Glenn Beck’s Traveling Salvation Show


“…The following morning, as Beck’s event opened, soft piano notes swelled from gargantuan loudspeakers as images of America — purple mountains’ majesty, oceans white with foam — slowly streamed across the high-definition video screens positioned around the Memorial grounds. Then, to a great roar, Beck took the stage. “Something that is beyond man is happening,” he said, his voice echoing all the way to the Washington Monument. “America today begins to turn back to God.”

A few weeks ago Pink Flamingo friend and confidant Sally Vee emailed, telling me Glenn Beck reminded her of a classic Neil Diamond song – Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show.

Hot August night and the leaves hangin’ down
And the grass on the ground smellin’ – sweet
Move up the road to the outside o’ town
And the sound o’ that good gospel beat
Sits a ragged tent, where there ain’t no trees
And that gospel group, tellin’ you and me

It’s Love, Brother Love
Say Brother Love’s Travellin’ Salvation Show-ow (halle-halle)
Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies
And everyone goes, ’cause everyone knows, brother Love’s show

Room gets suddenly still and when you’d almost bet
You could hear yourself sweat – he walks in
Eyes black as coal and when he lifts his face
Every ear in the place is on him
Startin’ soft and slow-ow, like a small earthquake
And when he lets go-o, half the valley shakes

It’s Love, Brother Love
Say Brother Love’s Travellin’ Salvation Show (halle-halle)
Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies
And everyone goes, ’cause everyone knows
‘Bout Brother Love’s show (hallelujah)

Brothers (halle-hallelujah), I said Brothers (hallelujah)
Now you got yourself two good hands (halle-hallelujah)
And when your brother is troubled
You got to reach out your one hand for him (hallelujah)
‘Cause that’s what it’s there for (halle, hallelujah)
And when your heart is troubled
You got to reach out your other hand (hallelujah)
Reach it out to the man up there
‘Cause that’s what he’s there for (halle-hallelujah)

Take my hand in yours, walk with me this day
In my heart I know, I will never stray

Love, Brother Love, say Brother Love Travellin’ Salvation Show
Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies,
And everyone goes, ’cause everyone knows
‘Bout Brother Love’s show (hallelujah)


Glenn Beck wants to “restore” honor to America, bring us to his version of God, and promote a rally that he alleges honors Martin Luther King, Jr.  From his radio show on January 21, 2010 comes the following transcript:

Glenn Beck Radio Show


What do you do when you have a paperback version of a bestseller coming out in a week or so?  Why, you pretend to be the second coming of something or other.


“...Zane Zimmerman, 49, who drove in from Dundee, Ohio, ascribed his decision to come to Christian faith more than anything else. “This whole thing is about returning to God Almighty, which is where it all started,” he said. “This is a very important time and point in history here right now…This crowd has got to commit to God Almighty. It’s about the hearts of the individual people here. It has to happen for this to work.

From Allahpundit at Hot Air:

“...I urge my fellow conservatives not to despise this phenomenon or be disparaging about it. All our futures depend on the character of the people around us. Fear, defensiveness, and moral weakness in the people are the best friends of the tyrant. None of us can resist the siren-call of statist collectivization single-handedly. It is not embarrassing or over-the-top for people to gather in public to affirm that there’s such a thing as good character, and that we can’t do without it. It is meaningful and life-changing to many. It is necessary….”


Glenn Beck is a member of the LDS Church.  Let me state up front, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.  What The Pink Flamingo wants to know is what brand of religion is he hawking?  It isn’t LDS.  It certainly is not Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish.  It sounds to me like Glenn Beck is hawking the Church of Glenn Beck.

“…Mr. Beck made a surprise visit on Friday to a convention held by FreedomWorks, a Tea Party umbrella group, for Tea Party supporters. He received a thunderous welcome from a crowd of about 1,600 in Constitution Hall.

He told the crowd that he had begun planning his march on Washington a year ago, thinking “it was supposed to be political.”

“And then I kind of feel like God dropped a giant sandbag on my head,” he said.

“My role, as I see it, is to wake America up to the backsliding of principles and values and most of all of God,” he said. “We are a country of God. As I look at the problems in our country, quite honestly, I think the hot breath of destruction is breathing on our necks and to fix it politically is a figure that I don’t see anywhere.”…”

The Politico“…Beck also introduced a new “Black-Robed Regiment” of clergy, bringing 240 clergy of various denominations and ethnicities onto the stage. He asserted that thousands more were in the crowd.

“God is the answer,” Beck said.

Beck had initially planned for a political rally. In November, he said he would unveil a political organizing book on August 28, called “The Plan,” which he billed as providing “specific policies, principles and, most importantly, action steps” to launch “a new national movement to restore our great country.”

Then prominent minority leaders pushed back.

Without specifying why, Beck said Saturday that he came to the realization a political approach would be wrong for this occasion. He attributed part of his idea for what to do in lieu of that to a conversation he claimed he had with God.

“It was about four months ago that we were still kind of lost, and we didn’t know what we were going to do when we got here,” Beck said. “And I was down on my knees, and we were in the office. And I said ‘Lord, I think I’m one of your dumber children. Speak slowly!’ And the answer was, ‘You have all the pieces. Just put them together.’ The pieces are faith, hope and charity and looking for those things inside each of us.’”

Faith, hope and charity—derived from 1 Corinthians—became the three key buzzwords of the day. An award went to a person who embodied each of those three categories: one was an African-American pastor from Texas who had attended King’s 1963 rally. The other was a native of the Dominican Republic, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, for promoting Jesus Christ….”

Beck reminds The Pink Flamingo of the story of Simon Magnus.  Are you familiar with his story?

Acts 8: 9-24

4 thoughts on “Glenn Beck’s Traveling Salvation Show

  1. I’m sooooooooooo confused. And dang, you would have to remind me of my own words.

    I watched the entire rally and found myself inspired, riveted and filled with hope. Not so much by Beck, but by the sea of people who showed up and by a long list of outstanding Americans and speakers.

    But you are right, Beck is the wild card and likely more Simon Magnus than Billy Graham. I recognize that he is probably as screwed up spiritually speaking as is our clueless president.

    Well, back to my standby state of mind: watch and wait. The results of November 2nd will tell us whether anything useful and productive will come of all this rallying.

  2. Given what we KNOW of Obama’s connections to radicals and the likes of Jeremiah Wright, I think saying he is as screwed up is very harsh and unfair.

    Beck said the rally would be non-political, and it was. If nothing else, he’s proving to be a man of his word. Can the same be said for Barack Obama?

  3. Please, tell me you are not drinking his kool-aid!

    What gets me – and it should annoy you. Beck is LDS, as are you. Why doesn’t he have the courage to come out and be LDS, and quit trying to be multi-cultural? You stand up for what you believe. Why can’t he?

    If he would stop mixing his metaphors (so to speak) and stop trying to appeal to everyone, he could be one of the great assets for the LDS. Is he ashamed of his faith, his religion? If a person could simply use the idea of the “store-house” where members go when they are in need, then must restock what they take when they can, this could revitalize welfare reform as we know it. To continue the thought, I am not a fan of Mitt Romney, but he may be the person we need for the time. If he were to campaign on a version of that, it would be an earthquake.

    I am an Episcopalian. I am not ashamed of my denomination (usually – but we do have our moments). Beck claims to be LDS. Use it. Preach it. If not, to me, he needs to shut up and let someone else preach.


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