Beck Misleads Liberty University Students

Glenn Beck gave a talk at Liberty University recently and, as Warren Throckmorton points out, made a lot of false claims. He’s going to be doing a separate post on some of them and the first one is about his claim that Hitler put Bible scholars in concentration camps.

Let’s start with Beck’s incorrect identification of the people required to wear the purple triangle. Beck said at 10:04:

or this one, what got you sent to the concentration camps for the purple triangle? You were a Bible scholar. The Bible is the enemy to fascists.

Jehovah’s Witnesses were required to wear purple triangles in Nazi concentration camps. The Nazi’s called the Jehovah’s Witnesses Bibelforscher (Bible student/researcher) and viewed them as dangerous because they refused to salute Hitler. Beck’s presentation is misleading and obscures the fact that many Protestants and Catholics stood by while the Witnesses were persecuted. Perhaps Beck confused the terms “Bible students” with “Bible scholars,” but the way he used that term without identifying the Jehovah’s Witnesses gave the impression that orthodox Bible teachers were rounded up. While a very small percentage of orthodox Christians (Baptists, Adventists, pentecostals, etc.) were taken into custody, the overwhelming majority of purple triangle wearers were Jehovah’s Witnesses. Given that Beck said he vacationed at Auschwitz and has studied the history, it seems incredible to believe he was unaware of these facts.

This isn’t the first time Beck has made this claim. He said the same thing last year at the Values Voters Summit and many people, including me, pointed out that it’s false. I suspect he’s just lying and doesn’t care that it’s not true. It fits his narrative and that’s all that matters.

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  • Kevin Kehres

    Glenn Beck lies: And in other news, Obama is black!

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Well, Beck wouldn’t want to make them feel left out or have a special exception for them would he?

    After all, Beck always misleads everyone.

    Including I suspect, himself.

  • Chiroptera

    Beck Misleads Liberty University Students

    He told them that they are attending a respected instution of higher learning?

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    I suspect he’s just lying and doesn’t care that it’s not true.

    With Glenn Beck, I seriously suspect he no longer knows what’s true or not, he does appear (Disclaimer : I am NOT ashrink or anything and you can’t diagnose people online but still) deluded in the the literal sense of the term.

    I think he genuinely is out of touch with reality and doesn’t know.

  • raven

    Given that Beck said he vacationed at Auschwitz and has studied the history, it seems incredible to believe he was unaware of these facts.

    Beck has a mind like a collander.

    Facts go straight through and the lies stay behind.

  • Mr Ed

    Beck Misleads Liberty University Students

    You would think they would be used to it by now.

  • dingojack

    “Given that Beck said he vacationed at Auschwitz …”

    So when is his Holiday in Cambodia?

    Hope he won’t be coming back.

    Dingo

  • M can help you with that.

    With Beck, I suspect it’s not lies so much as bullshit. And that’s “bullshit” in the technical sense — he doesn’t know or care whether what he’s saying has any particular connection to reality, he’ll keep saying it because it would be convenient for him if it’s true (and so it must be).

  • Trebuchet

    Note to Ed: You commonly include scare quotes in stories about “Lord” Christopher Monckton, who really is a lord, just not a member of the House of Lords. They’d have been more appropriate in this story, in describing “Liberty” ‘University”.

  • zmidponk

    Kevin Kehres:

    Glenn Beck lies: And in other news, Obama is black!

    If that second bit of news was also from Glenn Beck, I would double-check it if I were you.

  • busterggi

    C’mon, its Liberty University – Beck didn’t lie at a real educational institute.

  • anubisprime

    # OP

    Beck Misleads Liberty University Students

    What ya mean Beck has misled them?…any student that thinks Liberty provides a decent education is misled to begin with…

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    The blind leading the blind.