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. onefoolguy

    I feel really sorry for America. How can some people even follow persons like Glen Beck and Sarah Palin? What has education and development taught America? Really sad.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:13 am |
    • Shara

      Education and development? No. What parents are teaching their children is that "white is right". They grow up, see people like Palin and Beck and truly believe that these morons are someone that they should respect and follow. I said it before on another comment, but Glenn Beck = Stupid white man. Stupid enough to make one ashamed to know that people in the world are actually dumber than he is and believe what he says.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:21 am |
    • Wodja

      @Shara – It has nothing to do with skin color. Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are morons not because they are "white". They just are. There are plenty of moronic people from all races. And there are wise and intelligent people too. The problem is, people like Palin and Beck get way too much publicity whereas truly good educators get none.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:31 am |
    • Muneef

      I agree with Wodja.... After all you wouldn't know how many bloods of cross breeding has any race or individual has gone through...before what you see today of his color... Let us suggest it is not the color but rather the mentality within the color...!

      August 28, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  2. Nagaraj

    With all due respect to the faith.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:11 am |
  3. diaz

    All u Godless libtards, repent before its too late. God is watching all ur debaucheries and sinful lavish lifestyles. Come to the message of Holy Father before final whistle blows

    August 28, 2011 at 4:09 am |
    • Observer

      Well done. Keep using Palin's son's condition as a slur. Bright.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:13 am |
    • Dieyoung

      LDS/Mormonism is not a religion that deserves respect. It is a cult that pollutes the minds of people who know the real truth about God and and Faith. Mormons think that nothing can touch them because they are too dumb to realize that there are people who would not hesitate to kill them because of their false beliefs. Let me tell you, Mormonism is very different from Christianity/Catholicism.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:16 am |
    • diaz

      I did not know that her son is also here. Keep ignoring these divine warnings. Ur end is near.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:17 am |
    • Onesock

      OMG please get a life! Ignorance is never having to say your sorry fool!

      August 28, 2011 at 4:18 am |
    • Dieyoung

      Diaz, do us a favor and sacrifice yourself to your false God.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:20 am |
    • Pakistani


      August 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  4. Nagaraj

    What is wrong with him? Does he live in stone age?

    August 28, 2011 at 4:09 am |
  5. peter lunk

    Puff Puff Pass...
    Get real dude !

    August 28, 2011 at 4:07 am |
  6. RichardSRussell

    Hurricane Irene: Glenn Beck is a blessing.

    They gotta stick together, because they belong to the same Destructive Blowhard Union.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:06 am |
  7. Mike

    Buy this idiot a wind guage, put him in a boat and send him out to sea. If he doesn't come back consider the wind guage a good investment.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:05 am |
  8. EnjaySea

    He's smarter than people give him credit for. He knows that faith is where the money is, and he's milking it for all it's worth.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:03 am |
  9. Abolish All Religion

    I can't decide which of these terms best describes this clown: buffoon, jacka$$, d0uchebag. s#%t-for-brains. Or maybe he is proof that one can fit ALL THE ABOVE descriptions. What a f#ktard.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:01 am |
  10. Not fooled

    Crazy fool--who just happens to be followed by more fools.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:59 am |
  11. heretic2go

    Forgive the poor Beck for he knows not what he's saying. He's a hopeless imbecile.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:58 am |
  12. Dieyoung

    Glenn Beck will drop a load when he dies, cause Heaven is not where he will end up. The Latter Day Satanists believe in a religion that is a cult. A belief that is only 250 to 270 years old. Jesus is not a full-blooded Irishmen and he did not walk the streets of Utah.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:57 am |
  13. Matthew

    Glenn Beck is the craziest person ever haha! I really don't understand how people take him seriously.. I really don't. It scares me sometimes how this guy has actual followers. I understand there are morons out there willing to follow anybody or anything.. but having such a big crowd behind him, I think that's the biggest warning god can give us. Truly the end of days haha.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:55 am |
    • Bill Miller

      Is it really surprising that Glenn Beck has a large group followers? Beck's group is small compared to Al Gore's global warming believers and the "Barack My World" group during the last USA presidential election. People will follow with a group just like sheep follow with the rest of the flock. Everyone wants to believe they are a free thinker as they follow along with their group wherever that group is or may be headed.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:22 am |
  14. Muneef

    With disasters there always power supply blackouts...how can you keep your three months foods fresh foods if they were not canned foods...

    August 28, 2011 at 3:54 am |
    • Chase

      They ARE canned and dry foods you nitwit.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:06 am |
    • Muneef

      Well what to do if I thought for the moment that you eat every thing like us as fresh as a daisy...but as it seems you are all advanced in canned,packed and ready made foods....well in such case you will be prone to die from the foods preservatives if not from the hurricane...! Any way those who live in flat compartments have no choice but those with a house and a garden might just implement greenhouses might they find fresh foods to eat...!

      August 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  15. Chris

    If God really cared about people, he would have killed Glenn Beck 15 years ago so we wouldn't have to listen to this garbage.

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

      Here's a suggestion. Use Glenn Beck to sand bag New York.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:58 am |
  16. Hate crazy people

    He is happy??? That people are losing homes and dying and he says this is Blessing? He is un American because the Founding Father Built this nation secular. And now its Filled with crazy Fundalmentilist that kill people like Doctor. I thank Obama for trying to make American better but these people are brain washing the idiots.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:48 am |
  17. Brian

    So a hurricane that kills people and causes damage and suffering to our nation is a "blessing".....I think Glen has his magic mormon underwear a few sizes to small and it is cutting off circulation to his brain. The man is pathetic and horribly vain ..he needs to be humbled.....

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

      You would have to have a brain in order to cut off circulation to it.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:56 am |
  18. msladydeborah

    Having adequate supplies of food during a natural disaster is not bad advice. Just like having a togo disaster kit is just good common sense. After that–I don't listen to Glenn Beck's opinions about what God thinks because I'm not sure which manifestation of God he is tuned into.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:47 am |
    • Thomas

      The fact that he tied to a company that SELLS the emergency ration packs and survival kits says something about his tru motivations.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:49 am |
    • Thomas

      My "e" in "true" is AWOL. Has anyone seen it?

      August 28, 2011 at 3:50 am |
  19. Yaela

    Oy vey.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:47 am |
  20. 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 |
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