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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.

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  1. pat in jersey

    why isnt this man off the news radar for good? he spits inthe face of hard working people trying to hunker down for the storm. on top of that he wants us all to pray to some outrageous god who punishes. He loves himself more than he loves mankind.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  2. Carl

    I guess Beck own shares in Home Depot too lol

    August 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • scottsboro

      Beck is a legend in his own mind

      August 27, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
  3. The_Aviator

    Does Mr. Beck know that hurricanes occur naturally? And that they have occurred for thousands of years? If anything the increased ferocity indicates climate change. But he has called global warming the "greatest scam in history." So his beliefs that this is God's wrath are laughable considering his ignorance toward scientific evidence.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • Chase

      Where did he say that this is God's wrath? He's just saying that this is a form of a blessing in that people will realize the importance of being prepared in case a MAJOR natural disaster happens like Katrina. It's COMMON SENSE! Stop putting your political biases in front of rational thought!

      August 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • Observer

      Chase,
      "Beck is right. It's better that we have "minor" natural disasters to put us on warning and to prepare in case there's a larger disaster."

      We just had a president who talks to God all the time. We ended up with the worst Hurricane we've had. You don't suppose that could be used as a lesson? Instead we've got to get the "word" from a ex-alcoholic with a high school degree who has little regard for truth?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  4. Synapse

    Delusionally self-important, GB is a proudly ignorant person who believes that if he comes up with an thought, or creates a conspiracy... it must be right.
    That, in itself, doesn't make him dangerous- being given the forum to delude others IS.
    I used to tell my young staff "just because you have an idea, it doesn't necessarily mean it's a good one."

    August 27, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • Bren

      That "forum" is called Freedom of Speech. If you don't like it, move to a Communist country. Don't try to make the U.S. one.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  5. Bren

    I think the Homeland Security website and the Red Cross disaster preparedness sites also recommend you stockpile food so it isn't newsworthy to me for CNN to even put this story out there. Disaster preparedness is something everyone should take seriously. Last I knew it was a free country so people have the right to choose who they want to watch and/or listen to. If it isn't for you or me, so what? Just let it go, move on. Creating a world with less hostility towards others who do not think like we do begins with each one of us.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  6. Chase

    Amazing how so many of you people put your political leanings before your common sense. Beck is right. It's better that we have "minor" natural disasters to put us on warning and to prepare in case there's a larger disaster. How is Beck an idiot for that? You people are fools.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • beasymiller

      My thoughts exactly.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
    • Spiffy

      Because he said a storm that has killed an 11 year old is a blessing. Did that really need to be explained to you?

      August 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • Chase

      Obviously he doesn't think it was a blessing that people died. However, when you compare this to what it COULD have been, it's a blessing that it will HOPEFULLY get people to open their eyes and take possible major disasters seriously and prepare NOW. Get your head out of your @$%^. Beck is absolutely right about this.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • Joe

      Food storage isn't good preparation for a flood though – it's likely to get spoiled, and encourage people to hunker down instead of doing what they should do – GET OUT OF THE WAY! Better to "stockpile" some money in the bank so you don't hesitate to clear out and check into a hotel out of harm's way.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • Chase

      There are other disasters than just flooding. Being prepared is wise. Sitting on your butts UNTIL something happens is idiocy. Sad how it takes Glenn Beck to point that out to some of you.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • Bren

      Point well made. It's too bad common sense is missing from so much of what we see in the secular media.... I guess it's easier for the media to go on the attack with someone who is right of center than it is to think, act and report logically and fairly.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • Spiffy

      So if your son died as a result of this storm and someone called the storm a blessing you would be ok with that because it got people to stockpile food? Plus he then goes onto basically say he knows the mind of God. How does that not sound crazy to you?

      August 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
    • Chase

      I would take the time to understand that he's not saying it was a blessing that my son died and to look at the context with what he was trying to convey. You're willfully blind.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:04 am |
    • Spiffy

      And what he was saying was that God told him that a hurricane that killed a child is a blessing because it will get people to buy into his end of world conspiracy theory crap.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • beasymiller

      Spiffy you are one of those people who has common sense but does not use it. i feel sorry for you. being an idiot is a choice.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:33 am |
  7. beasymiller

    I have never been a fan of Glen Beck. I believe that he is a racist, but this time he has a point. When i first read the headline i thought here he goes again with his crazy comments for attention. He comes off very benign to me in this article.
    Everyone should be prepared for events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, earthquakes, etc. God sometimes moves us when we do not move ourselves. Thank you Glen Beck for finally making sense.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • marywnm

      and what makes you say that beck is a racist- some people use the racist word for everything they disagree with-can you back up the racist statement with facts or is that just a cnn answer

      August 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • Juan Salazar

      This is a great advice in the hope that the hurricane doesn’t take everything else with it, like home and all your coffers of food. I cannot see how a tragedy can be use to further one’s religious agenda. As an ex-Mormon I see what this racist, hateful, and fact-less man is doing … he is spreading his religious believes. If Gods wants to “punish” or teach us the way to go he will do it either way prepared or not. Please lets be real, we are so insignificant when it comes to the force of nature.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • beasymiller

      How sad that out of all the positive i stated in my comment you chose to comment on that one opinion, which is my opinion. you have no idea the color of my skin right? so you do not know if i am calling him racist because of something i heard him say or not.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:26 am |
  8. Colorado Springs

    Where in the Bible does it say to stockpile food? Matthew 24:17,18 - "Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak." How does this mesh with Glenn's idea that food should be stockpiled?

    August 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • Chase

      Yeah, since the Bible tells us EVERYTHING we should do. I guess having some food ready in case of an emergency where there won't be food or water available for days (or weeks) is a terrible idea since it's not "in the Bible."

      August 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • Chuck

      You are confusing Christ's prophesies about His second coming later in the chapter with the prophesy of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans which happened in 70 ad. That's when the people had to leave everything and get out of the city.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  9. Rob

    I think he is a GENIUS and all who work in stores that carry food in large bulk should worship his every word!

    August 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  10. troll hunter

    this guy is such a tool... like i'd take his advice for anything.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • israel

      even if it's common sense?? honestly it doesn't take glen beck for some people to understand that you can never be too prepared for the worst should it come

      August 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  11. T & curtelya

    What a disgrace! Rather see people die- just to profit.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  12. Camillio Pascual

    Why is it this troubled man cant find his way back to whatever hole he crawled out of . . . what a downer.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  13. Feroz

    May God bless Glenn Beck every day of the week.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  14. Andrea

    I'm sure that the people who have been killed by the store think that it's a blessing. Is this guy still even relevant? Everyone here in NYC don't find this to be a blessing. It is sad that people like him abuse their faith to stay in the spotlight and make a buck.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  15. BeckBlows

    P.O.S. 'Nuff Said...

    August 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  16. Russ

    His comments are about as lame as Pat Robertson's, who said the earthquake was a rebuke to people who act mildly gay.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • PoorEdgarDerby

      I liked it when he said the Haiti quake was punishment for their deal with the devil to gain independence.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  17. Steve

    Isn't this idiot yesterday's news?

    August 27, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  18. Kate

    Welcome to the wacky world of tea Pot heads........DUMP TEA PARTY POOPS 2012

    August 27, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  19. dcl

    this guy is a bigger blight on humanity than any hurricane could be...

    August 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  20. PaddingtonPoohBear

    Notice in the photo, the nitwit has an "energy bracelet" or some such on his left arm. LOL

    August 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
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