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. kevinB

    The only thing missing is his asshat.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  2. vivian m

    The man in insane

    August 28, 2011 at 1:42 am |
  3. Matt

    As if the average Beckerhead would have anything to do with "helping their neighbors" if the SHTF. They'd be too busy setting up booby traps and cleaning their guns...

    August 28, 2011 at 1:39 am |
  4. Retired3

    sicko!!!!!! were the tornado's that tore apart towns this past spring also a blessing?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:38 am |
  5. Chasiewa

    So, when did Beck convert to being a Moron? I didn't know you could do that, or want to. I don't know much about Moronism, but if he represents their ideology, then they are just such...oh never mind

    August 28, 2011 at 1:38 am |
    • MS

      Glenn Beck never converted to Moronism. He was born a moron, and he'll damn sure die a moron.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:44 am |
    • Jerry Lynch

      I agree with you about "Moronism" but yes, a person can convert and be a Moron. In Glenn Beck's case he simply remained a "moron" and no conversion was necessary.

      However, due to climate change (global warming) the storms are becoming more frequent and more severe, just as scientists have been predicting they would. I wonder how Beck reconciles his statements with his right-wing "there is no such thing as global warming" drivel he has been parroting from Republicans and Billy O' Reilly?

      Morons say to store, among other things, white rice, but brown or rice with the inner husk still intact has much more nourishment and does not contribute to adult onset diabetes as does white rice. It does not store as well as white rice but if it is cycled out on a regular basis, it would be much better in an emergency than white rice.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:51 am |
  6. Billy-bob

    what a dbag

    August 28, 2011 at 1:37 am |
  7. Dude

    Go to you tube dot com and search for "Nazi Tourettes".

    You'll be glad you did.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:37 am |
    • Vivek Saxena

      Appreciate the info. LOLing at this Daily Show clip.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  8. Ben Alcobra

    I wonder how the families of the 9 people killed thus far by this storm feel about Glenn Beck's blessing.

    His delusional megalomania has made him completely blind to the fact that he's rubbing this nonsense in the faces of grieving people who have lost loved ones.

    What a sick, pathetic, immoral individual.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:36 am |
    • Thomas

      With any luck, the families of those who lost their lives in this "blessing" will sue Beck into oblivion for deliberate emotional distress. His complete heartlessness is beyond belief, as is his peddling "emergency supplies" which he has a financial interest in.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:38 am |
  9. s.mckpeak

    The rise of the Fourth Reich!

    August 28, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  10. Brandon

    I am not a Mormon, nor a Republican, nor a follower of Glen Beck...but there is nothing wrong with advocating a stockpile of a little food in case of disaster. Not a cellar that looks like a Kroger, but a few weeks of rice, beans and whatnot can't hurt anybody.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:34 am |
    • Ben Alcobra

      Don't forget two things: water, and a can opener !!!!

      Come to think of it, I wonder how many people nowadays even know how to use a manual can opener?

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

      I am not a Mormon either. But, as I understand it, they advocate buying a little more food than you need each week and building up a reserve. Not running out in a paranoid frenzy and filling your zombie shelter with dried beans and ammo.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:40 am |
  11. s.mckpeak

    Why the Wailing Wall?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:34 am |
  12. Doug

    Liberals SUCK.

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

      Not as bad as Beck.

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

      Yes, but conservatives SWALLOW.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:41 am |
  13. s.mckpeak

    I thought he kicked being a drunk and became Evengelical>

    August 28, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  14. Skepnet

    Beck is either a nutcase or he thinks everyone else is (and he profits from that). In either case, he should be dismissed and ignored.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:32 am |
  15. Kevin


    August 28, 2011 at 1:32 am |
  16. s.mckpeak

    Where did Beck Come from B4 CNN?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:31 am |
  17. John H.

    Beck has really lost it! I am sad to say I use to enjoy his radio show. I did not believe what he was saying, I just found it amusing. Well, I DON'T find this amusing.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:30 am |
  18. T.L. Scott

    It's disturbing that I share the same blood line as this man...Yes, we really don't have control over what the Universe throws at us as humans, but that is no reason to incite fear in people...Listen closely when I tell you this man IS NOT stable. Many of our relatives on the same side were and are just as unbalanced. Please keep a close eye on this man. At some point he's REALLY going to snap and it won't be pretty.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:30 am |
  19. mommazona

    Bill, if God created the universe, who created God?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:30 am |
    • filthburger

      OOOOHHH!!! OOOHHHHH!!!!! I KNOW!!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  20. gupsphoo

    Hurricane Irene is only blessing if she kills Glenn Beck.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:29 am |
    • me

      amen to that

      August 28, 2011 at 1:43 am |
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