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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" 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. Meta Knight

    A hijacker. Hijacking Martin Luther King Dream Speech and turn it into a milking cow. To those kids who can read this, don't follow the hatred that your father or mother has taught you. Your parents has 50 more years to live and let that hatred die with them. The future is yours and lets make our mother Earth a better place. We all live under One Sun. Faith/religion are just an operating system installed in your mind with an attached programmed hatred to those who don't follow. Notice all of its gods is missing, been missing since its inception and you will never see it in your lifetime.

    August 29, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. kd

    like everything he says, 'reclaiming civil rights from politics' makes no sense.

    August 29, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Squigman

    A large mass of hot air, surrounded by an even larger mass of ego, and fatty tissue. How is it possible that a person, such as this, is granted credibility by the public? Can our educational system be in such a state of dis-repair, that these people actually believe in such false prophets of doom, if they are not granted their way? Where are the people who actually believe in themselves enough,to turn their backs on such media whores?

    August 29, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Anonymous

    First this rally was to honor our service men, then Beck said it was to put God back in our country but became about civil rights?
    Was it just poorly organized or was this a ploy to draw people under false representation?
    As for estimates of 80,000 to 500,000 it's laughable because it is very possible know an accurate estimate. It is interesting to note that FOX was the only news organization to say 300,000-500,000- the rest were nearly 100,000

    August 29, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. TOP SGT

    Not politics did I get from this Beck Rally, but I did get a message that the American people, black, white, red, yellow, brown need to get right with God and take back our country from the Devil's deciples who are trying to destroy us. We all are American people. Lets come together to get this country back on track under God.

    August 29, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. janekucera

    glenn becks message was beautiful–sincere and meaningful im grateful that there is someone trying very hard to put God in the forefront of this .nations trials and difficulties. really, everybody, He can do anything and all we have to do is ask.

    August 29, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. jim

    Most of the people that are attacking Glenn Beck don't have ant idea of what he says but just go on the fact that he is concervative and that scares them.

    August 29, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Buster

    Well the lame brained liberal media did finally have to admit begrudgingly that there were over 1,000 people there.

    August 29, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Sue

    It says a lot when Dr. Martin Luther King's niece chose to speak at Beck's rally-– intead of Al Sharpton's "Let's continue with race division' rally.

    Most are estimating those who showed up at Beck's rally to be between 300,000 and 500,000.

    However, the liberals, CNN, etc. can continue to downplay this as much as they want---as in 2 months, there will be millions showing up to vote.

    August 29, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Doraine Gordon

    What does it say for any rally that pays people to attend? That's right, folks. The tea party chartered buses to haul people to D.C. for the weekend. All they had to do was attend the rally for a free weekend in the Capitol. These are mostly old white people who have nothing else to do. All they do is keep their ear glued to Beck on the radio or their eye on Beck on tv. They will jump on a bus going anywhere if it is free. I cannot believe anyone is dumb or stupid enough to follow an old reformed drunk like Beck. But we have alot of dumb stupid people in our country. Those folks, like Glenn Beck, are decadent and disgusting.

    August 29, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Just a wannabe Elmer Gantry!

    August 29, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Weepy

    Poor Nick. If he is fortunate enough to live to be "more wrinkled to pudgy", perhaps he will also become MATURE in his perspective as well. Glenn Beck may appear to be a little crazy at times, but he has historical FACTS to back up everything he claims. Glenn Beck's approach and rationale is much better for this country than what has been perpetrated by BO and his followers. And in case some of you are unaware–religion, church, GOD–are not paramount for many of us Republicans. WHAT IS PARAMOUNT to Republicans is knowing what keeps this country's engine running. The Dems haven't a clue!

    August 29, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. 1984

    Alot of similarities between Beck's propaganda and the Nazis.

    August 29, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Joy Torres

    Glen Beck is a nut job. Therefore, people who listen to him are nuts as well.

    August 29, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. yoyolite

    @Homer you have selective memory..The jobs lost started in the Bush administration.. As the country slid in the ditch the lame duck president hid in the rose garden. Remember his two minute speech on the economy. Yeah more republicans will be sent home in NOvember.,

    August 29, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Haren

    May be American Indian should have rally to take beck their country.
    Beck and his party got only 46% vote in last election, may be they wanted to rule this country on minority base, the way senate is ruling.

    August 29, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. a different Jim

    @ Jim,

    I know he says. He says he's against socialism but says he educates himself from getting free books from the library (which functions on socialism). Before the health care debate he had a botched surgery and he screamed bloody murder about the healthcare system. After he says the health care system is the best in the world.

    August 29, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Ted D

    There was no coherent message, meaning or purpose for Beck's rally, which is why his rationale for it was so fluid. Taking civil rights back from politics? Please. This was nothing but political theater designed to stir white voters to the voting booth in November and a whole lot of treacle about God.

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." -Sinclair Lewis

    August 29, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. joe

    all i can say is GOD help us all if people follow what that nut job has to say.

    August 29, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. katiec

    Actions speak louder than words.
    You cannot preach about Christianity while being a promoter of hate, anger, fear, discrimination and racism.
    Christians love their fellow man, care about those less fortunate, do not discriminate against those of different religions, beliefs, do not support hypocrasy, lies, showboating, unethical behavior and unite for the survival of us and our country.
    What is so sad and disturbing are those who have allowed theirselves to be used, manipulated, brain washed by those who only care about their own personal agendas.
    They must not forget their movement is being supported, promoted by the radical, rich right billionaires who are only interested in Wall St, the rich.

    August 29, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Ancient Texan

    Homer- I think you have it right. They say the Tidal Basin alone holds 250,000 people. But the Liberal owned media will downplay the numbers on everyone but liberals events. I suspect their count on Sharptons' racist hateful rant was vastly over estimated. Most of the posters here have a hateful opinion of Glenn Beck but have never watched him on TV.

    August 29, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. ricky Atlanta

    Talk about LACK of Diversity! it doesnt look like the America I see every day!

    August 29, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. John

    Don't dismiss Beck so easily. Although his message for America is warped and twisted, he's a master of manipulating crowds and the media. He should be; he learned from a master. Beck's approach to the media and his audience comes right out of Adolf Hitler's playbook (it's known that Beck studied Hitler's writings at an earlier time in his life).

    I've written at length about this comparison at thingsishouldn'thavetotellyouDOTblogspotDOTcom.

    Yes, Beck is a buffoon, but at this point he's a powerful buffoon with a rabid – and uninformed – following.

    August 29, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Joe, San Diego

    Choices... if your rational thinking says avoid this knucklehead do it
    Choices... if your rational thinking says follow this foolishly animated tv host go with it
    Remember YOU made the choice

    August 29, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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