Glenn Beck Compares Victims in Norway Attack to Hitler Youth

 

Written by Jeffrey Boxer, a blogger for Campus Progress.

Although most of the 76 victims of the tragic Norway bombing and shooting spree have not even been buried yet, Glenn Beck chose to launch an attack against the 68 young adults that were mercilessly mowed down at an island youth retreat, likening them to “Hitler youth.”

Speaking on The Glenn Beck Program today, Beck distanced himself from the slew of right-wing reporters who had quickly blamed Muslim extremists for the assault, before turning his attention to the victims themselves. Media Matters has the transcript below:

“Saturday I was following the news of the shooting in Norway and the explosion in Norway, which happened what on Friday … When we heard the explosion everybody was willing to say, it’s Muslim extremists, it’s Muslim extremists. I don’t think we made a comment on it because we didn’t know other than a bombing had happened, and as the thing started to unfold and there was a shooting a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler Youth or you know whatever. Who does a camp for kids thatís all about politics? Disturbing.”

So, who would run “a camp for kids thatís all about politics”? How about the 9/12 Project, an initiative that Glenn Beck started two years ago?

Earlier this summer, the Tampa 9/12 Project held a summer camp for kids ages 8-12 called the Tampa Liberty School. The camp was organized by conservative writer Jeff Lukens and staffed by members of the 9/12 Project. Given his newfound interest in political youth camps, I’m sure that Beck would be interested to hear about the rigorous curriculum Lukens had planned for the children. From the St. Petersburg Times:

Tampa Liberty is modeled after vacation Bible schools, which use fun, hands-on activities to deliver Christian messages.

One example at Liberty: Children will win hard, wrapped candies to use as currency for a store, symbolizing the gold standard. On the second day, the “banker” will issue paper money instead. Over time, students will realize their paper money buys less and less, while the candies retain their value.

“Some of the kids will fall for it,” Lukens said. “Others kids will wise up.”

Another example: Starting in an austere room where they are made to sit quietly, symbolizing Europe, the children will pass through an obstacle course to arrive at a brightly decorated party room (the New World).

Red-white-and-blue confetti will be thrown. But afterward the kids will have to clean up the confetti, learning that with freedom comes responsibility.

So, what have we learned from this Beck fiasco? Before likening the victims of a brutal terrorist attack to budding fascists, make sure that your own organization hasnít just run a summer camp with the stated goal of teaching eight year olds about “hard work, reverence and thrift.” Or better yet, just keep your mouth shut.

This post was originally published by Campus Progress.

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153 comments

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Suzy F.
Suzy F.4 years ago

Glenn Beck and Fox News Channel: STFU

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S.4 years ago

Beck is a clown profiting off ignoramuses who seem to never learn. There's no way he doesn't know he's a big, fat hypocrite and is definitely laughing at his followers behind closed doors.

SuSanne P.

Thank you. I'm have to admit I cannot/will not read anything that this X$%^ said. He is DANGEROUS.
I will say I read sever Brilliant posts~ sending Stars of Appreciation.

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y.4 years ago

Glen Beck is a wanna-be Fascist fashionista. Seen his book where he sports the neo-Nazi black unis with red trim? Stylish.

Sometimes he does point out misconceptions on the far right, but it doesn't help because everyone knows he's looney. Permanent foot-in-mouth syndrome.

Danny Wilson
Danny Wilson5 years ago

What a psychotic *hole. Shut up already, ya freak.

Laurina Bergqvist

what an idiot!

David C.
David Connally5 years ago

@Timothy M

You haven't been reading this thread and you didn't read my post. Glen Beck and his apologists like Tom Y, likened to Hitler youth a camp where young people are taught the principles of the early idealistic days of the UN, days when self determination and equality of peoples were principles to follow.

I pointed out that there are more similarities between right wing Israeli thought and the Hitler youth than what is said to have been taught in Norway.

You accuse me of slander - pray tell me ONE phrase in my post that is not true. You know quite well that the majority in Israel is in favor of a two state solution but the radical right insists on building settlements in lands occupied by Palestinians with the justification that the lands are their birthright.

The Israeli connection in this discussion began because someone - was it Tom - said Beck had some justification apparently because the Norway teaching departs from current right wing Israeli orthodoxy. Heavens the teaching was similar to the deal offered by Barak a few years ago. Why do some Jewish apologists liken anything contrary to ANY political view in Israel to "Nazism"???

timothy m.
timothy m.5 years ago

David C. rehashes the malicious slander that Jews are like the Nazis who tried to exterminate them... what's next, Dave? the Protocols of the Elders of Zion?

Marjaana V.
marjaana v.5 years ago

never heard of the moron before and i'll avoid hearing anything he says.

what a piece of trash.