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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

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  1. FGlenn

    Glenn Beck, there is a difference between being a Mormon and being a MoRon. You are the later. Calling you a clown is an insult to all clowns who are mostly decent and hardworking folk. You clearly have no shame. For the 9999th time, you've made a monkey of yourself. You could have as well shown your bare a$$ on TV – that would have, in fact, been a more decent act

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

      Stop insulting monkeys....

      August 28, 2011 at 12:01 am |
  2. Jim in SD

    Glad Beck gets to tell us the mind of God. Food storage is just good common sense. Why do we need a crying clown to tell us this? You can't possible prepare for every possible emergency. Those on the east coast who do have food storage probably have it in their garage which is likely to be under 3 feet of water right now. My family is praying my brother has a house to go back to in Norfolk.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  3. cheryl davidson

    IM NOT ONE TO POST-BUT I WAS POSSESSED TO SAY SOMETHING????HE MAKES ME SPEECHLESS!!!!

    August 27, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • MVV

      Glenn Beck is a great man. Perhaps you liberal drone windbags should actually hear what he says in full context before making insane comments.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      Beck is a great man? Holy cow – MVV managed to say something more ridiculous that what Beck himself said. Of course, maybe I took that out of context.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • Observer

      "Glenn Beck is a great man."

      He's a great man if you have so little regard for truth that you accepted his total falsehood about holding Washington's Speech when Beck lead his hypocritically-named "Restoring Honor" rally. Same for his phony tears.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • David Rook

      @MVV. You really think Glenn Beck is a great man? This is the same man that attacked Al Gore and Global Warming every chance he got, and now calls this storm a blessing. Wow! He is nothing more than a fake and a fraud, and is a danger to any one that actually listens to him.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:10 am |
  4. WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

    And Beck said, "Let there be god", and it was so. And Beck saw his god and saw it was opportunity. And the evening and the morning were the eight day.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • JW

      And God said, Beck, you shall be wealthy, famous, and powerful in this lifetime for your good works. You won't get anything in the next life, but you don't really believe in that anyways, now do you my creator?

      August 27, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  5. Mcshagdaddy

    As a Mormon let me point something out, we don't all buy this garbage! Liberal Mormons all the way! Yes, the church teaches preparedness, but this 'blessing' stuff is absolute trash. Mormonism doesn't equal Republicanism, despite what many wish to think!

    August 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • JW

      Uhh, I'm not convinced. But regardless, Beck doesn't help your cause in one bit. Nor does Romney, although he makes it a little better. I suppose Beck would be helpful if he wasn't just looking for money and glory. Money for nothing and your chicks for free.

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

      Nope, pretty much every Mormon in the public spotlight is harmful. Got that right. But I'm just saying he doesn't always reflect the rest of the church. And I'm not getting your last comment hotshot.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • Chase

      Yeah buddy, it's such garbage to tell others that they should be prepared in case there's a MAJOR natural disaster and food and water aren't available for an extended period of time. Calling it a "blessing" probably wasn't the best term to use, but I think you get his point. This is a "minor" natural disaster and will hopefully wake people up to start preparing for "the big one." – from a moderate Mormon. PS – you embarrass me.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      Sort of like being a catholic athiest??? Sorry, but in my experience, the only non-Republician mormons are the ones that think the Republicians are too liberal. How can you reconcile your liberal views with the hatred and bigotry espoused by the mormon church? Either your not a true liberal or your not a true mormon.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • JW

      Last comment is from a song. The guy is just looking for his personal gain in this life. Not expecting you to understand though, since you are blinded by the same forces that blind Beck.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • Mcshagdaddy

      You go ahead and tell me what I am. That really makes sense, because I obviously don't know. If anyone's the bigot, its you.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  6. S.S.D

    He is Hitler on drugs!!!!!!

    August 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      More like, he is Hitler on religion. Much more dangerous.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  7. Jester

    What is this... I don't even... wow this is just sad...

    August 27, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
    • ItsMeAgain

      ...it's glen beck. what do you expect?

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

      Yeah, it's so sad that Glenn Beck would use this hurricane to tell people that they need to wake up in case a MAJOR natural disaster happens and to be prepared in case food and water aren't available for an extended period of time. What a FOOL!

      August 28, 2011 at 12:01 am |
  8. Alan Schmidt

    Look at all of you morons who use Ad'hoc arguments. What idiots. Attack the man for his idea, not his past. Food storage is a good idea. CNN you're all a bunch of idiots too. Since when did planning become a bad thing?

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

      It isn't an original idea. Profiting off of religion has been around for a long, long time. Worse than pirates. At least they didn't claim to work on behalf of God and mislead millions.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • clearfog

      Ever since planning was based upon the teaching of someone who received the word of god by putting his face into a hat and reading a seer stone.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • grafixertwo

      Beck is only interested in power and money. If you haven't figured that out, you need to get out of your trailer and get an education. A GED will do. Anyone that has an independent thought and their own mind doesn't follow such ignorance and extremism as the Beck troll preaches. Scary that he controls so many of the ignorant of America.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • BigSir

      Why would God use a hurricane to have people stockpile food? Why would he not just put the thought in your head? Get educated.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      I don't think the point of the article is that being prepared is a bad thing. The matter at hand is that Beck is thanking his god for the destruction he is inflicting on the non-believers that don't follow Beck's advice. I would guess you agree with Beck?

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

      Easy on the hate folks. Doesn't it make sense that God would give us a modern prophet? Why would he leave us in the dark? Joseph Smith did receive revelation for our day and if you read it, (which on recommend on lds.org) you might just understand. And the church doesn't profit off of food storage, in fact, it gives massive amounts of aid to others without charge.

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

      Why would God choose Joseph Smith, a pedophile and thief, to speak for him?

      August 27, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • Scott

      I believe the point of the short article is not that planning is a bad thing but subtly questioning whether Hurricane Irene – something that could and has already caused deaths and displace tens of thousands – is a blessing from God. I would argue it is particularly insensitive while families are dealing with this crisis right now. It may be a lesson learned in its aftermath but not while it is happening.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • Mcshagdaddy

      @ JW, your comment is unbelievably misguided. Joseph Smith never stole anything, and never had pedophiliac tendencies. Do some research bud.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  9. Jack

    Other than First Amendment rights, why do we have to listen to this idiot? Someone needs to remind him that his 15 minutes of fame are over and he needs to leave the stage.

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

      Too much money and glory to be made in this lifetime, he isn't ready to go yet!

      August 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  10. TomG

    Hurricane a blessing?
    If you're wacked by a nuke weapon does that mean you're anointed or something?
    Yea verily I say unto thee, there is a guest of the funny farm on the wrong side of the wall and Beck be his name.
    Amen.

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

      I think he means the hurricane is a blessing to the Mormons and the militiamen in America that stockpile food, so they can mass more power when tragedy strikes by rubbing it into others faces that they were led by God to stockpile food while the rest of us morons just gobbled everything without saving. So basically if you stockpile, God is no longer in control, you are. You just saved your ass by stockpiling, and spit in the face of God.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      Why JW, I think you're a bit if a cynic. I like that.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  11. LMC

    Let's ask the families of those that have perished in the storm so far if they think this hurricane is a blessing, or the people whose homes, belongings, or businesses may be destroyed. Glenn Beck is a thoughtless jerk!

    August 27, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
  12. Chris

    Clearly Mr. Beck has kept his food storage in those chubby cheeks of his.

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

      If we needed any more proof that this man is insane, here it is. YES, we all need to prepare for shortages, which are highly possible. But to call a disaster a 'blessing' is just more of his crazy antics. Why does anyone listen to him, much less quote him and report on what he says or does? He's a kook.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  13. israel

    congrats glen, way to try and capitalize on peoples misery once again

    August 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  14. miss scarlet

    the family of the kid in Virginia who was killed when a tree fell through their home begs to differ on the hurricane being "a blessing."

    August 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  15. David Rook

    Is this the same Glenn Beck, that attacked Al Gore over sounding the alarm about global warming???? Now he is doing the samething???? This man is nothing more than a fake and a fraud, and anybody that listens to the vile lies that comes out of his mouth should seek mental help ASAP... Glenn Beck is living proof, that birth control does occasionally fail.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  16. Peter

    What a moron.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
    • kelly123

      What a mormon!

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

      Someone that walks, talks, acts, and looks like Glenn Beck.

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

      Kelly = bigot.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  17. Peter

    CNN why do you continue to cover this non-relevant windbag?

    August 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
    • David Rook

      Amen Peter.

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

      I tend to agree Peter, but sometimes it's helpful to know where the Stupid is so the rest of us can dodge it and go the other way.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      Seriously, you're right. It's like watching Jon Stewart, but without the punch lines.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:16 am |
  18. clearfog

    Mr. Beck, you inspire me. Would you please, please endorse someone for the Republican nomination. With your credibility and high standing in intellectual circles, your endorsement would go a long way toward making sure that the next president of the United States is . . . drum roll . . . BHO.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • Trystan de Verr Esq.

      Wowclearfog looks like your mind is very foggy. How can u go as far as saying to Beck as an inspiration. He is a termite to the interests and welfare of this brain-washed ignorant country. GOOD LUCK buddy

      August 27, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • clearfog

      Have a problem with reading comprehension, Mr. Esq.?

      August 27, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  19. tony

    It's simple. Glenn Beck has lost his mind. And in the most sinister way - a madman with a following.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  20. MomO

    Wasn't this guy an ALCOHOLIC and he also tired to COMMIT suicide??

    So why would anyone listen to someone like that??? LMAO.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
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