While Glenn Beck's Restoring Courage event in Israel appeared to go off without a hitch to those watching, he revealed on radio Thursday that he and his team were forced to make last-minute changes because several confirmed participants faced threats, including threats on their lives.
Beck said that the choir scheduled to perform canceled just days before the finale after they were called into a meeting last Friday and told they would be dismissed, and would probably never work again, if they contributed their talents. Despite being in full support of the program, they decided that the consequences were just too great.
The choir that performed, then, was "cobbled together" after the original choir canceled on Sunday.
Several others suffered similar threats, including death threats.
“I have to tell you some of the stories that I wasn’t able to tell you before and let’s start with this," Beck explained while broadcasting from South Africa. "Yesterday, if you watched the broadcast on GBTV, if you watched the whole event that unfolded at the Temple Mount, what you may not know is how many people canceled at the last minute, and not because they were, you know, 'I’m not going to stand with him,' none of that. The reason why they canceled is because they were under death threat."
In fact, Beck revealed that an Arab participant couldn't even sing words when he took the stage. Instead, he could only utter melodic moans -- anything else could have cost him his life.
"I don't blame them for this at all," Beck said regarding those who decided to pull out. You can listen to him explain the threats and the changes below:
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