Beck rally calls U.S. to turn back to faith
“We’re here because I’m scared to death that our freedoms are being taken from us,” said Ann Kane, who came to the rally from Raleigh, N.C., with her husband and four of their six children.
Frank Stuber, grandfather of two, told WND, “I’m here from Chicago for my grandchildren, because everything is out of control.”
“But several months ago, surrounded by the crowds at another gathering, he grabbed one of his co-workers and said, “We’re wrong.”Instead of a political rally, playing on patriotism to push for votes in the fall, Beck gave today’s Restoring Honor gathering a heavily spiritual theme. He challenged the crowds to make the message of resorting honor personal, by living out the key virtues of 1 Corinthians 13: faith, hope and charity.
In turn, a variety of presenters introduced three individuals lauded for exemplifying these virtues: Rev. C.L. Jackson for faith, major-league baseball star Albert Pujols for hope, and Salt Lake City philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. for charity.Beck challenged the crowd to take up a 40-day endeavor to demonstrate faith, hope and charity, and thus, to live out the final words of the Declaration of Indepenence:
“With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”"We must as a people strengthen our spirit,” Beck declared. “Look to the top of the Washington memorial, [where it is carved] ‘Praise be to God.’
“Dr. Alveda King was also on the platform, echoing the famous words of her uncle’s “I have a dream” speech.”I have a dream,” Martin Luther King Jr.‘s niece declared, “that America will pray and that God will forgive us our sins and revive our land.”
After announcing media estimates that the crowd ranged in size from 300,000 to 500,000, Beck reiterated the rally cry that summed up today’s primary message: “It has nothing to do with politics; it has everything to do with God.”