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July 21st, 2010
01:30 PM ET

What is Glenn Beck's eye disorder?

Fox TV personality Glenn Beck announced last week that he has an eye disorder known as macular dystrophy and  “could go blind the next year."

Beck began to cry during the speech at his “American Revival” tour in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday.

“I know what my wife looks like,” he said. “I know what my children look like. I have a great imagination. I know what color looks like. But I love to read.”

Beck, 46, then joked, “I thought to myself I’m too darn lazy to learn Braille.”

He said he was having trouble focusing his eyes and went to a doctor.

Macular dystrophy can be a confusing term, because it’s used broadly and interchangeably with several diseases including macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness for Americans over the age of 60.

For someone at the age of 46, the macular dystrophy Beck referred to could be hereditary forms of retina damage, said Dr. David DiLoreto, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, who is not involved in Beck’s care.

There are several forms, including pattern dystrophy, adult vitelliform degeneration and dominant drusen.

Their symptoms are very gradual, mild and often painless. The early signs could be tiny blind spots, inability to distinguish objects at a distance or waviness in vision.

“It makes it difficult to perceive small objects such as reading,” said Dr. Mina Chung, an associate professor of ophthalmology, who researches retinal imaging and genetic eye diseases at the University of Rochester. “In early phases, it can be very mild, with trouble distinguishing fine targets. In later phases, it can cause legal blindness.”

The macula, which is the center part of the retina is damaged. Usually, macular dystrophy in adult onset cases does not cause complete blindness, but it could be “very disabling,” she said.

Macular dystrophy is rare compared with the more common macular degeneration, which affects at least one in 10 Americans over  age 65.

Scientists have yet to identify the gene behind macular dystrophy and a cure is not available.

Beck credited his religion for helping him cope. "After I stopped feeling sorry for myself, I truly came to a place which is the greatest blessing: Lord, if you need my eyes, they're yours. They were yours the whole time anyway. Thank you for letting me see as far as I have.”


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  1. Northern Indiana

    Yo , Dave in Indy! You and me, both!!

    July 21, 2010 at 16:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. The blind leading the blind...spot on.

    While I wouldn't touch Glen Beck with a 10-foot pole, I would never wish such an ailment on him. I think he's a very ignorant, frightened little man who used his strange, charismatic and attention-grabbing (whether that be positive or negative) personality to find a little spotlight on one of the most corrupt network news stations in the world. Now, while I'm sorry he seems to be faced with an unfortunate prognosis, he could have it much worse. Millions of Americans have it much worse, and they might not get the same health care opportunities that Beck has.

    Let's take away HIS insurance and then let him tell us just how "socialist" Obama's health care plan is.

    July 21, 2010 at 16:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Vermilion, Ohio

      Unfortunately, Mr. Beck does not need health insurance with all the millions he make per year.

      July 21, 2010 at 16:30 | Report abuse |
  3. Blip

    I hide the children when you come on TV. Then I hide the TV. Then I go hide myself from fear.
    {{{{ Brrrrr}}}} I am shaking in my flip flops.

    July 21, 2010 at 16:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. johnrj08

    Don't you think accusing the President of lying about his place of birth, religion and political affiliation is a "personal attack"? Don't you think calling Obama a socialist, marxist, Muslim, baby-killer is a personal attack? Where do you think this all started? I'll tell you. It started with the Republican convention in 2008 and then ran through the entire campaign. The name calling began even before Obama was inaugurated. The problem with you is that you're so brain-washed that you've lost touch with reality.

    July 21, 2010 at 16:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mark C

    Perfect – Limbaugh is deaf, Beck is blind and their followers are dumb.

    July 21, 2010 at 16:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      I strongly concur – and both idiots are substance abuse junkies as well.

      July 21, 2010 at 16:35 | Report abuse |
    • Mike s

      You really have no life do you?

      July 21, 2010 at 18:23 | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      What a shame that people in this country can't rally around a common belief that we are all entitled to those beliefs, without the need to be ridiculed or belittled for them? If you don't like Glenn Beck, don't listen to him, and don't belittle those of us who do. Furthermore, he must be doing something right if all of you that wish him to die or lose his ability to talk took time out of your day to post a comment. I wish him well, even if I don't agree with everything he says. Yes, he is self-absorbed, yes, he has ways of convincing people he is right, but he works in the MEDIA, that's his job. Get over it.

      July 21, 2010 at 18:23 | Report abuse |
    • Caron

      Brandon, where were you when Beck and Limbaugh were ridiculing and belittling the uninsured, homeless, crippled, and diseased???? Beck and Limbaugh have earned the right to be ridiculed and belittled.

      July 21, 2010 at 23:53 | Report abuse |
  6. Mike S

    I am not sure if his illness is caused by masterbation or psychosis. Looking forward to his new book titled "Mental illness my way"

    July 21, 2010 at 16:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Vermilion, Ohio

      I think it could be pressure on the brain. A hammer and chisel might relieve the symptoms. This is Sanjay's column and he is a neural surgeon, maybe he has some ideas? Hmm, I say its some kind of mental aberration.

      July 21, 2010 at 16:40 | Report abuse |
    • CTYank

      Or, how about "Mental Illness for Dummies"?
      This guy is a political agitator whore (show me the money) working for a network that is the same. No ethics/morals/honesty.

      July 21, 2010 at 17:13 | Report abuse |
  7. Jim

    All Morons (mormons) are serving a false god. They took the REAL bible and the true God's words and wrote them to please their own agenda.....which of course is "mass reproduction" and perversion. They'll all go down one at a time, most of them are going broke as they get their homes foreclosed with 6 to 8 mouths to feed. The true God is showing Glenn Beck who is really in charge and how wrong he's been to misinform the masses of ignorant people that think he is someone important or actually has a brain.

    July 21, 2010 at 16:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nancy in Greenville, SC

      As an active Mormon, I am confronted with bigots like you constantly. Please, just practice your own religion of love, charity, and tolerance and stop passing judgment on those who don't believe as you do.

      If you folks who are gleeful about anybody's health problems, may you never have any.

      July 21, 2010 at 19:58 | Report abuse |
    • rex

      Yea, yea, I know. Christians are right and everyone else is wrong. And they have their bible to prove it. Bla Bla Bla.

      Glad you could take time away from your gay bashing and Tea Party meetings to post you're hatred here. Thanks.

      July 21, 2010 at 21:35 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Jim: Quote: " They took the REAL bible and the true God's words and wrote them to please their own agenda".........sure sounds like ALL of Christianity to me, and most educated people. Christianity is a man made created myth. Research your religion.

      July 21, 2010 at 21:39 | Report abuse |
    • Berns

      Uh, I don't know which Bible you consider the "REAL" Bible, but Mormons read, carry, and teach from the King James version (which they did not write).They of course have other books that they also accept as scripture, but I just thought you should know the facts.

      July 21, 2010 at 21:51 | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Jim,
      Man you've got all sorts of issues. First off, who gave you the right to belittle a religious group? Regardless of what Mr. Beck decides to believe does not constitute lumping all "morons" into a category. What you are is a bigot, and an arrogant, pompous one at best. This REAL Bible you refer to was nothing more than a translation of the original Bible from a language that hardly any spoke at the time anyway, which is why King James had it translated anyway. Or do you have the original copy of the Bible? If you did your research, you would know that the Mormon belief isn't drastically different than any other Christian belief. True there are fundamental differences, but you didn't research that, did you? As far as foreclosures, you also neglected to check your stats. Last I checked the economic downturn wasn't brought about by the Mormons' inability to hold onto their houses, it was perpetuated by EVERYONE struggling. And who cares if they have more than average family sizes? The Duggars aren't Mormon, you have a problem with their 19 kids? That being said, you're probably impotent anyway, so you're just jealous that they are able to procreate while your family tree will shortly end, but then again that's probably a good thing for the rest of us that DO our research before shooting off at the mouth.

      July 21, 2010 at 23:15 | Report abuse |
  8. Maureen Duffy

    My blog post about Glenn Beck's eye disorder, written from the point of view of a certified vision rehabilitation therapist (CVRT): http://visionaware.blogspot.com/2010/07/glenn-beck-explained-sort-of.html

    July 21, 2010 at 16:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Steve

    Call me a jerk, but I do not really care. Wait, not true. I hope it happens sooner so he can stop spewing his CRAP on the air waves and further causing confusion and anger in your country.I may be a jerk, but I really do not care about what happens to him. All he is good for is cheap amusement at the expense of his so called 'intellect'.

    July 21, 2010 at 16:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Hobie Lapatka

    Too bad Glen didn't have the intestinal fortitude to just stop until he needed glasses, no?

    He truly is a whack job in more ways than one.

    July 21, 2010 at 16:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. steve

    SO WHAT good for beck.. then he can trade in his gold to pay for his new eyes from a person in a third world country. and blame it on the democrats.. hope he steps out in front of a bus while he is testing his new eyes.. or maybe his dog will bite him in his teabaggers......... vote indy...

    July 21, 2010 at 16:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. KathyB

    As much as I don't wish ill-will on anyone, there seems a bit of irony going on here...this guy (very creepy at best) is already blind on many levels. You don't say the things he does and expect good Karmic rewards.

    July 21, 2010 at 16:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike s

      How on earth is he "creepy"? It's obvious you have no idea what you are talking about. Creepy is Nancy Pelosi, not beck.

      July 21, 2010 at 18:21 | Report abuse |
    • Caron

      Beck is DEFINITELY CREEPY!!!!

      July 21, 2010 at 23:57 | Report abuse |
    • Carol Bivens

      I agree 100% w/what you said. I wish he had the SAME medical ins. that I have -NONE-since I lost my job, ran out of Cobra and can't even find a part time, mim. wage job let alone one thats full time w/benefits. He judges people & gets big bucks & medical ins. Try walking in other peoples shoes – then say those hurtful things. What goes around comes around. Thank God for Obama extending my unemployment its all I have.

      July 22, 2010 at 03:27 | Report abuse |
  13. Gina's Insight

    The universe has a way of symbolizing that which we need to heed. There is a mind –body-spiritual connection and this connection is more pronounced than many of us are aware of.
    Many spiritualists have recognized and wrote about ailments in our body and their respective spiritual origins. This is not a joke.

    The term “disorder” itself shows the truth. “Dis-Order”.

    Glen, if you are reading this, you know that Jesus spoke in symbolism and Allegory.
    There is nothing evil about it.
    I interpret dreams which is interpreting symbols the code of Heaven. The bible also makes reference to dreams, symbols in dreams and their significance.

    In my opinion, this is GODs way of getting a message to you.

    You are having difficulty perceiving the truth. You are seeing “Blind Spots”.

    Webster’s definition of RETINA.
    The vertebrate retina is a light-sensitive tissue lining the inner surface of the eye.

    I take this as an “Inner Eye” symbolism.
    The Inner –Eye is also known as 3rd Eye or Perception of Spiritual Realities.
    Light Sensitive – Light is the Truth, GOD.
    I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

    A person experiencing this ailment, is “not seeing” the light, the truth. GOD.

    Beck made the following statement
    “I truly came to a place which is the greatest blessing: Lord, if you need my eyes, they're yours. They were yours the whole time anyway. Thank you for letting me see as far as I have.”

    You can give thanks to GOD. You can give GOD your eyes but GOD doesn’t need your eyes.
    GOD loves you and is attempting for you to SEE the TRUTH.
    You are right, Glenn, this is a place of greatest blessing for GOD is speaking directly to you, through your body.

    Pray the following prayer.
    “Lord, GOD, you are the giver of light and truth. I thank you for your message and so now I pray to you to show me the light and truth. I am open now for your truth, to understand the truth as it comes before me and to align myself to it for the good of mankind. Amen.
    Say the prayer 7x a day.
    You will see the symbol of “eye” 7x on Friday.
    For “eye” day.

    July 21, 2010 at 16:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nancy in Greenville, SC

      oh, my gosh, what ARE you ranting about? Earth to Gina!

      July 21, 2010 at 20:02 | Report abuse |
    • Helena Handbasket

      Gina's thought: "You will see the symbol of “eye” 7x on Friday."

      Helena's thoughtful reply: "I want some of whatever it is that she's been smoking."

      July 21, 2010 at 20:36 | Report abuse |
    • Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

      The symbol of the eye could be on the back of a one dollar bill. I guess Mr. Beck is supposed to examine 7 one dollar bill on Friday! (Must be some kind of vision test or something)

      July 21, 2010 at 20:57 | Report abuse |
  14. Gerald Daley

    I offer Glenn Beck all the compassion, love, and kindness he has shown for anyone who disagrees with his continuing idiocies. Maybe "God's myserious ways" – as one poster here referred to them – are a way to make a man who has been truly blind to anything but his own wacked-out opinions, blind in a physical sense as well. Maybe Rush Windbagh can loan him a little oxycontin to help him relax.

    July 21, 2010 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. randy

    I bet he's very thankful he has insurance too...Of Course how many people have the same problem that can't afford to see a doctor..Do you think Beck gives those folks a second thought? Don't think so..See you later Beck..Pun intended.

    July 21, 2010 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Bubba

    Ironic fool is ironic?

    July 21, 2010 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Dave

    If any of you had listened to Beck regularly, you would have noted that he was one of the few voices warning of the impending economic collapse that we have and are now experiencing. The current reprieve Is just a house of cards being propped up by a bankrupt government who happen to be liberals.

    July 21, 2010 at 17:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nancy in Greenville, SC

      Thanks. Finally an insightful comment instead of a rant.

      July 21, 2010 at 20:04 | Report abuse |
    • Caron

      WHAT AN IDIOT!!! tHE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE WAS CREATED DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, REMEMBER???? You conservatives who are blaming Obama for the economic collapse make me sick to my stomach.

      July 22, 2010 at 00:02 | Report abuse |
    • EP From SD

      To CARON:
      If you had been watching Beck when he was with CNN, you would have know that he was harsh on the Bush administration as well. He was trying to warn people of the up-coming economic disaster that was coming due to unbacked securities trading and the bad home loans.

      To most of the others here:

      The uninformed seem so willing to spew so many uninsightful details. I do watch Beck, then and now. I do not blindly follow. It pays to do the research for yourself. Only then can you make an informed desision as to your personal beliefs. Stop taking someone elses version of the story. LOOK IT UP FOR YOURSELF.

      July 22, 2010 at 01:51 | Report abuse |
  18. Mark

    It's interesting that so many take pleasure in berating Beck and making up stories about the Founders to support what you've been taught to believe. Please, for the sake of everyone, get your hands on original historic documents, letters, etc. and read for yourself! You will be surprised. Take a look at the hate being spewed out there. It's not from conservatives or Glenn Beck. You can poke fun, lie, distort the truth, but trust me, your day will come. "Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong." – Jefferson

    July 21, 2010 at 17:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. maine liberal

    @manny I find it hilarious that people like SBP would say that Jefferson and the founding fathers were "Diests".

    The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.
    -Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, January 24, 1814

    Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.
    -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814

    If we did a good act merely from love of God and a belief that it is pleasing to Him, whence arises the morality of the Atheist? ...Their virtue, then, must have had some other foundation than the love of God.
    -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Law, June 13, 1814

    Among the sayings and discourses imputed to him [Jesus] by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.

    -Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Short, April 13, 1820

    July 21, 2010 at 17:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Americanstorm

      “The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and tend to all the happiness of man.”
      “Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern which have come under my observation, none appears to me so pure as that of Jesus.”

      "I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus." [Letter to Benjamin Rush April 21, 1803]

      “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.” [Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781]

      “It [the Bible] is a document in proof that I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus."
      [Jan 9, 1816 Letter to Charles Thomson]

      July 21, 2010 at 22:17 | Report abuse |
    • Americanstorm

      HOW DID JEFFERSON KNOW?

      Especially: Read the last quote from 1802.

      When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe ..
      Thomas Jefferson
      The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
      Thomas Jefferson
      It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
      Thomas Jefferson
      I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
      Thomas Jefferson
      My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much
      government.
      Thomas Jefferson
      No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
      Thomas Jefferson
      The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
      Thomas Jefferson
      The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
      Thomas Jefferson
      To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
      Thomas Jefferson
      Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:

      ‘I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their
      currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will
      grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children
      wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.’

      July 21, 2010 at 22:23 | Report abuse |
    • Americanstorm

      "The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.". Thomas Jefferson

      July 21, 2010 at 22:24 | Report abuse |
    • Americanstorm

      How do you reconcile the contradictions presented. I'm sure you were aware of Jefferson's other quotes, however you deliberately ommitted all reference. Isn't this exactly what most of the sheep posting are claiming Beck does.

      "Religion, as well as reason, confirms the soundness of those principles on which our government has been founded and its rights asserted." –Thomas Jefferson to P. H. Wendover, 1815. ME 14:283

      July 21, 2010 at 22:45 | Report abuse |
    • LeeVA

      Thanks Americanstorm. God bless.

      July 22, 2010 at 01:08 | Report abuse |
  20. American

    If its true, its sad, may god bless his eyes.
    But its very hard to trust Beck. This may be a move to get more sympathy and more attention. What else can you expect !!!!

    July 21, 2010 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike s

      You should see him try to read on air over the years. The glasses have really slowly gotten in the way. It's not a stunt.

      July 21, 2010 at 18:16 | Report abuse |
  21. buddrs

    Above all, the Glenn Beck show is boring television. Really.

    July 21, 2010 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. wow

    Once he is blind. Hopefully he will "view" the world differently.

    July 21, 2010 at 17:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Pat Heaney

    Beck is the biggest drama queen out there... more likely his vision is blurry from rubbing vapo-rub in them.

    July 21, 2010 at 17:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. dtm

    I'm truly sorry for anyone that may go through this condition.

    But when it comes to Beck and his followers, "there are none so blind, as those who WILL not see".

    July 21, 2010 at 17:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • LeeVA

      Lots of those who follow Beck see much more than you give credit. Thing is, many see the tsunami coming. You don't, or you believe all the bullcrap fed to you by the earthly powers that be.

      July 22, 2010 at 03:15 | Report abuse |
  25. jojo

    any luck it could expand to the vocal chords?

    July 21, 2010 at 17:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Bob Myers

    Glenn God has placed you in a unique place. I have thought as you much like one of the prophet of the Bible. You have for predicting many event that no one else saw. You are being used by God. You are in my prayers for protection, and now for healing. Thank You for what you do.

    Bob

    July 21, 2010 at 17:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Toby

      Beck is just a man. I don't agree with most of his comments, ideology, or religious beliefs, but I am sorry for his diagnosis.

      July 21, 2010 at 17:54 | Report abuse |
  27. Jangocat

    I would prefer this idiot lose his voice over his eyesight. He will still be able to pedal his BS to the ignorant to line his own pockets. He's such a fraud and a snake oil salesman I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if this turned out to be another one of his publicity stunts...

    July 21, 2010 at 17:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. BobInIrvine

    Just goes to show the lack of vision on the right.

    July 21, 2010 at 17:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. too BAD

    I was tought not to wish bad on anyone Im glad to be very hard headed.

    July 21, 2010 at 17:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Ryan

    And here i thought he was already blind...hmmmm

    July 21, 2010 at 17:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. randallinnb

    I wish I was the doctor that got to tell him the news...

    July 21, 2010 at 17:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Haha

    To all who argue over the founding fathers – You act like you get to decide weather or not all of the founding fathers based government on Christ or not. Maybe some of them were religious, some not? And maybe, we don't know everything about the religious lives of these men? Keep arguing and if we meet these men after death we'll fnd out.

    July 21, 2010 at 17:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Fish

    We are not a nation under God. Never have been.

    July 21, 2010 at 17:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Fish

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demagogy

    July 21, 2010 at 17:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike s

      You are right Obama's supporters to suscribe to that line of thinking about Obama.

      July 21, 2010 at 18:08 | Report abuse |
  35. Iconoclast

    I can't begin to express how much I loathe Glenn Beck. What really bothers me though is by his own admission he's merely an entertainer(a "clown" per his words) yet he has a following that actually thinks he's intelligent if not prophetic. What were his prophesies during the Bush years? Did he ever mention the word malfeasance in the same sentence as George Bush. Did he ever use the word at all during the period 2000-2008???If not, what kind of prophet could he ever be? Sorry Beck supporters, I think in time it will literally be a case of the blind leading the dumb!

    July 21, 2010 at 17:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike s

      He did blast Bush. For spending and many other things. Base your loathing on facts instead of fiction.

      July 21, 2010 at 18:11 | Report abuse |
    • p

      This is completely fake, like everything else about this jerk.

      July 22, 2010 at 01:04 | Report abuse |
    • LeeVA

      You're user name says it all.

      July 22, 2010 at 02:58 | Report abuse |
  36. John

    He is as confused as his Fox diatribe to destroy America via the gullible midwesterners, corn and potato farmers that have their nearest strip mall to remind them what intellectual developments we've all managed in 200 years. I don't think he deserves the hatred for something that might hit you out of the blue as well. As for his eminent blindness proving that he is some messenger of God and that the Masons who wrestled the USA from the Evil British Imperialists were Holy Saintly Christians, all this is about as relevant as Iraq is to 9-11. Yet, that's the convenience of paid puppets to anti-American media such as Michael Specter, who are really good at connecting things that have nothing to do with each other.

    July 21, 2010 at 17:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Tami

    When I read CNN comments, particularly on a story like this, I understand completely who is teaching the children and youth of America to bully each other to the point of suicide or some other form of violence. You must be so proud of yourselves and all that you add to the world.

    July 21, 2010 at 17:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • almxx

      Gee, we hope he doesn't hurt himself. Maybe this is a result of all those drug and alcohol years. Well, it's the old will of GOD thing again, I guess.

      July 21, 2010 at 18:35 | Report abuse |
    • rieInAz

      Amen Tami

      July 22, 2010 at 00:47 | Report abuse |
  38. Jay Kay

    Now that I know about his eye disorder, can someone enlighten me as to his mental disorder?

    July 21, 2010 at 18:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SMUM

      He is missing a brain.

      July 21, 2010 at 22:22 | Report abuse |
  39. Mike s

    Notice how all of "Mark C." comments are copy pasted replies?

    There is a LOT of evidence that correlates to the principles this country was founded on and it's founders themselves to Christianity. To say otherwise is willfull (sp?) ignorance. It's amazing what a lack of historical context and brainwashing can do.

    There is a lot of hate in relation to Beck. And it's not coming from Glenn Beck. It's coming from those who are opposed to his political views. Making up lies (as you can see in these posts) the wild claims about what he supposedly does, that are not true. These people have no idea who beck is, only what the left wing talking heads tell them. It's sad really, sheep all of them...

    July 21, 2010 at 18:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anon

      you mean there's a LOT of anecdotal evidence, most of which has been misinterpreted or outright misrepresented by the religious right. Were the Founding Fathers all members of the Christian faith? Yes. Did they intend for the United States to be guided solely by the principles of that faith? NO, THEY DID NOT. Any respected historian will tell you the same thing.

      July 21, 2010 at 18:29 | Report abuse |
    • Mike s

      Anon.

      It's not JUST anecdotal. Also statements by the writers/signers themselves back it up.

      Was it supposed to be an "Ten Commandments"? No. But it was based in the GOD given rights of all men.

      July 21, 2010 at 18:39 | Report abuse |
    • jkinorlando

      I think Mike forgot about that separation of church and state thing

      July 21, 2010 at 18:45 | Report abuse |
    • Mike s

      jkinorlando- read my other posts, I did not. Please enlighten me where in the constitution this is?

      It's not. Bill of rights??? Nope note there either....

      It's a single letter, written by Jefferson. After the constitution was written and signed. That letter has been interpreted one way for years and perpetuated as fact to students in public schools. When it is an interpretation. There are alternates.

      July 21, 2010 at 18:51 | Report abuse |
    • Americanstorm

      Obama was sworn in with his hand on the Bible. The Ten Commandments were the foundation of our laws. Did you people even finish high school?

      July 21, 2010 at 22:08 | Report abuse |
  40. David

    I just thought he had a plank in his eye...

    July 21, 2010 at 18:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Mark, Phoenix

    I'll believe it when I see it. I think it is a ploy to cry up additional ratings. Don't you remember when Rush was going deaf a couple of years ago? It got him a ratings bump. Beck will get one too, along with hallelujah, the countless prayers of the "real Americans" to miraculously cure him.

    July 21, 2010 at 18:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. stu

    uh, just goes to show you that when you pick the wrong religion (in this case, Mormonism) you lose. Only question is – which is God's true religion? I for one am sticking Peter Griffin's Church of the Fonz – it seems as likely as any other.

    July 21, 2010 at 18:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Berns

      So, by your logic, the religion of everyone who has something bad happen to him is wrong? Is there any religion or group that hasn't had something bad happen to one of its members?

      July 21, 2010 at 21:47 | Report abuse |
  43. Debby

    I love Glen Beck,he speaks the truth.It is cnn that scares me with there ignorant progressive ideology.

    July 21, 2010 at 18:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anon

      he doesn't speak the truth. He tells you what you want to hear, and you just don't know any better. I'll bet 90% of what you believe about government comes from talking heads like Beck, Limbaugh, etc. And I'll bet 90% of THAT is factually inaccurate or just plainly untrue.

      July 21, 2010 at 18:33 | Report abuse |
    • Americanstorm

      @ANON – Let's play. Give me three lies that you can quote from Beck. I'll give you three from our President. Which do you prefer, a lie from a Talk Show Host or our President?

      July 21, 2010 at 22:03 | Report abuse |
    • LeeVA

      They think everyone sees things the same way they do. I'm sure they are really confounded by it all. If they would just move a little more to the center, they'd get more viewers, perhaps even siphon some off of Fox News, but they just don't seem to get it, just like the President and that crazy Congress.

      July 22, 2010 at 01:52 | Report abuse |
  44. eric

    Glenn Beck loves to mention Ayn Rand's writings whenever he has the chance. . . Just a question: Of Ayn Rand's character's which do you most associate with Glenn Beck. I have some opinions but would love replies.

    July 21, 2010 at 18:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Boogie Aceitoso

    When I hear Glen Beck I think about the thousands of bullets being shot around the world that go wasted. I´m not going to fake any sympathy for this guy. This are great news to me.

    July 21, 2010 at 18:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Arthur Frank

    "What is Glenn Beck's eye disorder?"

    Mental blindness.

    July 21, 2010 at 18:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. jkinorlando

    Hey, isn't that a pre existing condition?....chuckle I wounder what his loop hole would have been.

    July 21, 2010 at 18:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. stu

    It's funny that so many "Christians" are in tune with Beck, a Mormon, but would never have voted for Romney, who was clearly the most qualified guy in the field in 2008.

    July 21, 2010 at 18:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. David

    Dear all Liberal and Progressives above,

    Everyone of your lame comments are shameful and sad. You will wake up very soon to a Communist Country and be standing in food lines and stretch your wretched arms out for any hand out possible. I hope you enjoy your silly email, twittering and blogging until you too are cracked in the AS&& by our "new government" that you helped elect in. As you me, there are only a few people like Glenn Beck and David Barton who speak with historical fact and truth. You're too blind or brainwashed to believe otherwise! This country is in a moral free fall and you've joined in.

    July 21, 2010 at 18:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • PaulC

      Please...Tell us how you really feel.

      July 21, 2010 at 18:47 | Report abuse |
    • stu

      haha, you tell 'em, David. Nothing better than arguing with faceless posters on the internets. You're doing Conservatives (especially the uneducated ones – like Beck) proud.

      July 21, 2010 at 19:05 | Report abuse |
    • jkinorlando

      The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming.... clueless

      July 21, 2010 at 19:12 | Report abuse |
    • Helena Handbasket

      David, that you are a conservative is made painfully obvious by your dreadful misuse of the English language. Please get some help with your atrocious grammar before posting here again. Thanks, sport.

      July 21, 2010 at 19:23 | Report abuse |
    • David

      Dear PaulC, stu, jkinorlando & Helena "Handbaggy"

      Thanks for your prompt reply and constructive criticism. I'm so glad we can be so friendly over the data lines.

      July 21, 2010 at 22:44 | Report abuse |
  50. PaulC

    He has his head firmly planted in his rectum and everything looks brown.

    July 21, 2010 at 18:45 | Report abuse | Reply
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