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. Ramesh Manghirmalani,

    Beck is mentally sick person, God cannot help him

    August 28, 2011 at 3:15 am |
    • wial

      If god did him him, the sad irony is he'd become progressive, because god likes compassion in people.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:34 am |
  2. jh

    Please beck - back Parry for GOPdiot nominee.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:14 am |
  3. Joe

    Beck is a self-aggrandizing narcissist. Every time there's a catastrophe, there he is w/his 'sage advice'. We (means majority of human race) don't need it nor do we want it Beck. Go back to screaming hysterically, ranting and threatening callers to your radio show. It suits you.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:14 am |
  4. Jake

    A blessing right? Tell that to the damn tree that just fell through my roof....

    August 28, 2011 at 3:13 am |
  5. Sarah

    Glenn Beck is an idiot. He causes mass hysteria and hate among people. How is that helping the situation? It's not. Yes, there is a hurricane and unfortunately it hit an area where alot of people live, but causing more panic in this situtation is not necessary. It's like the person that always says, "I told you so..." and we all know how that person is treated.... Karma makes it's rounds.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:13 am |
  6. jh

    WOW - and for him - WOW is amazing.. he really wants Pat Robertsons "job"?

    August 28, 2011 at 3:12 am |
  7. jollygreengiant

    ohhhh yeahhh...this category 1 hurricane is the wrath of god for sure. come down to the gulf where we party with the category 5's. what a 'tard.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:11 am |
  8. JodyLynne

    Glenn Beck is an idiot and an alarmist.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:10 am |
  9. Bill

    Glenn, I'm telling you the same thing I told Carville... SHUT THE F- UP!

    August 28, 2011 at 3:07 am |
  10. Flashdog2

    Personally, I put god right up there with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny...

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

    Hopefully the freaks in New York can go back to their freakhole, New York City. They don't need to relocate and contaminate the rest of the US (excluding Floriduh!).

    August 28, 2011 at 3:07 am |
  12. Dan

    You know he's a loser when Faux News gets rid of him and keeps Palin.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:05 am |
  13. andre

    God doesn't preach or teach hate. Anyone that listen to Mr Beck should think twice. God is to be loved, and feared. He is gracious and merciful. When our time comes you will know. No man can predict what God will and will not do for his children.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:04 am |
  14. Mormonism is not Americanism

    Glen Beck is a thoughtless and cruel moron–not mormon–moron.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:04 am |
  15. Muneef

    Well times next he will say Hurricane Irene came because you did not listen to me and do as I said in the earlier blog of;

    Glenn Beck hosts pro-Israel rally in Jerusalem
    American conservative star Glenn Beck hosted a pro-Israel rally with overt Christian overtones in Jerusalem on Wednesday, calling on people around the world to stand with the Jewish state at time when it is facing mounting criticism.
    So guess be prepared for that coming...

    August 28, 2011 at 3:03 am |
  16. JG

    I'm not an extremely religious or spiritual person. That being said, I can totally respect any of Mr. Beck's beliefs – even if I don't believe them myself. They are his beliefs and I have no authority to say he is or isn't right.

    The ONE thing that bothers me though is his calling of Irene a "blessing". There is no way that the God or Jesus that he subscribes to would ever call a natural disaster that kills people a blessing. Even if God caused the hurricane for reasons beyond our comprehension, I doubt he would be gleaming in it's effects – he would probably see it as a necessary evil to carry out his plans or wishes. Again – not something I believe personally, but I am appalled at his definition of a blessing. Shame on you Mr. Beck

    August 28, 2011 at 3:01 am |
  17. Browning

    It is certainly a shame that so many people can throw around all of this vitriol and hate but can absolutely not spell or use good English.
    I would be the first to agree that Beck is a buffoon but a buffoon that has used the American dream to his advantage! The jerk is worth millions and has a following that could possibly be compared to the next antiChrist. Frankly, Mr. Shankly, he's a sickening mess and his views on the world simply scare me to death!!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 3:01 am |
  18. Shara

    Glenn Beck = Stupid White Man

    August 28, 2011 at 2:59 am |
    • Joseph

      I hope this douch alcoholic drug addict will die of a heart attack! Just saying..

      August 28, 2011 at 3:05 am |
    • So you're a racist...

      Shara = plain old stupid

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


      People like that are not conditionally white...they could be of any race or mixed races...therefore I think you should refrain using colors since they are available in all colors and mixed colors...

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

      Racist? no. The man is white, isn't he? Would I still be called racist if he was any other race? I am merely calling him like I see him and he is a idiotic white man. I'm not sorry if that offends anyone and if you're that touchy about race, perhaps you shouldn't read articles involving people who discuss race and politics among other things.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:16 am |
  19. Alterego

    The authorities should let this guy speak on a beach along the Jersey shore during the hurricane.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:57 am |
  20. GlennBeckisaFosterChild

    Glenn Beck is a brine shrimp.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:56 am |
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