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. Sangsiv

    You are an idiot, Glenn Beck

    August 28, 2011 at 2:38 am |
  2. Ryan

    Food storage isn't only for pending natural disasters but just another way to save for any unforeseen issues, i.e. job loss and illness. Having an extra jar of peanut butter around is also nice when you need a quick snack and your wife just used the last bit for the kids school lunch and hasn't had time to go shopping yet 🙂

    August 28, 2011 at 2:36 am |
  3. Nir

    Mormon – that's one m away from mron....

    August 28, 2011 at 2:36 am |
  4. Chris Grey

    This man, Beck, is a f-ing disgrace to the Conservative movement because all he does is hail that God is punishing us with a blessing. In addition, he is a terrible researcher and an immature dimwit. I will never listen to Beck for as long as possible. His book "An inconvinient Truth" was badly written and badly researched. Don't Buy It. Don't buy his stuff, don't listen to him period!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:33 am |
    • Beck's a freakin' fraud

      @ Chris Gray- Ummm... That was Al Gore, dude. Sorry.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  5. Frank

    Beck is so desperate about missing attention that he could not lose the opportunity to say something stupid.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:32 am |
  6. FreeOne

    The downside of freedom of speech is that it applies to retards like Beck too...

    August 28, 2011 at 2:32 am |
  7. Religulous D

    Somebody please raid GBs neighborhood food stash so that someone will be forced to eat him.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:32 am |
  8. Don Mac

    When I see and hear people like Glen Beck I loose faith that there is a God or any supreme presence or being.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • Eric

      That's just called sanity. Humor it, and you'll be far happier for it. 😉

      August 28, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  9. Justin

    This guy will say anything for ratings. Too bad people believe things he says...such a shame...

    August 28, 2011 at 2:31 am |
  10. tom

    In fact, now that we know that Mormons stockpile, we should all invade Utah and kill them and take their food. Selfish.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • Chase


      August 28, 2011 at 3:07 am |
  11. Majimoto92

    It never surprises me that those who say a natural disaster was a blessing are those who don't have to suffer through them. At last count ten people have died from from the storm, collateral damage for Beck's "prophecy".

    August 28, 2011 at 2:30 am |
  12. ABQNM

    His statement of "its a blessing" is cold...
    I wonder why does people listen to this man....
    I was just wondering.....

    August 28, 2011 at 2:30 am |
  13. Newsscorchedearthdotcom

    Where do you stand on the Hurricane Irene Streakers Glen?

    August 28, 2011 at 2:30 am |

    He is an idiot, let's move on.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:30 am |
  15. tom

    This whole notion of STOCKPILING weakens civic order and encourages selfishness. OK, you don't like that? Let's undermine stockpiling...

    I will not do it. But, if I see you walking around, not hungry, I will assume you have stockpiled food, and I (and hundreds others like me with guns) will invade your home, kill you and take your stockpile.

    See? Now what is the point of stockpiling? It is a totally typically selfish right wing Christian thing to do. It is far better to be a compassionate Christian and work now toward ensuring that we all behave properly.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:29 am |
    • Adam

      Tom, that is a really scary post. I believe a lot of people that store food will share with their neighbors and help others through a difficult time. Churches I think would be a big part of help people in need. You are a Christian and openly state you would kill someone that has stockpiled food?

      August 28, 2011 at 2:36 am |
    • CheeseSteak

      You're a nitwit.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:38 am |
    • Cj

      Tell me, Tom, why it is selfish that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took the position that the purpose of storing food is for the purpose of helping ourselves, AND our neighbors, AND our bishops TO HELP OUR NEIGHBORS. Bishops would, in the event of a catastrophe, help, along with higher-up leadership, coordinate relief efforts to those living within the boundaries of their respective congregations. If you knew about any of the basic pillars upon which the Mormon faith is built, you would know that, according to our doctrine, our lives are COMPLETELY meaningless if we don't serve and help others, unless we are physically disabled and unable. Keep in mind, it is recognized and accounted for that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has expended at least a billion dollars in charity and aid to other countries. Charity is, according to our faith, the Pure Love of Christ, or how Christ would act. The whole concept of 'Love Thy God, Love Thy Neighbor,' goes hand-in-hand. He wants us to love Him so that we know that we need to love and assist our neighbors.
      Glenn Beck does not speak for the whole Mormon Church. In fact, there is at least a noticeable population in the Church who is not fond of him. I'm personally not too fond of his politics and words, although I am in no position to judge him. At any rate, Thomas S. Monson leads the Church here on Earth. What he says is the official stance of the Church.
      My hope is that I presented the information that I did in a calm, non-aggressive fashion, as that is how I meant it. I hope that you can actually take something away from my post.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:51 am |
    • Nick

      Yes , Stockpiling is selfish. It's selfish to want to be able to take care of your family and friends when times get tough. Do you grocery shop every day? If you only go shopping once a week, technically you're stockpiling, some people just like to not have to worry about what they're going to have left to eat 5 days from now.

      Plus, don't you think that if people have the forethought to prepare and stock food, they would also think about protecting themselves from people like you who might take it. I put my money on them rather than the idiot without a plan who thinks a gun will provide. If you're so willing to try and kill for food, wouldn't it be safer (for you) to just to buy your own food ahead of time?

      August 28, 2011 at 3:19 am |
    • dk

      You all miss the point Dummies!!
      WHy stockpile in the first place. Will the food on the shelves disappear? Just because Beck's Armageddon arrives?
      So what really is the point of stockpiling? When Beckarmageddon arrives, we should all take stock of what we have as a people and ensure that everyone gets what is required to see them through each day.... So what are you stockpiling for? To out live everyone else in the human race? Then what? Become a new Abraham? Father of nation? You greedy short sighted idjits!

      August 28, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  16. trixen

    LOL it takes all kinds, doesn't it?

    August 28, 2011 at 2:29 am |
  17. Iamgr82day

    I do not know what is worse; That news sites post every fool thing that this idiot says or that we keep reading it.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:27 am |
  18. writer1

    CNN Headline: "Glenn Beck: Hurricane Irene is a Blessing"
    My headline: "Hurricane Irene: Glenn Beck should STFU"

    August 28, 2011 at 2:26 am |
  19. skannk

    how this guy still aloud to speak ? are we a bunch of idiots ! free speech is one thing but this is just being stupid

    August 28, 2011 at 2:23 am |
  20. Cricket

    Well, let's see–ten deaths now, and who know how many more. Surely NOT a "blessing" to their families and friends.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:23 am |
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