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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soundoff (3,354 Responses)
  1. MeatyPortion

    I can't wait until Glenn Beck dies in a crack house. What a piece of crap.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:28 am |
    • Fahed Rokwaleed

      And you, will die from a lice infection caused by you addiction to getting fu cked in the a ss by a camel.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:39 am |
    • Thomas

      He's got more class than that. It'll be a crack villa.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:40 am |
  2. pn

    Yea, an idiot that compares victims of a massacre with Hitlerjugend....GO GOP!!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 1:27 am |
  3. BeeBop

    "Self-reliance," huh? Love it. Especially coming from the Poster Boys of Unearned Privilege and Authority.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:27 am |
  4. Phil

    This guy Beck is a certifiable nut case. Anybody who believes anything this crazy idot says is just as nutso as he is. This guy has gone off the rails, and people should stop listening to such a lunatic.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:26 am |
    • i. s.

      That's the beauty of America, you speak your mind in public, with all due respect, and let the people decide for themselves.
      don't insult this men, respect him, and if you have the guts to work as hard as he does, then start a tv show and speak up your mind.
      there are millions of people that listen to him, and many will be glad they followed some of his advises. BE HAPPY. ARE YOU?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:45 am |
  5. Jay

    Whether Hurricane Irene is from God, a tropical depression, or the flap of a butterfly's wings, hopefully we can all agree that things happen and it MIGHT be a good idea to be prepared for something. Glenn Beck is a crazy person, but even a broken clock is right twice a day. Probably a good idea to be ready for the unexpected, even if it is coming from the mouth of a crazy person.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:25 am |
  6. james knoth

    Hopefully anyone hoarding 300 lbs of dry goods has considered how much water it takes to cook all of that. A hundred pounds of pasta, for instance, is going to take a hundred gallons of water to cook it in. You might get away with less for dry beans or such, but that's a lot of water, especially when you add water needed for drinking, washing, etc. I'd say most people don't have the ability to store, say, 500+ gallons of water. Something to think about, folks. But, yeah, Beck is nuts–no reason to worry about what might not happen, right?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:25 am |
  7. value doubt

    Mensa IQ, college degree in science, Beck is mostly right.

    You must be kidding. Wake up. You couldn't be more *wrong*. Wait & you will see.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  8. David

    Just another irrelevant hack trying to stay relevant. Nothing to see here folks.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  9. chuck

    Someone get a straight jacket!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 1:23 am |
  10. Satan

    So, Glenn, if God is in control, why bother stockpiling anything? Be prepared for what, exactly? All those foodstuffs your hillbilly, uneducated, human garbage listeners of yours have packed away won't do them any good when "God" kills them. Now all that's left is perfectly good non-perishable food items that are locked safely away from people who actually deserve to be fed. I haven't attempted to look up the metrics on the obesity rate amongst conservative talk radio/television disciples, but I will bet everything I own that the rate is considerably higher than the U.S. average. Has anyone honestly met a sane, in-shape, highly intelligent/engaging conservative in the last 10 years who admits that belief in God is really nothing more than an elaborate way of saying "I don't know". I honestly don't know why someone hasn't killed this guy yet. Ghandi gets assassinated and Glenn Beck sells millions of books for profit...something doesn't add up.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:23 am |
  11. whynot11

    Religiousness or not, Beck has a point: we need to be prepared for the worst. I love how CNN is spinning this: he act like a moron, but he isn't a moron 24/7, no one is.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:21 am |
    • Satan

      You're assuming, apparently like Beck and his disciples, that there is no food to sustain oneself after a major storm/natural disaster unless it's stockpiled industrial-mass-produced-loaded-with-chemicals-and-other-toxins crap that comes out of a can. There are well over 300,000 different species of plants on the planet, 1/3 of which are perfectly edible, nutritious, and sustaining to human life.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:31 am |
    • Dude

      Charles Manson was right that the environment is important.
      Adolph Hitler was right that people will benefit from affordable automobiles.
      Glenn Beck is right that we should keep a food reserve.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  12. Dude

    If there is a god, why has Glenn Back not been struck by lightning? Or choked by flying spaghetti?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:21 am |
  13. Lincoln

    At what point does the reporting of this man's ever-so insightful commentary become the equivalent of going into a mental hospital to report the opinions of a disturbed mental patient? I think it happened long ago.

    I'm sure Glenn is thanking God for the 9 deaths already associated with thte storm, if only to validate his unhinged, lunatic ramblings.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:21 am |
    • F1R

      Agreed Lincoln, there are people writing more sense than this in their own faeces on an asylum wall.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:32 am |
  14. MS

    Glenn Beck couldn't be a bigger a**hole unless he punched a homeless man while wearing a shirt that said "I'm an a**hole"

    August 28, 2011 at 1:19 am |
    • mommazona

      OMG thanks for giving me the best laugh I've had all day. And, you couldn't be farther from the truth!!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:24 am |
    • mommazona

      Crud, I meant to say that you were spot on with the truth about him being an a*hole. (brain fart)

      August 28, 2011 at 1:26 am |
    • MS

      You want me to prove Glenn Beck is an a**hole? Just listen to anything he has ever said about anything. Hurricanes are a "blessing, Obama hates white people (Obama is half white), Everything is a conspiracy, What he said about the Norway victims (Hitler Youth). In all honesty it would be easier for me come up with a list of everything he has ever said that didn't make him sound like a complete a**hole.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:33 am |
    • Xylee1010

      Baaaahahahahahahaha! Thanks, thats just perfect!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  15. tomB

    Beck has a narcisstic personality: here are DSM criteria: (i guess he fits right in on FOX news)


    A person with narcissistic personality disorder may:

    React to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation

    Take advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals

    Have excessive feelings of self-importance

    Exaggerate achievements and talents

    Be preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love

    Have unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment

    Need constant attention and admiration

    Disregard the feelings of others, and have little ability to feel empathy

    Have obsessive self-interest

    Pursue mainly selfish goals

    August 28, 2011 at 1:18 am |
    • Dynan3

      NAHHHHH!!!!! That would be Rush...

      August 28, 2011 at 1:24 am |
    • Dude

      He needs to be just a drop more narcissistic. Then he will see a mirror and starve rather than stop looking at himself.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:26 am |
  16. Dave Sheets

    Liberal atheists...how un-American

    August 28, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • educatorga

      Only your small-minded opinion.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:22 am |
    • Austin

      THANK YOU!! Finally, somebody besides me agrees. Oh, wait. This is CNN.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:22 am |
    • BOB (burnt out bad)

      fu ck off

      August 28, 2011 at 1:23 am |
    • Observer

      Calling the deaths of innocent people a "blessing" . . . . how un-American.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:27 am |
    • mommazona

      Um, no I am 110% American. My religious beliefs have no bearing on my patriotism!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:27 am |
    • rcmink

      now THAT's a well-thought-out, educated comeback. NURSE!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:37 am |
    • F1R

      Whats that got to do with being American or not ? Americans don't have the exclusivity on those kind of thoughts and words.
      It's so annoying that so many Americans thinks the world ends at their shorelines and revolves around them. Just calling your President 'Leader of the free world' stinks of arrogance. Im in the free world and he's not my President. Ever heard of Europe, Australia and the 100's ot other free countries that are not America ?
      The only thing that's 'un-American' is something or someone that isn't from America.

      I'm not making any friends here am I ? 🙂 Well I don't hate, Im just not religious and have strong opinions about some things that go on in that vast country of yours. As beautiful as it is, some of you are off your nut.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:45 am |
  17. Perry

    I am appalled how natural occurrences are given special portent by attaching a deity to their meaning. These things happen no matter what you believe, so someone please shut his stupid ass up.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • upallnite

      Thank you!!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:39 am |
  18. The Pope

    Beck. Sigh. What an assshole. And people PAY him to say this stuff. And people listen.

    We are so screwed.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:17 am |
  19. s.mckpeak

    Revelation is a misnomer, Beck is a FRAUD, Fox is the obvious mouthpiece for the American aristocracy and a hurricane is a hurricane. YES People are Crazy!

    August 28, 2011 at 1:16 am |
  20. Craig

    Beck is a text book example of a cult leader, the disconnect, the fanatical followers, the dire 'predictions', all of it points straight at it.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:15 am |
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