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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. Joe

    A blessing in which about a dozen people died so far. A blessing in the sense of his goals I suppose. But I think that is what we can call a myopic narcissist.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  2. bob

    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.

    No where in canonized scripture is there such a command. In fact the Jesus of christian scripture admonishes us to do just the opposite.

    Matthew 6:31 "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'

    Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
    NKJV

    Glenn Beck is a wolf in sheep's clothing trying to become god (as are all Mormons) by "good" works. This is truly a scary religion and needs to be exposed for the dangerous cult that it is. Anyone wanting to know the truth about Mormonism should check out Ed Decker's website: http://www.saintsalive.com/

    August 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • thunder

      interesting website but it lost its credibility as soon as its writer refers to our president as a socialist. As one expert said, Obama is a million miles from being a socialist.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  3. blf83

    He should have a Looney Tunes Special. Total nutcase!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  4. ron

    The right wing often characterizes those more liberal than themselves, as "wing nuts". After all RIGHTY tighty, LEFTY loosey, right? But the extreme actually goes both ways guys. And I'm afraid Glenn Beck is SO loose, he's fallen off of the bolt entirely!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  5. LP

    He is out of his F_______g mind!!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  6. llib

    Typical right wing loon
    No brains just fear

    August 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  7. CarolB

    Anytime a person gets a "WAKE UP CALL" it's a blessing. If you want to read more into it and demonize a person because of what they say ... you're a fool. People have the right to convey what they believe on the forum they choose ... take it or leave it, but don't kill the messenger it doesn't make the message any less valid. Pumped Up Kids in their pumped up kicks ...

    August 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • Observer

      CarolB,

      11 dead. 3 million without power. This is getting to be a bigger blessing all the time.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • CarolB

      That's not the message ... the message is "Be Prepared." It's a good message ... do you disagree with the message or do you just hate Glen Beck? It's appears the the "Be Prepared" message is foder for haters. Doesn't seem to take much.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Abdul

      So 9/11 and Katrina was blessings too according to the same religious nuts.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • towerthree

      hopefully the wake up call is to all the poor followers of this fear laced rhetoric put under the disguise of religion.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Observer

      Everyone knows that people should be prepared for storms. That's why the media has been going crazy over it for 2 or 3 days now.

      How many lives is it worth to you and Beck? The media advocates for preparation without calling for any catastrophies. Not Beck.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Debb

      "Don't kill the messenger" read the bible not the book of mormon. mormons misinterpet what true scripture says

      August 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • GrumpyOldLady

      The problem I have is that he is a fake most of the time. I'm one of the Christians who has a heavy dose of intuition, especially when I pray so don't give me the "Devil is within you" crap. I have received spiritual guidance that Glenn Beck is NOT genuine, but misguided by the needs of his ego.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  8. slaphappy

    Glen Beck looks like he would feed my family for 30 days and he looks like he'd taste good boiled in oil with a lot of ketchup. nom nom

    August 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  9. saywho

    A mouthpiece for vile garbage.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  10. Flora

    What ever happend to that (other) idiot who said we were all going to be dead a month ago or so.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  11. Ramon F. Herrera

    Did the right invent hypocrisy?
    Or was it the other way around?

    August 28, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  12. Prince Arora

    I MADE THIS COMMENT LAST WEEK BEFORE THE HURRICANE IRENE HIT THE EAST COAST.
    The ferociousness of the Hurricane Irene is a 'blessing in disguise' for the U.S. economy.
    Just imagine the number of JOBS it will create in the East Coast. For contractors, construction workers, electricians, plumbers, etc. ALL OF US SHOULD THANK HURRICANE IRENE TO COME AND VISIT US DURING THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • Chelsea

      How many jobs are worth 11 lives?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • tyvet

      Hey Prince, what kind of an idiot are you? How does losing a home, losing property or losing a life benefit that individual or anyone else? Your comment might be dumber than anything Glen has said.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • tony

      That is almost as dumb as glen becks comment. This storm is going to cost millions of people money and cost companies millions. If a family has to spend money to repair their house, they have less money to spend on other things. To really help the economy we need to make goods and services that are exported. Fixing crap due to a natural disaster does not make our country better, did New Orleans get a boost from hurricane Katrina ?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Abdul

      With the same logic, you can go on convincing the powers to bomb the whole country and rebuilt it so that your thirst for jobs is quenched. I suggest innovation is what we need not digging a hole and covering it by our hands or by the nature. Opinions like this will certainly lead this country back to 18th century.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  13. Ramon F. Herrera

    Glenn Beck was fired from Faux by some 300+ companies that withdrew their advertisement. Long live free enterprise!!

    August 28, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • lisa

      Herrera...your wrong..left wing supported veiwers watched the Glen Beckshow just to fine things to complain about...bunch of cry babies..left wants to dish it out with out anyone questoning them..but can't handleit the other way around..what are you so afriad of???? might have to work for a living??? the gov wont be there to help??

      August 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  14. BwayBaby

    Thank you, Glenn Beck, for your message. Are you reading to us from the book of Harold Camping? Does it hurt you to admit that nature works on physics rather than some arbitrary angry god out there who destroys good people who don't obey a book written, oh, say, thousands of years ago, and translated and translated from translation over and over again? Oh, wait, I forgot your book is so much more recently written so therefore logically more accurate despite it's many disproved inaccuracies. But in any case, nature happens as it does, and it's not a punishment. It is nature. And we love nature, as violent and turbulent as it can be, and we love life for all the same reasons, so stop trivializing and demonizing such a beautiful - yes scary - but amazing thing that mother nature has created. But overall, what I"m saying is, try to fix things and do things rather than come up with crappy talking points that make the news.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Well said, but, I'm afraid, lost on Mr. Crappants.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Sykologiss

      Exactly what I'm saying. What an idiot this guy is. People that think earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados etc etc are an act of God are just plain delusional.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  15. slaphappy

    There are plenty of these types of food storers that are silly. They store food but they don't have a tornado shelter. There are a lot of ways to plan to be safer from the bad things that can happen. What about bird flu, do they have bird flu masks ready? That's just as likely a future scenario. And when it comes to dying of starvation, 30 days of food will not be enough. You will have to have weapons and be a hunter and conqueror if it gets that bad. The winners will be the ones who are the best plunderers and pillagers if things get so bad that you have to depend on 30 days worth of food. If me and my family are starving to death and I know that you have 30 days worth of food, realistically, I'd have to try to get your food to keep my family alive. Plus, I don't store 30 days worth of food because my neighborhood is loaded with fresh meat in the form of pet cats and dogs if things get that bad that I need to store 30 days worth of food. Also, be sure and don't let your neighbors know you have store of vittles. Some people will historically do anything to get food to keep their loved ones alive. There is absolutely nothing I wouldn't do to keep my loved ones alive. Let's just hope things don't get that bad.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  16. sanity please

    I don't have a problem with warning people to be prepared, the problem I have is the ideology that god controls the weather and that it's in response to his anger with humans. The planet has been having natural disasters long before humans crawled from the mud. Get over it people. If a god truly existed and he was angry with us, don't you think with all his almighty power he would just broadcast his displeasure with us with a loud voice transmitting over the globe stating that he existed and he was angry with us. Stop being sheep and start using your brains people. You people follow a book that was rewritten by a corrupt vatican hundreds of years ago. It's amazing how one little book could be used to control so many people, I'm glad I'm not under the control of a silly book and that I'm able to think for myself.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Mike

      Amen, preach it brother!

      August 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Well said...and original manuscripts written (second hand) by desert nomads who were afraid of almost everything and almost always wrong about natural cause and effect. Shame.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
  17. skarphace

    11 dead so far and Beck says it is a blessing. Nice. Anybody who is a fan of this guy should be ashamed.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  18. Chelsea

    Just go tell that personally to the families who lost loved ones. I believe the count is presently at 11.
    Mr Beck you a worthless human being.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  19. Goodgold

    Self reliance? Wow! What a concept. Hmm....seems like I was brought up on that belief, but the libs have changed it to reliance on the government.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • Bradman

      The Bible teaches interdependence and charity. You are your brother's keeper, whether it fits into your tidy conservative worldview or not.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • Ed Galbraith

      What makes you so comfortable with the musings of Mr. Crappants? Oh I know. He hates liberals.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  20. Ramon F. Herrera

    This fear campaign goes quite nicely with Beck's peddling gold, an investment that has been going down precipitously. I wonder if the hand of God is involved?

    August 28, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • Goodgold

      Uh, I think it's gone up a whole lot more than it's gone down since he was pitching it.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • CarolB

      Bitter about not investing or just a hater ... is how some of the ranting sounds to me. Gold's up ... Glen's right ... be prepared the tax payers can't keep supporting the haters.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • Observer

      CarolB,

      Speaking of being right, was Beck right when he said our health system was so bad it nearly killed him or when he said it's the best in the world?

      August 28, 2011 at 11:58 am |
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