Beck shared his stage with Pastor John Hagee

Rawstory:

As the Huffington Post reports, in Hagee’s book Jerusalem Countdown, he describes Hitler as a “half-breed Jew” descended from Esau. [...]

Matthews aired a clip of Pastor Hagee describing the Roman Catholic church as an “apostate church” and “false cult.”

“This is the great whore of Revelation 17,” preached Hagee. “This is the anti-Christ system. This is the apostate church. In this cup, if you will read it in the Book of Revelation, is the blood of the saints, this false cult system that was born in Genesis 10 and progressed through Israel and became Baal worship. God says, The day is going to come when I’m going to cause this beast to devour this apostate system. So you can say very clearly that while the church is in heaven, this false religious system is going to be totally devoured by the anti- Christ.

“That’s the great John Hagee,” said Matthews after the footage. “His comments came to light during the 2008 presidential race, when he had to express regret, as he put it, for, quote, ‘any comments that Catholics have found hurtful.’ [...]

Joan Walsh commented that “to pick Hagee is either ignorance, or you know, I think more likely, he simply doesn’t care,” and noted that Beck urging people to leave churches preaching ‘social justice’ was seen by many as a slap at Catholicism.

Bob Shrum, the Democratic Strategist, added that “Beck himself clearly is riding a bandwagon of bigotry and fear to gather millions of followers and millions of dollars. He’s made anti-Muslim remarks. He’s made remarks about the president that are certainly tinged with racial overtones. So why wouldn’t he associate with an anti-Catholic?” …Full article…

Attn: Beck fanbase

Attn: Beck fanbase:

If Glenn Beck will lie about something as stupid as this, something so ridiculously verifiable and reportable, what else does he lie to you about?

Restoring Honor, one lie at a time.

Bob Cesca | Glenn Beck Lied to his Flock

(Video) Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” Rally – Interviews With Participants

DC’s collective IQ dropped 50 points during this rally. This has to be the best representation of the Fox News Channel viewing audience that has ever been filmed. It’s like a National Geographic special that documents the stupidest people in America in their natural habitat (lawn chairs and ignorance).  No wonder they love Palin and Beck!

NewLeftMedia While the speaker list was diverse, the overwhelmingly white crowd expressed paranoid and conspiratorial fears of multiculturalism—that atheists or black liberation theologists or radical Muslims or “free-loading” Latinos were going to ruin our country. There was the constant suggestion that white Christians and their way of life are somehow under assault, and that the attendees of this rally were here to put an end to it and return the country to what it used to be.

Update:

Area Man Knows What He Knows

The Onion isn’t even satire anymore, it’s straight reporting:

“I learned all that really matters about the Muslim faith on 9/11,” Gentries said in reference to the terrorist attacks on the United States undertaken by 19 of Islam’s approximately 1.6 billion practitioners. “What more do I need to know to stigmatize Muslims everywhere as inherently violent radicals?”

Note: I quoted a different paragraph than Brian Kane did in his post.

The ‘Honor’ – It Burns!

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The tens of thousands of almost exclusively white Beck fans who traveled to DC to hear nothing they haven’t heard before from the self-proclaimed Rodeo Clown must wonder what THAT was all about … and they should be wondering why on earth they paid to be a part of it. (Hint: you fed one man’s enormous ego.) Was it enough to gather and know that others shared your beliefs in ‘death panels’ and ‘Obama is a secret Muslim who was born in Kenya’ and ‘FEMA camps’ and ‘tax cuts for the rich will create jobs’?

Here are some things to ponder about this utter obscenity of an event that was Beck’s Divide Divine Destiny / Restoring Honor / “reclaiming” civil rights without talking once about CIVIL RIGHTS (i.e. remember when white men couldn’t vote or had to drink from segregated water fountains or didn’t earn as much as women or minorities?) / etc etc:

  • Beck’s fans love MLK, because Beck “rented it” — so there! (the Lincoln Memorial location or the anniversary of MLK’s “I have a dream” speech — or both, I suppose).
  • Restoring Honor: “Honor” is a wingnut code word that defines the term in the same way that the old Confederacy defined the term. And when paired with the word “restoration” it is a call for a return to an American rooted in the White Supremacy of the Confederacy.
  • 87,000 Rubes: But what about the Special Operations Warrior Foundation donations? It turns out that everyone who donated money yesterday were tricked. Shocker. All of the estimated $5.5 million in donations are earmarked to pay for the event first and the troops get the leftovers. So most of that money pays for Beck’s ego-stroking and if there’s any money that falls into the seat cushions of Beck’s limo, well that money goes to the SOWF. Nice. How do we know this? The fine print buried at the bottom of the official Glenn Beck website:All contributions made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) will first be applied to the costs of the Restoring Honor Rally taking place August 28, 2010. All contributions in excess of these costs will be retained by SOWF.”
  • American Theocracy: Patrick Sadowski, wearing a polo shirt with eagles and stars and stripes, said that he belongs to the Constitution Party, because “I feel the Republicans and the Democrats are the same people who own all the horses in the race.” He said that he favors candidates of any party as long as they are “biblically based.”
  • Divine Yawn: The Glenn Beck fans on my subway car after today’s rally were a subdued bunch.  They didn’t seem energized by having spent time with their idol and many thousands of fellow fans. Why not?
  • Not a political event. Whether officially a tea party event or no, tea party infrastructure [was] heavily involved in the rally’s promotion, logistics, and attendance. (So was Freedomworks.)
  • Now THIS is a huge crowd!
  • Snoring Honor: [Beck] started weeping while telling the crowd that somewhere out there was “the next George Washington”. Dunno about you, but when I saw pan shots of the crowd — which was one of the whitest crowds in D.C. in recent memory — I mostly thought I saw “the next Timothy McVeigh.” But your mileage may vary.

Steve Benen, in closing:

Movements — real movements that make a difference and stand the test of time — are about more than buzz words, television personalities, and self-aggrandizement. Change — transformational change that sets nations on new courses — is more than vague, shallow promises about “freedom.”

Labor unions created a movement. Women’s suffrage was a movement. The fight for civil rights is a movement. The ongoing struggle for equality for gays and lesbians is a movement. In each case, the grievance was as clear as the solution. There was no mystery as to what these patriots were fighting for. Their struggles and successes made the nation stronger, better, and more perfect.

The folks who gathered in D.C. today were awfully excited about something. The fact that it’s not altogether obvious what that might be probably isn’t a good sign.

UPDATE ** What Reason TV saw at the Beck rally:

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Beckaplooza

The Tea Party may not catch on to things quickly but maybe they catch on eventually. Case in point:

Tea Party Leaders Criticize Beck’s 8/28 Rally: ‘All He’s Doing Is Trying To Use Us To Promote Himself’

null[ ... ] At least one tea party group rejected Beck’s entreaties to assist with the march, concluding he was offering little in return for its organizational know-how and credibility, while giving preferential treatment to FreedomWorks, which is paying to sponsor Beck’s radio show. The group’s leader, who requested anonymity to avoid antagonizing Beck, said, “All he’s doing is trying to use us to promote himself.” [...]

“I call it ‘Beckaplooza,’ because it seems to be all about Beck,” said Andrew Ian Dodge, the Maine state coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, a coalition of local groups that has helped stage several big rallies. …

All about Beck? You don’t say. And this:

RedState.com’s Erick Erickson said Beck is going to have to “be careful” or his gimmicks are “going to start becoming a punchline.”

Erickson doesn’t know that Beck’s gimmicks already ARE punchlines!  Can you imagine how let down these people will be when they figure Palin out?

And have you seen the “Beckaplooza safety” advice for teabaggers visiting DC (with guidance on avoiding all the scary brown and black people):

Danger! Bus Parking For Beck’s 8/28 Rally Is Outside The Recommended ‘Safe Zone’

Yesterday, a Maine tea party blog posted some handy advice for activists coming to Washington Saturday to attend Fox News host Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally. Among warnings about how to deal with “African immigrants” — do not “assume they are African Americans” and “especially do not…guess they are from a neighboring country” — the guide advised rally-goers to stay out of the vast majority of the city, and cautioned which portions of Metrorail system are safe. While the entire Green and Yellow lines are off limits, the guide allowed for travel on the Blue and Orange lines, as long as attendees do not stray West of the Eastern Market stop. As for areas outside this tiny safety zone: “you should not explore them.”

Unfortunately, the only official parking location for group buses is two stops beyond the last safe stop on the Blue and Orange line at RFK stadium, deep in the forbidden zone. [ ...]

DCist created a map illustrating the guide’s recommendations, which ThinkProgress has modified to demonstrate the danger facing the rally’s attendees when they unload from their buses to find themselves far in the unsafe zone:

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I hope the White House is in the ‘red’ zone, because I heard there are Muslims living in there.