Restoring Honor Rally

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Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor Rally, also known as the Restoring Honor Rally 8-28, was a non-political rally held at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have A Dream" speech. According to Glenn Beck's website, Restoring Honor was a "non-political event" conceived to pay tribute to the United States "heroes, our heritage and our future," and to "pledge to restore honor" in America at the steps of the memorial.[1] The Restoring Honor Rally was also a fundraiser for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a charity that provides funds for the surviving children of Special Ops personnel killed in battle.[2][3] The event prepared for up to 300,000 people,[4] and with the help of supporters was able to raise more than five million dollars for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.[5]

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Keynote Speakers

Sarah Palin was a keynote speaker, as was Alveda King, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece, who has said that her uncle would have attended the rally if he were alive today.[6][7] Other attendees include Glenn Beck himself and executives from the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

100 Year Plan for America

As part of the Restoring Honor Rally, Glenn Beck previewed a portion of what he described as the "100 Year Plan for America," to restore honor.[8] He said:

Today, I have stopped looking for a leader to show us the way out because I have come to realize that the only one who can truly save our country...is us. To change America's course we need to change ourselves, our expectations and our willingness to accept the unacceptable. When we refuse to allow our children to receive a trophy for participation, we are on the road to restoring the meaning of merit in our Republic. When we insist that no one is too big to fail, we will be able to learn from our mistakes, and when we demand that we are self-reliant, we will ensure that others can rely on us, not the government.[9]

Glenn Beck has stated that education is key to restoring honor, and not just for our children, but for all America as a whole. He further detailed what it means to "restore honor," and said that despite America's great diversity, "nothing unifies Americans more than their support for public acknowledgments of God." Beck said to consider the following aspects of American heritage that he honors and respects:[10]

  • 93% want “In God we Trust” to remain on coins and currency
  • 90% support keeping “under God” in the Pledge
  • 84% support references to God in schools, government buildings, and public settings
  • 82% support voluntary school prayer
  • 76% support Ten Commandments displays on public property

Event Description

8/28 Rally D.C.

According to Glenn Beck's Web site, the following text is a verbatim description of the Restoring Honor Rally:[11]

Throughout history America has seen many great leaders and noteworthy citizens change her course. It is through their personal virtues and by their example that we are able to live as a free people. On August 28, come celebrate America by honoring our heroes, our heritage and our future. Join the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and many more for this non-political event that pays tribute to America’s service personnel and other upstanding citizens who embody our nation’s founding principles of integrity, truth and honor. Our freedom is possible only if we remain virtuous. Help us restore the values that founded this great nation. On August, 28th, come join us in our pledge to restore honor at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.


Attacks Against Restoring Honor

Among the individuals upset over Restoring Honor in America, Reverend Al Sharpton accused Glenn Beck of trying to "hijack" the Civil Rights Movement by hosting the "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial.[12] The Washington Post reported that Al Sharpton planned to host a rally to commemorate King's speech.[13] Reverend Al Sharpton's planned rally to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech will coincide with the Restoring Honor Rally.[14] Sharpton said he began planning his event in April, but that it is "not a countermarch to Beck." However, on the other hand, Social Justice extremists have expressed outrage against Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor Rally.

Good Morning America's Claire Shipman launched a pre-emptive one-sided attack on the event, including selectively editing clips from the conservative host. The ABC journalist featured a snippet of Beck asserting, "Blacks don't own Martin Luther King."[15] ABC's story was out of context so bad that it made Glenn Beck appear like a racist hate monger. Claire Shipman's deceitful, propaganda-ish style reporting on ABC News went so far as to assert that there are angry voices "comparing the Tea Party to the KKK," despite the fact that these are two different events in American history, each with completely opposite agendas - both politically and in merit.[16] Glenn Beck exposed ABC News for their deceitful practices.[17]

Other liberal groups claimed that the date to hold the Restoring Honor Rally on 8/28 was "insulting" to King's legacy, although Glenn Beck stated that it was "divine providence" which led to the date of a Restoring Honor Rally.[18] In spite of not knowing the true intentions of the rally or what message Restoring Honor is sending to the American people, liberal pundits in the media responded to Beck's "divine providence" by saying, then, that God has a "very dark sense of humor."[19]

Some evangelicals questioned the propriety of evangelical participation in the rally with Beck, a Mormon.[20]

References

  1. http://www.glennbeck.com/828/
  2. Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck: Restoring Honor, The Glenn Beck Program, January 25, 2010.
  3. Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" Rally Supports SOWF, specialops.org, January 25, 2010.
  4. Lisa Lerer, John McCormick. Beck-Palin Rally in Washington Drawing Supporters of `Babies, Guns, Jesus', Bloomberg, August 27, 2010.
  5. Restoring Honor 8/28, August 28, 2010.
  6. Adam Cassandra. Dr. Alveda King: ‘Coretta Scott King Knew That Her Husband Was Pro-Life', CNSNews.com, August 27, 2010.
  7. Glenn talks with Dr. Alveda King, The Glenn Beck Program, August 27, 2010.
  8. Glenn Beck: The Plan, The Glenn Beck Program, November 23, 2009.
  9. Glenn Beck reveals the Plan, The Glenn Beck Program, November 26, 2009.
  10. David Barton: One Nation, Under God, August 25, 2010.
  11. Restoring Honor Rally 8-28
  12. Al Sharpton: Glenn Beck Trying to "Hijack" Civil Rights Movement, CBS News, August 27, 2010.
  13. DeNeen Brown. Glenn Beck's plans for rally on a hallowed date and spot spurs countermarches, Washington Post, August 17, 2010.
  14. Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck. Beck Addresses Uproar Over 'Restoring Honor' Rally, The O'Reilly Factor, FoxNews.com, August 19, 2010.
  15. Glenn Beck Slams ABC's Story: 'Something Goebbels Would do', NewsBusters, August 27, 2010.
  16. The Tea Party Movement is a grassroots movement for restoring Constitutional Law in the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; moreover, the TEA Party is for justice, equality and individual freedom for all. Contrarily, the KKK is a racist, bigoted group of extremists who gained power during an era of big government, when racism was institutionalized by the federal government: see How did slavery in America start?.
  17. Glenn Beck exposes ABC’s propaganda piece on 8/28
  18. Glenn attacked for 8/28
  19. Glenn Beck's 8/28 rally: An instant guide, Yahoo! News, August 26, 2009.
  20. Some evangelicals on defensive over partnering with Glenn Beck, a Mormon, from CNN Belief Blog

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