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.

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soundoff (3,354 Responses)
  1. Mark

    There's only one problem with your contention: all of that stockpiled food isn't going to be of any use to anyone when it's under 4ft of water, washed out to sea or can't be accessed because of mandatory evacuations.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • JW

      you are wrong there, my brother! God will have sent it from heaven to the first survivor that happens upon it. Amen. Can I get an Amen, brother???

      August 28, 2011 at 1:10 am |
    • Eeyore

      Actually, most natural disasters don't include mandatory evacuations. Hurricanes are one of the only one. And secondly, food storage can, and often is, stored in containers that keep it safe from the elements. We have about two months on hand and it would survive 4ft. of water with no problem.

      Also recommended is a 72 hour kit, ideal for those situations where evacuation is required. And guess what, the number of people with that is pretty low too!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:22 am |
  2. david pinto

    Mr beck.
    is out of control .But he could be right children and crazy s sometimes they say the true..
    oh no? maybe i 'm crazy for feeling so lonely

    August 28, 2011 at 1:07 am |
    • JW

      it would be helpful if you used better grammar.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:09 am |
  3. F1R

    @Scott: "i just feel like he identifies with a large number of americans and is honest about what he believes in."

    Being honest about what you believe in is irrelevant if what you believe in is a load of nonsense in the first place.
    If he does identify with a large number of Americans then maybe that is an issue that needs looking at. That sounds like a problem to me already. Too many people being brainswashed by misplaced religious drivel.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:07 am |
    • Scott

      i think what is considered a "load of nonsense" is more of an opinion. you should relax and try to understand other peoples view before you call them brain washed.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:14 am |
    • F1R

      I do understand them Scott, I just happen not to believe in it and I find it bewildering that any person living in the 21st century still has the ancient belief that there is some sentient being above the sky that watches is all and can be prayed to. Similarly I don't share the view that the Earth is 6000 years old or that angels sit in clouds.
      Are Zeus and Apollo Gods you believe in also ? If not, why not ? What about the hundreds of others that other religions have ? Are they all right or are they all wrong and it's just the Christian God that is the only right one?
      If there was a God he's a pretty crap one and he has a lot to answer for. I`d like to punch his face in personally.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:28 am |
  4. Scamtannehill

    Could someone please shut this idiot up ? Unless of course he is a voice of God like he says he is. In that case God will you please shut this idiot up ?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:06 am |
  5. DH

    Wow Mr. Beck. Tell that to the families of the nine people who have already died because of this storm.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:04 am |
    • Sam

      Sorry Glenn, we are all stocked up on crazy in my household and have no time for your stupidity.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:07 am |
  6. bobby

    I guess he didn't read Revelation chapter six verses 15 to 17. Trying to hide during Armageddon is pointless.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:02 am |
  7. anonymous

    Glenn....god here......Im not the voice in your head.....take your meds and STFU!

    August 28, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • JW

      Sorry, God, but that doesn't comply with my financial advisor's advice. Please quit talking like that so I don't have to increase my meds.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:03 am |
  8. NReptilian

    He looks great! I hope he can wake up Jewish People and save Israel. I can see he has the mission for this crucial times. He has a nice heart.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:01 am |
    • JW

      What does that mean? I hope you aren't going to scurry for cover now that you have left a bunch of meaningless scribblingson CNN.com. Hopefully you have the cajones to say what you are trying to say?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:02 am |
  9. ummduh

    Ohh I find it rather funny that CNN posts a picture of Glenn with his arms reached out to match this article. Why not put Obama golfing in Martha's Vineyard with an article about him telling me and other Americans our homes can be as cool or warm as we want and we have to tighten our belts. Morons.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:00 am |
    • Pravda

      You prefer the pictures of crocodile tears?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:06 am |
  10. Jez

    Wow Beck. Let me guess – your house isn't in the line of the Hurricane's fire... Thanks for reminding us not to vote Mormon nuts into the white house.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:59 am |
    • JW

      He doesn't care if a Mormon becomes President. He is just in it for the glory and money. And even if his house was in the line of fire, he would have it well-insured. And he could fly anywhere in the world he wanted to, in order to feel safe. The wealthy don't worry about this simple sort of stuff.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:01 am |
  11. Ya No

    I think this man has the genius of bringing out the idiot in some of us. Fortunately, not all of us.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:58 am |
  12. JW

    Hey, Beckster, why are you so worried about hurricanes? Aren't you going to heaven if you die?

    August 28, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • F1R

      IF he dies ? I know Beck thinks he has a hotline to the invisible man in the sky but I doubt he's been granted immortality.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:01 am |
    • JW

      Oh goodness, F1R, your comment is tiresome. Of course he isn't an immortal. And of course he isn't in harms way. He is safe and sound in his bed right about now, dreaming of sugarplums.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:05 am |
    • F1R

      Seems you tire easily.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:10 am |
    • JW

      It may seem that way to you. But one never knows until one tries to walk in another's shoes.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • F1R

      That wouldn't have worked for Ghandi, would it ? Besides you can't walk in someone elses shows. You're stuck with your own so its a nonsense saying.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:16 am |
    • F1R

      shoes even.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:16 am |
  13. Doug

    ...and people call Ron Paul a nut.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:56 am |
  14. V

    Beck, you are also a blessing in Disguise...

    August 28, 2011 at 12:56 am |
    • dgkdgk

      Go a little further with your disguise, though ... like stealth ... like where we can't ever see or hear you. Thanks!

      August 28, 2011 at 12:57 am |
  15. JW

    If Beck were really religious, he wouldn't focus so much on the wealth and stockpiles of food of this life, and more so on the next life.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:55 am |
    • 3N1Amen

      True. How can he say that this hurricane is a blessing from God??? How about this Glenn? God is demonstrating some of His wrath....we all need to get our hearts right with God...and turn from our wicked ways! Be saved...Jesus is coming back soon!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • F1R

      Soon ? How long have people been saying that ? Well, who'd want to come back to this polluted hellhole and if someone did claim to be the big J, he'd be quite rightly locked away.
      Anyway, why show up personally when you can appear on a pancake or a crisp or whatever ? These are great ways for an omnipotent being to show himself eh ?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  16. JW

    Truth be told, the wealthy don't really have to worry about these sort of things. They can safely scoff at the poor from their crystal princess towers. If they feel threatened, they can fly anywhere in the world they need to. Or they can buy the most expensive insurances to protect their earthly goods.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  17. dgkdgk

    Glenn Beck – please run for president. We need some good old-fashioned entertainment, and watching you get torn apart and exposed would be delicious. Please run! Love, Democrats everywhere.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:54 am |
    • F1R

      I wouldn't put it past the Americans to vote that nutter in either. They did with Bush Jr, twice! I mean the country is going to the tubes as it is, might as well finish it off.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:59 am |
    • JW

      And I wouldn't put it past F1R to vote for someone just as ignorant in whatever 3rd world country he lives in.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:12 am |
    • F1R

      Not a great comeback JW. Anyway I don't vote. It just encourages these idiots.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:18 am |
  18. Beck's a freakin' fraud

    Glenn Beck... Hmmm, let's see. Starts out as a somewhat liberal host of a daytime show HLN, gets bought by Foxnews, suddenly becomes a lifelong Uber-Conservative (I guess a big, fat paycheck from Murdochs filthy little hands has the power to instantaneously convert political views) has some success at Fox, but most of it is based on the fact that everyone who's ever seen his show thinks he's insane... Slightly less entertaining than O'Reilly, gets kicked off Fox (*KICKED OFF FOX!!!) for being a bit too crazy, and now he's back on radio, talking to an audience that is only there to hear what kind of crazy talk will come out of his deranged, dishonest, religiously warped mind. That pretty much cover it? Mr. Beck, religion (ALL religion) is a complete waste of time. You're welcome.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:54 am |
    • macromancer

      He realized there's more money in being a talking head for the right wing sheep. The frightened, the old and the bigoted. They swallow the fear pill well.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:02 am |
  19. ewhatley

    This man (Glenn Beck) is a idiot.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:53 am |
    • Bresson

      Calling this turd a man is a stretch my friend...

      August 28, 2011 at 12:55 am |
  20. Occupation

    lunatic and below lunatics. suicide is painless, give it a try

    August 28, 2011 at 12:51 am |
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