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."