Report from ‘Restoring Honor’ rally |

Report from ‘Restoring Honor’ rally

Kim McGahey

Applause rises from the crowd gathered at the "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010. Wearing patriotic garb at right are Lakeland, Fla., residents Deani Jordan, left, and Sharyn Auger. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Robert A. Martin)

I attended the Aug. 28 “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. and I want to offer a first-hand report.

The crowd size was close to a million people. It was a half mile wide from the Lincoln Memorial and 1.5 miles long to the Washington Monument. You can use GPS technology to calculate how many people that would be shoulder to shoulder in that area. The crowd was peaceful, prayerful and not a cross word was spoken, no altercations, not even a parking ticket.

The entire event was like a three-hour patriotic church picnic with black gospel singers, country western praise bands and a parade of Christian speakers including an Indian chief from Oklahoma, a black preacher from Alabama, a St. Louis Cardinals baseball player from the Dominican Republic, Sarah Palin the mother of an American soldier, Glenn Beck the organizer and Dr. Alveda King the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King. Every time Dr. King’s philosophy of “the content of your character and not the color of your skin” was mentioned, a million people cheered loudly and brought tears to my eyes. The only time President Obama’s name was mentioned was in the closing prayer when one million people prayed for the president and the Congress.

The message from the rally was to put God back in charge of our personal lives and in charge of our country and most of our problems will be solved. If we as a country continue to worship the state, then we as a society are doomed to failure. It was an apolitical message that had far-reaching political repercussions and the cross-section of America that was there understood and appreciated the message completely.

The Beck crowd was uplifting, passionate and totally tuned in to allowing God to restore honor to our great nation. It was a positive red, white and blue display of Christian patriotism in stark contrast to the Sharpton rally at the other end of the Washington Mall which was much smaller, mean-spirited, negative and not in tune with Dr. King’s message. There was no conflict between the two rallies despite the close physical proximity, but they were miles apart in their demeanor and attitude.