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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. Erik

    If Hurricane Irene was a blessing from God, it would have done away with Glenn Beck.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Best comment of the day! Bravo, Erik!

      August 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Kevin

      I love this comment!

      August 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  2. Glen Beck

    I am trying my best not to laugh at some of these comments. All I am trying to say is that if you believe in god, you must believe that the hurricane is one of Gods creation. God is trying to teach us a lesson therefore a blessing.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Al

      I see. So, when "god's creation"(s) slam planes into our edifices or drowns a bunch of people or brings us any type of calamity, he's blessing us with lessons. Seriously? How do you dolts manage to dress yourselves every day?

      August 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Glen Beck

      People who believed in Christ survived. Non-believers go back to dust. "dust to dust" "ashes to ashes" .

      August 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Glen Beck

      such a powerful storm but very little damage. god loves the people of new york. praise him

      August 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Al

      LOL. Okey dokey. Brilliant!

      August 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • T.L. Scott

      Really? Will the REAL Glen Beck show his face. Yeah, the one that has the same blood line as me and not a troll trying to be smart.

      August 29, 2011 at 3:58 am |
  3. Mike

    Hey Beck,

    Tell that to the people that died.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Stingalingaling

      Hey Mike they are DEAD!

      August 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  4. JM

    I've only gotten through a dozen or so of these and it boggles my mind that anyone can think is is crazy to be prepared. Should we get the ACLU to start re-writing the boyscout motto too? For Patty, of course it is not a blessing when any life is lost, child or otherwise that is hurt or killed. It is also sad that a large portion of the worlds population could die after a disaster because enough OTHER PEOPLE didn't stock pile enough food water and medicine for them. Why can't we learn from this and do better. We are so often our own worst enemy. What I see here are attacks on a person for trying to get people to open their eyes.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  5. pale blue dot

    As usual Glen is pandering.........he only cares for himself

    August 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • t-bone

      Of course he does. After all, you being prepared for a disaster benifits him...... ummm, how exactly does your well being benefit him again????

      August 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  6. Notamused

    So Hurricane Irene is a blessing, it it, Glenn? Tell that to the family of the 11 year old boy who was killed.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Al

      It's all part of dog's plan...

      August 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • t-bone

      Comprehension issues? He said it was a blessing in terms of showing people that they are not in control. That they need to prepare. He did not say the deaths were a blessing nor the damage. you people need to learn to read better.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Jen

      t-bone, I agree with you to an extent that Mr. Beck's message was about not being in control of the weather, and that people should prepare for bad weather, but to me, his message was not just about that. If his only message was just about not being in contol of the weather, and people needing to have food saved, all he would have had to say was "let this storm/hurricane serve as a reminder that we cannot control the weather, we need to heed the warnings given by authorities, and prepare for the worst."

      When Mr. Beck used the word "blessing" his message became more complex, and more opened to intrepretation.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  7. Maude

    All you people from page 1 to 73 are nut jobs, Morons & imbiciles. I hope everyone of you rots in hell. You have nothing to offer to this planet. You occupy space and waste our resources. All of you are worse than your everyday common parasite. Beck is right- most of you should be turned into fertilizer and the rest of you should not breed.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • t-bone

      So which of the 3 categories do you fall into?

      August 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • asrael

      And which loving deity do you subscribe to, Maude...?

      August 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Jebus

      How very Christian of you. Typical Hypocrite.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  8. Lorraine Johnson

    For heaven's sake, why is he still on the airwaves spewing his nonsense?

    August 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • t-bone

      So you have someone to complain about instead of putting your rage on Obama where it should be.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • asrael

      So that t-bone has yet another excuse to blame the President for something...

      August 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • Sean

      t-bone be trollin. relax its just conversation.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  9. Al

    Guys, don't forget that the bible says that god made all the seed bearing plants for you to consume. So, make sure that your stock piles contain at least some hemlock. God and I would be much obliged if you mythology followers would make hemlock a staple in all your meals!

    August 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  10. keylargo

    Does anyone really care what this "rectal thermometer" says?

    August 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • t-bone

      You obviously did. at least enough to comment on it.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Theendofdays

      Leave rectal thermometers out of this... at least they are useful.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  11. bob

    can not say he is right but can not say he is wrong the weather and what has been happing can make you wonder mother nauture can cause more damage in all areas of the world at any time with no warning could be man has pused the higher power to his limits hope evrbody has made peace with there higher power man has passed a lot of laws thinking he is boss time will tell

    August 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  12. Terry gresham

    Beck is not news.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Almost 3,000 comments -and counting- beg to differ.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  13. Tom

    Glenn Beck is an idiot...come on CNN stop covering this nonsense. I don't care about religion, keep it secular people.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • t-bone

      Then get out of the "Beliefs" section Tardicus! What did you expect to find? Sports scores?

      August 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  14. Ramon F. Herrera

    Here's the America proposed by Beck and followers:

    http://www.economicrefugee.net/new-az-immigration-law-ties-to-white-supremacists (2 videos)

    August 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  15. T.L. Scott

    t's disturbing that I share the same blood line as this man...Yes, we really don't have control over what the Universe throws at us as humans, but that is no reason to incite fear in people...Listen closely when I tell you this man IS NOT stable. Many of our relatives on the same side were and are just as unbalanced. Please keep a close eye on this man. At some point he's REALLY going to snap and it won't be pretty.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • t-bone

      Yeah! Whats next, Beck telling us to take care of one another, to be kind to one another? The rotten S.O.B!!!!! hOW DARE HE TAKE A MOMENT AND TRY TO PASS ON SOMETHING SIMPLE AND TRUE TO HELP. I,m thinking you may be the relative that needs the meds.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • T.L. Scott

      Tbone...

      If serving my Country, training young Men and Women how to be Outstanding Sailors and putting my life on the line in the "Sand Box" means I need to be on meds...BRING THEM ON! Until you know our Family you really can't judge can you? Or did someone rewrite the Bible well i wasn't looking? You can judge me all you want but I will always know the truth. I WAS THERE when his "Story" happened. I know the lies and I know the truths...

      August 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  16. Matt

    A hurricane hitting the east coast is not divinity, it's probability.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  17. Brian

    CNN... what a disgraceful news organization

    August 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • Observer

      CNN reported a FACT. If you don't care about facts, there's always FOX News.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      I found the following in the CNN Forum FAQ:

      "Anybody who disagrees with the CNN editorial lines or forum policies can go to Faux themselves":

      http://www.foxnews.com

      August 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  18. Chris

    I am from Berlin and enjoy the international pages of CNN. Only every now and than i visit the american pages, so i dont know who Glenn Beck is. But its seems like a popular biography in the states to turn to religion after alcohol problems. I guess there is nothing wrong with storing some food if you live in an area with a higher chance of weather disasters. So i am a bit surprised that CNN thought thats worth a message. Just sad that people still use the invention of god as a tool to control peoples fear. By now we should be smarter than that and ignore people like Mr. Beck.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • t-bone

      You are free to ignore him. This article has nothing to do with God and if you choose to not believe, then dont. The worst kind of person oin the world anymore is the non-believer because rather than just keeping their mouth shut they feel the need to try to belittle those who do believe. Non-believers are becoming more irritating than the guy that used to smoke but quit is towards current smokers. Dont believe in god? good for you, move on.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Observer

      "The worst kind of person oin the world anymore is the non-believer"

      Any excuse not to talk about pedophile priests, etc. Get serious.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • Greg

      Everything you say makes sense...unfortunatly half of the people that live here in the US are nuts

      August 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • t-bone

      observer – you have been taking comprehension lesson from the Obama admin. You cant take my quote and stop mid way through a sentence and then pass judgement. especially when the next word is "BECAUSE"

      August 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • chris

      @t-bone Non-believers are the problem ?? Seams to me that every time there is a war or hatred it is with believers such as you fundamentalist Christians and groups like Al Qaida. The world needs to grow up and get over these infantile fairytales and we'll all be better for it. What irritates me more than ex-smokers are ex-druggies and alcoholics that turn to religion to be saved. I'm betting you were one too.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Observer

      t-bone,

      Wow! Talk about comprehension when you can't even understand what you wrote. Since you apparently didn't read it, here's what YOU said:
      THE WORST KIND OF PERSON IN THE WORLD ANYMORE IS THE NON-BELIEVER because rather than just keeping their mouth shut they feel the need to try to belittle those who do believe.

      Classic! You can't comprehend what you said. Amazing.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  19. t-bone

    I'm not Mormon but i honestly cant see a problem with being prepared. I see a lot of people here ar more concerned with the MESSENGER THAN THE MESSAGE. If there were a huge disaster, would you be prepared or would you be one of those acting like animals killing each other in the street over a loaf of bread? Also, no where in the article does he praise the storm for killing people, only mentions it as another warning to the people to be prepared for anything. You people need to stop worrying about who the message comes from and look at the message and see if its something that just maybe you should heed.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Observer

      "no where in the article does he praise the storm for killing people, only mentions it as another warning to the people to be prepared for anything."

      Use some common sense here. If the storm doesn't cause deaths and damage, why would anyone be impressed enough to store food for the next one? You haven't thought it through.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  20. Andrew Chase

    Beck needs to be singing that old Napoleon XIV tune, "They're coming to take me away!"

    August 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
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