Glenn Beck spoke at the Values Voters Summit and, predictably, either displayed his rank ignorance or lied through his teeth. In his usual melodramatic fashion, he brought with him symbols used by the Nazis to mark those who were targeted for concentration camps, implying, of course, that Obama was going to do the same thing to Christians.
He told them that he had with him a purple triangle and he asked if anyone knew who was marked with that symbol. No one did, so he told them:
“Purple — Bible scholar. If you knew anything about the Bible, you were an enemy of the state. Why? Why? Because the truth shall set you free, not work. The truth shall set you free.”
All nonsense. The purple triangle was used not for those who “knew anything about the Bible” but for Jehovah’s Witnesses. Hitler considered them a threat because they refused to salute the flag or pledge allegiance to the state. But guess what? At the very same time, the good Christian folks in the United States were persecuting Jehovah’s Witnesses for the very same thing. In 1940, the Supreme Court upheld a law that forced Jehovah’s Witnesses to salute the flag and recite the pledge of allegiance (thankfully they came to their senses 3 years later and overturned that ruling).
All of this is just Beck pushing his favorite conspiracy theory, that Christians will at any moment be rounded up and thrown into concentration camps. Never mind that they hold nearly all the power in the country.