The worthless liberal loons are here name calling again. What is negative about raising money for a good cause and trying to improve this country which has been ruined by the progressive nut jobs? Is there a liberal that has common sense? NO How are we going to pay the $13 TRILLION DEFICIT?

    August 28, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Trying to understand

    Someone asked where are the blacks? Follow the logic. If only 12% of the US population is Black, 14% is Hispanic, 4% Asian that leaves 70% White. If the US population is lets say 360 million then 252 million are white, 43 million black, 50 million hispanic and 14 million asian. If there we 500,000 people in attendance then statistically we would expect 70% of the audience to be white or 350,000 people which is 0.139% of the potential white population was in attendance. Therefore, if we use the same percent representation we would have expected to have 823 blacks there or 0.16% of 500,000 people!!! I'm so tired of people saying there should be more blacks – follow the data and then you will see what is realistic.. Get real.

    August 28, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. usualone

    The Glen Becks of the world are the "Elmer Gantry's" of the world. Strictly con men who play to the fears of those who don't really evaluate the situations at hand. He plays the race card and all the other cards that divide us Americans. That is why the "liberals" don't like his type. They certainly don't "fear" the Becks. It is absolutely SAD that the Becks are getting richer off the gullible people who are under the falsehood that they were better off than before. The President plays up his blackness because he wants black people to feel proud of themselves. He certainly is a man of a few colors (black and white) and that is a fine mix. Shame on him for having his event on August 28. Anyone who believes it was not without purpose, well I have a bridge to sell you.

    August 28, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Jeremy – over4 million 700 spent on paying speakers and scenery for the greatest hypocrits rally ever =--- how much spent on vets? NOTHING.

    August 28, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. JES

    Great work Mr. Beck glad to see there were not whites only.

    Anyone who cared about Dr. King should be proud of what you have done.

    It's times like this we should all be proud we are Americans.

    I would think that if Ben, Al, and Jackson would have had a problem with this they would have booked the date before you. They are the true racist always starting trouble but are never there when they are proven wrong. Anyone can play the race card but it takes a real man or women to admit when they are worng and you can bet the farm on it you will never see Al, Jackson, or Ben do that.

    Thanks Mr. Beck for a great day in Ameica.

    August 28, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. quincy in nashville

    This is a sad comedy routine. Beck comes bolting on stage, (the anti-christ?)Mutilating the future of America. The lost and confused gather like flies to feed on the carrion that was our wonderful country. The media has found more profit refereeing this temper tantrum . Why follow news for a moderate financial reward when making news is so lucrative? CNN, you have made beck millions with your coverage of this show. Just shaking my head.

    August 28, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Southern Moderate

    What's going to make you people happy? Should we all be white and Christian? Are you not going to be happy until you are the only ones in America? How far are you going to take this? Where are you going to draw the line and say this is far enough? Who's going to have to die to make your thirst for blood reside? You want to take this country to a fascist religious nation? I don't understand your hate, I don't understand your god, I don't understand this man you think is Jesus. I just don't understand why you are so sanctimonious. You've never done anything for this country as far as I can tell. Other than complain about everything that's been done.

    August 28, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Will S

    Did he wear his Nazi uniform today?

    August 28, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. DVA

    Beck who proclaims he is a history buff, yet he says he did not realize the date was that of Martin Luther King's speech. Using his platform to preach religion is rediculous. When did he find the Lord, in rehab or perhaps in a bottle. He is ignorant, arrogant, clueless and is an opportunist of the worst kind. What truly worries me are those that follow him, just like the little lambs he sees them as. Let him use you people, but I will not now or ever listen to the likes of Beck, Palin, Limbaugh, and their ilk. He will fail in the long run. Hatred can only go so far. There are still intelligent Americans who see him for what he is. He is a disgrace and I only hope to live to see him fail. He has enough money to pay for the fools to follow him. How much is Sarah getting for this event? He says this is in honor of the soldiers, really? How many veterans are speaking. Beck loves Beck and is in awe of himself. Treasure this day Beck, soon you will be discovered for what you really are.

    August 28, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. Ain't life strange?

    So... what happens to those people who don't believe in God but already practice the values without being part of the religious circus tent crowd. Will they be excomunicated from the country no longer allowed to be citizens? Will they be jailed, fined, tortured and forced to become one of the many hypocritical church goers? Those who hang on to the words of people like Beck because they have no words of their own should research the history of our founding fathers. You may be surprised to learn many were in fact not the christians you think they were, had mistresses and slaves and preached all citizens should be allowed to believe in what they hold dear to teir heart. Or, you can just let Beck and others lead you around by the nose shaping a world that is far from reality by saying things they themselves don't even believe in. Its how they make money... its their job.

    August 28, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. False and Biased brought to you by the GOP

    "Over $5 million was raised for SOWF by Mr. Beck. How much money did Mr. Sharpton or Mr. Jackson raise for charity?" --- The very, very small fine print on Beck's web information for his rally states that all donations will be used FIRST to pay for the rally and then whatever is left over (if anything) will go to SOWF. Palin's private jet and luxury hotel must be paid for before the troops get anything. Nice. I'll take Mr. Sharpton and Mr. Jackson any day over Beck who is a disgusting fraud.

    August 28, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. Patriot

    This just shows the stupidity of so many Americans. No wonder the rest of the world hates our guts.

    August 28, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Mr. Bill

    This is a personal promotion event for Glenn Beck. He also does comedy shows along with his rantings on radio and TV, and publishes a magazine. It is all about business. This gives him publicity that will mean more viewers and listeners, and sell tickets to his future comedy shows. He just found a great theme to arouse people and create a crowd to sell his persona to. And all TV networks will mention this man from FOX. What more do you want?

    August 28, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. Andy

    Beck is a self-promting hack and con man. He's playin' the crowd of dupes for everything he's got and he's laughing all the way to the bank. If you honestly believe that beck gives a rats arse about restoring anything to this country, I've got a bridge to see you. Beck and the lobbyists behing this "movement" are out for the almighty dollar going right into their pockets – and that's it. The country is nothing but fertile ground for lining their pockets.

    August 28, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. JJ

    Beck is a bonafide racist..and this event was no coincidence....

    August 28, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. harold

    Beck says that GOD is saying the USA people should vote Republican.. even though Republicans could care less whether everyone in the USA has Health Insurance..... kinda pro family like?

    August 28, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. John

    It worries me that the crackpots and the illiterate have branded themselves the 'saviors' of all they themselves supported: the very same dishonesty and hubris that got us where we are today.

    With this pack of narsissists like Beck and Palin pretending to be divinely inspired, I wouldn't want to see their heaven, when the hell on earth they embrace is already here.

    August 28, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. jim

    CNN will censure most comments favorable to the event sponsored by Mr. Beck because it does fit the script that they want Americans to believe. It hurts their friends the dems.But they will pass along comments that are religious in nature that pok fun at Beck.

    August 28, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. Ben

    brian in denver – "Who does Glenn Beck think he is?"

    Obviously he's a better human than you'll ever be. At least he cares about the Constitution. That's more than I can say for you Dems/Libs.

    August 28, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. John N Florida

    The only thing I find rather presumptive of Beck or any of his ilk, is their mindset that God supports only their Christian version of society.
    The Founders were very careful NOT to define God, in their writings, as being from any denomination.
    They recognized their religious differences enough not to limit their political freedoms with denominational politics.

    August 28, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. chenna_benna

    You need to read the fine print. The money raised at the Beck rally will first go to paying for the rally. There may not be much of that money left after all is said and done.

    August 28, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. harold

    Maybe its true?... But I understand Mormons believe that GOD has a wife..and live up "there"... and one day will return to the pomised something. land . which is in the middle of Missouri.....Any Mormons out there who want to elaborate on this?..I know the underwear stuff is a fact.. and the gold plates.. but how about the wife.?.... and do they have kids etc... on and on..?

    August 28, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. DROAN

    not one person of color in that photo....

    August 28, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. John N Florida

    @jeremy; compared to the monies raised by the organizations Jackson and Sharpton are associated with. $5 million is 'McDonalds' chump change.

    August 28, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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