Beck Draws Hundreds of Thousands to Washington Mall for “Restoring Honor” Rally

Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" Rally at the Lincoln Memorial

Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" Rally at the Lincoln Memorial

On Saturday August 28, Glenn Beck held one of the largest gatherings the Lincoln Memorial has seen in some time.  It has been estimated that nearly half a million people participated in the conservative talk show host’s rally “Restoring Honor.” 

Beck delivered his speech from the same marble steps that Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech on the same day 47 years ago.  Beck, along with Sarah Palin and others, called for the crowd to help restore honor to America by returning to the traditional values and religious beliefs of “faith, hope, and charity.”  Beck said for too long the country has been in the dark, and has lost belief in the power of individuals. 

Beck billed the event as “non-political” and he and other speakers steered clear of waging direct attacks against political adversaries.  Beck told the crowd that the day was not about politics, but rather about God and restarting the “heart” of America.  Beck pleaded with the crowd to do what they can to help restore the moral compass of the country, and take back the respect of individuals.  He said that for too long we have depended on the government for charity and wealth, and it is time to bring a halt to the belief that the government is all-powerful. 

Though the event was “non-political” the theme throughout called for a change to be made throughout the United States Government.

The crowd attending “Restoring Honor” was mainly composed of politically conservative people sharing similar views as Beck that the country has slipped into a moral decline and needs to rediscover God in order to right the ways of the nation.  Members of the grass-roots Tea Party attended the event in mass as well as other anti-government activists.

Rev. Al Sharpton criticized Beck’s message and his timing.  Sharpton said that Beck had twisted the meaning of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, into his own view of how government should work.  Sharpton pointed out that King’s speech was a call for the government to protect the civil and economic rights of citizens, not a call for the government to leave U.S. citizens alone.  Sharpton claims that Beck is working to undo the changes that Martin Luther King helped to bring about.

Beck’s event was held only blocks away from an event hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton commemorating the anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

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