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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. Big Bob

    He was in Isreal last week on a solidarity tour. No mention of that in CNN.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • David G.

      Because no one cares?

      August 28, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • MIchael

      Yes there was Bob, the link was on the front page for several days. I read the article and it help strengthen my belief that this man is nothing but poisonous opportunist.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:34 am |
    • James

      Unfortunately he is coming back.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  2. AC

    Arrghh!!!! Just smited

    August 28, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  3. Johan Bouwer

    This guy is as nutty as ever. Time for him to move on.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:29 am |
  4. AC

    Either Beck is right, and we will all be smited apart from him (and followers)
    Or there is no God, and no one gets smited
    Waiting for smiting.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:29 am |
  5. Kris L

    Umm, sorry Glenn. People have recommended having emergency food supplies for a long time in case of an emergency. A hurricane (which happens every year) isn't some mystical sign that you were right to also recommend it. It's just common sense.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • AnnMarie

      GLEN BECK – A MAN OF COURAGE, A MAN OF TRUTH THE WAY AND THE LIFE.

      GOD'S MAN. GOD'S SON. LISTEN TO HIS HEART AND NOT HOW THE MEDIA WOULD PORTRAY HIM...

      AND PLEASE, GET YOUR MOUTHS OUT OF THE GUTTER – GROW UP.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  6. Jim Weix

    LOL...The World is Ending!....please send money to save your soul: c/o Glenn Beck.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  7. TG

    Hurricane Irene nor the earthquake that hit the east coast is of God's making, just as the earthquake in the days of the prophet Amos some eight hundred years before Jesus arrival on the earth.(Amos 1:1) This earthquake was of such magnitude that the prophet Zechariah made particular mention of it nearly 300 years later.(Zech 14:5) James, the half-brother of Jesus Christ, said: "When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone."(James 1:13)

    Rather, the warning being given concerning the imminent end of the "last days", the time period we are personally experiencing (also called Jesus [invisible] "presence", Matt. 24:27, 37, 39) is done by God's people. Jesus said that before the "end comes", there would be a global work done, saying: "And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come."(Matt 24:14) This world-wide work is assigned to Jesus "slaves" and of which Jesus gave an illustration at Matthew 25.

    Mr Glenn Beck has no grasp of what God, whose name is Jehovah, is doing now. During these "last days", the work of warning individuals (and teaching those who respond about God's kingdom) that Jehovah God will bring this "system of things" to an end in the near future is what God is accomplishing. He is not manipulating the weather to cause hurricanes nor the earth to cause earthquakes, for these can be a result of man's destructive behavior on the environment, his selfish greed.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  8. flafreethinker

    Mr Beck is crazy. We all know that. Lets keep religion out of this natural disaster and continue to understand the workings of storms, earthquakes and other phenomena that are explained in full by SCIENTIFIC METHODS.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  9. sooner08

    To really prepare for an emergency you would need an underground bunker furnished with all the necessities to sustain you and your family for several months. I wonder where Beck has his hidden.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  10. Zach

    Beck is a tool. He has no shame.....Anyone that thinks otherwise, take some time and look him up on youtube or read some of the outlandish things he has said. The man is crazy but yet smart, in that he has been able to cash in on all the re-res.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  11. God is crap

    Stockpile? For the chosen? C'mon all powerful creator... if you "son" can create a massive feast from 2 fish and some bread... sure you can magically make food appear.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • mathis

      You may be missing the point.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  12. Lee Dunkelberg

    Irene proclaims Glenn Beck irrelevant at best.
    And so say all of us.
    Turn out the lights. The party's over.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  13. Tom Leykis

    Beck is a grade "A" mouthbreathing wingnut religious nutjob and a narcissistic sociopath.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:26 am |
    • suzy diamond

      WOW...why don't you tell us how you REALLY feel! What's with all the anger!

      August 28, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  14. Norm Autrey

    Ahh, the final descent into insanity. A diminutive individual with a god complex. See, he told you so. You didn't listen and now, what? Fox News, with it's bevy of hate filled individuals, got the message and quietly forced him out. Now, he's an evangelical Mormom preacher. His journey to complete and utter lunacy has him in good company with the other hawksters like Falwell, et al.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:25 am |
  15. Rob

    I thought this guy was just a s**t disturber, a run of the mill street agitator, but now, I realize he's just plain nut.
    Totally inconsequential...

    August 28, 2011 at 10:25 am |
  16. dadatruth

    Beck becomes more bizarre with each passing day.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  17. John

    I don't think the 10 dead people from this storm would agree with this aledge blessing. Only a idiot would say such a thing about destruction of lives and property.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • dadatruth

      I feel that you correctly identified the cause of the comment.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:24 am |
  18. AlBr

    This guy is starting to saound as nutty as Al Gore (Global Warming is our fault), Pat Robertson (I can pray away hurricanes); but not as wacko as those idiots at the Westboro Baptist Church.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  19. braden

    Helaman 16: 6 But the more part of them did not believe in the words of [Glenn Beck]; therefore when they saw that they could not hit him with their stones and their arrows, they cried unto their captains, saying: Take this fellow and bind him, for behold he hath a devil; and because of the power of the devil which is in him we cannot hit him with our stones and our arrows; therefore take him and bind him, and away with him.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  20. MOREMAN (get it)

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3BqLZ8UoZk&w=640&h=360]

    August 28, 2011 at 10:20 am |
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