Glenn Beck loans Bible to Ron DeSantis for second inauguration

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The Blaze website trumpeted the Governor's borrowing of Beck's holy book.

Gov. Ron DeSantis celebrated his inauguration Tuesday in Tallahassee, and a conservative firebrand’s holy book was central to the proceedings.

Commentator Glenn Beck trumpeted the “exclusive” on his Blaze website, noting that the so-called “Bible of the Revolution,” borrowed from Beck himself, was central to the ceremony.

“The Aitken Bible, on loan from nationally syndicated radio host and co-founder of Blaze Media Glenn Beck, was the same on which great patriots — without whom there might not be an America today — swore their allegiance in the days of the nation’s founding,” read the piece from author Joseph MacKinnon.

The Bible dates back to 1782 and is housed in Beck’s “American Journey Experience” museum, “a state-of-the-art museum and research library replete with documents and antiquities speaking to America’s rise and greatness. Among the collection is Franklin D. Roosevelt’s wheelchair, the original script for Orson Welles’ ‘War of the Worlds,’ and original letters written by George Washington.”

Beck divulged that DeSantis could have picked an alternate holy book: a Bible owned by former First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. But he expected the Bible of the Revolution would be the ultimate choice, given the symbolism of “the men who fought for American independence.”

“I offered Gov. DeSantis the use of these Bibles for his use at his oath of office ceremony in Florida, as I believe his work in the state has real historic significance. It is the beginning of a renewal of the principles for which our Founders fought,” said Beck.

The Governor’s Office offered confirmation.

“That is indeed the Bible that the Governor used to swear the oath of office this morning,” asserted Press Secretary Bryan Griffin.

Not all reactions were positive. Former Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried spotlighted the Governor’s decision to borrow Beck’s revolutionary-era holy book on Twitter: “If this doesn’t tell you EVERYTHING you need to know!”

The inauguration speech, which ran just over 16 minutes long, offered ample justification of how DeSantis’ Florida has rebuffed so-called “woke” ideologies in addition to more traditional inaugural speech pleasantries.

DeSantis has had a friendly, and sometimes newsy, relationship with Beck. In 2022, he went on Beck’s program to reveal the state’s renewed push against corporate ESG governance.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


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  • Nancy F. Banister

    January 3, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    Congratulations to our Governor as he begins his second term, and thank you Glenn Beck for loaning our Governor the wonderful history laden Bible for the swearing in. It raises goosebumps on my arms and swells my heart to have such Americana and faith take place in today’s society.

    • Elliott Offen

      January 3, 2023 at 4:27 pm

      They aren’t religious. Just use creationism as a tool to rope in that demographic. They don’t even pray unless they are in front of a TV camera. Only teach their kids the nonsense as a means of control.

      • Georg Friedrich von Zajic

        January 3, 2023 at 4:40 pm

        offen,
        and you burn in hell you worthless, liberal, POS!

      • Hendy

        January 8, 2023 at 1:50 pm

        Well said, Elliott. Wake up, people.

        Fake Christian Republicans are not coming to save you.

    • Tjb

      January 4, 2023 at 9:30 am

      Interesting that DeSantis used the Bible of Revolution at his swearing in ceremony today. The basic tenent of this Bible is:
      Romans 13:2
      Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished

      Does not feel like a declaration of freedom

  • rosa

    January 4, 2023 at 8:21 am

    Maybe that’s the Bible with the chapter regarding abortion. No doubt it has a picture of Rona’s big nose inside a pregnant woman’s reproductive organs. Lord knows that the real Bible doesn’t address abortion as a sin. Freedom lives here my ass!

    • Phil Gordon

      January 8, 2023 at 8:00 am

      Thou shall not commit murder?

      • cassandra

        January 9, 2023 at 11:35 pm

        God does not appear to have an opinion on abortion, Phil. If he did he would come right out and say it! God is very detailed and specific.

        Some of the things that God doesn’t like: eating lobster and catfish, ham sandwiches, bacon, wearing two different fabrics at the same time (no poly blends—-Thank God!!), wasting your semen (anyone you know, Phil?)…

        Now, if you would quit waving that Bible, and actually read it, you would find that God does not like anyone (you) adding words (abortion) to his word (Bible). Out of women’s bodies, Phil!

  • Mary T Lincoln

    January 4, 2023 at 11:54 am

    Leftist heads are just exploding all across the Nation at the news of Beck’s Bible being used in the inaugureation Dont worry there is not enough gray matter inside leftist heads for anyone to worry about getting brain splatter on them.

  • Dennis Aiken

    January 4, 2023 at 11:07 pm

    I was delighted to hear you mention today you have my grandfather’s bible in your collection and that you put it to most excellent use. Robert Aiken is a direct ancestor of mine, one of whom I am most proud. Thank you for taking the bible into your care.

  • Leonard

    January 6, 2023 at 11:20 am

    So much inaccuracy about this….this was an amazing choice by the Governor. The Aitken Bible was the first English Bible printed in America. During the American Revolution Bibles were not available because of the embargo on English imported goods. The cool thing about this Bible is that it was small enough to fit into the coat pocket of Continental Army soldiers. TJB the “basic tenant” is not the passage from Romans…it is that God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). By the way—Glenn Beck was actually sitting in the front row at the Governor’s Inauguration.

    • Tjb

      January 8, 2023 at 1:35 pm

      Do you mean tenant or tenet?

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