Glenn Beck, accompanied by a number of conservative figures, led the Restoring Honor rally Saturday in Washington, D.C., an event that focused on religion and a need for the restoration of core values the TV personality believes the country was founded upon.
Forty-seven years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the historic “I Have A Dream” speech, Beck spoke about the importance of restoring religious principles in America. Beck sated he looked to God for guidance on the event, and received an answer. According to Beck, the answer was “you have all the pieces, just put them together. The pieces are faith, hope and charity.”
Beck made it clear that he believed faith in the country was low, but stated “there is one thing that that is still 15 points higher at the top of the list – our military.”
Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin spoke at what was billed as non-political rally, not as a politician but as a mother of a serviceman. “Say what you want to say about me but I raised a combat vet and you can’t take that way from me,” said Palin.
Beck and Palin advocated for support of the Special Operations Warrior Fund, the beneficiary of proceeds from the event. Beck also urged attendees to make a donation to the fund via text message.
Palin touched on military issues, history and religion, weaving them together as she praised war veterans, including Marcus Luttrell.
“In honoring these giants who are linked by a solid rock foundation of faith and the one true god of justice, we must not forget the ordinary… I am speaking about America’s finest, our men and women in uniform, a force for good in this country and that is nothing to apologize for,” said Palin.
Several other public figures, including Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, were recognized for their contributions to Beck’s vision of faith, hope and charity. The baseball player was awarded for his off-field work with the Pujols Family Foundation and spoke of his belief in the responsibility to use his platform to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“I just want to thank God for giving me this platform as a baseball player,” said Pujols to a chorus of amens.
Many of the speakers throughout the program praised Beck for trying to bring religion back to America. Rev. CL Jackson, calling Beck a servant of God said “God sent his son to this Earth from heaven so that we could all get there. I think that’s the vision of Glenn Beck.”
Religion was a theme used only at the podium. Many in the crowd stated their reason for attending the event was of a religious nature.
“It [religion] is the foundation of American Society. Faith is who we are,” said Sharon Armstrong, founder of South Florida 9/12 Meetup Group. Armstrong’s opinion was seconded by a number of people in the crowd.
Prior to the rallies, potential conflict between the Restoring Honor rally and Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network’s Reclaim the Dream march captured media attention. Though some people showed open animosity towards the Reclaim the Dream march, very little conflict between the two groups materialized.
-Cara Kelly, Briona Arradondo, Dan Merica