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. vivek43

    Yo" conservatives" he really talking about food conservation now. Do you got it ?

    August 28, 2011 at 2:01 am |
  2. chester cambridge

    Funny thing with mormoms: they only share their food storage with themselves. If you don't belong to their church you are royally screw which is opposite to what the Bible says... Oh wait a minute... now I remember: they don't use the Bible the use other "sacred books"... 🙁

    August 28, 2011 at 2:00 am |
    • Darryl

      Wow – You are a moron. Having been on the receiving end of food donations from the Mormons, I can tell you they share and look for opportunites to help other. You are full of crap and AGod will judge you one days for trying to make the Mormons look bad. True church or not, they are the ONLY ones that are in most of the countries of the world sharing what they have.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:16 am |
    • Jeremiah

      Well, Chester, your ignorance is on full display tonight. You're wrong on both accounts.

      It is NOT true that we only share with other LDS members. Our church, via donations from its members, sends millions of dollars of goods to people all over the world every year who are not of our faith.

      It is also NOT true that we don't use the Bible. We absolutely believe in and use the Bible as the word of God. We also use other books which contain the words of prophets, just like the Bible does. We know that God hasn't stopped loving His children. Rather, because he is the "same today, yesterday and forever" and because "the Lord God doeth nothing save he reveal his secret (his plans) to his prophets", we know that God continues to speak to us, His children, through prophets just as he has always done. I for one am grateful that He does.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:16 am |
    • sgreco

      my respect for the "charity" of mormons ends at a) their abhorrent treatment of women and b) their disgusting treatment of gays.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:22 am |
    • Steve

      curious how this article went from Glen Beck's crazy statement to how Mormon's stockpile food. Obviously, it had its intended effect by the looks of Chester here's comment. Look Chester, Mormons share million, no BILLIONS, of dollars of food with people NOT affiliated with the church each year. Google what they did for hurricane Katrina victims. You should educate yourself on that buddy. Also, we do read the Bible. I'm reading it now preparing for a lesson on it in church tomorrow. Mr. Gilgoff, stick to the news instead of Mormon bashing you small-time writer.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:22 am |
    • Chase

      Abhorrent treatment of women and disgusting treatment of gays? What the hell are you talking about? I'm guessing you did some research on the Huffington Post comments board and came up with those conclusions? Two words – IGNORANT BIGOT.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:15 am |
  3. Jon

    They still let this idiot out in public?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:59 am |
    • TampaMel

      This is the best comment a few words and right to the point. Thanks

      August 28, 2011 at 2:11 am |
    • Dennis Grammatikos

      My good friend you have no idea what you talking about!OUR LORD AND GOD JESUS came in the world 2011 years ego where
      was the Mormons then You first apeared on the face of this earth few hundred years ego! are you trying to tell all this time was not church? You are the pseudo Christians the false profits you are out of the churc
      The church is only one as the Lord is one .Try to meet the true church the church that gave to the Lord millions of martyres
      The true children of the true church they work for nothing .with humility and respect for every one .I hope you find the true is just front of you. Thank you

      August 28, 2011 at 2:51 am |
  4. GOD

    ...................YOUR STARTING TO ANNOY ME ! .................

    August 28, 2011 at 1:59 am |
  5. Andy

    Glen Beck = Fred Phelps

    August 28, 2011 at 1:57 am |
    • Judy Wood

      Yes, that is so true.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:03 am |
    • w

      Phelps is on the verge of crypt keeper status and Beck needs a new crazy-spewing gig. Pretty astute observation, I'd say....

      August 28, 2011 at 2:24 am |
  6. Andy

    Believe me Glen, if Michelle Bachmann or Rick Perry becomes President, I WILL be stocking lots of food.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:56 am |
  7. CTSadler

    So Mittens Romney probably has the same beliefs. Four more years.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:55 am |
  8. Colony

    Is Mr. Beck going to express any remorse and solidarity for people who lost property or loved ones in this hurricane? Or is he just going to tell them they should feel blessed for their losses?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:52 am |
  9. Glenn Beck's Gin Bottle

    Dear Pope Beck: I hate to break this to you, but right now, we are in the middle of hurricane season. So, maybe, just maybe, this is not a warning from God to help you sell whatever it is that you are peddling now. It could be that it is just a hurricane that is happening... during hurricane season. When we start getting hurricanes and tropical storms on the east coast in the middle of winter (aka not hurricane season), then you might have a smidgen more credibility with the whole warning from God thing, okay, Glennie?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:52 am |
    • MashaSobaka

      You made me lol. Thanks.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:58 am |
  10. Observer

    Beck fans can do a google search and see Beck explain how he fakes tears that his sheep think are sincere. So much for integrity.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:50 am |
  11. Felix Chow

    As much as I agree with people calling Glenn Beck a nutcase and throwing various other derogatory remarks at him, we shouldn't be glued to criticizing him and his comments. We should be helping out the poor souls living in the wrath of Hurricane Irene. After that, let the criticism continue.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • John

      Then why are you here?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:53 am |
  12. ark52

    Glen Beck, does not make sense, does he have some kind of sect that is taking in money, maybe like the 700club, calles for "please donate and I will send you a CD of something"???????????????????

    August 28, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  13. Atheist


    August 28, 2011 at 1:48 am |
    • msalerno

      No kidding. Moron of the grandest kind. Yes, it'll be a blessing when people are killed, driven from their homes, and all the other things a hurricane does.


      August 28, 2011 at 1:56 am |
  14. CTYank

    Really, why would anyone consider Glenny relevant to anything?

    He's not specifically a "conservative"- he's a lunatic grifter. Maybe the lunatic thing is an act?

    See Sam Clemens' "Roughing It" for an appropriately insensitive view of Mormonism.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:46 am |
  15. Adam

    Come on people, take it for what it is. He didn't literally mean the hurricane is a blessing, he meant that if you are still able and safe that you should take precautions and prepare. I am not just trying to defend Beck here, I'm trying to defend common sense. He obviously does not think people getting hurt from a hurricane is a blessing, he means that if it makes you think and prepare then take that away as a positive thing.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:45 am |
    • John

      Perpetuating insanity and not knowing when it is................ is insane.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:48 am |
    • Observer

      "he meant that if you are still able and safe that you should take precautions and prepare."

      Of course that's not what he said, but his sheep will believe anything.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • steve

      your a nut just like Glenn is. take a walk on a short pier.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:52 am |
    • F1R

      He made it sounds quite literal. Maybe his communication skills need a brush-up then. Maybe he should literally say what he means instead of injecting supersticious religion into natural events and sounding like a complete lunatic – actually that is a good thing because this way we get to see what a fruitcake he really is.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:52 am |
    • Adam

      Sheep? No, I don't believe that is the case here Observer. Do I think Beck should have said what he said? No, I don't. But I also don't believe it's worthy of an article in CNN. I just think it's another bogus article that really has no meaning or relevance.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:53 am |
    • F1R

      btw Adam, you don't happen to have a partner called Eve do you ? Just asking 🙂

      August 28, 2011 at 1:53 am |
    • Adam

      F1R, I don't really understand your question...if you are implying I'm a bible junkie I'm not. And as for comments that I'm a nut or an idiot I don't really understand that either. I'm just choosing not to get angry or upset about a comment that a TV/radio personality made, and taking a different perspective. At the end of the day if anyone posting here has a loved one in harms way they hope they are safe. Political rhetoric about a hurricane just doesn't make much sense to me.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:58 am |
    • KCF

      It's the same as his "Buy Gold!" pitch. His website advertises those overpriced "stockpile your food with junk you'd never eat" online stores. If you buy gold via his website, or buy dehydrated vienna sausages (or whatever they sell) via his website, well that's just more money in Glenn's pocket. Being a paid spokesperson is just another income stream for him.

      Actually, many of his "sermons" can be directly tied to a product endorsement on his website. Ka. Ching.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:59 am |
    • Observer

      "I just think it's another bogus article that really has no meaning or relevance."

      I know a serious person who considers Beck to be a prophet. We shouldn't just ignor the nonsense of people like him, we should expose him for those too ignorant to look objectively.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:09 am |
    • bobbylee

      If the "Beck sheep" will believe anything, then the "Beck haters" will misconstrue anything he says and twist it to come across as hateful and insensitive. I'm sorry...but common sense tells me that if I lived in a hurricane prone area that was hit year after year...and didn't prepare properly...when would it finally sink in. How many times do you have to get punched in the face before you duck? Don't make this about "you don't care that people are dying"...YES...I do care...which is why I think everyone SHOULD be prepared with some basics...food, water, a means to purify water, etc.

      Why do you pay for car insurance, medical/dental insurance every month? It's not because you WANT to get into an accident. It's not because you're hoping you come down with a serious illness...it's because you are PREPARING and insuring yourself against such events. That's all Beck is saying. I'll gladly continue being a "sheep" as long as I know I'm doing everything I can to protect my family and improve their chances of survival. Laugh and mock now, but what will you do when that "disaster" hits you?

      August 28, 2011 at 2:11 am |
    • Adam

      Really, Observer? You start by saying you know a 'serious' person who considers Beck a prophet, then finish with we should expose him for people that are too ignorant to know any better. I'm a bit confused here...is it serious people or ignorant people that need this information, or both? I guess I'm just an optimist in that I believe the majority of Americans have enough common sense to make their own decisions.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:22 am |
  16. Bo

    What in the world is wrong eith some of you people? Take God, religion and Glenn Beck out of the equation and you have the good sound advise that others including the government has given for years. For instance, the people in California constantly advise people to have at least three weeks supplies avalable just in case that expected earthquake comes at an unexpected time (no earthquake is ever predicted) water is the most important thing, it's almost imposiable to have too much. Even as a resident of Colorado, I think it was in 1976 when a blizzard struck the northeast of Colorado there were people who, because of snow drifts, could not even get out of their houses for a week. My family managed to get out of the house, but we couldn't go anywhere for a week. We melted snow for water. More than one house was burried up to the roof. How do you imagine they could have survied without food suplies. Oh, by the way, some were out of electricity up to 3 years. You need to be prepared.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:45 am |
    • Pravda

      This is on the belief blog.
      Being prepared is a good thing – why does Beck need to tell us; why does he need to say as if only good things are happening as a result of Irene; why wasn't he so helpful after the other recent "acts of god'?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:51 am |
    • F1R

      Bo, if you take God, religion and Glenn Beck out of the equation, what you have left might be simply common sense that anyone with any intelligence would already know and doesn't need it preached to them this idiot.
      Americans panic easily already so why rock the boat ?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:56 am |
    • Adam

      F1R, people have been 'rocking the boat' for quite some time now. Your opinion of Americans seems to be quite low, are you saying Americans cannot decide what's best for themselves, whether that be to prepare for a hurricane by storing food/water or not?

      August 28, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • F1R

      Don't worry Bo, I don't generalise in that way. There are decent Americans and there are those who aren't. Same as everywhere in the world really.
      But there are things about America that don't sit well with me, yes. Flag-waving arrogance for example. I think some of you know whats best for you but some don't. Those that voted Bush Jr in twice for example, those that voted against free healthcare for another.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  17. Eric

    I was raised mormon and remember sitting with my mom watching Glenn Beck's TV show (around the time of the 2008 election) and being so scared that our world was going to hell. It's sad to me that the culture of the Mormon church (and Glenn Beck) dictates by inciting fear and unworthyness inside everyone. Although I don't feel it's intentional, it's real and tragic.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:45 am |
    • John

      It is intentional.

      For Mormons, it always has been and it always will be.

      You might have admitted that, having professed so much already.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:50 am |
  18. whocares

    there is a typo in the third paragraph should be through

    August 28, 2011 at 1:44 am |
  19. Steve

    Conservatives SWALLOW.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:44 am |
    • D Shad

      Give your laptop back to your parents, little boy.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:53 am |
  20. Sriram

    Why do Americans make such a fuss about normal occurrances? Monsoons storms and cyclones are a regular feature in India and other parts of the world. Irene is just a Category 1 hurricane, for heavens sake.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:43 am |
    • EWGuy

      Yeah, and hailstorms, and 4 meter blizzards are normal occurrences in northern American and Canada...but it doesn't happen in southern Asia...so what?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:46 am |
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