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.
Dennis A Perry – "People like Glenn Beck who have a large audience and an agenda of hate are arguably some of the most dangerous people in America."
Uh, no. People like you are the real danger because you keep buying into Obama's line of BS. You're ready to follow that idiot off the cliff. You'll forgive me if I choose not to join you.
T'SAH from Virginia – Beck's point is that Dr King's fight wasn't just for blacks, it was for all of us. Sorry your pointy little head didn't get the memo.
All of the intolerance and hate is spewing frm the left on here. its hilarious that his opponents wud ask if God wud condone or condemn this. who knws? wud God open an abortion clinic?
He no longer wants to "pray for Obama" than I want my toenails pulled off! Are you serious, American Mom? I'm not a liberal, so don't label me one. I have a job, pay taxes and don't whine about it, and I served my country. Because I don't adopt right wing ideology does not make me a liberal. That's the problem with the neocons; no tolerance for others and when they make an attempt like this, it comes across as purely political and not credible at all. Beck is a baffoon and an entertainer. Does he have a following? Yes, but so does Charles Manson. And Palin, don't even get me started....
I watched your tv coverage of both events CNN.
It made me cry for our future.
A rally with 300k people got less than 1min. Of coverage where Smaller one with only less than 5k was talked about and shown over & over.
Sharpton was welcome to be the part of this great rally they chose not to.
The message was love & god what was so wrong with that?
Sharpton's way is not how you heal a nation, but if you wish to divide us it certainly the way forward.
He says there are going to turn back to God and restore honor. I don't know where he and they have been keeping God all this time; he's always been close to me. As far as honor is concerned, Mr. Beck should go looking for his honor, because I think he lost it a long time ago.
America's honor is its living and breathing diversity.
In my opinion, Beckism/Palinism = McCarthyism. Wake up citizens, or you will be forced to attend church or else you will be considered not a real american, and may even be black listed, not to mention you political views.
Notice how CNN Censors do not allow comment on any tickers regarding the racist Sharpton ralley. CNN – at least try to hide your bias!
Mr. Beck's "non-political" ultra-political rally was wrong on so many levels. 1) it was principally promoted on Tea Party websites, 2) principally attended by Tea Partiers, 3) included Sarah Palin on the dais, and 4) desecrated an incredibly critical day in our country's history.
Mr. Beck, with all of his ultra-Right Wing rantings, is not worthy of being involved with anything on the anniversary of Dr. King. Mr. Beck did nothing but reaffirm exactly who and what he is, and that's not good! He is not a help to anyone or anything, except the ultra-Right and their venom!
My dog has more religion than Glenn Beck. Christains don't spew hatred and lies about other people. God have mercy on you Beck on judgement day. You have people so brain washed its a sin. You incite hatred with every breath. Christains want peace and harmony–something you know nothing about.
Beck is, was and always will be a liar. He has found a nitch that is making him money and there are the idiots that will make him a rich man. Just like Palin. They talk faith but the faith they are worshipping is money and wealth. The one they supposedly have all their faith and worship in did have an opinion of wealthy people and it wasn't good.
It kind of went like, It is easier to draw a camel through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. I sure am glad I'm not wealthy and they are. It will be much cleaner without them.
Dear LIP, et al – there is NOT ONE PERSON proposing a mosque on or near the site of the 9/11 disaster. Why will people like you not open your eyes and ears – and deal with fact v. sensationalism?
There is a proposal – a hope – a dream – for a community center that includes a relatively small prayer room. By definition, the building in no way constitutes a "mosque."
Deal with reality, please. Don't fall victim to the extremists who spew hate with their every breaths. You'll be a better person for it.
Glen Beck is a liar and a phony. If I didn't see him get caught red handed myself I still wouldn't like this Phony. Glen Beck knew exactly what he was doing when he choose this day.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That is Beck laughing on his way to the Bank and Ms Palin is right behind him!
In response to Don Wilson's comment: "Glenn Beck strikes me as a narcissistic personality who operates on the principle of whatever will serve his own self-aggrandizement." Um, sir...are you sure you're not talking about Al Sharpton? Or Jesse Jackson? Or Jeremiah Wright? Or President Obama?
I am US citizen and do not believe in GOD, this is NOT a Chrisitan nation you religious freaks!
A pack of racist radicals....
God Bless Glenn Beck... pray for us... we need to take back our Nation....
Beck is doing a good thing......
Glenn Beck doesn't have direct access to God and his plan for AMerica. It is time to wake up AMerica...and stop following these cable nutjobs. Think and act for yourself.
And the world watches – Americans are starting to look more ridiculous every day. Beck is a creep and if anyone thinks all that money is going to charity, think again. I'd like to see the books on that one. The money will first go to all the costs associated with putting on that revolting spectacle.
If this man weren't so dangerous he would be a huge joke.
Religious Nationalism brought us the current Islamic Theocracy in Iran.
A Christian Theocracy in America is equally as dangerous to mankind.
Our Constitution protects our freedom of religion and the right to worship as we see fit, but it does not give us the right to impose our religious beliefs on each other. Each American chooses to worship God in his own way.
Glenn Beck and his supporters want us in lock step...mmm...lock step, remember Germany in the 30's?
He is as dangerous as Al-Qaeda and guilty of sedition and treason and should be arrested and sent to Guantanamo Bay.
If Beck is raising money that will actually GET to some vets, great!
What a great event! Thank God for Glenn Beck and America!
I love seeing liberal heads explode like this.
Also saw a comment that all whites were against what Lincoln and King stood for. Don't know what kind of Koolaid that person was drinking, but it does show the ignorance of some people. What a racist statement. The vast majority of whites were against the slavery that Lincoln help to outlaw. Many whites marched with King, and most whites support complete equality. Is there still racism, yes there is, among both whites and blacks. Other races too for that matter.
CNN...your coverage is outrageous and you are doing more to drive people apart than anyone. Shame on you.