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Monday, August 30, 2010

i didn't read a lot about it. i didn't listen to it. i didn't watch any of it on tv

if i WAS going to read more about it, i'd most likely read this from salon:

Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin's unholy alliance

Abramoff ally Rabbi Daniel Lapin and bigot John Hagee help "restore honor" at the Lincoln Memorial

By Joan Walsh

Where to begin telling the story of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin's "Restoring Honor" rally, on the site of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I have a dream" speech exactly 47 years later? As promised, we published Sarah Palin's 8/28 speech alongside King's, and Mark Benjamin reported from the event. I'm excited Beck announced his "Black Robe Regiment"; it's long past time to retire the white robes.
Since Beck insists the gathering wasn't about politics, but about religion, let's take a look at a couple of the religious figures there.
I was surprised when, early Saturday morning, Beck introduced a rabbi onstage with him. As I wrote earlier this week, Beck expressly said he wouldn't hold his rally on a Sunday, so as not to force people to work on the Sabbath -- and since the Jewish Sabbath is Saturday, I observed that maybe Beck wasn't looking for Jewish involvement. But there he was, introducing a rabbi! God bless him. Then the rabbi stood silent, while Beck's first religious speaker praised Jesus Christ our savior...............

At Glenn Beck rally, strong but vague feelings

By Mark Benjamin

Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally on Saturday was big and white and agitated. But in an informal survey of attendees, it was difficult to pin down what exactly motivated them to come to Washington, many from far away.
“I am here because of America,” Ann Gardenhour told me, adding that the purpose of the rally was to “remember America.”.............



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