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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

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  1. MSMAJEED

    All the scriptures speak of the many peoples that were destroyed by earthquakes, fire, wind, water, etc. because they committed abominable sins and were rebellious of the commands of God Almighty. The believers are cognisant of this, and know that no earthquake or hurricane is a blessing.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • Abdul

      All your text here represent your own assumption of what the freaking scriptures are saying. A real piece of bull. God is what you have created to explain your freaking ignorance.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • Abdul

      A real piece of bull. God is what you have created to explain your freaking ignorance. All your text here represent your own assumption of what the freaking scriptures are saying.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  2. greenaxe

    His place in society is between two huge cheeks.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Not a nice thing to say about Mr. Crappants.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  3. Nick Clemens

    Doesn't Glenn Beck get paid by a company that sells emergency food?

    August 28, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Murdoch Likes This

      Good point. Reporters joked that the only news that sells was murder, mayhem, or mischief (by celebrity, clergy, or politician) – nickname "3Ms." You'll find variations on this theme – all basically the same. Guys like Murdoch turned the 3Ms into a commodity. NEWS is no longer about reporting things that matter – it's all about advertising dollars.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  4. The Truth

    There is no such thing as God. The unfortunate part of the human condition is we are hardwired to believe there is a power higher than us. Once you come to the realization this is all there is, you can truly be free.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Sarahfalin

      you speak the truth my friend.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • Physics-lite

      @ ALL Atheist @ The Truth
      Andrew’s Quote “It's not all that pointless, see while you would never be convinced that your bronze age mythological beliefs about the creation of the universe are wrong, since I can rebut (with peer reviewed journal articles no less) any claim you make, in rather stunning detail, those who are not so well versed on the subject who read the dialogue could be swayed to the side of science. It's for the benefit of others, not the already horribly misinformed.”
      End of Quote.
      -------------------------------–
      A genius does what it must, to advance Mankind and
      Talented Intellectuals do just what their discipline allows.
      --------------------------------
      Discipline implies the teaching and enforcing of an acceptable patterns of behavior.
      Andrew; It is all in One’s Description and Everyone Else’s
      Interruptions over the Millennium.

      Here are some peer reviewed “Nobel Prize winners”, no less.
      You pick one or all, Sheldon Glashow, Steven Weinberg, Abdus Salam, Carlo
      Rubbia, Simon van der Meer, and last but not least Richard P. Feynman.

      All of the above “Nobel Winners” describe and illustrate their finding of
      millions of particle collisions in the same way.

      All of the elementary particles divide up into packets of photonic energy
      [light energy ] that Turns [or ferments,] into two or more sub-particles and
      some of the photonic energy [ light energy ] returns [or ferments,] back into
      the original elementary particles. It is called quantum electrodynamics/or QED

      The EM-fields of each particle defines the amount of light particles are in each
      particle or sub-particle. As the EM-fields collapse back. Andrew, you know QED

      “Let there be Light and let the light ferment and the light became fermented”& there was the Heavens and the Earth.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • More than the Truth

      Until you will see in your eyes, within the next 2-3 days, an earthquake shall pass about 6-8Magnitude, then you will know the power of God, mightier than any of your kings, the technology you worship, so that all our eyes shall open, that there is only one God and no other lesser god.

      This is a reminder my friend, there's still time for you to believe, just pray the Lord's prayer in Aramaic version, and you will know where to start. God Bless everyone!

      August 28, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  5. wonderabout

    Militant agnostic here – I don't know and you don't know either! ..... Beck is goin for the money! again – he thinks that his unceremonious boot from mainstream cable (CNN) was just a hickup in his rise to power and fame – oh, but wait – this is CNN! hmmmm so you guys really do like him – just for ratings? Let's try reporting on the stuff of reality more .... yeah – I guess we need to know what the lunatic fringe is thinking/planning.... double-edged sword.....

    August 28, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  6. Voice in the Wilderness

    I just checked with God, and she says not to listen to this nut.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • Plano

      Love it!

      August 28, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  7. The King

    This guy is ready made for the obtuse and emotionally fragile AKA the teabaggers. "Death panels", "Sharia law", "victory mosque", etc... everything is phrased as an imminent threat from Obama/Socialism/God/Muslims. What I find truly sad is there are so many people in this country dumb enough to get sucked into this BS.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  8. Brian

    It is very scary there are people in the world like Glenn Beck. Even more scary, is that people actually follow him.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  9. From FL

    I wonder if Glen Beck has a stock pile of food.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  10. Ruby

    Glenn Beck...full of hot air, as usual. He needs a good pin poke.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  11. Jon

    "God forbid" Why doesn't his god just forbid disasters. Basically Glenn Beck is saying his god is not in control.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  12. twnc

    Thank god we have people like Glen Beck or we might starve to death in the 24 hrs the power is out. He must be some sort of prophet to be so wise

    August 28, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • CarolB

      Clearly, most of you haven't listened to Glen Beck. I can't see why the message of "be prepared" is so scary. Attacks on the messanger are ridiculous ...especially when he has been right. Don't hear much about that do we ... gold ... riots ... be prepared ... you may want to listen.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Observer

      "when he has been right'

      Like when he told his sheep about holding George Washington's speech in his hands?

      August 28, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  13. slaphappy

    It seems that glen beck just says any off the wall bs that comes into his head. He needs to tape himself and listen to himself and maybe he would start thinking before he speaks. Or, maybe he is on LSD, or something? Who pays him for his rantings?

    August 28, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • Rachel

      FOX of course! Lol!

      August 28, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  14. melvin

    My comment: If goverment cannot or will not created JOBS mother nature will: hench earthquakes, floods (mississippi style), hurricaine etc etc

    August 28, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  15. Seraphim

    What a nutter, seriously! Any person that believes the stupidity he spews is even worse! Just wish he would drown in the hurricane – that will truly be a blessing to us all.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  16. B

    Have to agree with @Proud to be Canadian... I blame our press for giving these crazy wing-nuts a stage, I mean pulpit to spread their fear and hate. All-in-all, I feel sad for the Glenn's, Sarah's, and Michelle's (Bachman). What terrible human beings living such a depressing life.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Murdoch Likes This

      The greater the sensation, the more eyeballs will watch. Reporters joked that the only news that sells was murder, mayhem, or mischief (by celebrity, clergy, or politician) – nickname "3Ms." You'll find variations on this theme – all basically the same. Guys like Murdoch turned the 3Ms into a commodity. NEWS is no longer about reporting things that matter – it's all about advertising dollars. So... when you criticize CNN again for what you think is bad reporting – pat yourself on the back. You're part of the problem.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  17. Paula

    Actually Mormons believe in a YEAR of stockpiling food and goods. I just want a list of where they all live so if the time comes they can sharzies... 🙂

    August 28, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      "Actually Mormons believe in a YEAR of stockpiling food and goods."

      Small wonder they have so many women: to cook all that food and to stockpile them as s3x providers.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • melvin

      YEAH and Uhta has the Most FOODSTAMP program .. soone has to feed all the wife and children ......But the good news out UTHA is the fedreal goverment doesnot send Childsupportmoney/for the enforcement of childsupport collection. Nice to know all the father support there children!???

      August 28, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  18. Ramon F. Herrera

    "to stockpile food in their homes in anticipation of a global food disruption."

    ...and don't forget to invest in gold!!
    -Mr. Beck

    August 28, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  19. Daniel

    Glenn Beck is a P-R-O-F-I-T.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Garden Variety Opportunist

      I was going to post that! LMAO.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  20. Ramon F. Herrera

    As usual, the far righties are doing what they do best: spread hate and fear.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:39 am |
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