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.
OH jeezuz...Just what we need. Another "political preacher" sayin' god is on the side of re-thug-lie-cants and big corporations.
Will we ever be free of them that want to shove their "god and America" suppository up our collective butts.
You "good chrizz-jun" conservative should do us all a favor and keep your god fantasies and desires to regulate a woman's uterus to yourself...You're poisoning America....
I sit here and read the comments made today and wonder where on earth all the intelligent people in the United States have gone. I really feel so sorry for you that cannot get past the hate that you have and for WHAT. There was no talk about hating people, becoming a racist or any of the things you have accused this rally of being. Open your eyes and ears and decide for yourself. Quit letting others tell you what to think. GOD–yes GOD gave you a brain and it is amazing how few people have chosen to use it. I wonder how many of the dissenters really listened to what was said with an open mind. Shame on you-shame on you all. All will one day have to answer to the God most believe in. May God help you.
@ T'SAH from Virginia,
Read, Setting the Record Straight, a History of Black and White. It will answer many of your questions.
Oh, and By the way, whites were not against the fight to free slaves. So before you insult us, get your facts straight.
First of all Glenn Back is a Mormon for those of you who do not know! If you are interested in learning about Mormons read, "No Man Knows My Name" the story of their founder Joseph Smith, it will scare you!
OBAMA is the most worthless President we ever had. A muslim extremist, an illegal alien, a dispicable human being, a lier, a cheater. I could go on and on..
Oh man, look at all those idiots!
next week he,ll be walking on water
the mormon masiah
This guy gets way too much attention.
I am offended by Glenn Beck in so many ways. As an American, he wraps himself in the flag yet preaches division and racism. As a Christian, I am appalled at his hypocritical rants about God. As a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, I think the disrespect he has shown Dr. King is unthinkable. As a human being who cares for the plight of other human beings, I find his lack of humanity and his vast ego an affront to the human race. He and Sarah are quite a pair to draw to.
And they call US the kool-aid drinkers!!
Do you get the feeling that America is where Germany was before Hitler took over? Bad Economy, well meaning government falling short, and the opposition party getting more radical and less tolerant.
I see Beck has plenty of supporters for his "Restore Bigotry" rally...disgusting.
Money was raised to help the families of our men and women in combat. We honor them for what they have given up to keep us free. Color of the skin, race or religion doesn't matter. Martin Luther KIng believed that all men , women and child are born equal, and all deserve the same qualities that life has to offer equally.
I tell all you people that did not like or was offended by Glen Beck having his rally today that's tough crap. Now it seems you people want pie the whole nine yards of it. It doesn't work that way. As far as your hero goes, King. If this is all you got to stick your values and hopes on then all the men need to go get them a mistress or two. If your listening to Jesse Jackson the liar he too already has his mistresses. OH YEAH. He was at the good Doctor's side when he expired. HOW CAN HE LIE ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE THAT. As far as Dr. King goes he was a great man for his time. But he set values far too high for he could not live up to them. But he did get a lot accomplished that you can be proud of. But for bashing other people for what they do. WHAT GIVES YOU PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO DO SO. BECK DID NOT DISHONER DR. KING. IN FACT HE HONORED HIM.
I love seeing all the liberals on here, who are so full of hate, going ballistic because of a rally that is focusing on smaller govt., faith, and at the same time, remembering the civil rights movement. I think they are just jealous that more people approve of the conservative ideals rather than their extreme failed liberal policies of the last 2 years. They wish they could put something on this big, but there is no way they can come close to having something this big in support of liberal ideas, like expanding govt., more taxes, more socialism. Face it liberals haters: your policies have FAILED!
I guess someone forgot to tell Reverend Al Sharpton (race pimp) and the Reverend Dr. Jesse Jackson Sr. (race pimp) that Civil Rights are for all people of all colors.... Hijack the civil rights movement, give me a break. I saw him on the news, he was yelling what do we want (MORE), when do we want it (NOW), of course he is meaning they (blacks that think Whitey owes them something) want more entitlements, and when do they want it (now), man are they in for a rude awakening. When middle class don't work, entitlements don't get funded.
God Bless Glen Beck for waking up America, we have all been too silent while our Government silently steals our liberties and freedoms through regulation and legislation!
Lots of ignorance here today! Dr.Martin Luther King fought for folk of ALL colors not just black! Lots of you seem to forget many white folk died during the civil rights movement. Jews marched with Dr. King as well. YThat being said, explain to me how this is hijacking the civil rights movement. Secondly, Glenn Beck IS NOT God and neither are Obama, Jackson, and Sharpton! You don't like the rally? Too bad! They have a right to it! Some of you sure love to toss out the racist chant! You are a sad, ridiculous lot! In fact there is more hatred and racism in YOUR party than anywhere else! Just read what YOU wrote for proof!
Religious nuts are trying to rewrite history in describing our nation's founders. They should check the history of Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to see how they perceived the need to prevent the government from becoming a theocracy. I see Christianity exactly in the same light as Islam. Both of their followers are duped by an unsubstantiated mythology, something left behind by another time when leaders really needed something to control the uneducated masses. Just look around the globe and see the evidence of religions evil. In a few locations where religion has mostly died a natural death, people are allowed to live in peace without the ridiculous threat of hell or the equally nonsensical promise of heaven. Religion does buy votes...
The US Constitution clearly separated Church from State ... part of the Enlightenment Principle and part of our Freedom.
We must take back our Constitution and demand that people who bring their 'Church' into their elected position be put out of office.
For all you Conservatives who want to bring your God into Government, you are not supporting our Constitution!
Voters ... get out and demand that elected officials NOT bring their 'Church' into their official positions.
Beck is a cheap boarder class whore who uses God to create a base of weak minded Americans who follow anyone with a bobble-headed Jesus on the dashboard. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have created the mess in the religious freak-show instigated through the incestuous hateful relationship between these three related faiths. They are related through region and actors, Shakespeare wouldn't take claim to the so called religious tales. Time will take these three faiths to the same place where the Gods of yesteryear rest...Venus, Mars, and the rest of the cast reside inside the stories of mythology.
Glenn Beck is Mormon. The following is fact:
Mormons didn't allow African Americans to join their church until 1978, because they believed Blacks were inferior.
Mormons believe God set aside what is now the United States for white people.
Mormons believe in a strict power hierarchy, with white men at the top.
Mormons do not encourage independent thought – and those Mormons who dare to criticize the church are excommunicated.
Mormons believe that theirs is the Only True Church of Christ upon the face of the whole earth.
This is the belief in God Beck wants for our country – thanks, but no thanks!
I'll stick with the First Amendment and its guarantee that we can all worship as we choose.
talk about a pied piper..he beats the cake what a self effacing idiot!
Beck is doing this to pacify all the white people whose world was rocked when a Black man was elected president.
They just can't handle it ...
Well, it's official. the lizard brains have crowned their new king. they deserve each other.