(AP) - Beck put a heavy religious cast on nearly all his remarks, sounding at times like an evangelical preacher.THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The tone of this rally was significantly different than the TEA Parties forming across America. This rally had a much more "spiritual" tone to it. The typical home made protest signs were left at home. Crowds cheered instead of jeered. Overall the rally was a success, as somewhere between 300,000 to a million people showed up. As usual everything was peaceful and tidy, as participants cleaned up after themselves before leaving the mall. Generally, it was a good witness to the character of God-fearing (non-Socialist) Americas.
"Something beyond imagination is happening," he said. "America today begins to turn back to God."
Beck exhorted the crowd to "recognize your place to the creator. Realize that he is our king. He is the one who guides and directs our life and protects us." He asked his audience to pray more. "I ask, not only if you would pray on your knees, but pray on your knees but with your door open for your children to see," he said....
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Now as a Catholic I would have preferred a more Christ centered message. I also would have preferred a more Church centered message. In typical fashion, Glenn Beck kept the tone of the message very general, almost Deist in nature. "Something beyond imagination is happening... America today begins to turn back to God" said the 46 year-old Mormon. I only wish I could share his enthusiasm. I do hope he's right though. I do hope the man has his finger on the pulse of America and his prediction comes true. I don't agree with Beck's religious views, and based on his speech today, I don't think he expects any of us to. However, he did do one thing right today. If this event should be remembered for anything it should be this. Today, in our nation's capitol, below the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and in the shadow of the Washington monument, nearly one-million Americans admitted that the cause of all our nation's woes is because we have been "wandering in darkness" and have lost our faith in God. Oh, if only Beck and his audience knew just how profound of an admission that was. Where do I begin?