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. Dennis Grammatikos

    I am just tired listening to them people .

    August 28, 2011 at 2:55 am |
  2. Geezer

    Ask any foreigner what their impression is of America. They think we're nuts. Thanks to giving half wits like Beck and Palin a stage.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:54 am |
    • Brandon

      That's nonsense. Most Americans aren't nuts. They just follow nuts.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:56 am |
    • JG

      If someone judges a country based on the few people that seem to cloud up the media, I view that as their problem, not mine.

      Do you judge an entire foreign country based on who you see in the media? Do you judge all of England by the Queen or other Royal family members; do you judge all Cubans based on the actions of Fidel Castro?

      I don't; and I doubt any intelligent media consumers from other countries think that the extreme personalitis who make it to the media represent our country. If they do, that's their problem and not mine – that's how I see it.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:05 am |
    • Gunther

      Hi Geezer,

      Yes, we do think you're nuts. A bunch of overconsuming, SUV-loving, Godfearing freaks.
      Still, it makes sense to prepare for an economic collapse because it is coming.

      By the way, I'm Belgian. We've been without a government for a very long time. Most other people think we're nuts as well.
      Join the club.

      I hope Irene doesn't create too much damage.

      Good luck.

      PS. I bless you (God was not available)

      August 28, 2011 at 3:06 am |
    • Muneef

      Or at least he should mention what type of Nuts that is...!?!

      August 28, 2011 at 3:09 am |
    • jollygreengiant

      brandon, you know what they say. who's the bigger fool...the fool, or the fool who follows him?

      August 28, 2011 at 3:14 am |
    • Muneef

      They say as well that the liers only fool the greedy one's...

      August 28, 2011 at 3:25 am |
  3. TheRealAdvice

    We all know what to do in the case of disaster that causes food shortages. Find mormons houses and raid their storages.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:54 am |
    • Matt


      August 28, 2011 at 3:05 am |
  4. Janet

    This past week I've been posting on CNN messageboard and to my Facebook friends on the East Coast to make a Emergency Prepareness Kit. Since I live in California(born, bred and legal resident)having an Emergency Prepareness Kit has been hammered into my head since day one. I like to thank our State Emergency Board, and not Glenn Beck! Beck, I don't know what God you're praising, but our God does not punish people based on the political beliefs.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:52 am |
  5. John

    It's great that he's saying to be prepared, but he can't be calling this a blessing.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:50 am |
    • Shara

      Yeah not really a "blessing". Also, you shouldn't need to involve "God" or anyone else in common sense – Earthquakes and other natural disasters can strike anywhere. Everyone should do their best to be prepared for these. Mr. Beck is simply looking for attention at this point, and calling a storm that has caused deaths a "blessing" is just asinine.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:53 am |
  6. alfred

    Glenn Beck trying to stay on the spot light, a false prophet.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:49 am |
  7. Kingfisher

    "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?" ~ Matthew 6:25-26 [KJV]

    If you're going to play Mormon, at least learn your Bible. They don't say that God is going to kill people to remind you to stock up on food. Lord, please rapture GB first. ;o)

    August 28, 2011 at 2:49 am |
  8. Dave

    I think this is a cry for attention, and his anger toward people that don't even exist. You can tell he also thinks he knows everything and we know nothing. This is the type of person that should be publicly denouced and not given media time to.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:48 am |
  9. mswalli

    I wish you'd just go away..Glen Beck...please just disappear into your own ridiculous thoughts and preaching. You are absolutely NUTS!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:48 am |
  10. IhaveID

    Yes, I am SO blessed that that my house is flooded and there is tree on my car. Thank you for enlightening me Glenn!!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:47 am |
  11. Muneef

    Being a warning I agree with but to be a warning for not stacking foods is a different issue...since if every one did some storage there will not be food for every one available...there will be panic...and only serves foods producers... At least he should pointed out that it should be canned foods since with such disasters first thing goes is the power supply and that will spoil all your refrigerated foods...!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:47 am |
  12. someguy

    I can see where he's coming from saying the storm is a warning, which it is to a point. Everyone on the east coast is unprepared for everything, and the people have known for many days the storm would hit the east coast hard, yet many people didn't get supplies or try to find a place to go until the very last minute.

    But regardless, the storm is not a blessing from God, Glenn has lost it.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:47 am |
  13. Not Fat

    Wouldn't it be funny if Glenn Beck died in this storm? Then it really would be a blessing!!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:45 am |
  14. God Bless the Illuminati

    Is this guy still speaking???

    August 28, 2011 at 2:45 am |
  15. Patrick

    I love it when people talk of disasters that claim human lives and cause human suffering as a blessing, it allows us to see who would rather be shown to be right than to avoid loss of human life. We didn't need any further proof that Glenn Beck was a hack, but he is happy to provide it.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:44 am |
  16. Rick

    Yea tell the people here in Wanchese who lost every thing including all there food

    August 28, 2011 at 2:44 am |
  17. Bo

    ====================================== I still can not beleive the tenuity of some you people!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:44 am |
  18. mswalli

    Glen Beck is an absolute IDIOT! I used to like him years ago...now I believe he is MENTALLY ILL!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:44 am |
  19. Bo

    ====================================== I still can not belive the tenuity of some you people!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:43 am |
  20. hueygunner

    Libtards make me want to puke with your unreasoning hatred. Are all of you so tuned into the same line of B.S. that you can't think straight. What Glenn Beck is saying is God is BLESSING us with a MINOR catastrophe before a MAJOR one strikes. He is not saying that the death and destruction is a blessing but the RELATIVE SMALL SIZE of the death and destruction now will prepare Americans for a worse one later when it hits us.

    After Katrina, I seriously doubt some people ever think beyond what's going today, let alone tomorrow. And we all know how much we can depend on the Federal government when it comes to emergencies...

    August 28, 2011 at 2:40 am |
    • Godlite

      God doesn't exist. Thus, this whole argument is moot.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:42 am |
    • 3lwood

      Wow. I can't believe I just read that. You mean, there are people who actually take this clown seriously?

      August 28, 2011 at 2:45 am |
    • Bob

      I am not sure I understand... You use the name 'libtards' and then say that the government can not be counted on... Don't you realize that conservative Republicans REDUCE the ways the government can help (look at the Bush response to Katrina that you also mention) and liberal Democrats want to IMPROVE the way government can help. The problem is that Repubs want the services, but are unwilling to pay the taxes to support. You can't live beyond your means in the good times and expect to have savings in the bad...

      August 28, 2011 at 2:45 am |
    • 3lwood

      Hurricane's aren't new. They aren't here to punish the gays. They aren't here for setting Americans straight. Anyone who says otherwise is living an archaic, stone aged, backwards life. The world looks precisely as the world would look if nature was doing it's thing, with complete disregard for our human race. Quit flattering yourself!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 2:48 am |
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