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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. Paul J.

    Obviously the devestation that the hurricane has caused is a tragedy, but I have to give Glenn Beck the benefit of the doubt on this one. Though he might have chosen his words and timing more carefully, he's just suggesting that if this disaster is pushes people to be more prepared, then that can be seen as a blessing. He never said that anybody deserves to have their homes destroyed or their lives torn apart. I recognize that blessings can be born out of tradegy, but that doesn't mean that I rejoice in others' suffering. We all know that Glenn Beck spews a lot of ridiculousness, so we really don't need to demonize him over this relatively innocent comment.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • Allocer

      You're fortunate that there is no dislike button

      August 28, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • Nick M

      I think this is the one of the only sensible posts on here. Thank you.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  2. ScottH

    I have no use for Glenn Beck, but I don't understand why people feel the need to euphemistically suggest his murder. This kind of talk is damaging the national conversation, because, really, after you have called for someone to be taken out, what else is there to say? Glenn is struggling to regain relevance, trying to say anything that will get him back in the news, and he has succeeded, at the cost of what little credibility he had left.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  3. Richard

    This man is one minute away from thorazine and a white room, with finger painting on weekdays.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:37 am |
  4. PB

    Remember, always let the morons speak. That is how we know were they are!

    August 28, 2011 at 7:36 am |
  5. arlojones

    We will eventually see Beck feeding koolaid to his followers in a South American jungle.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:34 am |
    • carlos

      now...why bring Poor south america into the picture.. Why not feeding koolaid in the planes of waco texas? or the shores of Alaska or something like that a bit more local.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  6. Isaac

    of all the times for a deranged lunatic with a gun to be in the crowd.... oh wait, all the deranged lunatics are there listening to their master, nevermind.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:34 am |
  7. Unbelievable

    Only a left-wing liberal would interpret his message in a negative way. He's advising people people to be prepared...that's it, that's all.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:34 am |
    • PB

      How naive of you...

      August 28, 2011 at 7:40 am |
    • Jeff

      Beck is Mormon nut case. He preaching his Mormon white horse philosophy and he dreams he'll be the leader

      August 28, 2011 at 7:42 am |
    • carlos

      to be prepared because it is "devine" intervention? Don't you see something wrong with that? Unbelievable!!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 7:43 am |
    • Isaac

      yeah he's not saying that his god is sending earthquakes and hurricanes as a message or anything..... wake up moron.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:46 am |
    • Shawn

      Glenn Beck is an evil, disgusting person. Only a deranged right-wing fanatic would defend him.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:46 am |
  8. Sequoia

    Will somebody PLEASE tell America's right-wing morons that PLATE TECHTONICS create earthquakes and the planet's atmosphere creates weather? Their goofy God has absolutely nothing to do with it. But hey...what do you expect from people who think the first humans were Christians who rode dinosaurs 6,000 years ago?

    August 28, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  9. Robert

    Its in the BIBLE maybe more people should read ! ! ! !

    August 28, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  10. Horizons

    I wish he would go to Iraq so he can get his head decapitated with a butter knife.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:33 am |
    • Unbelievable

      personal attacks and messages of hate...it's the liberal way

      August 28, 2011 at 7:37 am |
    • Shawn

      Unbelievable: Nobody is interested in your backwards right-wing fantasy world. Glenn Beck says the most vile, evil, hateful, dangerous, anti-American things I've ever heard in the media, and you pretend it's some liberal thing. You people are insane and constantly lying.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • Unbelievable

      Shawn, it's amazing you claim to know who/how I am. If you spent anytime listening to Glenn Beck on the radio or Fox you'd know that he is not hateful at all. Although I am not religious at all, just about everything the guy says or warns people about (except the religious stuff) is pretty much spot on.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:48 am |
    • Isaac

      Yeah cuz your masters at FAKE News are so polite and nice huh Unbelievable..... go back to your cave troll.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  11. DarkDrew

    When God gives you lemons, You Find a New God.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  12. keylargo

    Oh no, him again, I wish some one would wire his jaw shut !

    August 28, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  13. twgloege

    Why is anything this obviously sick man has to say news??? The media has made Sarah The Nut Case, and this idiot, rich by making news out of nonsense. And, we the even more stupid, eat it up like candy.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  14. Pat

    This guy should shut up. Just another hypocrite using "god" to get attention and make money.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  15. martog

    Gee, another blow hard religious nut bag. Unfortunately there are many that think just like him. Maybe people like him prove evolution......it has just somehow managed to go into reverse!

    August 28, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  16. LEB

    Only a psychopath like Glenn Beck would think that people deserve to have their homes and lives destroyed from natural disasters because it was "God's will." If God existed, he would STOP natural disasters, not create them.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:28 am |
    • scndnv

      Um, you're thinking of Superman... Read a book once in a while, you might learn something.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:34 am |
    • scott

      are you an idiot.... have you ever even read the bible... god is all about natural disasters to destroy evil ppl who do things like america.... SODOM AND GOMMORA DUHHH wow ppl really have no idea what God does when ppl do not obey his commandments.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:35 am |
    • Isaac

      stop believing in myths and fairy tales written by primitive farmers who thought the earth was flat people..... wake up.... it's the 21st century

      August 28, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  17. ZMM

    This guy well do anything to stay in the spotlight.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  18. Queen Lattice

    somebody needs to disassemble that blow hard. what an idiot.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:25 am |
    • scndnv

      You know, it's okay for people to have opinions that are different to yours. Relax, have a banana, not everyone needs to be 'destroyed'.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:36 am |
  19. Dave

    Someone take him out..

    August 28, 2011 at 7:25 am |
    • scndnv

      Let me guess, you're american.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  20. bill

    idiot

    August 28, 2011 at 7:25 am |
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