He claims “divine providence” set the date of his “Restoring Honor” rally for August 28 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial: the same date and place as Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
From the Seattle Times:
Social activists and civil-rights leaders, among them the Rev. Al Sharpton, are planning marches and demonstrations – including the unveiling of a nearly four-story-tall original sculpture on the Mall – on Aug. 28 to coincide with a rally organized by Fox News personality Glenn Beck.
Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally, with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin among the scheduled speakers, will take place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, 47 years to the day after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech there.
The conservative talk-show host announced in November that he wanted to reveal a “100 year plan for America” at the Lincoln Memorial. More recently, he said that the purpose of his Aug. 28 event is to restore the country’s “values” and to pay tribute to military families.
“There will be absolutely no politics involved,” he said. “This rally will honor the troops, unite the American people under the principles of integrity and truth, and make a pledge to restore honor within ourselves and our country.”
“Absolutely no politics involved,” my rear end. I mean, it is GLENN “CRYBABY” BECK who is behind this; you can bet Aunt Matilda’s farm that it will be nothing but politics. His version of “support the troops” means: Denounce President Obama. Cry and say that US deaths are caused by insufficient troops. Demand that more people be sent into Afghanistan and Iraq, even if you have to recruit violent offenders out of prison. Denounce the Democratic Party. Cry while denouncing Islam as a violent, hate-filled religion. Demand a crusade of God-fearing Christian Americans to purge the world of evil.
The only “values” he will be honoring will be his far right wing extremism. And do so on the date and at the place this was planned is outrageous, a slap in the face of everything Dr. King stood for and believed.
I am saddened, I am disappointed, I am frankly depressed that this will be allowed to happen. What I am not, is surprised.