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Beck's 'Black Robe Regiment'

At his rally last weekend on the Washington Mall, Fox News host Glenn Beck brought 240 clergy onstage. Harkening back to the Revolutionary War, Beck called the group a "Black Robe Regiment."  He said the clergy "all locked arms saying the principles of America need to be taught from the pulpit."

The Black Robe Regiment included prominent evangelicals including James Dobson and Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, according to Beck. 

Beck said he began organizing the Black Robe Regiment by gathering a couple dozen evangelical leaders (which is reported to have occurred June 30 in New York). Participants included Dobson, Land, and John Hagee. Beck said he told the leaders, "I'm asking you not to stand with me, but to stand with freedom and liberty, because we're all going to lose our religious freedom if we don't."  He recounted the following:

And I ended and sat down, and James Robison pounded the table, and he said, "Brothers, I know all of you here." And he said, "I can testify that the things that this man says are true because I've felt them too." And he said, "Shame on us for the Lord coming to each of us and telling us, but us not doing it." And then he said something that I thought was very funny, "And so the Lord has to go to a Mormon, and an alcoholic on top of that." And he said, "I will stand, I will stand." And all of them, one right after another—one person said, "I can't. I'll lose half my congregation." And that's when—that's when Dr. Dobson said, "What kind of a hypocrite are we if we believe these things, ...

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