Glenn Beck: Adella the atheist in Orlando



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GLENN: We're going to skip science today because we're going to put God in his rightful place. I know, I know it's against what Barack Obama wants, but there's this great article, The Coming Evangelical Collapse in the Christian Science Monitor. It goes with that religion is under attack in this country and our founders clearly understood without religion, our republic would fail. Now, Adella is in Orlando and she couldn't disagree with me more. Adella, go ahead.

CALLER: Glenn, I'm a patriot. I believe in the Constitution and capitalism.

GLENN: Good.

CALLER: I'm a moral person, but I do not believe in god. And it makes me cringe when you equate American patriotism with a belief in god.

GLENN: No, I didn't say that --

CALLER: At least that's how.

GLENN: Excuse me. Don't put words in my mouth, Adella. That's not what I said. I said our founders believed that without religion our country would fail.

CALLER: Okay. I do not believe in that. I think our country would still continue.

GLENN: Well, okay. Well, that's fine. That makes Adella smarter than Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

CALLER: See, that's the thing. I don't understand why what someone said 250 years ago, should we still follow that. I mean, we're progressing, you know. I am a fiscal conservative. I'm a social liberal in other ways.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. Hold on just a second, Adella. I just, I couldn't thank you enough for calling. You don't understand why we're listening to words that came out of some people's mouths 200 years ago because we're progressing. Right?

CALLER: Well, that is my opinion of it.

GLENN: That's your opinion. There is no right opinion. That's just your opinion.

CALLER: Okay, Glenn. Then does that mean that we all have to believe in God because they did?

GLENN: No, no, no. I just want to understand what you're saying because you are saying we're progressing. In other words, what you say is that man progresses, that man evolves and we are more evolved and enlightened than those guys were 250 years ago?

CALLER: No, I think I used the wrong word, "Progressing."

GLENN: I'm sure you did.

CALLER: I don't want to say they did bad. That's not what I'm --

GLENN: I'm not saying that. I'm not saying this was bad. It was just their understanding at this time and we're more evolved.

CALLER: Yes.

GLENN: Yes.

CALLER: Well, see, that's the thing. I don't know if I used the right word, "Progress."

GLENN: Sure.

CALLER: But what I want to say is --

GLENN: Hang on a second. Why do you hesitate on that word?

CALLER: The word "Progress"?

GLENN: Yeah.

CALLER: Because I don't think religion is a bad thing. You know, people can believe in it. There's nothing wrong with that. I personally don't believe in it.

GLENN: Right. What's the problem with using the word "Progress"?

CALLER: Because I -- well, what the problem is to use the word "Progress"?

GLENN: Yeah.

CALLER: There's nothing wrong with the actual word "Progress." I did not use the right word to say from 200 years ago we're progressing. I did not use the right word but there's nothing wrong with progression. There's nothing wrong with that.

GLENN: Sure. You know who agrees with you 110%, you stated almost verbatim the words of Woodrow Wilson. He's a progressive. And there were lots of Republican progressives back around the turn of the century. It's the people that Hillary Clinton talks about. In fact, Woodrow Wilson said that the Declaration of Independence has no standing whatsoever because we have progressed past that. In fact, he believed the preamble of the Constitution should be completely disregarded because those were different times. And he believed that man continues to progress and what we had back then in the Constitution should not be looked at really anymore. We should look at case law because what happens is people look at the Constitution. Well, that was set up for the 1700s. That was set up, you know, by these guys who are, you know, worried about tea taxes, et cetera, et cetera. And now the world is much more complex and so what we have here is where the law should be and where we are today. So we can just keep moving the law by looking at case law instead of referring back to the old Constitution. So you'll agree with a guy who was very instrumental in the 20th century.

CALLER: Well, I agree with one thing. We have moved away from slavery. I mean, a lot of those founders did have slaves. We moved away from that.

GLENN: Now, did we move away from slavery? I mean, I know that we no longer -- I know we no longer have the chains of slavery, but have we -- are we enslaving people in any other way? Is there only one kind of slavery, Adella?

CALLER: There's welfare dependency I think is slavery.

GLENN: There's what?

CALLER: Welfare dependency.

GLENN: Oh, okay.

CALLER: And I think that is not really relevant to this -- to what I was saying which was that like myself, I am an American patriot, an Iraq war vet and I don't believe that we need God, at least in my life.

GLENN: Adella --

CALLER: In my life.

GLENN: Adella, I'm fine. You don't have to believe in God. But let's not confuse the issue on what you believe and what the founders believed. If you want to restore the Constitution, if you believe in the Constitution, then you're on the wrong path, Adella, and the reason why you're on the wrong path is because you believe in progressive thought. That is the whole concept. That's why they're called progressives. It stemmed from here. It stemmed from evolution, that if man evolves from monkeys, then man also evolves in thought, and government may have been bad in the past but we have evolved from that. And those laws that were -- those laws that the founders had are outdated now. We have progressed from that. We have different thoughts. So we don't have to regard that. I'm not asking for -- you know, what we have now is relative law. We have progressive law. I'm not suggesting that we should stay here. What I'm talking about is restoring the Constitution. So if you want to restore the Constitution and the principles that our founders had, well, then you've got to understand what they believed. And I don't think you do, Adella.

CALLER: I understand what they -- I mean, if they believe in God, that's fine. But there's a lot of us out here who are conservative and who do not have a religious life.

GLENN: That is so amazing. You know what, Adella, you don't have to. You don't have to.

CALLER: Then why do I feel Republicans want to eject me and they only care about me when I vote?

GLENN: That's weird. Because I thought you were Republican.

CALLER: I am.

GLENN: Ah, but somehow or another we reject you. Adella --

CALLER: Oh, no, I'm not saying we. I'm talking about a particular wing. Looks like there's a battle between the Democrats, they have their battles and there's a battle between the Republican Party.

GLENN: You know what, let me give you this and this is what, you know, I hope you were getting from the monologue but obviously -- I would hope others would get. You obviously didn't. It doesn't matter your theology, and there are some that think that have to battle their theology. That is against our founders as well. After our Constitution was signed, our founders got together and Christians and founders and rabbis got together arm in arm and walked down the street of Philadelphia because they were united in one principle and that is God, not theology.

Now, Adella, if you don't have God, these fine. That is fine. But you do have to peg your belief system to something, and let me give you -- where this thought really came from for the founders was Cicero. Read Cicero. Cicero was a Roman and he was one of the first guys and he said, you know, it's nature; you can't change nature. There is some sort of a movable law here. It's nature's law. And when you violate that nature, that natural law, well, you pay a consequence for it. So you just have to understand that there is a law. Whether you like to see it or not, whether you want to call it God or you want to call it something else, whatever, nature doesn't change. There is a system of rules that the universe plays in and you've got to play in those rules, and they are unmovable. You cannot change the laws of nature. Why is that? Well, there are natural laws that apply to man and those natural laws are important. Those natural laws give you the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They do not give you the right to take those away from anyone. They do not give you the right to interfere with anyone unless they are violating nature's law that gave everybody the same right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And that's where religionists get in trouble as well because it has to be a choice. You must choose. Life is all about a choice. No one can take this away. No one can throw you up against the wall and say you've got to believe this. That is also against our founding. Our founders were not those people. They were deeply religious. They believed in God but they didn't believe in forcing anyone to believe in their God. That goes against us. We work together and we don't violate each other's rights and we live in harmony because we choose to do the right thing. We choose to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

William "Bill" Kelly is 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oregon. He lived through the Great Depression.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II. And now he has just fought the coronavirus -- and won.

Bill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to share his experience and a hopeful message about why the younger generations can overcome this crisis.

"I want to tell the people, it wasn't pleasant, but on the other hand, you know, if you do what you're supposed to do, and you have some loved ones around you, and do a lot of praying, why, you'll come through okay. We [American's] have been through a lot. We've been through Pearl Harbor. We've been through the Great Depression, and who knows what else. We're tough. We'll get through it. Hang in there," Bill said.

"You know, it's just -- it's in our American blood," he added. "We're that type of people. We take care of each other, and we are not going to break down. We're going to make it through, every time. Every time."

"There are people that don't think we are those people anymore. That it was the greatest generation -- your generation -- that did it, but now we're not the same people. Do you agree with that? Glenn asked.

"No," asserted Bill. "And the reason I say that is because I remember when I was a young kid, you know, and people, the older people, said 'all those young kids are soft' ... but when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor -- sneak attack, you know -- it's surprising how those so-called goofy kids turned into mighty fine fighting people. And they're very loyal. I have lots of faith in them ... no, I don't have any problems with this new generation. They'll take care of us. We're Americans."

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 950,638 (up from 872,891 Yesterday)
  • Total Deaths Worldwide: 48,289 (up from 43,271 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 202,631 (up from 184,588 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 215,344 Confirmed Cases and 5,112 Deaths, up from 188,592 cases and 4,056 deaths yesterday
  • COVID-19 is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, behind Heart Disease and Cancer (based on daily fatalities per 1,000 people)
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 115,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 13,155 officially dead)
  • US is 25th in Total Confirmed Cases per 1 Million Population, with 651 cases per 1 Million people. Spain has 2,583 Cases per 1 Million people.
  • US is 23rd in Total Confirmed Dead per 1 Million Population, with 15 Dead per 1 Million citizens. Italy has 218 Dead per 1 Million.
  • US has 5,112 Dead vs 8,878 Recovered and 5,075 in Critical Condition
  • The US currently has 201,354 Active Cases of COVID-19, with still less than 1% of the total US population tested.
  • 17% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
COVID-19 Now Killing Victims Who Don't Have COVID-19 https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-nyc-emts-stop-taking-cardiac-arrest-patients-to-hospitals/
  • EMTs in New York have been given a directive not to transport heart-attack victims to hospitals if they cannot be revived at the scene.
  • Prior cardiac arrest victims would have been transported to hospitals for further life-saving procedures, but with hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, heart attack victims are solely in the hands of local EMTs. If EMTs cannot restore a pulse at the scene, victims are to be left there to die.
  • "Artificial ventilation and/or compressions must not be delayed," the memo states, adding that chest "compressions must begin as soon as it is determined the patient does not have a pulse."
  • But the guidelines change if the patient cannot be revived before arriving at a hospital.
  • "In the event a resuscitation is terminated, and the body is in public view, the body can be left in the custody of the NYPD."
China Lied, People Died Trending on Social Media https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-01/china-concealed-extent-of-virus-outbreak-u-s-intelligence-says
  • US Intelligence Services has concluded what the Internet has known since January: The Chinese Communist Party lied about total infected and total deaths due to Coronavirus.
  • Citing a report provided to the White House last week, officials confirmed that US Intelligence concludes 'gross' underreporting of total cases and total deaths, especially from Hubei Province.
  • Many have speculated that numbers coming out of China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and other totalitarian countries have been dramatically underreported, by as much as a factor of 10 according to official British Intelligence reports.
  • The early misrepresentation of data by the CCP may have lead some Western Politicians and epidemiologists to underestimate the seriousness of COVID-19 and delayed response in Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.
  • Though why anybody would have believed anything the Chinese Communist Party had to say remains an open question...
Italy's Death Toll Far Higher Than Reported https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/italys-coronavirus-death-toll-is-far-higher-than-reported/ar-BB122vvc
  • In the town of Coccaglio, an hour's drive east of here, the local nursing home lost over a third of its residents in March. None of the 24 people who died there were tested for the new coronavirus. Nor were the 38 people who died in another nursing home in the nearby town of Lodi.
  • These aren't isolated incidents. Italy's official death toll from the virus stands at 13,155, the most of any country in the world. But that number tells only part of the story because many people who die from the virus don't make it to the hospital and are never tested, therefore they aren't included in official numbers.
  • "They were all sick, they all had flu-like symptoms and difficulty breathing," stated a nurse from one of the nursing homes. "We had no ambulance to get them to Milan."
  • In the areas worst hit by the pandemic, Italy is undercounting thousands of deaths caused by the virus, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows, indicating that the pandemic's human toll may end up being much greater, and infections far more widespread, than official data indicate.
  • As stretched and sometimes overwhelmed hospitals fight to save their patients, many other people die unseen and uncounted, including elderly people in out-of-the-way locations.
  • In addition, the health-care crisis can lead to a surge of deaths from other causes that would normally be treatable.
  • "There are many more dead from the virus than are officially declared... People died and they were never tested because time and resources are limited," Eugenio Fossati, deputy mayor of Coccaglio, says of deaths caused by the virus.
More Numbers Hard to Trust as Bodies Left On The Streets in Ecuador https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3078077/coronavirus-bodies-are-being-left-streets-ecuador
  • Coronavirus: bodies are being left on the streets in Ecuador.
  • 'They fall in front of hospitals or in back street alleys, or in small villages…no one wants to recover them,' says the mayor of Ecuador's largest city.
  • The army is placing unclaimed bodies in refrigerated cargo containers at the port while authorities pursue plans for a new cemetery.
  • The corpses have been overwhelming Guayaquil, a port city of 2.8 million at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador.
  • Over the last few days, several were wrapped in plastic and left on the streets. Others have lain unclaimed in hospitals and clinics that have been overwhelmed by infections. The city morgue is full.
  • The majority of the dead are believed to be victims of the virus, but nobody can say for sure how many. There has been little testing.
  • The country has confirmed 2,700 infections and 93 deaths - 60 of them in Guayaquil and its immediate surroundings. But municipal officials there said they have recovered at least 400 bodies in the last 3 days.
  • Mayor Cynthia Viteri, who announced that she has also tested positive for the virus, said the national government should be responsible for collecting the corpses.
  • "They're leaving them in the villages, they are stacked in front of hospitals," she said in a Twitter video message to residents late last week.
  • Many local villages in Ecuador are simply burying the dead in unmarked graves, which will make official counting of COVID-19 victims impossible in the weeks ahead.
50% of Viral Spread Comes from People With No Symptoms https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/health/us-coronavirus-updates-wednesday/index.html
  • Researchers in Iceland have confirmed earlier reports from Hong Kong that a significant amount of viral spread is caused by carriers who have no symptoms.
  • In the US, Doctors at the CDC have confirmed asymptomatic spread, but estimate a number of about 25%.
  • If true, then the case for all persons to wear masks, even those who don't have symptoms, becomes much stronger.
  • To prevent further spread, the top infectious disease expert in the US says health officials are reconsidering guidance on face masks.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would "lean towards" recommending that the general public wear face masks "if we do not have the problem of taking away masks from the health care workers who need them. The public can stay home to avoid infection, but health care workers cannot," he said.
  • "We're not there yet, but I think we're close to coming to some determination," Fauci said.
Ship vs Train... Ship Wins https://abc7.com/usns-mercy-coronavirus-train-crash-derailment/6069395/
  • A Locomotive Engineer in Los Angeles has been charged with 1 Count of "Train Wrecking", a Class A Felony under Federal Law, after purposely derailing his freight train while attempting to sink the US Hospital ship Mercy.
  • Eduardo Moreno, 44, intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"
  • Moreno admitted to crashing the train intentionally but said he did not plan it out in advance. It is believed that he acted alone.
  • He allegedly made statements to a CHP officer that included "You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don't know what's going on here. Now they will."
  • Officials say video from inside the train's cab shows Moreno holding a lighted flare during the incident.
Biggest Issue With COVID-19 in Malaysia: Nagging Wives https://www.npr.org/2020/04/01/825051317/dont-nag-your-husband-during-lock-down-malaysias-government-advises-women
  • Malaysia has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia with more than 2,900 and counting.
  • This week, Malaysia's government also had a serious public relations issue after an ill-conceived plan went online.
  • Malaysia's Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development issued a series of online posters on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19. It advised the nation's women to help with the country's partial lockdown by not nagging their husbands.
  • The ministry also advised women to refrain from being "sarcastic" if they asked for help with household chores.
  • Additionally, the Ministry urged women working from home to dress up and wear makeup.
  • After some negative response on social media, the public service messages have been removed from the Ministry's Facebook page.

MyPillow inventor and CEO Mike Lindell was lambasted by the left and mainstream media after he announced at a White House press briefing on Monday that his company will start making tens of thousands of masks to fight against the spread of coronavirus. Lindell also thanked God for President Donald Trump and encouraged Americans to turn back to God in this time of crisis.

Read the details here.

Whether it was his support for President Trump or strong religious beliefs, no one has lit up the media quite like Mike Lindell. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday to talk about the president, the 'horrible, crazy media' and how he's not afraid to keep speaking out about his faith.

"I think people are going to quit being brainwashed by this horrible, crazy media -- they know who they are -- and the public is going to see the amazing job that our president is doing," Lindell said. "I've done interview after interview today. I'm taking all the bad ones on -- I think I'm going on 'The View' tomorrow I love it. I want to go right into the hurricane. Finally, I get to speak out for Jesus like I want to."

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News broke that German Finance Minister Thomas Schaefer reportedly committed suicide on Saturday due to the stress from the economic climate during the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, this headline may become more common place. Concerns are far beyond those of just hand washing, finding toilet paper and the latest White House briefings. There may be a secondary crisis growing — mental health and suicide.

Messages fill my inbox daily from parents worried about their teens showing signs of risk of suicidal ideation. Spouses concerned about the toil recent layoffs will have on their partners. Elderly family members are also vulnerable.

Last week, news a father of three dying by suicide made me want to scream to the world – "LISTEN!" We are losing too many of our human family. And I am afraid with COVID-19 on the scene, we are going to lose more than ever.

During the past six years — following the suicide of my 40-year-old sister — my mission has been to bring awareness and help prevent suicide. Everyone is exposed to suicide. You either struggle with depression/anxiety, you love someone that struggles, or like me, you have already lost someone to suicide. That is literally everyone on the planet. Bigger numbers than even the virus.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

So, pile on the constant stream of news, stats about COVID-19 deaths and a lock down on social distancing, even the most emotionally skilled individual may be drowning in vulnerability and at risk.

What can be done?

Social distancing, not isolation

Even though we are standing 6ft apart in the grocery stores, and no longer going to church together, humans need connection to survive.

Free communication apps like Marco Polo are a great way to not hide behind a text. Whether it is on video chat or old fashion letter writing, making connection a priority is crucial for our survival.

Emotional check-in

The new normal seems to be changing by the hour. It is hard to keep up, recalibrating with all the change. Just like the importance of taking temperature to check for virus symptoms, we need to monitor our emotional temp. Try the one word check-in, at dinner time, simply by asking, "How am I feeling today?" It can be a great barometer.

Naming our feelings keep them tamed.

It's Ok to not be Ok

It is crucial to our survival to frame this crisis with a mental health back drop. Suicide, depression and anxiety concerns should be at the top of the STAY HOME and STAY SAFE list. If you find yourself feeling helpless or having thoughts of self-harm, please reach out for additional support. Therapists are using online formats to serve their clients. Call your doctor or one of the many 1-800 numbers.

No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family.

If you are reading this and struggling. Please remember, we will never be better without you. No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family. We will make it thru this COVID-19 crisis stronger and closer than before. No longer will we take hugging our neighbor for granted.

And maybe, just maybe we will someday find the vaccine that stops suicide virus from spreading.

Ganel-Lyn is a public speaker, media personality & author