It seems like just yesterday that Glenn Beck was attempting to recreate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during his “Restoring Honor” rally. But now, five years later, he is doing it again.
In a typically dramatic announcement on his Monday morning show, Beck once again invoked the iconic civil rights movement leader’s name to announce a new campaign called “Never Again Is Now” that will kick off on August 28 — the 52nd anniversary of the March on Washington — in Birmingham, Alabama, at “a church just down the street from where Martin Luther King began his historic stand against Bull Connor.”
Right there on the campaign’s website is a big, bold quote from King: “INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE.” Under a banner that reads, “ALL LIVES MATTER,” the site adds, “We believe there are millions of people just like you who are ready to say never again and take action NOW.”
But in this case, it is not injustice against African-Americans that Beck is fighting against, but what he sees as discrimination against Christians who don’t want gay people to get married.
“I believe my entire life has led to this point,” Beck said at the top of his speech, first focusing on the persecution of Christians by ISIS in the Middle East. And, at least towards the beginning of his extended remarks, he included some level of compassion — in his way — for the LGBT community as one of many oppressed peoples around the country and the world.
“The Christian who speaks out for the homosexual who is being stoned, the homosexual who stands up for the Christian baker in Oregon, the Jew that sees the dark echoes of the past and wakes his people to the cries of the Coptic Christians, and the Christian who stands in defense of the Jew in France or on any American campus — these will be the people that change the world,” Beck said. “These will be the people that will stand and say, ‘I will not go over the cliff into the sands of insanity with the rest of humanity.’”
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But Beck sounded a lot less friendly to that cause later in the show when he brought up the coming Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. “If you think there is trouble now, what happens when the Supreme Court decides to say that homosexuality, uh, homosexual marriage is the law of the land?” the host asked. “Will this administration then force our churches to comply? Will you be forced to violate your own faith? We must together wake the most powerful force on earth: the people of God.”
He went directly from those statements to the piece about his plans for August 28, saying, “That’s why I’m going to begin where Martin Luther King began.”
“We are going to begin to gather like-minded people and we are going to begin to train ourselves for non-violent resistance and civil disobedience,” Beck continued. “We’re going to begin to train ourselves for boycotts and sit-ins. We’re going to do all of the things that we thought were too radical or too hippy-like to do because we have to understand that we are now David and Goliath has all of the power. But we all know how that story ends.”
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