Reporting from Washington — Cable commentator Glenn Beck kicked off a major rally of conservative activists at the Lincoln Memorial Saturday, in what he billed as a non-partisan event that features former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and other speakers.
Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally is taking place on the 47th anniversary of civil rights leader Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech and at the same spot on the National Mall, on the steps of the memorial.
Beck has said the rally would "reclaim the civil rights movement" and greeted the thousands gathered along the Mall with soaring predictions.
"America today begins to turn back to God," he said.
Attendees were encouraged not to bring political signs and flyers. Skeptical Democrats have countered that the event is "blatantly political." Many in the crowd wore shirts and hats in the colors of the American flag.