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. Steve

    Beck would pray for the death of his children, so long as he called 6 months earlier.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • Steve

      called it*

      August 28, 2011 at 12:37 am |
  2. KB

    Glenn Beck can come clean up my yard.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:37 am |
  3. Ron Nader

    Someone needs to put a bullet between this sick fu** eyes and stop him from wasting air...

    August 28, 2011 at 12:36 am |
    • JW

      Well, this comment was sure to come. But as soon as you do that, you show you aren't any different than he is. In fact, you might be a little more simple minded in your lack of ability to make money off of our idea (instead you get a ticket to jail and do not pass "Go").

      August 28, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  4. CdnJim

    Good all Beck – it's been a real blessing for the families of 9 people so far killed in this storm. Do you even think before you open your mouth?

    August 28, 2011 at 12:34 am |
    • JW

      Sure he thinks, about the money signs and numerals falling into his bank account. Does he think of lives lost? No way. Kill them all and let God sort them out. Isn't that what the Marines say?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:36 am |
  5. Rock God

    You really just hope a flying 2 X 4 kills this nutjob.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • dgkdgk

      I know! Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, takes a barb to the heart and is gone almost instantly, but this jackhole still infects America like a plague. I just don't get it.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  6. Ricardo Lopes

    Just one thing about this Glen Beck person, he needs to get arrested!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:32 am |
  7. hank

    Love to hear his take on the priest global molestation scandal and how that was in the plans...riiiiiiiiiiight

    August 28, 2011 at 12:32 am |
  8. Michael


    August 28, 2011 at 12:32 am |
  9. Joke

    And it's official...no one NYC will ever take Beck seriously again. Thank you, thank you.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  10. waldteufel

    Who cares what this lunatic thinks?

    August 28, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  11. Jim

    Isn't it just a little too close to the anniversary of 9/11 for some ultra-conservative religious zealot to be linking God to New York suffering destruction? What an opportunist!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:30 am |
  12. matt houston

    "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."

    Since God controls everything, why would he ask you to stockpile stuff and then throw a disaster at you? Do you see how stupid you people sound? If God doesn't control everything, then He's not much of a god is He? So either way, your religion is senseless and futile. But hey...reality never stopped religious people from believing in illogical things so it's no surprise.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:29 am |
    • JW

      Well, maybe Beck is saying we can overcome God, just like Satan, by doing a little planning ahead of time. We can thereby transfer control from God to our hands and become just like Satan, only more successful and visible?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • Sloppy J

      YAWN . . I always wonder when I read these types of posts, does the author think that religious folk are going to read what he/she has to say and suddenly realize "Hey! Wait a minute, he/she's RIGHT! I've been such a fool!"

      Yes, Matty, you're a very rational, super-duper intelligent guy and have it all figured out. Goody for you. And, once again, YAWN.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  13. Rob

    How about all gods creatures of all faiths. how about gods animals. A blessing is when these self righteous egotistic maniacs stop expressing their views to the masses. Leave people alone to choose their own way.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:28 am |
  14. Day Cross

    Oh and yes, we are Christian!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  15. hank

    What a tard...thank god for idiots

    August 28, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  16. Day Cross

    The man is telling you to be prepared, and you are hating him for that. Wow. People, I hope you do have resources for this and other events...and I hope you never have to use them.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:26 am |
    • JW

      I don't think they hate him for this message alone. It is all of the other countless religious messages he claims to have received from God. Now let's look at this message more clearly. He says we aren't in control because God is. But on the other hand, you can be in more control if you stockpile food and such, and thereby you overcome God's control. In other words, man is capable of matching wits with God by being prepared (using his mind to plan). And if God gave you a dumb brain, well, too bad.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:29 am |
    • Observer

      "The man is telling you to be prepared, and you are hating him for that.'

      Wrong. You didn't read the story. He thinks this hurricane that has killed people is a "blessing". Pay attention.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:36 am |
    • Ben

      Google "Glenn Beck Survival Kit."

      Then try to tell me he just wants to help.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:39 am |
  17. dee

    What are you going to do with 60 pounds of such staples, Mr. Beck? Let me guess, you'll call in your private chef to whip something up with 60 pounds of wheat?!? Please. Say something that benefits MODERN man and perhaps someone will listen. You are so out of touch with the reality of everyone and you don't even march to the tea baggers drum. How are you relevant at all?

    August 28, 2011 at 12:26 am |
    • Pam

      I've always wondered how they would prepare all this flour, rice etc if they have no electricity or water. Being prepared for a natural disaster is just common sense but you need to have items that don't require cooking.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:41 am |
  18. peter

    I think he's reached Ann Coulter levels of absurdity, in that they both go for shock value just to get media attention.... and look at that, it works!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:25 am |
  19. CTexas

    Mr. Beck, you are so full of sh-t it is unbelievable. What a phony.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:25 am |
  20. Rick1948

    As usual, Beck is smoking crack.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:24 am |
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