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. A Myers

    Glen is right, God is coming, Amen. God will punish America for voting in Obama. Amen, never in American history have we had someone like him, Amen. God bless America,and all of Europe. All these immigrants are coming here for poor nations and expect us to take care of them. Amen Mr. Beck, you are just like Jesus, Jesus would be so proud. Jesus loves you.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:43 am |
    • Muneef

      You mean for being of a mixed race? Or what is the wide difference then between Obama and Previous presidents ? All were killer tigers including him...!

      August 28, 2011 at 3:48 am |
    • Anthony

      Here's a news flash A Myers: You're all bloody immigrants, except for the native American Indians.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:50 am |
    • jane k

      Amen is really gaymen for which you must be. Your tendencies are very obvious,

      August 28, 2011 at 3:57 am |
  2. A Myers

    Glen is right, God is coming, Amen. God will punish America for voting in Obama. Amen, never in American history have we had someone like him, Amen. God bless America,and all of Europe. All these immigrants are coming here for poor nations and expect us to take care of them. Amen Mr. Beck, you are just like Jesus, Jesus would be so proud. Amen, God blesses humans, makes hurricanes, and curses any person or nation that is not Godly. And Native Americans must forget the past and must turn to our GOD, amen. God wrote the bible personally, so how can people not know that God will destroy the wicked? Jesus loves you.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:43 am |
    • Observer

      Your level of logic is just what we'd expect from someone who thinks Beck has integrity.

      Have you see the video where Beck demonstrates how to fake tears for his sheep?

      August 28, 2011 at 3:52 am |
    • Observer

      Sarah Palin said the day of the election that she knew God would do the right thing in the election.

      Did she lie or did God goof according to you?

      August 28, 2011 at 3:54 am |
    • A Godly Myers

      Native Americans... very funny... I wish the God of Evolution could throw some brain from Heavens.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:57 am |
  3. Herby Sagues

    Huh. Why would God care to build a hurricane to warn us about a food disruption instead of sending food?
    Either God is a jerk or Glenn Beck is a Jerk. I'm not a religious person, but I'm inclined to think the later is the case.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:40 am |
  4. Chase

    95% of the people on here on complete morons. Beck isn't saying that the people who died was a blessing. He's saying that this storm is a blessing in that it's a WAKE UP CALL to be prepared in case a MAJOR natural disaster occurs and people are stuck without food or water for days or weeks.

    Stop putting your political blinders on and listen to common sense.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:39 am |
    • Observer


      Common sense says that the more people killed and the more destruction caused by the hurricane, the stronger the message.

      Get serious and quit making excuses for someone so heartless.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:42 am |
    • Herby Sagues

      Common sense? You call THIS common sense?
      First off, it is completely meaningless that God would interveine in a massive (and hurtful) way to "warn" us of something He could avoid in the first place. Second, there's enough evidence that there's NOT a major food disruption coming. Food prices might go up, but in a global market there's absolutely zero chance of a disruption and anyone that beleives otherwise is not thinking rationally. The only possible disruption would come if people start hoarding food, which is exactly what he's advocating.
      So it makes absolutely no sense. I'm a Republican sitting to the right of Beck, but unlike him I'm not a moron. He has an IQ below 90 and while I tend to listen to everyone before dismissing their thoughts regardless of their IQ, Beck has trained me to take his babble as seriously as that coming from a monkey.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:45 am |
    • Observer

      Beck has a vested interest. A key sponsor that helps pay him sells "survival kits". The better the sales job, the more money Beck makes for HIMSELF.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:46 am |
    • Chase

      Yeah, tell that to the people who were without food and water from Katrina for weeks. Tell that to the people in areas where they can get snowed in for weeks at a time. Tell that to California when a major earthquake destroys the infrastructure and not enough food to feed 10,000,000 + people can get in quick enough.

      Like I said, 95% of people on here are morons. It's obvious where the two of you are.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:50 am |
    • Observer


      Speaking of morons, Bush talked to God all the time. He never talked at all about stocking up on food. As a matter of fact, when Katrina came along, Bush was partying with McCain and then ignored dying Americans for 4 days.

      Where did the message change from Bush to Beck? Hopefully, you can give an answer. You don't want to look like a moron.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:59 am |
    • Chase

      Are you serious? You must be drunk or something because your post makes no sense whatsoever. I understand now why you think having a food reserve is a bad idea.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:08 am |
    • Observer

      "I understand now why you think having a food reserve is a bad idea."

      I said no such thing. You really are clueless. And you call people "morons". Wow.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:15 am |
  5. jshelley

    He looks like Ari Gold for Christians.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:37 am |
  6. Muneef

    Think Mormons are paving their way to the white house with the support of the Zionist Jews&Christians...since Mr.Glenn here is in love with Israel...! Just keep on following and you will see...!

    August 28, 2011 at 3:33 am |
  7. writerchic

    The buffoon just keeps on giving.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:31 am |
  8. writerchic

    The Baffoon just keeps on giving.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:30 am |
  9. Stableford

    We don't need God's blessings, unless they protect us from idiots like Beck and the rest of the Mormon miscreants. Dangerous cults (like the LDS) should be eliminated in the 21st century, not tolerated

    August 28, 2011 at 3:29 am |
  10. sylvia

    Why do educated people bother with people like this? He's just another reality show joke that happens to be online, onair. Read his bio. The networks know how to make money off of someone like this. They know he's really a loser who would rather get high and/or drunk but will go on air and be extreme to get the exposure and will keep it together for a while "because I've found Jesus Christ". He makes money for them! He's an addict who "found" religion like every other "recovering" addict who goes to AA and then they're better than everyone else and tout they're religion. Really, if he was genuinely, I mean genuinely grateful for being clean and sober he wouldn't be blaming everyone else for the problems facing the world today. He'd be thanking his lucky stars he was alive and saying to himself, "What can I do to make this world a better place?"

    August 28, 2011 at 3:28 am |
  11. cyberninja

    "it’s God reminding you you’re not in control. Things can happen." or...... it’s Mother Goose reminding you you’re not in control. Things can happen. both are just as plausible.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:27 am |
  12. Mom of Three

    I'm not a Mormon, but this guy has got to embarrass other Mormons!

    August 28, 2011 at 3:27 am |
    • Scott

      I'm an American, and he sure as hell embarrasses me.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:28 am |
    • Jason

      An embarassment to all of us is right!!! He is an embarassment to God and religion too.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:38 am |
  13. Scott

    From the Cristian Science Monitor

    "His dismissal of 200,000 protesters seeking cheaper housing as aligned with terrorists probably won't broaden his appeal as he seeks to drum up support for his 'Restoring Courage' event."


    August 28, 2011 at 3:26 am |
  14. diaz

    Glen is a messiah!

    August 28, 2011 at 3:25 am |
    • Observer

      "Glen is a messiah!"

      Yep. Got the first 4 letters right.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:29 am |
    • diaz

      Libtards are known sh!tty observers.

      Now it is a five letter sentence. Eat ur heart out!

      August 28, 2011 at 4:00 am |
    • Observer

      Why not cut out the juvenile name-calling and try to act like a grown-up?

      The hypocrisy is amazing when conservatives use Palin's son's condition as a slur. Well done. Well thought out.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:12 am |
  15. Jaybird

    Excuse me, nut, but didn't you say in the same breath, that the hurricane was a blessing from god then you said something to the effect that god forbid the hurricane should come to your area. Glenn Beck, you are really whacked and your attempt to drag a huge swath of lame brains into oblivion with you shall prove fatal! BEWARE of this EVIL ONE, people! He is a Republican agent of EVIL!

    August 28, 2011 at 3:24 am |
  16. J in NC

    It's gang up on Glenn Beck day yet again. Wow. Didn't see that coming. It proves without any doubt that we are far beyond the point of taking any opinions that might differ from their own into consideration. We would rather hurl insults because that's way more fun than actually thinking about things from a different perspective. I can't agree with a person who practices their religion out of spite- and Beck is a prime example of that. BUT, obviously, the government-media complex, which is biased to the extreme left these days like never before, uses these sound bytes to stir up their side of the aisle. And oh how the negativity flows onto the comment boards. Mission accomplished CNN...your loyal leftist minions have had their two minutes hate for the day.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:23 am |
    • Observer

      Of course, it's CNN's fault that Beck thinks the death and destruction from a hurricane is a blessing.

      Get back to reality.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:31 am |
    • wial

      You lost me at "loyal leftist minions". CNN is anything but leftist. They've got CIA operatives sitting around at desks making sure the propaganda is worded right. CIA is not leftist. Leftists are in favor of freedom from the police state. That's why they call themselves "civil libertarians"? Hello?

      See, I tried to listen to you, but then couldn't stand up to the gale of word salad.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:33 am |
    • Common$en$e

      So the book of MORON teaches this fool that god makes hurricanes to show us that we need to stockpile food, Indians/black people are bad because god made them that color for not listening to his warnings about warring with other tribes, and the garden of Eden is in Mi(sery)souri. How do people swallow all this crap so?

      August 28, 2011 at 3:45 am |
  17. Dan

    Don't hate the player, hate the game. Glenn Beck is a genius. He found a way to exploit the demographic of paranoid schitzophrenics and become a millionaire while doing it.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:21 am |
    • ingold

      I cannot believe that people like Glen Beck actually exist in this day and age. Some say he is just an idiot and should not be taken seriously. That’s what was said of Hitler !!!

      August 28, 2011 at 5:52 am |
  18. Pcahontas

    This too shall pass ... in the form of dung, gas, sands through the hourglass, but Beck and those who make a buck off someone else's fear, faith, lack of fear, lack of faith, etc. will be with us to the last nanosecond of time, because what God in His or Her right omnipotent mind would want to listen to a ponitificating brat like Beck banging his gums in the back seat ad nauseum ad infinitum? Truth be told, Beck is here, because those on the other side banished him to the other side to get a little respite from his unending chatter. My only question to humanity on this side is "Do you have to make a gazillionaire out of the guy on this side? Can't you banish him from the airwaves and let him stand on the corner spamming the world with ahis diatribes while he eeks out human survivla in some alley garbage bin vs. raking in millions? I mean, really ... he isn't John the Baptist, he's as much Rome as any other capitalist who's made millions selling fear to the masses.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:20 am |
  19. My 2 cents

    It's official – this guy is crazy.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:19 am |
  20. TeaIsForLosers

    In other news, Glenn Beck farted. His Tea Party followers inhaled deeply and said it smelled delicious.

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


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