Glenn Beck D.C. Rally Draws Criticism, Counter-Demonstrations
August 17, 2010 at 12:04 PM (PT)
GLENN BECK's AUGUST 28th "Restoring Honor" rally on the steps of the LINCOLN MEMORIAL in WASHINGTON has community activists and civil rights groups upset, with some planning marches and counter-demonstrations to express their opposition to the PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS and FOX NEWS CHANNEL host's event. The rally is taking place on the anniversary of Rev. Dr. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, delivered at that spot 47 years earlier.
The WASHINGTON POST reports that Rev. AL SHARPTON, who has his own syndicated radio show, is planning a march on the same day as BECK's rally, which will also feature former ALASKA Governor SARAH PALIN, but SHARPTON said that his "Reclaim the Dream" march "is not a countermarch to BECK." NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE President MARC MORIAL told the POST that the timing of the rally "is insulting" and "an effort to embarrass and poke a finger in the eye of the civil rights community because GLENN BECK and his public utterances don't necessarily demonstrate a consistency with the vision of KiNG.... Our rally is not an 'us against them.' We want no confrontation with GLENN BECK. But we want a confrontation with the ideas he espouses. His ideas seem to be ideas of intolerance." Other organizations are planning "counter-events" on the MALL in opposition to BECK's rally.
BECK has said on his show that the rescheduling of the rally for the anniversary of KING's historic speech was unintentional but has called the coincidence "divine providence."