Glenn Beck believes America has lost her way. He has some heavy-duty critics who slice and dice his every word. He's been threatened and condemned--lied about, and ridiculed. Yet, he keeps on speaking what he perceives to be the need for America to stand up and meet the challenges of today head-on. He tells us that it will take sacrifice. It will take courage. It will take character.
Today Beck is issuing a clarion call to Americans. They'll meet at the Lincoln Memorial to emphasize the honor of America. We have traveled far away from the principles upon which our founding fathers intended. Beck seeks to kindle enthusiasm for that lost honor among men.
Glenn hopes to restore honor to the American spirit. He plans to spotlight people who desire the same thing--character, integrity, truthfulness. Faith, hope, charity.
Some folks say he is self-aggrandizing. Some are angry that he would dare choose to meet on the steps where Martin Luther King stood and gave his "I Have a Dream" speech 47 years ago. Some have gone so far as to threaten Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther, because she would dare to speak alongside Glenn Beck. Such irony. MLK spoke of being defined by character--not the color of one's skin. Yet critics would silence Alveda King; they would silence Beck. Just this week, Eugene Robinson wrote in his editorial for Washington Post that the best way to respond to Beck's call for Restoring Honor is to ignore it. "Ignore him."
Friends, we've ignored honor long enough in America. We've ignored the voices of those who cry out for justice and listened to the voices who would silence them. I don't know exactly what Beck has planned for today. But I'm willing to listen. Will you? selahV