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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. Brad W

    While the message of being prepared and food storage is a good one, calling this hurricane a blessing is stupid. Weird how a good message can be ruined by this idiot.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • Will

      Point well stated!

      August 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  2. Beck'sawhackjob

    What a whack job. This guy breaths crazy...

    August 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  3. Be Nice.

    If any of you have personally met someone then you can let your opinion of that person be known. Otherwise, such as this case, these remarks many of you are making are full of unwarranted virtol, hated and bigotry. Please think twice before posting such comments.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • Miriam

      Wells said and full of common sense

      August 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • Eva Dawn

      There is too much hate in this world. Why not prepare to help the people effected by the hurriane rather than rant about your hate for Beck?

      August 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Thank you, Mr. Nice.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • amber

      Can you name one positive thing Beck has done for this country?

      August 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Greg

      Yet you can let your opinions of the other posters be known? Can't tell if trolling or stupid.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • Adam

      Ummm sorry but no. Unwarranted? He spews hatred in every direction every single day and he has the ear of millions of sheep. As a public figure who makes his opinions known, he has developed a strong emotion of hatred in many people who have had the displeasure of hearing his "opinions." So again, no. And you can't tell people not to post opinions...while posting your own opinions of people you don't know.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • dgkdgk

      Even Glenn Beck, himself, knows he's a fraud ... his place in media is nothing more than actor – and, he fools millions. Suckers.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:34 am |
    • John

      Wait a sec. I have to actually meet a person to know that the crap they are ranting on about is crap.
      I dont think so. I tell you what Ill make a deal with you I will only comment on nut bags like this after meeting them in person as soon as the nutbags like this get off the national media and spead their insane crap in person.

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

      Doesn't beck spew bigotry and hatred towards people he hasn't met every day? I believe his whole career is predicated upon the very ideal you just attempted to chastise...

      August 28, 2011 at 2:20 am |
    • AC

      Well, I did not meet Stalin. Perhaps he really was a nice man, and did not do any of those nasty, bad things. Like murdering a few million or two. hmmmmmm.....

      August 28, 2011 at 8:58 am |
    • George

      Hi Bi Nice, how you expect that people like Beck is going to get some other thing than hate when he is been spreading that hate, division and lies? Tell me how people is not going to hate him when he is going around doing that, spiting his lunatic lies, division and hate ?

      August 28, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • dr. perry fisher

      Glen Beck is an uncommonly wise man.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • Glen Draws aBlank

      So, Glen the mad dog Beck can say what ever he wants , spew his hatred over anyone who isn't a follower of his, but we here should put on a filter?
      Get real! Anybody who goes out into the public domain and behaves like Beck does must expect that he , in return, will be exposed and get dumped on.
      Fair is fair.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • tmac8213

      Who the F@*K do you think you are?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • Ravenlynne

      I see all his sychophants are showing up to defend him.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • the kat

      I did have to meet HITLER to know he was wrong and hateful.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • JustWantedToPointOut

      When a person enters a career of being a public figure, particularly one of giving one's personal thoughts on national television, then a person should expect to be judged based on what he or she says. If he can't take the heat, then he should get out of the kitchen. I believe Mr. Beck would actually agree with me on that since he is a big boy and chooses to be in the public eye.

      August 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  4. Kahuna

    So if the hurricane is divine warning, then also the drought in Texas is divine warning to send Perry packing. Republicans, you have been warned.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • Miriam

      Send Parry packing to the White House where we can finally have someone that will do something for the citizens of US. Oblama is worthless.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • Peter

      Miriam: Who the hell is "Parry"?

      August 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • kat

      bravo Kahuna..I wished us Texans would have sent Perry home , instead he has been allowed to be gov yet again.

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

      Miriam dear... you mean "corporations" of the U.S....... republicans don't care one bit about the people

      August 28, 2011 at 8:03 am |
    • George

      Amen

      August 28, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Byron Jones

      Peter - Parry is the faux candidate invented by Steve Colbert. Lots of people fell for this gag, apparently including Miriam.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  5. Miriam

    Earthquakes, hurricanes, wars, disease and famom and deadly violence. All prophecies of the Bible. You might say he is nuts, but read the Bible. Book of Revelations. Sometimes the truth hurts when it's thrown smack dab in your face but I know for one thing, I have the fear of God in me and anyone who says God is not in control, I feel sorry for you on judgement day. Nope I am not a Bible toter just someone who read the Bible and has seen God's blessings and sorrow in so many ways.
    Wise up people, and read the Bible.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • GoMaster

      I've read the Bible, and frankly, I wasn't that impressed. I'd think that an omnipotent being could do much better.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Poor Miriam. Running around in fear of a "god" mentioned, second hand, by half-deranged desert nomads 2,000 years ago in a world afraid of everything. How can you be sooo abysmally dopey.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
    • amber

      Actually I think you are a bible toter and have lost grip with reality....

      August 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • Linda

      Every time a natural event happens, someone says "it's in the bible".. and they have been doing that for CENTURIES! So which event exactly was mentioned??

      August 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
    • rick jolie

      well said but shows a complete lack of common sense

      August 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Hate to tell you this, Miriram, but war, disease, famine, hurricanes and the rest have been going on for as long as we've had humans and weather systems. I suggest you read a science or history book instead of a bible to get some perspective.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • DrSpaceman

      It has been said that the Bible is not to be read by the common man because their ignorance of the context and meaning of the bible will corrupt their comprehension of the deeper meaning. Very little of the bible can be taken at face value. Anyone who judges others using the bible as their scale is a person who does not understand the teachings to be found therein. A literal interpretation of the bible (and the prophesies it contains) will not bear the fruit you may hope for.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • Austin

      Miriam, I couldn't agree more. People just don't get how foolish they're being.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:29 am |
    • P.Ness

      Yea, I will "wise up" as you say and read up on the man in the belly of a whale. Then scroll over to the talking snake story and bread falling from the sky

      August 28, 2011 at 2:14 am |
    • Jarno

      Predicting earthquakes, famine and other sorts of dissaster is kinda like predicting that the sun will rise tomorrow – thus it's a prediction that the faitful of each generation can firmly count on to apply to THEIR times.

      It is precisely because of "prophesies" like this that every generation of Christians since the begining of the religion has believed themselves to be living in the "end times". And every generation has been wrong – yet this does not, for some reason, compute for the believers of our generation – just as it did not compute for the believers of previous generations. Still the same bluster, still based on the flimsiest of grounds.

      I wish that rather than worshiping ancient books held up on a pedestal, people would concentrate on living today, in the real world. How much human suffering would have been avoided without preoccupation with "infalliable" dogmas.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:01 am |
    • Barfy Spewsalot

      Oh yes lets listen to the Atheists! I should shed my silly religion I should look at how well every Atheist Nation has it. all that wealth & surplus. Yep every North Korean has a Facebook Page & can access any page they please free of censorship. Same in China. They are living large over there all that Freedom & liberty they have Not to mention the LARGE FAMILIES! My Question to you atheists as life in these god Free utopias is so much better than here WHY HAVE YOU NOT MOVED THERE?

      August 28, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • Isaac

      yeah because hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes..... none of that was happening at the time the bible was written huh?.... Stop believing in myths and fairy tales written by primitive farmers who thought the earth was flat

      August 28, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • Possum

      Oh, yes. Hurricane Irene, as predicted in the bible. Sheesh. The idea of "a great storm" is easy to predict, as they have been happening for millions, if not billions of years. Here, Beck, try this: I see a volcano erupting in an iconic location in America's Northwest and a quake in Mid-America, felt from north to south. Apply those events to your "warning for America."

      August 28, 2011 at 8:40 am |
    • George

      You take care of your life first Miriam and leave the other people alone, hypocrite religious people that only spread hate and division, have you done something to help that people in the east coat ? have you call the Red Cross to see if that people is going to need help? if the answer is not , just shut up you religious people , and go away , don't use God and the Bible to spit hate and division, it is the most host and pathetic think people can do, use the Bible and God to spit hate and division

      August 28, 2011 at 9:07 am |
    • Meg

      REALLY?? So I should take EVERYTHING that is written in the bible and take it for verbatum?? Interesting. The bible was written at a time when MOST people were uneducated and stories were written so they could be understood- hence the parable. So the universe was created in 7 days- don't watch the Discovery Channel much do you?? Ever heard of FREE WILL- what God gave to man?? Can one use the bible to enhance ones moral compass- absolutely. However, one does not have to have read or follow the bible to have a moral compass. Again wrapping up the message in a "GOD BOW" doesn't get the point across. Should we take responsibilty for our own actions-absolutely. But doing so because of a book not because it is the right thing to do...........

      August 28, 2011 at 9:23 am |
    • Glen Draws aBlank

      I just wonder how god made his policy statements before the bible was compiled? There were earthquakes, comets, droughts and other natural disasters before all that. Ah, I get it, the dinosaurs didn't heed the written warnings. And for that, they are gone.
      Were the ice ages also a warning from god? Who was he warning before he wiped out half the earth? Nice man, that god thing, real nice guy.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • Michael S.

      As if the bible was anything more than just a spotty collection of old texts wrapped up together centuries ago. It has no predictive validity at all – zilch. And having read it and though about it for decades, I can state that many of the stories are poor attempts at literature or history, unless you like thinly veiled plagiarism.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • JIM

      Well said Miriam, unfortunately there are too many people in this world that have no clue about what the Bible says, they are lost souls who rely on the world and media coverage as a source for information. I was one of those people myself, but I wised up and now am concerned for people who just don't get it. Glenn Beck tells it like it is, whether you want to believe it or not!

      August 28, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • God Annoyed

      I am really getting annoyed by you people, particularly the ones who want me to be responsible for every dan.g thing that happens down there. I have to keep the universe running. I really can't pay attention to a little storm that you declare a "warning' . I didn't say a thing. These kind of things come and go. I really don't have much control over them.
      So, give it a rest. Help each other as best as you can. I'll stop by in a few million years again if I am in the neighborhood.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • Killface

      Wow! Talk about crazy! You do know that the Bible is a book of fiction. None of those things really happened. Of course it is something that has helped shape countless lives but you can't take all that for the truth. Crazy lady.....

      August 28, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Ravenlynne

      You put too much faith in a book written hundreds of years after the "supposed" events my men in power wishing to hold onto it and control the masses.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • xXRationalXx

      have you ever thought that maybe hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and floods were already happening and the people who wrote the Bible just wrote about them to scare us that its God's divine justice? I don't know just a thought.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Patrish

      I'm still waiting for proof of God! Natural disasters have been around for millions of years, long before man even existed. If humans are dumb enough to built along the shore, near volcanoes, along side river, on high cliffs, and then a disaster happen it's pretty dumb to run around and scream 'God's wrath' – a little common sense would be more useful!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Hoovervilles

      Read the Bible, OK. Here is a very short selection of Bible passages.

      1) Punishment for r-a-p-e, aka a recipe for marriage!

      Deuteronomy 22:28 If a man find a damsel that is a v-i-r-g-i-n, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found;

      Deuteronomy 22:29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.

      2) Lott offers his two v-i-r-g-i-n daughters to the unruly mob.

      Genesis 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof

      And I thought Lott was supposed to be righteous.

      3) What do you make of this passage?

      Psalm 137:9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

      4) What it takes to get into heaven.

      Luke 18:20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit a-d-u-l-t-e-r-y, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.

      Luke 18:21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.

      Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

      Luke 18:23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

      5) How to treat your legally owned slaves.

      Genesis 17:12 And he that is eight days old shall be c-i-r-c-u-m-c-i-s-e-d among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.

      Genesis 17:23 And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house; and c-i-r-c-u-m-c-i-s-e-d the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.

      Genesis 21:2 If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.

      Genesis21:3 If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.

      Genesis21:4 If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
  6. Elwood

    I'm not an expert but I'm pretty sure God does not drop slow moving hurricanes on people as a blessing. Thoughts and prayers to the folks on the Eastern Seaboard. Be safe.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  7. Ed Galbraith

    Gavin....time to GROW UP.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  8. teddy

    Dave, you're such a hateful idiot.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  9. Glen?

    I guess what i don't understand is natural disasters happen all the time. Why is this one suddenly a blessing according the Reverend Glen here. Stockpiling food isn't going to save your but one bit. Who cares if you have enough food for say a month, even a year. People will find out you have it and steal it from you. Its in our primal nature. Even if that doesn't happen you will still run out eventually. Lets all be honest with ourselves, if we are screwed to the point of having to rely on stockpiled food, you don't have long anyhow. Enough with the fear mongering GOP, lets worry about real problems.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • Busy Poor Dad

      No our primal nature is to help others out. If you have three months of food stored up, then you can help others. If we follow your "plan"...oh, wait, your plan seems to be find out who has food and got steel it because you did not do a very simple low cost thing.

      The hurricane, earthquake, high prices of food, winter, are all signs that you should take action to provide for your family. If you don't, then when bad things happen, and they will, you have failed. Then you have to wait till FEMA finally gets around to coming to help...as they did so well in New Orleans.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  10. brett

    Hasn't God heard of Post-it notes?

    August 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  11. Kirk

    Glen Beck is such a tool

    August 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • Austin

      How so? Are you just another of the many idiots (yes) who criticizes Glenn Beck because it's "the popular thing to do"? Please respond; if you don't that answers my question.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:31 am |
    • Isaac

      When sheep like Austin speak there should be someone around with a soundwave of sheep bleating.... how pathetic..... all Beck does is spew lies and misinformation. But it takes a functioning mind to see this and the FoxNewspublican sheep certainly don't have functioning minds.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  12. Miriam

    It might be crazy but he is right

    August 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • Pravda

      No, just crazy

      August 28, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • Isaac

      no... crazy, stupid, and ignorant. Just like the people that listen to him.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:06 am |
    • Byron Jones

      Crazy=right? Oh yea - got it!

      August 28, 2011 at 10:13 am |
  13. Ellen L

    Agree: If Fox News fires you for being off the wall, you're too extreme to be taken seriously. Good for laughs, tho!

    August 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  14. rachbell

    What an ass.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  15. JT

    Glenn Beck is the equivalent of the village idiot, going from place to place, babbling almost incoherently about different topics. Of course, he'd be totally ignored if not for all the idiots who drink his verbal swill. I think back to all the people Jim Jones helped commit suicide and I realize there are many weak minds out there. Scary.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • CeeJaa

      Yeah, the village idiot who is making millions of dollars with his hate spewing bigotry. All of a sudden, he decides to preach to his followers as if he's the Messiah. He is nothing but a money-grubbing opportunist. Please people - wise up!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  16. Scott

    WOW people actually listen to this smuck. His is a disgrace of an American.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  17. Sach

    Sounds logical to me. What beck is saying makes total sense. People should always be prepared to help themselves and their community. Funny how CNN decided that this news deserved dramatization

    August 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • NTTT

      You have no ability to think rationally if you believe this to be true

      August 27, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Busy Poor Dad

      A message from G-d? I don't know, but the message of be prepared is a good one. It is sad that so many want to attack Beck for even saying you should be prepared. (as well as just attack him for being Beck).

      What kind of person has a "plan" to deal with disasters by letting them happen and then sitting in the rubble waiting for someone else to come help them? That seems to be the plan they have with the attacks on people for having the idea that three months of food storage is crazy.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  18. Ed Galbraith

    Beck is a golden-haired messenger. His words are like sweet nectar from the Gods. How dare anyone question Mr. Crappants.?

    August 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  19. GodHimself666

    Glen is an idiot..

    August 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • teddy

      You are a moron and an idiot.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • AM

      Teddy you are a moron, an idiot and an imbecile

      August 27, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • Austin

      AM: please elaborate. Or do you not know how to back up your statements?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:32 am |
    • Felix Chow

      Austin, you sure love to troll on these comments a lot don't you?

      August 28, 2011 at 2:00 am |
  20. Not You

    He's a moron. Calling him a pseudo-intellectual is way more credit than he deserves.

    He's like the rest of the religious fanatics pushing a political agenda, alternating between fear-mongering and pandering to build his support among the ignorant, weak, malleable, and scared.

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

      WELL SAID

      August 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • Scott

      Barnum said it better, but you say it pretty well too. I think the main thing is, it's all about exploiting the weak, the old, and the dumb, for ratings and wealth.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • claude smith

      Ah c'mon, where's your sense of humor, this guy is a very funny man.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
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