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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. BillinGA

    Remember all you gun nuts. If the world collapses, Glenn Beck has tons of food.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Bob Hope's Ghost

      Are you kidding? most "gun nuts" are republicans and already have stockpiles of food themselves and are well prepared. It's the democrats that are NOT prepared and depend on mcdonalds and welfare and wouldn't know what to do in the event of disaster unless FEMA comes calling with the FREE handouts. .

      August 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Daniel

      Mr. Hope's Ghost, you're what wrong with America. You're so full of arrogance and blind hatred of the "other side".

      August 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  2. hitobito

    Glenn Beck is an uneducated idiot who spews hate and sheer nonsense. He may have lost his mind.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  3. Columella

    As a practicing Christian (Roman Catholic) I the believe that, as far as the end of the world or similar apocalyptic prophecies go, the best advice, if you need to quote the Bible, is in Mathew 24 "..no one knows .... Only the Father knows". Preachers personlized interpretations of Revelations are in about the same class than the Mayans or Nostradamus. I may be not very orthodox but I think that one of the worst mistakes the early Church Fathers did was to accept the Apocalypsis (Revelations) as a Canonigal book. There was no general agreement until the V or VI century. By that time Nero and the Roman empire (which were probably the real target of the author) were gone

    August 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  4. DICKofCheney

    Oh yee Americans, pray more for blessings of this type.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  5. labKING

    He sure was right about gold prices. $$. Thanks Glenn!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Observer

      15 dead. 3 million without power. New York flooding. Thanks Glenn.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  6. Kerry Berger

    Beck's continuous comments are as asinine as those people who believe the crap that he espouses. When are we as a nation going to stop listening to these walking and talking heads who spew diarrhea of the mouth ???

    August 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  7. HeavenSent

    God sent us hurricane Irene, tsunamis, tornados, plus cancers and other diseases too numerous to mention. God has apparently killed thousands upon thousands of innocent people and kids that way. Wow, god must be quite the azzhole. Thank you god.

    Amen.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  8. SeeQue

    "Glenn Beck appeared to be echoing Mormon doctrine on preparing for adversity" ???? – how about he is echoing some COMMON SENSE!!! Dozens of reporters have echoed the importance of planning and preparation for this over-blown, over-hyped storm, yet some how Glenn Beck's words have something to do with Mormonism? You, Mr. Blogger, are a windbag of cat-5 proportions.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  9. beth

    Glenn Beck is a petty little man who thinks he is important. Blessings can arise from disaster when people work together to help each other survive and rebuild. They are never a blessing in themselves.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  10. Rlg

    This man has lost his mind, that is if he ever had one. Obviously people dying is NOT a blessing. Cancel this man's show and do NOT ever print anything he says!

    August 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  11. Lagos

    Glenn Beck is an idiot but still, context people.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  12. Klipsan

    Mr. Beck has the right to say anything he wishes and I have the right to laugh at his inane banter, just like any other off-the-wall comedian I hear. He has no purpose, other than to bring a good chuckle.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  13. DesertRed

    Why is anything this narcissistic clown spews forth from his deranged world view worthy of printing?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Let's make a deal: You don't click/tune, we don't publish.

      -Signed: CNN

      August 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  14. Joe Kerr

    Glen Beck.  profit of doom telling his listeners that California is sinking into the ocean, while he he's buying beach front property in Malibu. 

    August 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  15. up1652

    Beck is just the Fox news Paris Hilton. He is famous for nothing but still has made it pay off. He has nothing to say but still must say something to keep his name in the public eye.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  16. sophia

    Glenn Beck, in converting to this looney religion, has neutered himself both politically and socially. It is a blessing that he has willfully marginalized himself. Go say hi to Moroni, Glenn, you're done.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  17. nathaniel

    Glenn breaking his neck = Blessing

    August 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  18. Marian

    I agree with Beck, He did warn everyone and those who listened to him where prepared like those of us in Florida every year.
    CNN clearly looks for ways to make him look crazy and that's fine , it keeps him the headlines and more and more flock to hear him. Not one thing he's said yet wasn't true. He has brought more faiths together and has said nothing wrong but for everyone to have Love, Faith, Hope, Courage and Honor, regardless if you're Republican, Tea Party, Democrat, Christian, Muslim or Jewish .. We all have One GOD and He is the only true leader. Glenn Beck is reminding us that GOD comes first

    August 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • MacMan

      I can't for the life of me understand how people can support crazy religious idiots like this guy... storms and tragedy happens every year everywhere around the globe and you are some how amazed that they predicted that a hurricane might hit the east coast......wow there's a stretch....only happens every year in varying degrees. He is capitalizing on your gulability and weakness......think for your self.....the fairy man in the sky won't help you!

      August 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  19. James

    People wake up!
    the more you talk about this guy the more you empower him.
    As long as he has your attention regardless of your opinion of him, "He WINS!"
    If he is no longer getting attention, no longer controversial, he no longer has a pulpit.
    Ignore the blow hard, put out your own positive MSG and make him go away.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Marian

      Sorry James, Glenn is getting more attention than ever..He has created more jobs in the USA this last year than any other enterprise. He doesn't care about Winning anything, everything he does comes from his heart and like he said: it all happens with one person at a time, one city, one state and eventually WE the People will overcome these hard times

      August 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  20. Ramon F. Herrera

    "What about Fidel and Hugo and gangs in America? Answer me that??? You liberals never point that out"

    I hate Hugo Chavez, I hope he dies (1st. time in my life I say that about anyone). I have publicly volunteered to join the Marines in case there is an invasion to Venezuela, and hope to be the lucky one who has the barterd's face in my crosshairs.

    -Liberal Ramon

    August 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
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