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Glenn Beck claims Fox told him not to push prayer because it takes God’s attention off of war

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At a Ted Cruz rally on Saturday at the Springmaid Beach Resort in South Carolina, Glenn Beck took the stage to stump for his presidential candidate, but the speech quickly turned to being more about himself. The former Fox News host claims that he left his comfortable job for the right-wing network due to his exuberance for prayer.

“I was told, ‘Stop telling people to pray.’ I was told not to tell people to pray on their knees because there’s a lot of people in the audience whose knees hurt and I make them feel bad,” Beck explained in a Facebook video. “I was told, ‘Stop praying because that takes God’s focus off the important things like war.’ I was just like, ‘Uh huh. Wow. I thought I was gonna get this speech at CNN.'”

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He explained to the person that he understood the instruction but four months later he was called in and questioned again. They allegedly asked Beck, “do you realize how many times you’ve said the word ‘God’ on the air since?” It was evidently 91 times in over 120 days.

While Beck claims to have had a soul-searching conversation with his wife where they decided he should leave, he claims the “head” didn’t want him to. “I wanted to stay there … the guy who runs the place told me, ‘You’re not leaving.'” Though Beck didn’t identify if it was CEO Rupert Murdoch or Fox News head Roger Ailes. He continued, claiming the “guy who runs the place” said that Fox has made Beck rich and famous and “nobody leaves.”

Beck insisted that he said he was leaving anyway “and that’s because God said to me, ‘If you don’t leave now, you’re not going to leave without your soul. Because once you start wanting it, that’s when you start compromising.”

Fox News disputes Beck’s claim, telling Politico several years ago,

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“Glenn Beck wasn’t trying to save his soul, he was trying to save his ass. Advertisers fled his show and even Glenn knows what that means in our industry. Yet, we still tried to give him a soft landing. Guess no good deed goes unpunished.”

Beck has been campaigning for Cruz in early primary and caucus states with a religious message going so far as to claim that Cruz will get them through the Rapture. But he isn’t the only one, wife Heidi Cruz gave a radio interview where she talked about how her husband was going to “show the face of God” to America.

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Glenn Beck on why he really left Fox News…WOW.

Posted by Christopher Westfall on Saturday, February 13, 2016

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