Hurricane Irene has come and gone, leaving behind a wake of death and destruction. Yet somehow Glenn Beck thinks Irene was a "blessing" from God.
CNN reports that as Irene was churning its way up the East Coast on Friday, Beck said on his radio show that people should use this as an excuse to hoard food. It seems Beck has been a long-time advocate of people stockpiling food just in case of a global food disruption.
He said on the show:
How many warnings do you think you’re going to get, and how many warnings do you deserve? This hurricane that is coming through 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 Beck's food storage fetish is stoked by Mormonism, his adopted religion, which apparently encourages people to stock up on a three-month supply of edibles.
Beck is just parroting church teachings, according to the official Mormon website:
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.