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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  1. ObviouslyAwake

    Lots of negativity here. I don't believe Beck is saying the destruction and death from this hurricane is a blessing, but rather awareness of ones own limitations having not been properly prepared. Love'em or hate'em he raises a good point. Kind of like where I'm from. I store a lot of firewood. We don't get major snow often, but when we do it can be a matter of life or death. Every major snow storm I read the articles of those who weren't prepared and either froze or died from breathing in carbon monoxide when they follishly try to use their propane grills as a heat source. Being prepared = Common sense. Then again, I suppose that's a lot to ask of anyone who watches CNN : P Stay safe people.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:23 am |
    • Pat in il

      Read again.....he did say that it's a blessing. There is no excuse for his insensitivity and lack of reality in this.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:52 am |
    • dk

      Dope – there will always be that assinine apologist somewhere who wants to be on all sides of THE issue

      August 28, 2011 at 7:43 am |
  2. Martin

    Glenn Beck is a complete ass

    August 28, 2011 at 2:23 am |
  3. I've warned you too, Beck

    I told you, Glenn, you ARE plenty stupid enough for Congress. You'd fit right in with all the other half-breed-do-nothings in DC. In fact, your stupidity is so outstanding, you should be a Senator! That's right, Glenn! A Senator!

    Now, about that warning. Oh yes, what I came on here to remind you about.... Et-hem.... Glenn, the more fanciful stories you tell, the shorter your manhood gets. And by the looks of you these days, I'd say you're ready for platform heels!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:21 am |
  4. TheTruth72

    This hurricane is not a blessing from God because of Glen Beck's warning. It is actually a warning from God to call those back to Him that have turned away and followed the things of this world. Repent now while there is still time. Find Jesus now while there is still time. This is just the beginning of judgment on America from God and it will get much worse. God is loving, and you may wonder why He does this if He loves us. Think of what you would do if you were a parent and your kid was rebellious. You would do anything you could to try to get them to listen to you again. This is on a bigger scale though and God's ways are not our ways. I am a Christian and not Mormon. If you do your research, you will find out why Mormonism doesn't add up. Most of you atheists probably wouldn't understand, so either try to or just don't even bother.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:21 am |
    • Zeus

      Nice soliloquy. Do you speak publicly?

      August 28, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • Peace2All


      I'm curious as to where you draw the line as to 'anything' that happens in this world as being a 'natural phenomena' vs. 'God' smiting us with His wrath to get our attention...?


      August 28, 2011 at 2:30 am |
    • F1R

      TheTruth72, seeing as how you think it's ok to push your religious beliefs on others I shall push my lack of them onto you.
      If you do your research and use some logic and objectivity, you will find that there is no God, no evidence for one and no proof either. You can twist words how you want, but none of it would stand up to scientific fact.
      No heaven, no hell, no afterlife either. What makes you think we are important enough ? Compared to the size of the Universe we are insignificant lifeforms.
      Do worms have an afterlife ? Do they go to hell ? Or is it just humans ?
      How did Noah's Ark manage to find the over 2million species of spider we have today. And why would God bother to make so many ? You think the Earth really is 6000 years old ? Fossils just a test of your faith maybe ? 🙂

      Religion is brainwashing which should have stayed with the gullible people of 2 millennium ago. Quite how or why people still believe in this invisible being in the sky in the 21st century is bewildering.

      Is God all powerful ? I can prove he is not.
      Can he make a rock that is so heavy that he himself cannot lift it ?
      If so then he is not all powerful because he cannot lift the rock.
      If not then is not all powerful because he cannot create the rock.

      Notice how God answers prayers with the same amount of success as say.... randomness ? And if he doesnt answer them, well, it's God plan. If he has a plan, then why bother praying in the first place.

      I'm so glad Im an atheist and not wasting my life beliving in supersticious figues and religious myths.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  5. sgreco

    10 people are dead so far and this wingnut thinks its a blessing. There's no limit to stupid, is there.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:20 am |
  6. lynch

    Irene a blessing for those that stockpiled beans? Prob, not. That will teach the East coast not to listen to GB. Nice Glenny Boy. Real nice. Dysentery to you, sir. May your canned beans contain botulism.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:19 am |
  7. Pete7630

    Ya ... check out his advertisers ... the ones that remain. He's just a shill. A sad lonely shill.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:18 am |
  8. Observer

    10 deaths and 1 million people without power so far. Great news for Beck. This is really teaching a lesson.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:15 am |
    • Darryl

      The Mormon church attracts some weirdos....Its a great church...but I don't know...at least Mr. Beck is following a religion...

      August 28, 2011 at 2:18 am |
  9. garyM

    Somehow God has no universe to care for, or business to tend to with the rest of the 5 billion people on this earth. God chooses to converse with the likes of Glenn Beck and the message is: "store 300 lbs of food and tell everyone else to do the same."

    August 28, 2011 at 2:13 am |
  10. markval71

    Why does the media give this fool the time of day?

    August 28, 2011 at 2:12 am |
    • F1R

      Cos he can't tell the time yet.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  11. Nacho1

    Only Glenn Beck could call a major hurricane a blessing. I am sure he is also calling the potential disaster of December 21 2012 a blessing. I think he is short a quart of oil.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:12 am |
    • Beebo

      I'm sure Pat Robertson could as well.

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

      Short a quart? Oh, no. He is on blocks, out of gas, and short a quart!

      August 28, 2011 at 2:23 am |
  12. PopeJon

    Who converts into a momran? I thought you had to be born into that cult.....

    August 28, 2011 at 2:10 am |
  13. Agg

    I will throw the biggest party when this idiot dies (hopefully from cancer or AIDS or something fun like that), and I will make at least one pilgrimage to his grave to relieve myself all over it.

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

      As someone who feels that Beck may have some psychological issues, I can say the say about you. Try to find out where all your hatred comes from.

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

      Thank God! A voice of reason. Would you mind if I joined you at his grave?

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

      I'm coming, too! Observer- lighten up some 🙂

      August 28, 2011 at 2:25 am |
  14. CEC

    Is it possible for the US to outgrow this stuff? Or is it inherent?

    August 28, 2011 at 2:07 am |
    • F1R

      Inherant. The God-fearers will always be around unfortunately. Fools.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  15. Andy

    What a moron. I mean Mormon. No, I'll stick with moron.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:06 am |
    • kmama

      maybe just a moronic mormon...

      August 28, 2011 at 2:18 am |
  16. vivek43

    God saves fox news

    August 28, 2011 at 2:04 am |
  17. H. Adas

    What goes on in those right wingers head?

    August 28, 2011 at 2:03 am |
  18. Matt

    This is the same guy who cracked jokes about people's homes burning down in wildfires. And that's not even getting into the vile stuff he did back in his zoo radio days. Bad things happening to people is just another ratings opportunity.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:03 am |
  19. Peace2All

    From the Article quoting Glenn Beck:

    " … 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. "

    Well, regardless if you are a believer of a God who is sending you 'warnings' as Mr. Beck suggests, some of the better advice in that quote is, again regardless of whether you are a 'believer' or not..." Sometimes you are 'not' in control. Things can and do happen. Be prepared and be a resource for not only yourself but for others when disaster strikes. "

    Looks and sounds like reasonable suggestions to me.

    However, It doesn't appear to me that a God is necessarily needed to decode the natural events that are happening.



    August 28, 2011 at 2:02 am |
    • Thomas

      What you neglected to mention is that people like Beck THRIVE on panic and fear. You also forgot to mention that Beck himself is involved in SELLING the "emergency rations and supplies" that he insists are so vital that everyone should have a 3 month supply of them. He's a carpet bagger of the worst kind.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:20 am |
    • Peace2All


      Hmmm... my apologies. I didn't think that I needed to state the obvious, as it seems that pretty much everyone 'already knows' all that about the Beckster. No mystery there.



      August 28, 2011 at 2:33 am |
  20. westprice

    Yes, this is a blessing. A blessing that killed 9 people including an 11 year old boy at the last count that I saw. There will probably be a lot more counted after the hurricane passes. You are a devastatingly stupid person, Glen Beck, and I am glad that even Fox news considered you too crazy to be allowed to stay on the air.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:02 am |
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