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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. chuck

    ALL the FOX News Staff are fricken CRAZY. Beck and Palin top the list, Hannity close behind..just incompetent nut jobs..

    August 28, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • WoI Admin

      And yet they've made millions by publicly shouting stupid, often inaccurate things.
      Only in America...

      August 28, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  2. BY

    Glen Beck is STUPID.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  3. Ed

    Glenn Beck should be treated at this point for his mental illness. I feel for the guy with his mentally disabled kid and all, but Beck has become a very crazed man, and his thinking is no longer logical or lucid whatsoever.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Blitz

      I agree completely.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  4. Geoffrey Hamilton

    He really is off his rocker...

    August 28, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  5. Asch

    Glenn is an idiot. I can't wait for him to go to whatever afterlife he believes in and they deny him because of his arrogant and ignorant ways.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  6. Rob/OBE

    I'll never forget that Glenn Beck promised to lead souls to HELL ... if he gets the chance. He gave up on God when his family members (Mother and Step-brother) committed suicide. He will succeed with many of the little brain lost souls.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  7. Andrew

    one little earthquake that people in california laugh at us for, and one hurricane that wasn't as big as hurricane Andrew, and everyone gets so freaked out. But I'm not surprised at Beck, people like him will use any excuse to dangle people on their string with fear.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  8. Concerned

    Mr. Beck is not a prophet, well, maybe a false prophet. Now he is preaching some of the principles of his LDS Mormon church. Some of it is very good, but he is just an entertainment clown. He just bring shame to the LDS.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  9. Victor Oliveira

    This guy is not a neo- con, perhaps a neo-con artist, but even being a con man takes brains so there goes that idea. I think people like him are neo-cult leaders, they have mixed politics and religion to create a hybrid cult. And in place of taking direct donations, they reap the rewards of book deals, negotiate giant salaried media contracts, licensing deals etc.. They gather followers like a cult leader does, except they use media as their pulpit, Thank you to the Pat Robertson generation of televangilists for paving the way, this guy just took their business model and upped the game. He's like some evil lab experiment that crossed the DNA of Robertson and Limabaugh.

    False profits indeed

    Beware false profits indeed.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  10. TX Candy

    Go to Hell

    August 28, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  11. T In Dallas

    CNN stop doing Faux News' job by reporting on Glenn Beck. If his giving advice be afriad..it's bound to cost you something. The fear is free but the advice will cost you. What a tool he is!

    August 28, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  12. Q1

    And if I have no strict belief in a god and absolutely no belief in a religion??? Must just be a hurricane.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • cykill

      last post i need to read...exactly right

      August 28, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  13. Dank

    A warning? Yes. A Divine warning? No.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  14. Dave

    This jerk gives Christians a bad name...we're not all like this, I swear!!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  15. JP

    Ignorant fool. Refusing to accept the simple things like global warming with money from US Oil Refiners being deposited in to his accounts. Atleast he could keep his blasphemy with him. US businesses are very powerful, greedy and not willing to accept change. We need to move away from carbon based fuel to reduce this catastrophy and study the opportunities to harvest the energy from entropy in case of hurricances. Lord Heaven, please bless wisdom on hate monger beck.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  16. one patriot

    I feel like we're all in the Twilight Zone. How is it that nuts like Beck, Palin and Bachmann have a serious audience. Better re-read all that Bible stuff about the last times people...

    August 28, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  17. Charlie in Maine

    Glen Beck is a blessing. Sent by God to remind Liberals and Progressives everywhere that we a are absolutely right and that we better vote or idiots like Beck will seize control of our nation.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • JW

      Beck should be in a nut house

      August 28, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Glenn Beck is no more than "the messenger of hate" in the name of profit, be aware of those bearing "false witness".

    August 28, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  19. tony

    Me thinks Glen watched "the road" to many times OR food insurance is paying him to convince us we need their kits. Its sad that hes hiding behind religion to profit.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  20. giovanni cerbone

    God Please give us some jobs,so we can buy supply before irene arrive ,pay mortgages,pay taxes,and DD Batteries.
    And please send jesus to talk to us not bek's

    August 28, 2011 at 11:08 am |
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