In a long and often emotional interview with Ginni Thomas before his speech on Thursday at the Rally against the Iran Deal in Washington, D.C., Glenn Beck explained his mission to relocate Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS into the United States, even if that requires facilitating their illegal entry and his imprisonment.
“I asked if my audience could raise $10 million before Christmas to bring the Christians in from Syria,” Beck explained. “We will vet them ourselves. We have former CIA people that are going over and they’re vetting everybody right now. We can save more people by Christmas than Oscar Schindler saved. Okay? Well, what are you going to do with them? What are you going to do with them? How are you going to get them in here? State Department won’t let them in. Really? Because I know some bridges over a river in Texas that doesn’t seem to matter. It doesn’t seem to matter. And if they want to say, ‘Now you can’t bring those people in, now you can’t, that’s somehow illegal, we’ll put you in jail’ – I will so gladly grace a jail for the justice cause of saving people’s lives. I don’t need your permission at all to do the right thing! That’s who we need to be now! Forget about Washington! You don’t need permission to do the right thing.”
Beck, who has vocalized his support for the plight of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, even going so far as to organize the distribution of teddy bears, soccer balls, and hot meals to illegal immigrants detained at the border last summer, got emotional discussing the Middle East migrant crisis engulfing Europe.
“‘I hold my lamp beside her golden door,’” Beck cried, reciting a line from the Emma Lazarus poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty. “When we don’t welcome in the tempest tossed. When we can watch them and see a boy laying face down in the sand and we don’t accept them into our country, we don’t have a light that we’re holding by that door anymore. This is a sacred land, and God’s plan will be enacted. God’s will will be done, and he’ll do it with or without us. We must choose to be on his side.”
Beck characterized current events as part of a struggle of good versus evil that he feels compelled to address.
“I’m not a preacher. I’m really under-qualified for everything I’ve ever done,” Beck explained. “But I know this, and I’ve seen it coming for more than 10 years, that there will come a time that the Lord will say, ‘I can’t protect you any more.’ He’s not going to punish us. He’s going to allow us to feel the full ramification of our choice. And that time is here. And I’m not here to change the minds and the hearts of anybody in Congress, any political person, any press person—I think my speech is going to sound like Chinese to most people in Washington and in the media.”
Beginning to tear up, Beck continued, “But I’m here so I will be seen by the Almighty God, that my family will see their father stand. And that hopefully Americans that have eyes to see and ears to hear will understand it’s time now.”
Beck’s message has shifted towards issues of faith, which he sees as divinely serendipitous. “God’s timeline and our timeline has now just connected. We’re now on his timeline. This is the time that we were born for. It’s remarkable. And I can feel it happening,” he said.
“What I’m trying to do right now is work on uniting people of different faiths,” Beck explained. “We don’t have to mix, nor should we mix, our theologies or disregard the differences we have in theology. But [God is] calling all of God’s people together to stand right now. And I’ve done enough homework and enough history to realize what point we’re at right now, and I refuse to be the church that stood and said, ‘Sing louder’ when the trains packed with the Jews go by.”
When asked why Obama’s poll numbers are still so high, Beck answered, “Because we live at the time of warning. Woe to those who make good evil, and evil good.”
When Thomas mentioned how many projects Beck has going currently, he joked, “I don’t sleep a lot.”