Beck discusses formation of his Black Robe Regiment: "We are all going to lose our religious freedom if we don't" stand
From the August 30 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program:
BECK: The thing at the Kennedy Center was incredible, and we introduced the Black Robe Regiment, which is something that I have been working on for how long, Pat? Six months? Eight months?
GRAY: Easily, yeah.
BECK: And didn't know how to go about it and didn't even know the Black Robe Regiment or anything else. And I had been talking to David Barton when we first met and I said, "David, I just feel that I'm -- we're supposed to get religious leaders together. God is the answer. But I don't know - and I'm a Mormon, I mean, nobody's going to talk to me." And he said, "Oh, you need the Black Robe Regiment." And I said, "What is that?" We started talking about it and I read up on it and I'm like, "Exactly it. That's exactly it. It's not about politics."
So I can tell you now who was in this meeting, or at least a few of them. They are the largest evangelical leaders in the country, and I've had meetings with other faiths as well. But this was the first one, and I had a couple people that had helped put this together, and some of them had been involved in the Christian Coalition. And when I first called them and talked to them, I said, "Look, I know you were involved in the Christian Coalition, but this isn't Christian, this has to be everybody, and it cannot ever be made about politics. If it's about politics, it's worthless." And all of them said the same thing: "Amen." And we stood in the -- I stood in this room, and when I was walking in the guy who helped me put it together, along with David Barton, he said "Glenn, they're -- they're very skeptical because of your faith, and this may -- this may not last long." And I said, "That's OK, I'll speak to them first." And I went into the room, and I said "First of all, thank you for all coming." Every single one of them came, except for Franklin Graham, and it's because he had a -- another engagement because it was called at the last minute. I think we gave them a week's notice, and all of them changed -- and there was 25 of them in the room or so. And I walked into the room and I said, "First of all, let me tell you who I am, and how I got here, and let me tell you about the atonement of Jesus Christ." And I -- I talked about how He is my savior and I'd be dead if it wasn't -- and then I held up a picture of Martin Luther King and I said "The civil rights movement -- the actual part of it -- we can disagree on the politics of it, but the important -- at least what I feel is important part of it is equal justice. Judge a man of the content of his character, not on the color of his skin. And that we haven't accomplished yet, and I think we're going backwards and we need -- we're about to lose our country, and we need to teach the correct principles of liberty and freedom, and it has nothing to do with politics. Nothing to do with politics. When it becomes political, it's over and it's discredited." And I held up the picture of Martin Luther King that I've held up on television before, and I had it blown up for this meeting in this hotel, and I said, "I want you to look in their eyes." They said they were afraid. They knew. And I said, "I -- I know as well. I know what this means. But I also know as they know, you must stand. And I'm asking you not to stand with me, but to stand with freedom and liberty, because we're all going to lose our religious freedom if we don't."
And I ended and sat down, and James Robison pounded the table, and he said, "Brothers, I know all of you here." And he said, "I can testify that the things that this man says are true because I've felt them too." And he said, "Shame on us for the Lord coming to each of us and telling us, but us not doing it." And then he said something that I thought was very funny, "And so the Lord has to go to a Mormon, and an alcoholic on top of that." And he said, "I will stand, I will stand." And all of them, one right after another -- one person said, "I can't. I'll lose half my congregation." And that's when -- that's when Dr. Dobson said, "What kind of a hypocrite are we if we believe these things, but we don't say them?" And Dr. Dobson said, he looked me right in the eye -- and Dr. Dobson is a guy who doesn't, you know, he doesn't agree on theology, and we have our theological differences -- and he looked me right in the eye -- just a real integrity and power -- and he said, "I will start tomorrow, I will start tomorrow." And he did. And he did.
That was the beginning of it. It has grown so much since. And I want you to encourage your pastors, preists, rabbis to take a stand for liberty. Freedom. Take a stand against the perversion of the Gospel that is social justice. This is -- I've said before, read the Ephesians 6, please, all of it, not just the "armor of God" part, but read all of it. I read it again last night. It is the way out. It is the only way out.