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Glenn Beck spoke for nearly 15 minutes regarding hate and the anti-gay gang attacks by the Latin King Goonies in the Bronx late last week, calling them "anti-human" and "bigotry for sport".

Glynnis MacNicol at Mediate writes: "A small part of me suspects tonight’s opener was in part a bit of a sideways response to the story Media Matters has been pushing out all week trying to connect Beck with Byron Williams, the guy who was arrested on his way to kill 'people of importance at the Tides Foundation and ACLU' (as if the actions of a crazy person can ever be blamed on anyone other than the crazy person). But even if it was, the larger message remains, and is one that Beck likes to reaffirm from time to time, namely, violence is bad."

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  1. So he doesn't think we should be tortured and beaten? How radical of him.

    Posted by: Joe | Oct 13, 2010 7:21:13 PM


  2. "How does this happen?" Glenn Beck asks.

    Exactly because of people just like Glenn Beck.

    Posted by: Philo | Oct 13, 2010 7:36:16 PM


  3. Glenn Beck is pretty loony but he's always been one to stand up against anti-gay bigotry. His remarks on thinking before you post is salient, too, and deserves to taken seriously.

    Posted by: Balbo1 | Oct 13, 2010 7:36:40 PM


  4. He could have said nothing, but he strongly condemned the attacks and their motive. I'm not his fan but I appreciated this.

    Posted by: Rich | Oct 13, 2010 7:44:00 PM


  5. But his mormon (no capitalization necessary) cult though teaches him that gays are immoral, an abomination, and that we will burn in hell for eternity. So thanks, but no thanks. Even a broken, crazy, conspiracy peddling clock is right sometimes.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Oct 13, 2010 7:49:43 PM


  6. His biggest fans are the most anti-gay ever.

    Posted by: Philo | Oct 13, 2010 7:53:35 PM


  7. We are officially in Bizarro World.

    Posted by: Penny Sautereau-Fife | Oct 13, 2010 7:56:41 PM


  8. Glenn Beck sometimes has moments of clarity. They are few and far between, but they do happen.

    Posted by: Matt | Oct 13, 2010 8:00:02 PM


  9. Glenn Beck is a snake and if you genuinely believe he is trying to do anything other than make himself look less like a snake, you'll soon find he's bitten you in your tender parts while you were thanking him.

    Posted by: Ray | Oct 13, 2010 8:07:51 PM


  10. Glenn Beck confuses the hell out of me. I swear I hated him but he seems "softer" lately for some reason. Don't know whether I buy it though...Appreciate his words but I'm still keeping my distance.

    Posted by: JJ | Oct 13, 2010 8:10:07 PM


  11. It's nice of him to at least mention in passing that the LGBT community does in fact face extreme violence, yet somehow he always manages to focus back on himself. He's comparing the "hate" directed at him to what happened in the Bronx? Ridiculous. Moreover it's people like him, who assert that queer people are fundamentally inferior to heterosexuals, who legitimize and catalyze the extreme forms of violence and discrimination. You can't sincerely and honestly denounce anti-gay violence while simultaneously opposing hate crimes legislation. Beck and his followers, regardless of what he says, are not part of the solution but are an intricate part of the problem.

    Posted by: Joshua | Oct 13, 2010 8:27:57 PM


  12. "Bigotry for sport" rather than bigotry for political gain?

    Posted by: Nick | Oct 13, 2010 8:41:39 PM


  13. I'm so confused. Glenn Beck doesn't want gays dead. Does that mean...I should want gays dead? He's making my head spin.

    Posted by: Bruno | Oct 13, 2010 8:44:39 PM


  14. Isn't it amazing that he turned this horrific incident into bloggers saying bad things about him? Here's the deal, church and state sanctioned bigotry and accepted and encouraged homophobia creates the level of hate that he's speaking of. His beloved Mormon church with their forced aversion therapy isn't much different from what happened in the Bronx and him being an active member of that church makes him complicit. His railing against gay marriage, which directly and indirectly says the unions between gay people lack any intrinsic value because gay people themselves have no intrinsic value, creates the level of hate and again, makes him complicit.

    Posted by: KevMusic | Oct 13, 2010 9:18:07 PM


  15. Glenn Beck and people like him ARE the problem. Is he serious? His supporters and the right wing ARE the exact people that would use violence on progressives or gay people.

    Glenn Beck is the epitome of radical right wing hysteria that becomes the impetus for the ignorant to go and act on their hate.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 13, 2010 9:31:52 PM


  16. It's a trap!

    Posted by: Admiral Ackbar | Oct 13, 2010 9:39:59 PM


  17. It's great to see such a message of reason and sanity coming from a man who so often inspires the opposite. I wonder if he'll be attending Jon Stewart's rally?

    It's probably too much to hope that Beck might realize how his own vitriol inspires the hatred and insanity among his fans and changes his message. It's not enough to constantly shake the hornet nest and then once in a while pause to say "don't sting." Beck has never urged violence, but his style of message inspires division, dehumanization, and hatred of those who are different.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 13, 2010 9:41:47 PM


  18. There's PLENTY of hate coming from extremists of all kinds. There's plenty of examples of people and groups of every persuasion politicizing things they shouldn't.

    Beck and others have said this is the worse thing they've ever heard; I know of worse. As bad as this incident was, I'm aware of worse, actually far worse. And I'm not just talking about anti-gay. I'm talking about savage acts that would cause the most hardened individual to cry. And there's always people waiting to exploit and twist for possible political advantage. Such people represent every point of view and political ideology.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 13, 2010 9:56:18 PM


  19. Glenn Beck is the epitome of radical right wing hysteria that becomes the impetus for the ignorant to go and act on their hate.

    POSTED BY: BRIAN | OCT 13, 2010 9:31:52 PM

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    Any HATE coming out of the radical left,Brian? Any violence resulted from radical left hate? Think hard. Put your thinking cap on, Brian.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 13, 2010 9:59:48 PM


  20. Valerie Jarrett, who just got done telling the Human Rights Campaign's A-Gays the White House cares very much about these dead gay children, probably just didn't know how the proper way to refer to a gay teen's sexual orientation. But calling it a "lifestyle choice" certainly wasn't it.

    Posted by: Td | Oct 13, 2010 10:39:11 PM


  21. Glenn Beck is DEFINITELY against "bigotry for sport" but he's a big fan of bigotry for pay. He's made a career of it.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 13, 2010 10:50:49 PM


  22. @ Admiral Ackbar

    Ha-ha!

    Posted by: ichabod | Oct 13, 2010 11:30:32 PM


  23. Wow, taking a stand against gang rape with a plunger. Now THAT is brave...

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 13, 2010 11:47:32 PM


  24. this is the longest i have ever watched/listened to glenn beck in my life.

    Posted by: VAVA | Oct 13, 2010 11:57:22 PM


  25. @ratbastard

    Radicals of all sorts have a tendency to become violent, but right wing ideologies seem to resort to violence must quicker than most. The radical left has certainly been less violent than the right in this country.

    I don't need a thinking cap, thank you very much. You need to open your eyes.

    The KKK, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Timothy McVeigh, Byron Williams, and a good minority of the Tea Party. Need any more examples? You'll probably mention the Black Panthers but they have more in common with the racist right than the left any day.

    Not to mention those crazies that show up every time there's some conference on world trade. Anarchy is certainly closer to Libertarianism than what is traditionally defined as left in the US.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 14, 2010 12:17:37 AM


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