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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

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  1. Jay

    Yes, Glenn Beck is crazy. We should not be surprised by anything he says, and most anything he says should be taken lightly. However, what's wrong with having a food supply so you can help out those in need? How is that bad? This is probably the only sensible thing he's ever said. Maybe every 1 out of 100 things he says is useful (even though it says in the article that he's borrowing the advice from somewhere else)

    August 28, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  2. Adam

    People, this is so sad. Do you think CNN or any news outlet is out to represent Americans? The negativity and ignorance from people that post regarding this 'article' is unbelievable. What is this accomplishing? Am I Democrat or Republican? No, I am an American!

    August 28, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  3. Bill

    Speaking as someone who has a Mensa IQ, a college degree in science and is a Christian, I would say that Beck is right, far more often often than he is wrong. Just saying the vast number of his detractors are drooling morons who are clueless as to how God runs the universe. Not meaning to imply Beck is perfect, just mostly right.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:14 am |
    • MS

      Yeah a college degree from the University of Crazy Town doesn't count. I doubt you understand science, let alone have a degree in it.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:18 am |
    • Adam

      How does God run the universe Bill, enlighten us.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:21 am |
    • Austin

      Bill, you're absolutely right. Don't listen to these idiots. Yes, "MS" and Adam, you are idiots. You are idiots because you cannot stand anyone's beliefs but your own.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:26 am |
    • Not Bill

      Speaking as someone who also has a Mensa IQ, also a college degree in science and is not a Christian, I would say that Beck is nuts- so nuts, in fact, that he got canned from FOX news for his rant. Just saying the vast number of his FOLLOWERS are drooling morons who are clueless as to how evolution and the Scientific Method runs the universe. Not meaning to imply Beck is all wrong, just mostly idiotic.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:27 am |
    • Dynan3

      Mensa IQ? Forgive him, Father...he has already taken a false god before you...

      August 28, 2011 at 1:28 am |
    • Observer

      "Just saying the vast number of his detractors are drooling morons who are clueless as to how God runs the universe."

      Yep. Noticed that you didn't claim to be a MENSA member. Obviously, you don't believe in modesty either.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:29 am |
    • Sam

      Read the Bible. There's at least a hundred different examples of how He runs the universe. University of Crazy Town, good one MS...

      August 28, 2011 at 1:30 am |
    • Adam

      Austin, I made no comment whatsoever as to who's beliefs I can stand or cannot stand. FYI, I DVR'd Beck every day and greatly appreciate his commentary and courage. I'm a bit confused as to how my comment makes me an 'idiot'. I believe everyone should think on their own, do their own research, have their own beliefs...and if you listened to Beck he believes the same thing. Name calling and anger are not the solution, they are the problem.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:32 am |
    • Liutgard

      Sorry, but anyone who starts out a comment by waving supposed Mensa membership is an idiot and a jerk. A 'college degree in science', eh? My diploma says it is from the College of Arts and Sciences, so I suppose I have a college degree in science too.

      Beck is not right more often that he is wrong. His lectures may fill the chalkboard with interesting squiggles, but they are full of misused, misspelled words, faulty logic, and inaccurate suppositions. The fact that you think he is right at all says a great deal about your understanding of basic logic and capacity for critical thinking.

      Beck is not a visionary nor a prophet. He is an idiot with a microphone, and the only reason he's still on the air (radio) is that he still brings in advertising dollars. He's not on TV anymore because he's so wacko that advertisers were pulling out in droves.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:33 am |
    • MS

      Yes I am intolerant of a guy who thinks hurricanes are a blessing from God, and a guy who defends Beck while claiming to use science. You know what? I can live with that. How Glenn Beck lives with himself I'll never know.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:36 am |
    • MS

      I have read the Bible. It's the biggest contributing factor to my status as "non religious". As far as I'm concerned there isn't a stronger argument against the existence of God in the world than the Bible.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:39 am |
  4. Matt

    Glenn Beck is a racist who once tried to tie democrats to islamic terrorism and the end of times. Last I checked it was a democrat president who caught Bin Laden the leader of extremist Islamic terrorism. John McCain made fun of Obama in a 2008 debate for saying the US should go into Pakistan and get Bin Laden. Irony. Christianity and being right wing do not go hand in hand. In fact the right seems to be online with the pharisees these days. Hypocrits.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  5. Leonid Brezhnev

    What a flaming a**hole.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:14 am |
    • Matt

      haha. he sure is.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:17 am |
  6. Cricket

    I'm sure the family of the one person who died in the hurricane (so far) would disagree with it being a "blessing." What a tool!

    August 28, 2011 at 1:13 am |
  7. Nancy Dubord

    Why does Glen Beck even get any attention at all! Is it because we need a humorous intermission in the midst of such depressing news? Is he our muse when we need to curse and swear at someone?
    Come on America, wake up and kick this guy in the ass and get him off the air. Or is it that he is an evil Jack in the box
    that keeps popping up when we keep closing the lid.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:13 am |
    • Adam

      Good question, maybe because main stream media is a joke, and so are our leaders in DC.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:37 am |
  8. Squincher

    Okay, um.........yeah!

    Better start taken them meds again Glenn.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:12 am |
  9. Leonidas

    What smoldering fire? The "have food to feed your family" fire. By the way, I do believe having food is a basic tenant to survival- last I checked. But please, since your so smart and the rest of us so "weak minded", keep on talking down to those who haven't hurt you and simply want to ensure no harm falls to our families simply by being prepared. Is that message so hurtful or harmful? If you don't like; just don't listen. No need to be mean.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:12 am |
    • Observer

      How many people do you and Beck think can be killed to demonstrate that people should be prepared for storms, apparently ignoring the NON-STOP media coverage that any storm gets?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  10. Hunter Thomas

    I honestly don't see why people get fired up. All he is saying is this should be a lesson to be prepared for a disaster. Why is this so alarming to people?? I guess there are those that would rather be unprepared and ask for help from those that did take the time to prepare.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:12 am |
    • Liz

      How is a hurricane a blessing from God? And who is he to tell people about God's intentions? Is that headpiece supposed to be a direct link to God?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:15 am |
  11. Liz

    I don't understand this guy's appeal to his fans or followers or whatever you call them. He doesn't seem intelligent, he's nothing to look at and he's got a shady past.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • Dave C.

      Unlike you who is perfect in every way. Uh huh.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:17 am |
  12. Lori

    Glenn, you are working way too hard! Trying to figure out what god is thinking each time bad weather kicks in. Take it easy, Glenn, science has taken the place of soothsaying. Hurricanes are created by complexes of thunderstorms that evolve into hurricane strength with the aid of the ocean and atmosphere, not because god is annoyed. Try thinking, Glenn, you might like it.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • FrigginDave

      I think that would make his crazy head explode! Religion is for those who choose not to think critically.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:17 am |
  13. Dan

    What an A hole.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • Adam

      Amen to that.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:11 am |
  14. ldsguy

    Beck is not your typical LDS person. He is a bit of extreeme in his on the air teachings but he is right about one thing, how short a memory americans have that they did not learn from the depression, that even economic disasters can hit you smack right in the pocket book. This is why food storage is important. If you loose your job, loose everything, at least you have food to depend on.

    As for the Bible, it is a record of mans mistakes that today's society just does not want to learn from mans previous mistakes.

    Look at the roman empire! The roman empire collapsed because it was expending to much money fighting wars and building up more and more infrastructure away from the cities central core. The US in 2008 was just repeating history. Fighting wars, over building out side the existing infrastructure"housing bubble" that was falling apart. Mankind is just repeating the same mistakes from the past and not learning from it.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:09 am |
  15. MikeBell

    The headline is intended to sir ire. But there are good things in the article as well:
    From Glenn – " Be prepared and be someone who can help others so when disaster strikes, God forbid, you’re not panicking."
    And from the LDS Web Site – "So that, should adversity come, we can care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others."
    Now what can be wrong with that? It's much better than thinking 'Big Brother' government can render timely assistance.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • Observer

      You completely missed the point. Beck is being trashed for saying it's a blessing. Does that sound bright to you?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:23 am |
    • fred

      Just out of curiosity how is it you know the bible so well? Would you consder yourself a child of God?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:41 am |
  16. Michael

    It is absolutely stunning how incredibly dumb you have to be to believe anything that Glenn Beck says. He is the textbook definition of the word mor0n.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:09 am |
  17. Leif

    Glenn's tears consist of snake oil.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:08 am |
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    August 28, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • Dave C.

      No. Thanks.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:15 am |
  19. Bill

    The only way this hurricane can be a 'blessing' is it if takes this gasbag with it when it blows through the mainland. I'd say Rush Limbaugh too, but let's face it, 80mph winds aren't going to be able to move that pill-popping tub of lard.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • Joseph Fernandes

      Ha Ha Ha ha Ha!!! 🙂 🙂 : )

      August 28, 2011 at 1:16 am |
    • AC

      Good one!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • Adam

      Productive comment again Bill, what's sad is that people actually enjoyed it.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:50 am |
  20. Dale

    Like him or not, what he is saying about getting some food and water stored and have a few essentials on hand is wise. I have been in two major disasters in my life, try going 30 days with no water or power. Do that once and Beck don't sound so crazy.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • Copenhagun

      Right, having a stockpile is wise. However, giving a GOD credit for natural phenomenon is downright stupid and moronic.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:12 am |
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