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Glenn Beck: Hurricane Irene is a 'blessing'
Glenn Beck appeared to be echoing Mormon doctrine on preparing for adversity.
August 27th, 2011
09:44 PM ET

Glenn Beck: Hurricane Irene is a 'blessing'

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck told listeners Friday that Hurricane Irene, the Category 1 storm that’s working its deadly way up the Eastern Seaboard, is “a blessing from God.”

Beck has long urged his fans to stockpile food in their homes in anticipation of a global food disruption. He said Irene should be construed as a divine warning for those who have ignored that advice.

Here’s Beck on his show Friday:

How many warnings do you think you’re going to get, and how many warnings do you deserve? This hurricane that is coming thorough the East Coast, for anyone who’s in the East Coast and has been listening to me say ‘Food storage!’ ‘Be prepared!’

… If you’ve waited, this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing. It is God reminding you — as was the earthquake last week — it’s God reminding you you’re not in control. Things can happen. Be prepared and be someone who can help others so when disaster strikes, God forbid, you’re not panicking.

The Washington Post reports that in encouraging home stockpiling, Beck, a convert to Mormonism, is echoing Mormon church teaching. The church encourages members to build home storehouses of food that could last for at least three months.

According to a website run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the official name of the Mormon church:

Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to “prepare every needful thing”… so that, should adversity come, we can care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others.

The site includes a food storage calculator. To build a three-month supply of food for a family of four, the calculator recommends 300 pounds of “wheat, white rice, corn and other grains” and 60 pounds of “dry beans and other legumes.”

The Post notes that food storage is one pillar of the Mormon emphasis on self-reliance.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Mormonism

soundoff (3,354 Responses)
  1. Robert

    This guy is a nut case yet I do not know who is crazier – him or his listeners. I know it is nice to believe in divine powers but facts speak otherwise and when will people realize there is no god! only beliefs!

    August 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
    • sheetiron

      People who don't believe in God are obviously ignorant and uneducated.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • Chase

      Yeah, total nutcase. It's so stupid to be prepared for disasters in case there isn't food or water available for a significant period of time. What a fool.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • Austin

      Ha! Chase, I love you. Also, I like your sarcasm.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:34 am |
    • James

      Who knows what he believes and who should care. He makes about $40 million a year, so his BS is getting traction. The sad thing is that people fail to think and will blindly follow him and others who tell them what to believe. Learn to think on your own people!

      August 28, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • Jesus

      A nut case? Hey, he's just following Mormon doctrine like any other good Mormon. And that's why we must never elect Romney or Huntsman, two other devout Mormons.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  2. Neal

    How pompous of him to assume he deserves to live for 3 more months.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
    • GoMaster

      Awesome comment!

      August 27, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • Adam

      seconded hehe

      August 28, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  3. Jesus

    Personally, I think this guy is a tool.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
    • usapanda

      He's God's tool! lol

      August 28, 2011 at 9:38 am |
  4. Rob, Philly, PA

    Please go away Glenn Beck...you are no different than a snake oil salesman. Oh, and please take Palin and Congress with you.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
    • Carson

      Because, he's trying to sell food and water to people, right? Oh, wait, no. Hmmmmmmm. Let's think, telling people to be ready so that if a disaster hit's they don't have to worry about food. We've had two fires that blocked off the only major road to this city, and it took only a day or two for food to be GONE from store shelves. My siblings and I went just to see the circus. Being prepared works.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  5. satanbug

    No he's great...he shows just how silly and nonsensical believing in god is..you go Beck

    August 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  6. Eumir

    Can no one stop this dill-doe!!

    August 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  7. WolfAK

    Go...to...he1l, Beck. They miss you down there.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • gbhicks

      Nice one.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:36 am |
  8. Keith Keeler

    Beck say this outrageous and stupid stuff only because the media will cover it. Look, it worked. Stop covering this moron and he will go away.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • Austin

      You ought to go away.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:35 am |
    • P.Ness

      I agree 100%. This should apply to Jesse Jackson,Al Sharpton and Sarah Palin as well

      August 28, 2011 at 2:07 am |
  9. Paul

    God- *face palm*

    August 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  10. matt

    And don't forget to buy lots of gold.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  11. Ryan

    It's insane anybody thought enough of this guy to raise him to this kind of celebrity. Idiots who watch his show and go to his absurd rallies.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • WolfAK

      There are lots of brain deficient mouthpieces in the world, but you are right... it's the ones who propped this dancing hamster on to the radar that deserve the blame.Seems the whole gaggle of self-grandizing, pseudo-religious nutjobs just keep gaining celebrity due to the same batsh1t insane base of people propping them up.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  12. Eumir

    To the litter pan with him!!!!

    August 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • Austin

      To the litter pan with you.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:35 am |
    • Rico

      Austin seems to be very outnumbered here – and hopefully nationwide. Austin is a great city, BTW, one where the overwhelming majority would completely disagree with this person of the same name. Grow up, little one, you are not ready to debate with adults.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  13. Joe

    Anyone who thinks this guy has good ideas after this should turn in their voter card and start digging ditches, because I don't want you near anything remotely important to civilization.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • onyx24

      lmao YES i agree with you 100%

      August 27, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • jagg

      He is just telling people to be prepared, relax. I'm not a Beck fan, but did any of you actually read what he said? He basically said be prepared for a disaster. I mean he has said some crazy stuff no doubt, but it seems like all you people did was read the headline and nothing else. It might help to start thinking for yourselves once in a while instead of jumping on the hate-everything-beck-says bandwagon. I hope you all aren't voters.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  14. Eumir

    Poo-poo on Mr. Bleack

    August 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  15. sheetiron

    I can honestly say, that Glenn Beck is a blessing.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • dgkdgk

      I don't think the word you're looking for is "blessing." Try "hemorrhoid."

      August 28, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • Pravda

      Are you posting with an anagram of your name eeron?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:13 am |
  16. DMR

    Beck don't go away mad, just go away. When you are such a nut job that even Fox fires you, there is something very wrong with you mentally.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • Austin

      He wasn't fired, smarts. Do your research before saying something. Or just don't say anything. LOL.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:37 am |
    • James

      Dude Austin, reading your posts you are so clearly one of those people wearing your tin-foil hat rambling on and on about conspiracy theories. Now turn your mother's TV off, leave the basement, and go find yourself a job.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • Rico

      He was fired.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  17. cpom

    Why does this loser still have a podium? Clearly if Fox had the wherewithal to can him his voice is meaningless even amongst the uneducated, gullible masses.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • Austin

      You just gave him a podium by following this story. Have some.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:38 am |
  18. Eumir

    Beck sucks...

    August 27, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Dave H

    I wish Glen would die in a hurricane!

    August 27, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  20. John Thomson

    How does Beck justify his cold, mean-spirited comment that Hurricane Irene is a "blessing"? Who does he think he is? Has he experienced anything like a true hurricane and its devastation, especially one like this one that moves slowly and floods everything in its path? We don't need pseudo-intellectuals like him to completely distort the truth under the guise of some of his own pathological lies and their impact on many unsuspecting people who used to truly believe in his stance on many things. Has he sold out to the money? Yes, and Hell Yes. Give him no more coverage of any kind. Please!!!

    August 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • onyx24

      greenday's american idiot i think sums this one up nicely "people believing in media as a source of truth and factual information"

      August 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • jagg

      He was simply telling people to be prepared. I wish people could put aside their bias and occasionally read an article past the headline. In context, he seemed to have misspoke and probably meant that the hurricane was a sign exposing the fact that we are unprepared for natural disasters. In context, he clearly did not mean that the hurricane was a blessing, as in he is happy people are suffering. Overall this is a hate-bait article, and I am not a fan of beck at all. I think he is crazy, but objectively, the author of this article is no better than any hate-baiting talking head out there. This is low-ball journalism at its finest.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:30 am |
    • JT

      No one has any problem with him saying people should be prepared for natural disasters. It's him climing it's a divine warning of some kind that is coo-koo. It's a storm with nothing to do with invisible nonexistent spirits.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • Kirk

      "No one has any problem with him saying people should be prepared for natural disasters. It's him climing it's a divine warning of some kind that is coo-koo. It's a storm with nothing to do with invisible nonexistent spirits."

      Exactly, JT. Thank you.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:59 am |
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