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. Jason

    I don't think any "sane" person would mistake Glenn Beck for the same. The thing about Glenn Beck is that he breaks things down in ways that seem like they make perfect sense to people that don't think things through very well and so some people buy into it. My concern with him, is that he is creating a following of "thinking impaired" individuals that are already prone to violent acts or activism, paranoid about government(unless the Republicans are in office of course), that they will someday create the sectarian violence we see in other countries.

    Here is the truth...If our government is large and somewhat ineffective at times, that can be corrected, because "we the people" have the ability to vote people in or out of office. The type of government that the Republicans want to create in the name of "job creation", replaces government that is controlled by the "people" who determine the type of society we have and is weakened to support the whims of large corporations, who will then set the precedent of what is acceptable by our society & laws. Kind of like the "nobles" of the past controlled the "peasants". I suppose "slavery" is a career...

    September 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  2. American Skeptic

    Glenn Beck is cracked.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:41 am |
    • Zaphod2011

      Next time we have a hurricane maybe he can go report on it right on the beach.
      He can also go to cantor's district in VA (earthquake city right now) and stand as close as possible to the epicenter. Make sure cantor, who in 2004 asked for money for his district after a flood, now doesn't want anyone else to have unless there is some blackmailing/hostage situation by the tea baggers again.
      I wonder how many fools wiill vote for this incompetent twit again.

      September 1, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  3. Hoovervilles

    @herbert juarez. Luke 18:22 is right there in my comment. Seems like you missed the condition right before "come, follow me."

    Jesus states "Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor". There is no equivocation in this statement. There are no other conditions. It is a simple directive to sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor. Then the sentence continues "come, follow me." That come follow me does not in any way negate the unequivocal and unconditional directive to sell all that thou hast, and distribute to the poor.

    If the bible is to be taken literally and in-errantly, there is no wiggle room from that directive.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • Hoovervilles

      @herbert juarez. This is also stated even more clearly in Matthew 19

      The young man states "All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?" WHAT DO I LACK TO GET INTO HEAVEN. Jesus very clearly tells the young man what it is that he lacks.

      Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

      Matthew 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

      Matthew 19:18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

      Matthew 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

      Matthew 19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

      Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

      Matthew 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

      Matthew 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

      Matthew 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

      1) If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor. This is unequivocal and unconditional.
      2) Then Jesus reiterates this to his disciples in very clear and no uncertain terms in Matthew 19:23-24.

      Bears repeating: "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor."

      August 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • M

      "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"
      Matthew 6:25-27 New International Version

      September 1, 2011 at 1:42 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      In fact studies show that worrying takes hours from your life. Worrying is just another form of stress.

      September 1, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  4. Bill

    My God told me Glenn Beck is spouting deranged and self-serving nonsense.

    August 31, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  5. r

    just love how those who spew hate, self righteousness, self promotion, proclaim to have such divine guidance. where is compassion, justice and empathy?? This man is so hateful and dangerous with his self promotion. he will say anything to stay in the headlines and run all the way to the bank. disgusting.

    August 31, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  6. Russ Pataky

    God whispers into Glenn Becks left ear and pigs can fly. Whoever believes this schmuck should have their head examined.

    August 31, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  7. Sandbur

    "He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 17:5

    August 30, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
    • Hoovervilles


      August 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  8. Hoovervilles

    how bout reading up on the new testament...loser

    Hey blah9999, Luke is (repeat Luke is) in the new testament...loser

    August 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  9. Hello?

    You guys are all really smart! Someone spreading that the Hurricane is a good reminder to be prepared for natural disasters is mocked like he is a radical... Rather than just opposing everything that one person says just because your religious or political views are different you could actually think for yourself and realize truth without bias. Who is blindly following who? Sheesh its common sense people!

    August 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • Kirk

      Beck said it was a warning from god. That's the problem.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • CommonPrejudice

      Of course you realize, it's also common sense to not gloat over and call blessing something that has taken innocent lives, right?
      A year's worth of food storage does you no good when there's enough water and wind to drown and batter your entire family to death in less than an hour.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  10. SeanNJ

    If my existence has been reduced to subsisting on rice and beans from three months, then I'd rather cease existing.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  11. onefeather

    Earth has and is going through physical changes, mankinds thinking is going through changes always has and will. We should not blame God for our own stupidity. We as humans are heading to a new and different age of thinking,living, is it good? like anything it is how we use it to help or destory and by the history of mankind it is to destory.We [most of mankind] has not learned and will not make changes for the better for planet earth and mankind. When you have leaders who think only in money and power you can not make anything good in the long run. There has to be a change in spirit and most will not or do not take that into account. Until we accept that humans are not the mighty power they think they are, that there is a power higher than "selfish" man it will only get worse. And as for Creator God He has every right to wipe all mankind off this planet earth for destorying earth,animals and plant. It has happened before [not talking about the biblical flood] and it Will happen again, we are coming into/upon the 5th age I believe. When "mankind becomes so corrupt it will destory its self by it's self.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Patrick

      It's like saying thank god for the halocaust to remind us that killing is not good. Beck is a moron.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  12. blue

    I think it's really unfortunate that people think God is responsible for all this stuff. There will be no judgement day in this lifetime or any lifetime. Whoever's waiting for it to happen soon, well, don't be disappointed when it never happens. HOWEVER! Aside from all that religiousness, beck actually has a point. Disasters can and will happen, and if everyone is prepared, society will be much better off in dealing with the results. The message of the church on this I think is valuable. Be prepared so that you can help yourself and others, and everyone will benefit. Things will return to normal much faster and in a more civil manner.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • TodayMessage

      blue said

      "I think it's really unfortunate that people think God is responsible for all this stuff.".

      Yes, if you think a dictator on earth who punish his people like God did, there will be either no christians left or he will be thrown out like the dictator in Libya.

      August 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  13. Jose D, Manzanares

    Natural disaster are now blessing from God, that is the crazys idea I ever heard. Of course the 2 million haitians without homes must be very happy that they have received such a blessing from the Lord.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  14. The Grizz

    ...and people wonder why Mormons are a cult!

    August 30, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • CommonPrejudice

      Um. The average Mormon, I'd wager, has a heart. Or at least is able to sympathize with the suffering of others.
      On the other hand, Beck is...well...Beck.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  15. Smegmazor

    It's more like Mother Earth telling us we're not in control. Attributing natural occurrences to a deity is comical at best

    August 30, 2011 at 10:14 am |
    • atomD21

      Except by definition, referring to the ball of rock we all live on as Mother Earth is assigning a form of deity to it.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:35 am |
  16. Hoovervilles

    Sorry, you replied to Thomas Jefferson Barque.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:20 am |
  17. Hoovervilles

    @Sorry, Your comment was a reply to Thomas Jefferson Barque. Can't disagree with that, but it also has nothing to do with a story on natural disasters.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  18. Hoovervilles

    On August 27th Miriam said,
    Earthquakes, hurricanes, wars, disease and famom and deadly violence. All prophecies of the Bible. You might say he is nuts, but read the Bible. Book of Revelations. Sometimes the truth hurts when it's thrown smack dab in your face but I know for one thing, I have the fear of God in me and anyone who says God is not in control, I feel sorry for you on judgement day. Nope I am not a Bible toter just someone who read the Bible and has seen God's blessings and sorrow in so many ways.
    Wise up people, and read the Bible.

    OK, here is a very short (I do mean very short list) selection of bible passages for Miriam to read.

    That's right, gimme that ole' time inerrant literalist religion.

    1) Punishment for r-a-p-e, aka a recipe for marriage!

    Deuteronomy 22:28 If a man find a damsel that is a v-i-r-g-i-n, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found;

    Deuteronomy 22:29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.

    2) Lott offers his two v-i-r-g-i-n daughters to the unruly mob.

    Genesis 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof

    Wasn't Lott was supposed to be righteous?

    3) What do you make of this passage?

    Psalm 137:9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

    4) What it takes to get into heaven.

    Luke 18:20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit a-d-u-l-t-e-r-y, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.

    Luke 18:21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.

    Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

    Luke 18:23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

    5) How to treat your legally owned slaves.

    Genesis 17:12 And he that is eight days old shall be c-i-r-c-u-m-c-i-s-e-d among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.

    Genesis 17:23 And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house; and c-i-r-c-u-m-c-i-s-e-d the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.

    Genesis 21:2 If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.

    Genesis21:3 If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.

    Genesis21:4 If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • blah9999

      how bout reading up on the new testament...loser

      August 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      3) verse taken out of context, the entire psalm 137 is only a few verses long and is a lament over the loss of Jerusalem,the psalm is a cry by the Hebrews for revenge and justice for the acts committed against them , such as their enemies smashing Jewish children.Read or post the entire psalm and admit to cherry picking verses to make scripture suit your world view.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      4)what it takes to get into heaven, was not the works ,obedience or loss of possessions, it ,entry into heaven is found and confirmed throughout the Holy Bible,Luke 18:22 ..."come follow me."It was before you and you missed it ,just like the rich young ruler.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      you are basically wrong on all your intended "interpretations"but cnn won't let me post the proper responses to the issues you raise.Got two through which should be enough to show you're full of...

      August 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      herbie, herbie, herbie...

      Once again you demonstrate your stupidity. No one at CNN cares what you say. Just as there is no god, there is no human moderator preventing you from entering your religious crap. You simply are too stupid to cope with a bad bit of software looking for word fragments that might be part of a "naughty" word.

      How's your proof that your virgin Mary wasn't an adulterous whore coming?

      August 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • Bill

      What kind of a lame God wants you to be afraid of him?

      August 31, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • Jack Kress

      Of course you leave out the fact the book of Revelations was written 70 years after the death of Christ and is another piece of blithering crap.

      August 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Hoovervilles

      @herbert juarez. It is understandable that people would want revenge. However I ask under what context is it OK to be HAPPY to bash children against a wall. You might do it out of anger for revenge, but "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones."! The children of the oppressors were not responsible for the oppression, the adults were. So why should he be HAPPY that taketh and dasheth [innocent] children agains the wall?
      Even if the oppressors were "happy" in what they did, that is no reason for the oppressed to be HAPPY about murdering innocent children.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  19. Joe from Ohio

    Interesting, It couldn't possibly be that glenn beck owns stock in the food storage company could it?? He wouldn't use GOD as an excuse to sell food storage to gullible seniors would he?? That would just be downright evil....

    August 30, 2011 at 3:01 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      Yes, just like on his FAUX News show when he sold fear that the DOW was going to hit 3000 and then turned around and sold gold for Gold Line. And of course he used the disclaimer that he did not know if that was really going to happen, he was just saying. You know.
      Stephen Colbert had a great parody on that.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:11 am |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      Joe from Ohio

      Interesting, It couldn't possibly be that glenn beck owns stock in the food storage company could it?? He wouldn't use GOD as an excuse to sell food storage to gullible seniors would he?? That would just be downright evil
      Mormons build their homes with extra storage in the basement. Large enought to store food to sustain for a year I believe. (Salt Lake). Are they preparing for something????

      August 31, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • Hoovervilles

      Thanks Joe,
      I didn't know that.

      September 1, 2011 at 3:51 am |
  20. Reality

    From p. 84-

    The gods would not tolerate the stupidity of Beck or Bachmann thereby proving there are no gods.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:15 am |
    • Rationalintn

      @ Reality, Amen friend.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
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