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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. Truth Be Told

    Seriously Ken, just because a person receives 80 pages of largely antagonistic posts does not mean he is relevant. It simply means that many people find his ramblings to be idiotic and want to controvert them before more fools believe he is exhibiting logic. He is not. The Mormon faith is a cult. It allows no tolerance for doctrine. You can't be 'Mormon-lite'. His lunacy is symptomatic of Mormon minions.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Tim

      Exactly, Beck is no more relevant than the Manson Family trials of the late 60s. People talk about it/him out of disguest. This idiot has no business getting the uneducated, stupid citizens reason to create more problems in this country.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  2. Joanie

    This Beck is suck a sickkooooo...he should not be allowed on TV or Radio...and anyone who supports this radical idiot, you need to think about the lies and junk he preaches...come on...he is a phoney...

    August 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  3. David

    Glenn Beck must love his job. He gets to troll and actually make money. Lucky man.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Emma

      He's not that great of a troll due to him being mentally unstable.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  4. tsstorm

    Glenn Beck is a textbook definition of "mental illness".

    August 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  5. David

    Regardless of what Glenn Beck says or does, he has a valid point in saying that a 3 month supply of food is a good idea. With such a relatively low cost for 'insurance' on your own life and the lives of your loved ones who wouldn't at least consider the idea. Although the majority of us will not be victims, if everyone has a supply of food, there will not be any trouble when danger comes. Disaster will come, and wouldn't it be nice to be able to provide for your family in times of need? I believe this is one good idea from the Mormon church, regardless of their beliefs and cult-like ceremonies, at least they think logically and set up plan B's

    August 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • larryb

      very mormon of you both...by his reasoning I guess 9/11 was a good thing because it taught us to be prepared for terrorist???

      August 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  6. clc777

    it's a sad, sad day when Glenn Beck uses God to make money, he's no worse than the money mongers back in the Old Testament when Jesus went into the temple and threw them out. MR Beck Please shut up and get out of the Temple.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • Tom

      Amen!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  7. Ryne

    politically, I am a very conservative person, but what he is saying is absolutely absurd.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  8. Ramon F. Herrera

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRkWebP2Q0Y&w=640&h=390]

    August 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  9. Ken

    Wow, over 80 pages of comments for someone that most people say is not relevant! Glenn Beck would like to thank you for keeping him relevant. I have read many comments that have been posted here and I have to say that there are many people who are far more crazier than Mr. Beck. So much hate out there! Do people really have that much contention for a religion that has helped so many people? I can guarantee you that if Satan himself was posting on this page, he would be saying the same thing as all the "Mormon" haters. His influence is obviously felt in the lives of many of the haters on this forum and so he really doesn't need to post anything. He has many of you doing it for him. For those who are sincere in understanding the truth and not the lies and deceptions of the haters – please go to http://www.mormon.org. Knowledge is power!

    August 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • dgkdgk

      No problem with his, or anyone's, religion. TOTAL problem with his fear-mongering, false humility and ill-gotten gains. He's a sick, demented man who should go away forever.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
  10. so and so

    Offensive to anyone who lives in the affected path. He can pray to his god with his squeaky kids voice all he wants, it does nothing to hide the fact that this was nothing more than a sick publicity stunt.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  11. Me

    Never trust a man who puts his words in the mouth of God.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Or a woman.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  12. pacman357

    I think that when we find whatever spider hole Quadaffy Duck is hiding in, we need to send in Glenn Beck after him, wearing a suicide vest. Two nutbirds with one stone, so to speak.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  13. Joe Plummer

    With the obesity problem is this country, I'm sure most of his "followers" could do more with a diet for 3 months.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  14. Blinded

    You hypocritical lovers or tolerance and co-existing are so blinded by your hatred for this guy that you can't even see his message. Which, does make sense. But forget that. You're just too blinded by the hypocritical hate.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • Observer

      "… If you’ve waited, this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing"

      - Glenn Beck

      August 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • Brad

      Beck's the one rooting for the hurricane...

      August 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  15. Observer

    Give Glenn Beck credit. He sometimes starts his skits by saying "here's what I don't know" and then he always proves it.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • Blinded

      Exactly what I'm talking about. Hypocritical hatred.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Observer

      What is hypocritical about picking on someone who fakes tears, lies about what he'd done, lies about what he's said, thinks a hurricane is a blessing, etc.?

      August 28, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      The left hates IDEAS (which is fine).
      The right, PEOPLE.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  16. jasanova

    and they dare to call Obama the anti-america....................thank god neva listen to his show....only thru jon stewart..

    August 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  17. Lenny Pincus

    Glenn Beck is an extremely important figure in the right-wing. That tells you all you need to know about the right-wing.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  18. Derek

    The funny thing is that before his Restoring America rally in D.C., he barely discussed faith at all. Now, since even Conservatives have rejected him as being too "over-the-top" and "sensationalistic", he all of a sudden plays to the Evangelical base and calls for everyone to" turn back to God".

    This guys is a complete clown and a total con-artist who leaches off any group naive enough to buy his snake oil he's selling.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  19. Tom

    Irene a blessing? Millions of people affected, thousands without power by this natural disaster. Beck shows his true colors. Always looking for the next headline. Brainless.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  20. Joe

    LOL...
    He will face Wrath....and cry the loudest of all....

    August 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
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