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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. Dirk

    "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."
    You can count on the media (Dan Gilgoff) to take Glenn out of context, and count on media's faithful followers to not bother to understand Glenn's message to take responsibility for yourself and your family.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Villageidiot

      It's one thing to tell people to be responsible for themselves and their family, and another to say a natural disaster is a blessing. That's not taking it out of context, that's Mr. Beck hoping that mother nature aka God unleashes more wrath on people (Think Westboro Baptist Church). They celebrate in the deaths of others and even picket funerals. I expect Glenn Beck to attend one of these pickets soon.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Andrew Hall

      What on Earth is disrespectful about this article, Dirk?

      The article itself doesn't say one unkind word about Mr. Beck, even given the insult to the deceased that Beck has given.

      Are you angry because other COMMENTERS are infuriated by Beck's words? When people die, and someone calls it a "blessing from God", people are going to be upset.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • szsdevo

      The right hates, the left hates, and neither side ever listens to the people. It's easy to attack Glenn Beck, stick your heads in the sand and blame.Is storing food in case of a flood or worst really that bad. We know that America is slipping into a handout state and when someone says to stand for yourself, how dare they. Glenn is an easy target. At least he's standing on his own. Who's standing for this Hope and change nonsense coming out of the White House. Those are the ones i'm worried about. Just pray that Glenn Beck is wrong. He's been right about Oblama the whole time.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  2. Proud to be Canadian

    If Paul Revere were alive today, he would be riding through the streets shouting "The Right Wing Idiots are trying to take over the Country".

    August 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • CarolB

      Actually, it's odd you would use that analogy. Paul Revere and Glen Beck haved the same message "BE Prepared." Paul Revere was praised for that message.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Paul Revere was not peddling gold, nor spreading hate. Was not a hypocrite, either.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • CarolB

      You've cited so many things that are incorrect or out of context that it's clear you haven't actually listened to Beck. Beck uses facts to back up his opinions. I believe that not only is Obama racist, but I think we're all racist or discriinatory. It's how humans are wired ... to fear what we don't know or don;t understand. Ramon, you're a perfect example of someone with a closed mind who hates what you don't understand. It's pretty normal ... really.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  3. Mia

    Why does he have any followers? he is an ego maniac who feeds on fear of others, 'needs' attention and will go to all ends to get both. What does this say about the people that follow him? he can certainly do a lot of damage to our society and country, and has already.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      "Why does he have any followers?"

      Like the Boy Who Cried Wolf, even his followers are getting sick of him. His ratings had taken a nose dive, and his was fired from Faux. He only keeps the core wackos.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • CarolB

      Glen Beck has a substancial following because he's right about things. Fearful people hate Beck because they aren't prepared for anything ... whatsoever. Character assisination is common when you can't attack facts. Glen Beck makes sense with his main messages. Most of his messages are twisted if not fictionalized by a media controlled by the left. I say listen to Beck along with others .... take out of it what makes sense for you and leave the rest. Glen Beck says the same thing so I on the same page with Beck on that.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Carol: "Glen Beck has a substancial following because he's right about things"

      Mr. Back was fired from Faux by 300+ companies, for spreading hate.

      http://stopbeck.com/dropped-sponsors

      August 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Carol: "Character assassination is common"

      "Obama is a racist who hates America"
      -Glenn Beck

      August 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  4. ConcordantMind

    Beck doesn't even believe what he says he just has learned how to manipulate his audience, much like a cult leader. You can hear it just in his tone of voice. He is utterly full of crap.

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

    Dear Son Glenn:

    Thou Shalt Not Use My Name to Spread Hate.

    -Signed: Jesus H. Christ

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

      ps: I checked the Pearly Gates List, and I am afraid you are not in it.

      JHC

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

      BTW: Dad is really pizzed at you, as well.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • mcp123

      The flying spaghetti monster will provide bowls of hot pasta for everyone during the hurricane. Bless his noodly appendages!

      August 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  6. mendrys

    "Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use." Indeed! Most of this ilk believe that the entire universe was created solely for our benefit.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  7. Larry

    And being self-reliant is a bad thing? Oh, no. I forgot. The left-wing agenda wants us all 100% dependent upon the government. Love that they believe in free speech – as long as it agrees with their agenda.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Observer

      How many deaths is this worth to you?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Ravenlynne

      No, we like self reliance. But we also do go around saying death is a blessing from god as a punishiment for not preparing. Your'e a moron.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Ravenlynne

      Meant to type "Don't" instead of "do" for those opportunists who would use my argument against me because of a misspelling.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Woody

      It's not a liberal versus conservative thing. The reason anyone–no matter what your political outlook is–should be wary of Glenn Beck is because, 1) he's an idiot, 2) he's insane, and 3) he repeatedly spouts crazy stuff like this.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  8. lily

    Wow. Yeah, what a blessing. Was Katrina a divine gift? What a flipping tool. It is scary the millions and millions of people who held up this man as their mouthpiece for so long while he was on FAUX NEWS. He's terrifying and I wish they'd stop giving him airtime.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  9. Cass

    This man should be put on an asylum...

    August 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  10. Ramon F. Herrera

    The left hates ideas (which is fine!).
    The right, people.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  11. Mike Scott

    Once again, another profound statement, from another winged-out religious nut. Misery loves company, and I can already see another 4-8 year Bush-era "depression" coming. It just makes you want to put a gun to your head.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  12. mickey weedon

    I am a Christian basher and very proud of it. These idiots believe they are going to get beamed up to their invisible space daddy in the sky...So, the Sarah Palins and Glen Becks of this world...cut down all the trees, shoot all the animals, spill your oil and leave this mess for the rest of us. These people who worship some dead guy on a stick are DANGEROUS!
    We had these nuts running our country Bush and Bush daddy for 12 years. People who do not believe in global warming but believe some God out there causes quakes and floods? Wow, I have left America for ever. I am ashamed of America and these Christian nut jobs who have control of my lost country!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • NotQuiteRight

      Very nice!

      August 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Republickmyballs

      Amen lol.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • pastafaria

      @mickey Kudos on your decision to expatriate. I moved to London shortly after Dubya's second inauguration, and I'll finally be eligible for U.K. citizenship in two months. I can't wait to make my trip to the U.S. Embassy so I can renounce my U.S. Citizenship, and then flip off that butt ugly giant eagle up on the roof as I leave. Best decision I've ever made.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • CarolB

      I enjoy your honesty. I disagree completely with your philosophy ... but it's a kick to see the degree of malcontent you've harvested. Clearly you've never listened to Beck or you'd know his message is simple ... be better people ... be prepared ... it's really non-threatening. He's outted some people ... I guess they must want revenge.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  13. jb1963

    This is Sarah, Michelle and Christine all rolled into a man's body.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  14. CarolB

    Some of you people have been sold a bill of goods regarding Glen Beck that isn't true. If this blog is an example of CNN indoctination ... no wonder the ratings suck. This is a really "TWISTED" interpretion of a simple message to the people. What's so bad about a "Wake Up call" or be prepared - Absolutely Nothing!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • natural born skeptic.

      Here's your sign.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Ravenlynne

      Yeah! And a blessing from god! Do you mindlessly repeat everything he says as gospel?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Joseph

      Well, just look at the general tone of the replies this gets. It's angry, mad and hateful. I think people get tired of that atmosphere after a while, hence CNNs ratings. It is pretty dishonest reporting, and this is what it's getting them. You take a guy who says a disaster can be a blessing as it brings us together to help one another out and twist it into sounding like he's happy that people are dead isn't very appealing to people. I don't think people are as dumb as CNN seems to think they are. They're taking notice, and leaving them.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Observer

      CarolB,

      How many deaths is it worth?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • funny_name

      Here's your problem: you say that the article is lying about Glenn Beck and then you fail to say what is wrong with the article, just assuming that we'll believe you probably because you say something about CNN having bad ratings. So, what is CNN lying about? If you're right, then you should be able to tell us what it is.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Ravenlynne

      I'm sure repubs will twist anything anyway they lake to defend their golden boy.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  15. natural born skeptic.

    Diarrhea of a madman

    August 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  16. ADAM99

    This guy has nade idiots look good.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  17. LetsBeCivil

    This man is dangerous. I have a strong religious faith. In my faith, God is the God of love. God does not send things like hurricanes and earthquakes to get our attention. We were created with minds with which we should be able to discern that we need to be prepared.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  18. Ravenlynne

    Next he'll be saying things like "let them not prepare to decrease the surplus population."

    August 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  19. Anon

    This is eye opening as an Earth Science teacher. Interesting...I always teach my students that Earthquakes are a response to energy release due to movement along a fault as caused by shifting tectonic plates. And I teach the hurricanes and tropical storms are a positive feedback mechanism created due to the heat of tropical water increaseing evaporation and centered around a low pressure center that begins spinning due to the Coriolis Effect. Had I known it was just God's way of telling my students to stockpile food, we could have spent more time on our global cliamte change unit...wait, increased tropical storms, that sounds like climate change. Shoot.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • funny_name

      Hah!

      August 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Seth Pascal

      You're still missing the point.
      The point is to get to Walmart and begin pummeling one another for the last loaf of Wonder Bread. Do not waste your time with the book-learnin'.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Ravenlynne

      You'll pray to god and do what Glenn Beck says from now on, dammit...won't you?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  20. Kool Aid

    Unfortunatley, as big a 1st Amendment supporter as I normally am, this man's rantings are nevertheless dangerous and represent a clear and present danger to our country (e.g. riling up every religious fanatic and redneck out there). He should be silenced by whatever means necessary.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • CarolB

      No ... it's you who are dangerous. It really doesn't matter if it's Jeremiah Wright or Glen Beck ... they can express themselves freely. I choose to hear both messages and I will determine what I choose to adopt as an acceptable message.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • cd

      Glee,is this any worst than that @ss ho!e some people call President that needed to see his Face once again in the Media so he's @ Weather Central Controling the "Entire" Nation my "HIMSELF". Maybe your Man is the one that's need's the "Real Help" you might want to go along for the Ride!

      August 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Kool Aid

      @CD: you sound like an ignorant, drunken, rambling fool. @CarolB: the genocide in Rwanda was started by a radio host and his crazy rants-just saying, some speach is not worth protecting.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Observer

      cd,
      LOL

      Obama cut his vacation short and went to the FEMA office.
      Bush partied with McCain while Katrina was striking. He then ignored dying Americans pleading for help for four days and announced that the incompetent he hired for FEMA was doing a "heckuva job".

      LOL.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • cd

      Observer,maybe you miss your "PUBLIC SCHOOL" gov't class but the state out ranked Mr Bush and he could "NOT" do anything until he was "ask" to do so. And the state was run by liberal dem's @ the time,why did you "not" address the issue of Mr OBAMA sickness for looking @ himself "EVERYDAY" and using the word ( I ) 96 times in one speach,I think it's "GREAT" that he think's one man can run the entire Nation "by himself" that is so healthy for the Nation just look how we are "GROWING"!

      August 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Kool Aid

      @CD: the image of you I have in my head is a burly, heavily bearded white man with a huge beer gut, wearing camo, carrying an M-16 and living on a compound somwhere deep in the woods. How close am I?

      August 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
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