Glenn Beck Makes Stunning Claim About LGBT Rights

glennbeck1Sometimes a headline floats across my computer screen or iPhone where I just sit there for a moment thinking to myself, “Did I really just read that?”  Usually these moments are triggered by a comment some conservative said that is so utterly ridiculous my brain can’t grasp the reality that someone actually said it.

However, sometimes somebody who normally says nothing but completely ridiculous things shocks me by actually making sense.  Though rare, it does happen every now and then.

Now, when someone like Glenn Beck happens to be the person who made the comments that shocked me, well — that’s a whole other level of stunned.  After all, Beck makes a living off of saying asinine things for the sake of reaction and ratings.  Actually making sense isn’t good for business if you’re Glenn Beck.

Well, Beck recently spoke out harshly against Russia’s anti-LGBT culture while professing his support for GLAAD, which is a leading group that fights for equal rights for the LGBT community.

While speaking with S.E. Cupp on CNN, Beck brought up comments made by a leading Russian television star:

“Do you know what happened last week in Russia? One of their biggest stars on television said that homosexuals should be put into the ovens alive.  I didn’t think you could make the Holocaust worse but he’s like ‘Why the gas chamber? That seems a little too humane.  Let’s put them alive in the ovens.'”

Beck then followed that by saying:

“I said on the air this week, I will stand with GLAAD.  I will stand with anybody who will stand up and say that’s crazy. That’s dangerous. That’s hetero-fascism.”

Now, is this an actual endorsement for the rights of the LGBT community by Beck?  Some might say yes, but I don’t really see it that way.  While I applaud Beck for at least making sense when it comes to the disgusting anti-LGBT policies in Russia, this seems more like a response to Nazi-like suggestions by this Russian television stars than a ringing endorsement for equality for the gay community.

After all, Beck is obsessed with Nazis and fascism.  I can’t count the numerous events, people or instances where he’s somehow tied it back to Nazi Germany and fascism.

But I like to give credit where credit is due.  At least for this rare moment, Glenn Beck’s comments were on the right side of this issue.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Alan Foxman

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      AAAAAAAAAAAA–f*cking—MEN to that

  • TheOneWhoNocks

    If the sanest thing Beck has ever said is that suggesting people be burned alive is wrong, then that doesn’t exactly say much for him.

  • Thane

    Beck does not care at all about gay people, he is just ensuring that the Duck Dynasty quack job is out of the hot seat. He is redirecting the attention… so obvious. I hope I’m not the only person to see this.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      fabulous observation,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, regressive mantra: obfuscate!!!!

  • david nance

    It’s about human rights. Nothing more or less. When you allow a certain class or group of people to be annihilated based on their beliefs, it’s only a matter of time before they come for you, too. I know it is painful for Rachel to agree with Beck, but sometimes you have to put differences aside and unite.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      or maybe beck and crybaby liars such as Hannity and malkin and Kelly doing ThE SAME??????????

  • David Weller

    Seriously? You consider this to be newsworthy? He said it’s wrong to advocate burning people alive. There may be a lot wrong with him, but he’s never been a monster. Write your 500 words about nothing. Put on a catchy headline so we get sucked in. Collect your advertising dollars. Now that’s what I can Progressive publishing.

    • MBDElf

      Didn’t cost YOU anything to come here and READ it…so LEAVE.

      • David Weller

        don’t gotta tell me twice, MBDElf, I’ve looked around at some of the other articles. This is not a progressive publication. Progressives stand for something. This is just all about hating the people you disagree with. It’s kind of shameful to use that word to describe what’s here. I won’t be darkening your door again.

  • moe/larry & curly keys

    why O why O why do I wanna punch repeatedly BECK and HANNITY and LIMBAUGH and (GULP!!) michelle malkin?? I abhor violence!!

  • Edward Krebbs

    Somehow I suspect that this comes from Beck hating Russia so much that he didn’t even stop to think that he was saying something pro-LGBT.

  • Scott6113

    Beck fixates on fear. Whenever there is an allusion to death, torture, pain, peril, or any other kind of inhumanity he pays attention and takes the side of resistance to it, while pressing his audience’s fight or flight response. The audience tunes in for that stimulation, even if he has to skew left in his coverage. A carnival barker doesn’t have consistent political views, and he is of them.

  • Bradley Greene

    Wait… This isn’t the Onion?

  • lindylou

    It’s hard to make any sense at all with S E. Cupp sucking all the oxygen out of the air.