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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. Jack

    beck is an absurd clown... does he really believe this nonsense that he is spreading around?

    August 27, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  2. crushgroove

    when did beck become a morman?

    August 27, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      Check out the LDS CD "An Unlikely Mormon: The Conversion Story of Glenn Beck". (Not after a full meal, unless you have a bucket handy.)

      August 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • Insight

      Think America Think. Otherwise these morons (not Mormon) will take you for a ride.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  3. Enigma

    It's a pity the media keep putting this guy and Sarah Palin on tv, stop the insanity already!!

    August 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  4. Floyd from Illinois

    Either Beck is a viscious, disgusting psychotic, or he's doing an excellent job of mimicking one.

    Either way, he's a jester, in it's true, historical meaning.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  5. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Breaking Fox news: liberal icon Jesse Jackson calls Hurricane Irene a good reminder that humans are not in control and that we should be humbled by God. Right wing pundits react with outrage, calling Jackson an America-hater who is blind to American suffering and death.
    New update: Fox news issued a correction to its earlier report. It was not Jesse Jackson, but rather, conservative icon Glenn Beck who stated that Hurricane Irene is a good thing that brings us closer to God.
    Conservative pundits did not issue any comments on this reversal of news.

    (For those of you with a 13 year old's mind: this was a hypothetical argument to illustrate the hypocrisy of conservatives, calling left wingers 'America-haters' without examining truly insensitive comments from their own idols. i.e. Imagine if it was a left-winger who said the same comments as Beck did. Wouldn't you have been outraged? If you still defend Beck's comments you're a complete hypocrite!)

    August 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
    • Peter

      It never ceases to amaze me how political extremists on BOTH sides act EXACTLY the SAME yet think they are so different from each other.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
    • Limbaugh is a liberal

      I do not disagree with you. This is exactly why I brought up the example of Jesse Jackson, as an archtype liberal icon. It was an illustration to those on the right on how wacky the rest of us view all their ultra-conservative icons.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  6. GoJiRa

    Glen – time to re-connect with your sponsor and start attending meetings again. Together we CAN beat the demon of addiction(s).

    August 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Klaark

    Wow. A typical Republican moron, like ALL the others.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  8. nathaniel

    putting him on TV is social malfeasance

    August 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Vincent

    I find it amazing how little people know about what the Bible says.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Robert

    And what exactly are you "Whatusay"? I'm so sick and tired of you people coming on here acting like "OMG THATS NOT WHAT HE SAID". Yes. Yes it is. Unless you are braindead I think it's simple enough even for you tea party morons to understand.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Downeestah

    Mark Twain once remarked that God created man, and that man, being a gentleman, returned the favor.. I'd send Beck a copy, but could anyone tell me if Beck is literate?

    August 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  12. huxley

    The best response to Glenn Beck is to just stop talking about him and what he says. He's going to keep spouting his crazy apocalyptic nonsense, but it doesn't have to make national news.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Srehtal

    Glenn Beck has lost his mind. I used to think he was just an idiot. Now I think he's a crazy idiot.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Delawarean

    What a wonderful message for people who've lost their homes or their loved ones! I'm sure everyone on the East Coast appreciates that the destruction they experience is a "blessing." Also, since I'll probably have a lot of time to read the Bible by flashlight tonight once the power goes out, could someone please point out the passage where God appoints Glenn Beck His prophet?

    August 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  15. T3chsupport

    As crazy as GB is, he's actually right on this. Not the crazy god part, but the part about being prepared for big emergencies that might disrupt the supply chain. The worst that could happen if you bother to prepare at all is that you've got a bunch of extra food that you don't have to buy later. The worst that could happen if you don't prepare at all is much, much worse. You think the government is going to take care of you in a disaster? Look back at what happened during Katrina, and see how well those people were 'taken care of'. Everyone thinks it can't happen to them, but it happens to someone ALL THE TIME. You are someone, therefore it can also happen to you.

    Much better safe than sorry!

    August 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
    • skytag

      Preparedness is indeed a good thing. Unfortunately Beck is such a nut job that a lot of people will be less likely to do anything he advocates, especially when he throws in the "warning from God" thing.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  16. Peter

    Maybe the hurricane will cause damage or injury to a member of his family. Then let's see if he still considers the hurricane "a blessing". Beck is a two-bit Elmer Gantry, shooting from the hip for notoriety and profit. America has a long history of strange public figures like him.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
    • LouAz

      Please do not degrade the Author of Elmer Gantry, Sinclair Lewis, or the Best Actor Oscar performance of Burt Lancaster in the Movie by any association with the likes of Glenn Beck. Lewis and Lancaster accurately described and portrayed the farce of all Evangelicals, with or without a tent, and the folly of all the organized shysters in all the cathedrals througout the world.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  17. charles

    Beck has continued to lend new meaning to "lunatic fringe"-

    August 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  18. BSal

    This nut job is unfortunately a Mormon. Mormons believe a lot of things- not many of which are spouted out of this idiots face. Please don't look to him as a spokesman for this religion. It is unfair to all the decent, hard working Mormons that you know. Also, the LDS church encourages that it's members have a years supply of food, not 3 months. The calculator is to help members figure out how much they need to stockpile to get to that year's supply. They also encourage all members to have 36 hour kits on hand at all times for emergency purposes. This is basically a way for you to care for you and your own until 1- society comes back online or 2- the church gets back online and starts gathering their membership together to make sure everyone is cared for in a disaster.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • Mildred

      "Mormons believe a lot of things- not many of which are spouted out of this idiots face"

      Indeed Mormons believe some idiotic things that they don't spout about because they know they can't defend their unique (idiotic) beliefs or the history of their "church". Many surely are virtuous people, but that doesn't make their unique beliefs anything other than nonsense.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  19. Whatusay

    What a misleading headline. Beck's comments were genuine yet you wanted to imply he thought the damage to be inflicted was the blessing.

    You are low lifes. By the way, your quote has the wrong word in it. You're such inept morons you can't even spell, yet you would smear this man's name with your headline.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • Peter

      Stop it. It would be one thing if he said "there may be a lesson to be learned from this event", but....see....that won't get him any news coverage. But to call the hurricane "a blessing" illustrates to me that his #1 objective is to call attention to himself.
      You can't see this? Come on.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • Schwe1nehund

      You missed a spot where Glenn finished on your face.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • Scott

      Simple minds are lead so easily too.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  20. Jim C

    Too bad the Tea Party and the religious right ally themselves with this nut job. They try to make themselves as credible leaders, but fail to do so when they attend Glen Beck rallies in large numbers.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • Whatusay

      You're the nut job. Read his comments again. He's saying as bad as this might be it isn't going to be devastating. It's morons like you who don't want to prepare because you foolishly believe some government bureaucrat is going to come to your rescue. See Katrina, circa 2005.

      The Tea Party people are the ones who put more into this society than they get out. It's morons like you that suck the system dry.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
    • Scott

      WOW What you say! So anyone that disagrees with you is a moron that sucks the system dry. Is this what you call giving back. I can see how you might like Beck.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • Peter

      Whatusay: it isn't going to be devastating? Go say that to the people who have lost loved ones to this hurricane. Let's see if they agree with you. Also, if it's not going to be devastating, why doesn't he catch a plane and fly back to the area to put his life where his mouth is? Do you have half a neuron that fires in that head of yours?

      August 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • PopeJon

      Scott, don't be offend. Its a tea party thing... That's how they role.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
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