Restoring Honor Rally – 8/28/2010
FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY — not politics — were the subjects of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” Rally held on August 28, 2010 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Judging from much of the media coverage, the rally’s overtly spiritual content led many news correspondents into unfamiliar territory — into the realm of the Spirit. Expecting “political activists,” members of the media instead encountered an estimated 500,000 genial Americans, many of whom were eager to give praise to God and to offer fervent prayers for our country.
The “Restoring Honor” Rally paid tribute to America’s service personnel and other upstanding citizens, with net proceeds going to the support of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel who die in operational or training missions. The foundation also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families.
In addition to such well-known speakers as Dr. Alveda King and Sarah Palin, the program included the bestowal of the Badges of Merit to three outstanding recipients:
- Badge of Merit for FAITH — Pastor C. L. Jackson • Houston, Texas
- Badge of Merit for HOPE — Albert Pujols • St. Louis Cardinals
- Badge of Merit for CHARITY — Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. • Salt Lake City, Utah
What Did the Media Say?
It is unfortunate for America that many in the media inaccurately portrayed the “Restoring Honor” Rally. The rally was mischaracterized by some pundits as nothing more than a political event — just one big Tea Party — while others declared Glenn Beck to be a self-appointed leader or “Messiah“ hijacking a spiritual movement.
The Americans who attended the rally were ridiculed and falsely labeled by some pundits as “zombie Glenn Beck followers,” as “white bigots,” or as Christian or Constitutional “extremists.” Such distortions from the left-leaning press are all too common when they describe people who publicly stand for faith, traditional values, devotion to country and to the troops who serve to keep us free.
I simply encourage you to watch the C-SPAN video of the rally (link provided at the end of this article) and to form your own opinion. Look beyond the typical mainstream media accounts of the rally, in order to get to what’s true about this historic day.
Important Updates Regarding Rally Criticisms
God, the Gospel and Glenn Beck
In the aftermath of the “Restoring Honor” Rally, some criticism erupted from segments of the faith community regarding the spiritual aspect of the rally and the fact that Glenn Beck is a Mormon. One online article, titled “God, the Gospel, and Glenn Beck” comes from Dr. Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice-President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Interestingly, Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission was one of the 240 faith leaders who stood on stage with Glenn Beck.
“In the Market with Janet Parshall”
The 8/30/10 radio broadcast of In the Market with Janet Parshall dedicated its two-hour program to the discussion of the 8/28/10 “Restoring Honor” Rally. Host Janet Parshall brought on several guests, including her husband Craig Parshall, who discussed their concerns over the rally that focused on Glenn Beck’s Mormonism and what the Parshalls termed “synchronistic amalgamation,” or the blending together of certain concepts.
While I respect the Parshalls for their integrity and biblical scholarship, I have concluded that I do not agree with their assessment of Glenn Beck and the “Restoring Honor” rally. However, I encourage you to listen to the radio program (links provided below), yet I ask that you withhold your final judgment until you’ve read the two remaining articles, linked below the following audio links:
- AUDIO » HOUR 1 - 8/30/10 In the Market with Janet Parshall - Restoring Honor Rally
- AUDIO » HOUR 2 - 8/30/10 In the Market with Janet Parshall - Restoring Honor Rally
Glenn Beck’s Response — A Must-Read Article
If you read nothing else on the “Restoring Honor” Rally, BE SURE to check out this particular online article, titled “I Think I See What Glenn Beck is Doing.” Of this author, Glenn Beck has said: “This guy gets it.”
Visit the Photo Gallery
To see MORE PHOTOS taken at the rally, please visit the “Restoring Honor” Rally, Washington, DC – 8/28/10 photo gallery.
More Photos on the Web
Some really GREAT photos of the “Restoring Honor” Rally can also be found elsewhere on the Web:
C-SPAN did a great job on their rally coverage, wonderfully capturing the spirit of the event and the crowd. If you weren’t able to attend the rally or watch the live coverage, I encourage you to watch the video here: C-SPAN Video — “Restoring Honor” Rally, Washington, DC – 8/28/10.
V Formation Flyover
Finally, just as the “Restoring Honor” program was beginning, Canadian Geese flew over the Reflecting Pool in V formation. It was a striking sight to see as the program was getting underway. Check out the flyover in YouTube video below. LINKS are also provided to additional videos taken from varying angles.