Updated at 10:50 a.m. April 20, 2012
Patch.com will live-stream two appearances Sunday by Glenn Beck from Skyline Church in Rancho San Diego. The conservative commentator will speak to congregants and others at 2 and 4 p.m. at the megachurch led by pastor Jim Garlow.
Original story from April 11, 2012
As many as 5,000 people may pack an East County megachurch and its older Family Center April 22 when conservative commentator Glenn Beck visits for two afternoon talks.
The controversial former Fox News star will be joined at Skyline Church in Rancho San Diego by James Robison and Jay Richards, who co-wrote the book Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, And Freedom Before It’s Too Late, the church said Wednesday.
“Glenn is coming to Skyline at the simple request of [lead pastor] Jim [Garlow],” said a spokesman for the church. “Due to an overwhelming response, Jim requested two speaking engagements and Glenn has agreed.”
Beck’s topic will be “America’s Return to Her Moral & Fiscal Foundations,” said Brian Williams, the spokesman.
Beck’s goal will be “to equip people with the principles that matter—because the answer is not in a party or person (candidate) or policies but principle—principles that have ongoing value,” said the church.
The church said that when Richards finishes “you will know how to defend the biblical principles re: national issues (debt, taxation, immigration, defense, Social Security, life, marriage, the nature of government) without using a single Bible verse.”
No admission is being charged for the Beck appearances at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, but people are being asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Skyline Church food bank.
Robison also is set to speak at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services that day and Richards will appear at the church at 6 that night, the church said.
The church’s new sanctuary accommodates 2,000, but others might be able to watch from the Family Center, which can be equipped with screens, the church said. About 2,000-2,500 people per engagement are expected.
Shuttle bus service will be offered from nearby Cuyamaca College.
“Glenn’s hitting the road with his comedy tour, Unelectable 2,” says his website, which also lists a June 8 visit to Oklahoma City and a June 9 date in Charleston, SC. “It’s your chance to see one of the most dynamic and unique live performers of his generation.
“If politicians said the kinds of things that Glenn does—you know, the truth—they’d never get into office. That’s why Glenn Beck is unelectable—he can’t help but tell it like it is.”
The description continued:
No one is spared Glenn’s wrath—Democrats, Republicans, law makers and law breakers—everybody gets what’s coming to them in this incredible live comedy show. Election Day is coming whether we like it or not, so you might as well laugh before you cry. Join Glenn for an unforgettable night comedy that will have you wishing he ran for office if for no other reason than to be the first politician that got laughed at on purpose
Beck was in the news this week when photos were posted of him on a set made to look like the president’s Oval Office.
Beck has built an exact replica of the Oval Office for GBTV,” a spokesperson told Huffington Post.
“He’ll be using the set for a series of weekly speeches about ‘the things we wish the president would say to the American people—or the things he should say,’ ” according to Huffington Post.
The speeches will be 3 to 4 minutes long, and “Reaganesque in tone,” the website said.
Beck, who’s had his own radio show since 2000, left Fox News after 30 months, closing his cable show June 30, 2011. In late August 2010, he spoke at a large rally on the National Mall in Washington, titled Restoring Honor.