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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. pseudopod

    Glenn Beck is a scary, scary man who truly lives in a world of his own. What an idiot.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      The truly sad aspect of that is the huge number of people that moved in with him.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  2. Mr Killian196

    C'mon, CNN...remember, you guys fired this whack job. Why report what he says? It's time that Beck goes and lays down by his dish.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • Ed Galbraith

      You've just insulted millions of dogs who are about to lay down.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • Peter E

      Actually, it was Fox News who fired him. However that makes it even sader that CNN continues to parrot his stuff.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  3. mimi

    Stock up that food, but what about where you stand with Christ? All the food you could collect won't save you in the eyes of God, if you follow a false religion then what?

    August 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      Ahh, but, moron, THAT moron says the same of you.
      Moron.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  4. thegadfly

    The message isn't as crazy as the messenger. But about that 3 month supply of food - shall I charge it with my credit card? The storage unit too?

    August 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Bob Dog

    Glen Beck = republican values. The republican party = home of the nut jobs, wackos, and fruit cakes!!!

    August 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  6. floyde

    Lighting his hair on fire must be next for Glen

    August 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      One can ONLY hope. A new Darwin Award...

      August 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  7. LARRY L B

    Let us pray Beck directly experiences the full wrathful delivery of God's message right into, over and through the homes, hopes and lives of him and his family. Amen.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      I'll not be foolish and immature and wish harm to his neighbors. A lesson directly applied to him would be ample for his followers.
      Perhaps a freak tornado hitting his car while he was in it... 😉

      August 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  8. normalice

    yeah, but, didn't glenn beck start the tea party?

    August 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      He started SOMETHING. By MOST opinions, based upon appearance and odor, a turd.
      Regrettably, he retained the rest of it.
      Explaining WHY he's full of it!

      August 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  9. JulieMS

    All you who make fun and are critical are the idiots who would or will be standing in food lines whining and grumbling if a disaster hits your area. I'm no Mormon, but live in Florida. And believe me we stock up on food and have all the necessities to take care of ourselves. And we have had a time where we did so in 2004 when we had no power for several days. We had to evacuate, and didn't stand in lines depending on someone else to care for us. We took care of ourselves. So SHUT UP bone heads.

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

      It's not the food storage, it's the way Beck sold his products for food storage on his show by scare tactics, the way he sold gold. it isn't advice he is giving, it's scare marketing and he made millions on it. he passes things off as advice from a knowledgable news source when he is simply a peddler and a slimy man.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      Chucklehead, I have sufficient food here to last a LEAST a month. I've ALWAYS had that much.
      Not out of survival, but from being TRULY hungry in life.
      So, we have AMPLE food.
      My SF training and life lead me to retain other survival means as well, to include water filtration and purification, knowing how to hunt, how to find food and how to protect myself and my team.
      And *I'M* in Pennsylvania, getting the first stages of the rain and tornado alerts, where one DID set down in my county, within a 1 1/2 to 2 miles, based upon EXPERIENCE.
      Peddle your idiocy elsewhere.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • lowkeyinaz

      That is an ignorant reply at best. This hurricane has claimed several lives already, to call it a blessing from God is only something an ignorant moronic piece of filth like Glen Beck would do.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • suleimanmd

      the issue is not stocking food, it's not a bad advice, the issue is calling Irene the hurricane , which is wreaking havoc on the east cost, a blessing from God because he thinks, god is sending a hurricane on major costal cities, just to prove that Glen Beck is right about his food advice, note to Glenn, you are not God, you have never talked to god and you should stop lying about your god.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • Joe Kerr

      Glen Beck is mocked and even threaten here at CNN but if I was Glen I would be looking over my shoulder for the unstable loner that traded in his 401k for ammunition and rations after listening to his radio show.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  10. Aaron

    Sigh, the stupid things christians say and do...

    August 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      Wow! WHAT AN IDIOT!
      So, Mormons are now Christians!
      I guess Muslims are Christian too, by your definition.
      Indeed, Jews are Christian, by YOUR daffynition.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • Mcshagdaddy

      Mormons are Christian bro... but why should it matter what the man's religion is? Why do we care? I don't care if he's Mormon, Catholic, Rastafarian or Pastafarian, what he says is irrelevant!

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

      Beck's only religion is money.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  11. dt

    A total and complete nut job. This megalomaniac was a product of Fox propaganda and they are all anti-American nut jobs.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  12. Dana from Cincinnati

    Beck...you truly display the antics of a moron/glee glitter. Get a life and quit spreading fear. My moral life is up to me and I don't think tectonic plates and flooding have thing 1# to do with it. Idiot.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  13. Rev. M-kell

    Let me guess--God told him that only hated liberals would die in it!

    August 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  14. Robert Sutherland

    He's always been an opinionated prat. The only surprise for me is the time it's taken for some to realize it.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      Honestly, I spent nearly 5 years away with some war thingie that rather got my attention far more than this idiot or the other morons preaching lunacy.
      Now that I'm retired and home, these people scare me greatly. A man with high explosives doesn't scare me. A man with a gun doesn't scare me. An IED doesn't scare me. THESE idiots DO scare me.
      So much stupid in such a small package and the morons follow!

      Even funnier is that he converted to a faith "revealed by an angel in book form that only the leader and the closest followers could read".
      He's nearly as bad as the scientologists, who actually DID penetrate the US government on a shortminded and simpleminded scheme to destroy evidence.
      And "Church of scientology", DO come and play. You as a group shan't survive.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  15. joo

    glenn is a clown - showbiz clown

    August 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  16. Peter

    This shameless self-promoter, this egotistical charlatan, this 24-carat show biz phony is calling the hurricane "a blessing"?
    Why do you think he said that? To get in the papers, to get on this site, to get attention. This is his only objective. Radio stations are dropping his show left and right, so he's got to kick the act into high gear, baby! If this were 1869 he would be selling snake oil from a wagon.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  17. taffd

    this is arrogance and money run wild

    August 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  18. Can these prayers be answered?

    ""Is you is or is you ain't a good little Glenn Beck Nazi?"

    "Ja...we is a good little Glenn Beck Nazi!"

    Is you is or is you ain't a good little Adolph, too."

    "Ja..we is a good little Adolph, too!"

    "Then...Seig Heil my Fuhrer Beck..Seig Heil! Seig Heil!"

    August 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  19. james

    Remember he is playing this role...the heart of this "crazy" message was well planned for maximum effect, like everything he does.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  20. db

    GLENN BECK is a blessing. What would we do without him?

    August 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
    • dm

      we'd be very happy not to have to listen to his nonsensical rants and lies

      August 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
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