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    Dec 2005
    Valencia, CA

    Glenn Beck Issues Challenge/Pledge of Non-Violence

    Here goes that crazy guy spouting off his crazy nonesense again...

    Read this in its entirety here.

    This was written in response to the Tucson shootings. There's about 5 paragraphs before the quote begins. The quoted bit is the challenge/pledge and its intro. That's where I'd like to focus. Please don't spin this into a Glenn Beck hate echo chamber just because Beck's name is on it. Please focus on the content itself.

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn Beck
    Turning these horrific events into an opportunity for a political attack is a very childish response to a very grown-up problem. This is not about winning a political blame game. Atheists are not to blame. Those who hate George W. Bush are not to blame. Those who don’t believe in space travel are not to blame. Jared Lee Loughner is to blame. Period.

    This tragedy should not be used as an opportunity to try and bend reality to retroactively place a madman on the other side of the aisle. It should be a time to pray for the victims and their families, a time that we can all come together and state that violence is off limits for all sides in a Republic. It’s a time for us to state with a unified passion that we won’t accept anyone who threatens or actually carries out violence.

    Denouncing violence from all sides including your own does not make your movement any less just. To quote Martin Luther King:

    But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

    I challenge all Americans, left or right, regardless if you’re a politician, pundit, painter, priest, parishioner, poet or porn star to agree with all of the following.

    • I denounce violence, regardless of ideological motivation.
    • I denounce anyone, from the Left, the Right or middle, who believes physical violence is the answer to whatever they feel is wrong with our country.
    • I denounce those who wish to tear down our system and rebuild it in their own image, whatever that image may be.
    • I denounce those from the Left, the Right or middle, who call for riots and violence as an opportunity to bring down and reconstruct our system.
    • I denounce violent threats and calls for the destruction of our system – regardless of their underlying ideology – whether they come from the Hutaree Militia or Frances Fox Piven.
    • I hold those responsible for the violence, responsible for the violence. I denounce those who attempt to blame political opponents for the acts of madmen.
    • I denounce those from the Left, the Right or middle that sees violence as a viable alternative to our long established system of change made within the constraints of our constitutional Republic.

    I will stand with anyone willing to sign that pledge. Today I make a personal choice. I urge leaders of both sides and all walks of life to join me as all Americans joined hands on 9.12.2001.

    I believe that we must change ourselves to hold on to our republic. That’s why I have been talking about e4. Enlightenment. Education. Empowerment. Entrepreneurship. It’s a personal solution for all of us to become the people we were born to be, not the people we’ve allowed ourselves to become. I have called for a personal revolution; change ourselves in order to change the world. Those who live with honor and are responsible to themselves and their families will be the key to the future of our Republic, not those playing political games.
    A rather stark contrast from the other responses to the Tucson shootings, no?

    Who here's willing to sign that pledge? I am. Are you? Who out there in the public, the media, and other places is? Let's see if we can keep track of who here, in the public, and in the media, says yes to this, and who dismisses it in cloud of Beck hate. That will be very telling about those people.

    Again please focus on the CONTENT of the challenge/pledge and not Glenn Beck. Since I'm starting this thread, I'm going to openly call for the deletion of any random comment about Beck, i.e. "Glenn Beck is a hypocrite. Now he's calling for non-violence, but where was he when Palin made her crosshair map?", that does not focus on the content of this challenge/pledge. I hope the Mods here will support me with that. This isn't about Beck. This is about the challenge/pledge and ONLY the challenge/pledge. Please keep it to that.
    Last edited by DodgersFan28; 01-11-2011 at 06:49 AM.
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