No Glenn Beck World Shattering Announcement: Will it Come Monday and Will Beck’s Fans Be Listening?

I must confess, I like watching the reaction of fans and true believers to promises made by leaders of movements and religious groups. Similar to the findings of Festinger’s book When Prophecy Fails, some people get more protective of the leader and work a little harder to bring people into the fold. And it appears that some are doing that in response to the lack of big news promised by Glenn Beck two days ago. See this post for the background.

There has been lots of activity on Twitter wondering when Beck will announce the power structure destroying news. Some fans are taking vague responses as a clue that the answer will come Monday. For instance:

The answer from Beck’s twitter account is: MONDAYmLee which could mean the news will drop Monday via an interview with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). Who knows?

Others are getting fed up.

It all kind of reminds me of The Great Pumpkin:

UPDATE: This blogger says Beck was set up by RWW’s editing. I see the editing but I don’t see how it changes the meaning. It is not clear from the clip what Beck is referring to.

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  • Boo

    Is it possible Beck’s entire career is actually one long piece of Andy Kaufmanesque performance art?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton Warren

      I need to put a like button on these comments…

  • Boo

    Is it possible Beck’s entire career is actually one long piece of Andy Kaufmanesque performance art?

  • William Birch

    The Great Pumpkin . . . what a hilarious and very accurate comparison. I was forced to listen to one of his radio broadcasts one morning while trapped in the truck with my dad, and he pulled one of those “you’re not going to believe what I’m going to tell you” bits — and the revelation never came. Yeah . . . Boo is spot on!

  • StraightGrandmother

    The ony thing I care about for Monday is that at 10am on SCOTUSblog they will be live blogging Supreme Court decisions. SCOTUS hands down decisions on Mondays and from time to time the schedule extra days as well. This wee we had decisions on Monday & Thursday.

    I think there is something like 20 outstanding cases and there is no way they are going to get those done in the final 2 remaining Monday’s in June so we will have at least one and probably 2 more “extra” decision days. There were 18,000 on the LiveBlog on Thursday.

    We don’t know when the DOMA & Prop 8 Decisions will come down but it is getting close now. It is going to be one of these Court Decision Days. So I could care less about Glen Beck, I’ll be on SCOTUS Blog at 10am Monday.

  • Tim

    I believe if one is going to announce something that will bring down the entire power structure they should do it right then and there. Twenty four hours can allow a lot of things to change in his Life. Perhaps they made him an offer he could not refuse!! A case of “Big Mouth Frog”????

  • Zoe Brain

    Perhaps he should get a new hat.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRW7pITY5Cg

  • Patrocles

    Beck’s followers are those who share the hope of the Virgin Mary, Luke 1,52:

    “he has brought down the mighty from their thrones

    and exalted those of humble estate”

    Power structures often seem fixed, and then it is easy to ridicule those who expect them to become shattered. But as the Virgin knew: It has been done, so it can be done again.

  • ken

    StraightGrandmother says:

    June 14, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    “The ony thing I care about for Monday is that at 10am on SCOTUSblog they will be live blogging Supreme Court decisions.”

    I wonder if that has anything to do with Beck’s “announcment.” I.e. perhaps part of it is to try to distract from decisions he night not like.

  • Carol A Ranney

    According to Right Wing Watch yesterday, “All Beck would say is that there is a whistleblower who has handed over just one document to The Blaze, but “this one document would take down pretty much the whole power structure, pretty much everything.” But this whistleblower is refusing to come forward until he can appear on television in front of Congress out of fear that he will otherwise be killed.”

  • Richard Willmer

    Small child wanting attention?

  • Zoe Brain

    Meanwhile, in other news….

    http://christchapel.com/giving/uganda-mission

    Pastor Kisitu Robert runs an orphanage in Uganda. More information on orphanage may be obtained here. He was arrested under the “Kill the Gays” bill. Since his arrest, donations for the orphanage have dropped. Two days last week, the children were not able to get food.

    The cost to feed a child is $2 per day. They have taken in 315 children, which adds up to $630 per day for food alone. Please pray about what you would be able to give to help.

  • Richard Willmer

    Robert Kisitu arrested? I’ll see what details I can get from contacts on the ground.

    The Bill has not yet become law, so – if this is an arrest made under its provisions – this is particularly significant and alarming (but perhaps not surprising, since human rights activists have reportedly been harassed on the basis of non-existent laws).

  • Richard Willmer

    Robert Kisitu arrested? I’ll see what details I can get from contacts on the ground.

    The Bill has not yet become law, so – if this is an arrest made under its provisions – this is particularly significant and alarming (but perhaps not surprising, since human rights activists have reportedly been harassed on the basis of non-existent laws).

  • Richard Willmer

    My contacts got back to me PDQ.

    They are not aware of any such arrest, and caution that this might be some kind of scam. (Although it is possible that the orphanage is short of resources, of course.)

    But they’ve said they will investigate.

  • Richard Willmer

    My contacts got back to me PDQ.

    They are not aware of any such arrest, and caution that this might be some kind of scam. (Although it is possible that the orphanage is short of resources, of course.)

    But they’ve said they will investigate.

  • Richard Willmer

    Well, at least Pope Francis I had a ‘world-shattering announcement’: the Vatican is run by a ‘gay lobby’ (a pretty ineffective one, I’d say!!!): http://www.newstatesman.com/religion/2013/06/pope-francis-about-launch-anti-gay-witchhunt-vatican

    Sometimes I think we should just sit back and watch ‘Homophobia Inc’ destroy itself by its inconsistencies and addiction to wild fantasy!

  • Richard Willmer

    @ Zoe

    It does look to me as if the UG project is backed by a church that is not at all homophobic. I’ll keep trying to get independent confirmation of the arrest.

    (I’m disinclined to send money just now – if it is the case that the homophobes have piled in, sending money will not help the children.)

  • Richard Willmer

    So far, I’ve drawn a ‘blank’ on the Kisitu situation: http://christchapel.com/giving/uganda-mission

    It may be that the reported action against Kisitu is part of the crackdown (announced last year) on NGOs that ‘promote homosexuality’. Then again, it may be that people who fancy the idea of getting their hands on the donations coming in are simply trying to discredit Kisitu. Couldn’t say right now.

  • Patrocles

    As for Pope Francis, he might better have said: a gay network. Gay networks exist – or, at least, a lot of people are willing to speak about gay networking (as long as they don’t feel it may lead to negative reactions, in which case everything is denied again).Only, gay networks don’t always lobby for gay rights, but for more peculiar interests; so the term “gay lobby” can be misunderstood.


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