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

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  1. Jeff Bertram

    Glenn Beck is a shinning example of the christian lunatic brigade. Keep your beliefs in your church!

    August 28, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • Johnson

      He is not Christian. He is Mormon. Quite a significant difference.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • DerSchwarzEngel

      That's right, Jeff. And you remember that when you're starving. But don't worry, you're gonna evolve.

      And @Johnson – you're the moron. It's people like you who aren't prepared when things happen and you end up blaming God because of your ignorance and stupidity. Remember, dimwit, people didn't believe Noah either – thought he was a kook, and look what happened to them. But you sit there and eat the pages of your Bible when you're starving. It should fill you up nicely.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  2. The Old Wolf

    Glenn Beck is an embarrassment to people of reason and people of faith. Would someone please shove a sock in this man's mouth and send him to Abkhazia?

    August 28, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  3. Bayousara

    People who listen to Beck spew his venom and hate day in and day out aren't "listeners," they are "blind followers." I think Beck is back on the booze most of the time or taking some kind of drugs. You would have to be to be so hateful.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  4. F Daniel Gray

    Hmm, I wonder what warning was GOD sending us on 9/11? Or maybe SHE was just too busy elsewhere, rolling the dice perhaps. Ooohh, sorry 'bout that, I'll catch ya next time, OK? Well, jeez, a lot of people could use one of those "bread and fishes" thingys which you do.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  5. Tom

    Still a total wing nut freak show....at least thankfully we don't have to listen to his crazy, hateful rantings on the TV. THis guy is a few fries short of a happy meal.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • Old_Texan

      Hey Tom, you never had to listen to him

      August 28, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • DerSchwarzEngel

      Tom doesn't listen. He's too busy criticizing to hear what's being said. Tom hears "God" and immediately shuts off that part of the brain that thinks. But Tom is ready for a disaster, because Tom is smart. What's that Tom? You're NOT ready? You'd rather be "right" than have your family prepared for a disaster? You'd rather be "right" so you can watch your family starve? Wow, you've got a lot of guts, Tom. What a great man you must be.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  6. PhillyMark

    This guy has clearly gone bananas. I used to think he was just a mean loud-mouth, but now I'm thinking he's mentally ill..

    August 28, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  7. Mehr

    Let sanity ring in!

    August 28, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  8. Bert

    "Be prepared". What a hatefull message this guy spews!! Only fools prepare!! What an evil man!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • smudge

      I knew there was something foolish about theos dang boy scouts.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • DerSchwarzEngel

      Ha ha! It's unreal, isn't it? Can you believe that someone would have the gall to tell people to prepare for a disaster? What's wrong with him? That's SO un-American! So un-Patriotic! Why everyone knows that Americans can rely on Uncle Sam to provide for their every need in case something happens! They and their families will be safe and secure!

      Bah, who needs common sense?

      August 28, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  9. Wow

    I consider myself a conservative, but this guy is off the deep end...

    August 28, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  10. stimpy

    gb is nuttier than the squirrel turds he's stockpiling as treats.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • mpouxesas

      ahahah i have to say that was funny 🙂

      August 28, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  11. Jennifer

    Yes, in the event of the apocalypse I will best be nourished by refined grains and legumes alone. That will surely cover all of my nutrient needs.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • duh

      2/3 of the worlds population survives on rice and beans.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  12. orchideric

    Yeah, Let's hoard 300 pounds of grain at home for the rats and mold to attack. How long do you think it will last.... probably the three months it took you to get it there. Dummy, now everyone knows where to go and get some grain in a crisis.... Gun toting Cristians against Passive, grain hoarding Mormons.... Hmmmm

    August 28, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • tut

      1-0 christians...they have guns.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • Just.The.Facts

      Mormons are far from passive, they wiped out a lot of people who would not accept their con artist Joesph Smith as a prophet and their doctrine, research their history, Mormons are heavily armed, I lived in utah half my life and half my family are generations are mormons

      August 28, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • Byron Jones

      Go read your history book. Especially the part on the Mountain Meadows Massacre.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:29 am |
  13. mpouxesas

    regardless of what Beck is...the scary part is that there are people out there who listen to him (and actually beLIEve him too)...yikes....and I thought benghazi was a scary place, left hastely, to come back home to only see those cooks following wackos like GB...

    August 28, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  14. Leonard

    He is crazy!

    August 28, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  15. Mcjeffster

    Beck looks like he has been eating all of his stockpiled food.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • smudge

      Hee hee. He ain't hurtin'

      August 28, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • Tom

      That IS funny...

      August 28, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  16. Alina77

    "You are not in control of Mother Nature". Like I didn't know it.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  17. jb1963

    He Glenn. The hurricanes is not divine intervention. It is caused by climate change which is a direct result of you and Fox news blowing hot air into the atmosphere.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • Wow

      Not that I necessarily disagree, but if you are going to 'dis' someone, at least use spell check first...

      August 28, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  18. Old-skool conservative

    He funny. Ha ha. Funny man.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:37 am |
  19. Upon this rock

    "The post notes that food storage is one pillar of the Mormon emphasis on self reliance." Their whole teachings are also based on a false prophet. Both "self reliance" and false prophets are an abomination unto God.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:37 am |
  20. usapanda

    Glenn Beck, God is unhappy with you. God has some divine punishment in store for you. 🙂

    August 28, 2011 at 9:37 am |
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