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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. Lin

    Please make this man go away!!!

    August 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  2. Juan

    I wish there was a way to get rid of comments from becket by just pushing a button. Ultimately he knows he is full of it. But he has to pay a mortgage so working at UPS, cleaning bathrooms, working at a bakery or anything of this nature is out of scope... His mantion, Benz, Lear jet and 20k suits can't be paid by the truth.....trust among real people is all we got and clowns like him need to be denounced.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  3. bill

    what is really strange about him is how he is trying to make everyone think mormons are christians.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • JW

      And what, pray tell me, is a real Christian? Someone who advocates for war in the name of God? Someone who pretends to believe in the words of Christ, while advocating the deaths of millions? Someone who conquers the natives in the name of God? Someone who masses wealth and sins on this Earth while neglecting the next life? Please, tell me what a real christian is. I say most Christians are no different than Beck. It is all vain usage of religion for personal gain.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • inhok

      They are Christian. Who are you to judge another's heart? Rise above this pestulant ignorance and see the unity that exists between all life, all religions, all factions of religions, and all science. Rise, my child. Rise.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • bill

      JW – i think your panties are on too tight. why can he say he is a tree believer or a alien follower – he just is not christian unless he follows what christians believe about christ. but what you describe sounds more like an american – you and me. maybe we are all the same- by your book. which is?

      August 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • JW

      He isn't judging another's heart, he is repeating (like a parrot) what is priest/pastor/religious leader told him to keep him faithful to their teachings and let them maintain control over him and his money.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • JW

      Bill, you are ignorant of what Christians believe. Ignorant of what modern Christians believe. They follow the traditions of men.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • JW

      And just so you know, Christians are not uniform in their religious beliefs. It is ignorant to think they are, even in the historic context, although most of you have no clue what real historic Christianity taught or how historic Christians acted, even though it is right in front of your eyes.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
    • bill

      christ did not believe in gods walking the earth like christians do, amongst may things they claim. and nor do christians.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • bill

      correction:
      christ did not believe in gods walking the earth like mormons do, amongst may things they claim. and nor do christians.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • JW

      Oh, bill, I suppose it is Christian to attack another of your fellow man by saying he is wearing female underpants. Sounds very mature and very Christ-like. Case proven, case closed. You are no more of a Christian than any other modern Christian. Sad how much damage you do in the name of God.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • bill

      correction: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
      christ did not believe in gods walking the earth like mormons do, amongst may things they claim. and nor do christians.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • bill

      i speak for myself – god speaks for him/herself.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
    • bill

      only glen beck, and some others on this site speak for god.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • Chuck

      It's hilarious to see what people think Mormons believe. Stop drinking your pastor's cool-aid

      August 28, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  4. Dover

    "Look at me! I'm in the news!"

    August 27, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • Chris

      it's so true. this guy is just a complete nutcase. I can't believe that he was ever a Fox news host.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  5. raynotpaul

    Beck is a piece of s**t entertainer who says outrageous things to attract attention. Nothing more.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  6. Scott

    A class one hurricane is barely a huricane. Only reason anyone is making a big deal about this is because its hitting the east coast. East coast liberals think the world revolves around them... if this was hitting Texas, you wouldn't even be able to get news about it on the major networks. Of course, we here in Texas would love a little rain... since we're in a major drought and water sources are even drying up completely around here... Of course, you don't get round the clock coverage of our brush fires that are bigger than some east coast states or the water restrictions etc....

    August 27, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • JP

      Hate to tell you this, but shotguns don't work on hurricanes...

      August 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • Observer

      This historic hurricane is getting attention because of the potential to flood New York City due to it's projected arrival near the time of high tides. Rather than a mindless attack on liberals, why not find out what is going on?

      August 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • bill

      having a little disaster envy.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • Henry

      How I would love to see the southern states, including Arizona where I live, get swallowed up and float off somewhere. Then they can have their pumpkin shootin contests in private.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • Pravda

      Of course when Texas secedes, the USA won't hear any news from that country

      August 28, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  7. boby

    it be true blessing if he would be shipped to an island ll by himself and let him live there – after all he preaches self-reliance
    what a moron-mormon

    August 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  8. razzi

    LDS are strange brew:)

    August 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
    • JW

      Not any stranger than most other religions that are out for personal gain and power.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  9. Pat

    Inbred is as inbred does......typical Repuke.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  10. Observer

    Beck's statements are almost as ignorant and heartless as those of Pat Robertson who tried to blame Haitians for their horrendous earthquake. It's pathetic that people so lacking in compassion and intelligence should draw any supporters. It says a lot about the people who believe in them.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  11. Downeestah

    Hey all, there's no allegory here – it's just a storm... we've been getting them since long before people got religion...what lesson can we draw from that?

    August 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  12. barberie

    So an 11 year old boy died so folks could know what every government emergency response agency has told them via twitter? i would like Beck to this statement to that child's parents.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • JW

      I'm sure he loves that sort of tragedy. He can pretend it was sad that this boy lost his life for our sins and get more publicity off of it. For these people, tragedy is always good until it happens to someone they actually care about – – which is usually not very many people.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  13. ironman1995

    As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter – Day Saints since 1975, Glenn Beck is not a voice of our church,do i agree with what he says, no, how he says it ? no, but i dont know his heart, only God and himself does,so i just raise my eyebrows and say he is just being himself as we all are here, i dont hate him, i really feel sorry for him,and thats what we all should do , feel sorry for him,i lost my home in 1992 in Hurricane Andrew, now looking back 19 yrs latter it has been a blessing of learning much, at the time, wasnt the word id use

    August 27, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • JW

      Sounds like you and beck are different–he intentionally misleads, and you are just misled.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  14. alicia de najera

    I am so sick and tired of seeing his face and hearing his absurd rants !!!!! What a joke!!!

    August 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  15. Narasimhan

    This is evangelical fanaticism. Jesus is a spiritual person but he is not the only one.
    Please open the mind to Krishna, Buddha, Jain, Guru Nanak, Tao and others as well.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
    • Cre8tionism

      Yeah, sure. Put your faith of salvation in them. Throw Muhamed into the mix. They all died and rose again for your sins and salvation. Your salvation is a chinese menu. Pick one. They all lead you to heaven

      August 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • Henry

      I agree that it is fanaticism but it is making the clown a lot of money. He is not religious, he has delusions of grandeur. Let him stock up on food and sell gold and let CNN try to become a real news network again, not some collection of half baked journalists.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  16. Tom Conroy

    CNN, aren't you ashamed that you once hired this guy?

    August 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
    • Henry

      My thoughts exactly. I remember Glenn when he was a spriggly haired little man on CNN. I don't think he took himself seriously. Then he was off to Fox News and this is when the money grubbing started. He got smart and learned how to impress the loony right and anger the intellectual left. Made him a lot of money. Now he is off Fox and CNN keeps reporting on him just like they hang onto any Twitter pronouncement that Sister Sarah makes. I don't fault either of these twits for wanting to stay in the news. I fault CNN for this amateurish approach to news.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  17. Ttchaz

    What a total loon!!!

    August 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • JW

      No, not a loon. He's just slick enough to know how to profit off of religion without being a televangelist, and lead thousands of the ignorant masses to the same hole he is in.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  18. Moxie

    Beck is an entertainer, not a news reporter, or a person with deep religious beliefs, or a man of scholarship. His "opinion" is carefully crafted to extract maximum outrage from thinking people. I suspect he comes up with his material the same way a comedy show develops its 20 minutes of airtime - with a stable of writers who know what buttons to push for maximum effect. Please, pay no attention to him.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • JW

      He profits off of this sort of stuff. This is how he sells books and gets his name out there. He loves it. Like a pig rolling in dough.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • hsadjfhjwqfh

      Truth.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • JP

      I agree. Everything he says should come with the warnings for telephone psychics warning "For entertainment purposes only." Or all preaching for that matter.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • Moxie

      A lot of people make their living in legal but dishonorable ways. If you wanted to be a conman, you could do it, too.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  19. Jim38462

    Would the rest of the country truly miss NY if it got blown off the map? Its worse than DC.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • JW

      That is just as sad a philosophy as Becks. Very sad.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • YouLose

      I think Al Qaeda felt the same way. Nice allegiance you've chosen.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  20. JW

    So we aren't in control because God is, but if you prepare, you can be more in control than if you aren't prepared. Does anyone else see a flaw in this philosophy? This seems like another weak minded, ignorant child trying to play God, or using religion to control the masses.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • R Calling

      But you make too much sense Sir! Loonies have controlled masses by using fear for as long as societies have existed, because the masses still fail to see the circular logic you so succintly point out.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • Squirrelboy265

      There isn't a flaw in the philosophy because it's not about control, it's about being prepared. Just because you are prepared to survive a storm should one come doesn't mean you can stop it's coming. It's a reduction of risk, not an abdication of it. He did not say to control the storm, but be ready for the consequences of the storm. Control means you are directing the actions and motions of something, but you do not necessarily control the environment. You can prepare for what it throws at you.

      You can learn from everything that happens. Perhaps that is why such events are mixed-blessings. Some people die, but perhaps the information collected, the food and medical supplies stored, and the skills learned save more lives in the future.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • Chuck

      huh?? How does preparing for natural disasters not make sense to you? Yeah, he was totally saying that by stocking up you can then control natural disasters. *facepalm

      August 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
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