I honestly do not care what the wrong half of the country thinks, Glenn is an American hero for what he is attempting to do. Please pray for Glenn and his family.
Protest Glenn Beck
Inside the State Theatre Saturday night, TV talk show host Glenn Beck urged his listeners to be careful, trust their guts and become the problem solvers for the historic times facing the nation.
Outside on Northampton Street before the show began, ticket holders and protesters clashed over what Beck had to say. Some called it hate speech, while others said Beck helped tell the story of American history.
About 10 protesters held up signs, including some reading, “Don’t Drink Beck Kool Aid” and “Hate speech posing as culture.”
Allentown resident Phil Stanley, holding an “Obama 2012” sign, told ticket holders to not be hypocrites and turn in their Medicare cards.
“I’m not out here for myself,” Stanley said in an interview. “I’m out here for my grandchildren. That’s what I’m out here for, to make this country better.”
While some ticket holders laughed at the protest or walked by quietly, others yelled at the picketers with phrases like “You idiots!,” “Get a job!” and “Down with Obama!”
Phillipsburg resident Reggie Regrut, who organized the small protest, said Beck’s divisiveness is as serious as what the Ku Klux Klan has to offer.
“Glenn Beck needs to be challenged,” Regrut said. “There’s…some serious issues in this country and he turns everything into a bumper sticker.”
For Leigh Fillman of Dublin, Pa., Beck has helped her connect the dots of American history and provide a behind-the-scenes perspective, getting to the root of the issues.
“Glenn just really has put everything into perspective in a very, very understandable way,” Fillman said. “It’s like a puzzle. He puts all the pieces together for you.”
About four months ago, the Easton branch of the NAACP urged the State Theatre to cancel the show in light of comments made by Beck calling President Barack Obama a racist who “has a deep-seated hatred for white people.”
Theatre President and CEO Shelley Brown told the crowd Saturday night that no one considered canceling the show.
“Freedom of speech is alive and well at the State Theatre,” Brown told the audience.
“I don’t hate…I just want the truth. I don’t want it to be in the shadows anymore,”Express Times Photo | JIM MIDDLEKAUFFGlenn Beck at the State Theatre in Easton. said Beck, as white stars reflected on the curtain behind him. “I don’t want to say the things that I do. But I know each and every one of you, if you were in my shoes, as a dad or a mom, you’d do exactly the same thing that I do…You can’t not serve. You can’t let the moment pass.”
Asked about the protesters during a question-and-answer portion of the show, Beck said although he doesn’t like the politics of Barbra Streisand, he doesn’t protest her shows. He said he just doesn’t go.
“This is America,” Beck said. “It’s about time we start acting like Americans”.