July 25, 2011
Glenn Beck has outraged people in Norway with his customary incendiary comments.
Beck said his 9/12 rally in Washington would be non-political.
“There was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler youth. I mean, who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing,” he said on his radio program today.
The comment was in relation to the massacre on Utøya island where members of the AUF (Arbeidernes ungdomsfylking) gather every year. The AUF is the Norwegian Labor Party’s youth league.
“Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was a fixture at the camp in his youth and remains keen to visit every summer. Both he, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland were due to make appearances at this year’s camp during its five-day run that began Wednesday,” Views and News from Norway reported on July 21.
In 2008, Beck held a political rally at Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Children were in attendance.
Beck made a point of characterizing the event as non-political and asked people not to bring signs or placards. The event was organized by political groups – FreedomWorks and Tea Party Patriots, two groups that overshadowed the real Tea Party and turned it into an establishment Republican organizing tool.
“This is a non-political event,” a rally FAQ sheet for the media stated. “There are plenty of opportunities to talk about politics. This isn’t one of them.”
It is not uncommon for Glenn Beck to reek of hypocrisy. He has organized “vacation liberty schools” in several states. The program inculcates children as young as eight in a Republican Tea Party curriculum covering religion, economics and political principles.
Beck’s political opposition has yet to accuse him of turning out Hitler Youth.