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. Khalid


    August 28, 2011 at 5:23 am |
  2. Sal Manilla

    This man is a complete fraud and more like a circus clown who is there to entertain lower IQ and lowest of the food chain.
    If you don't know who that is, its you. Where does FOX find these clowns like him and Sean Hannity. I guess they rumble through dumpsters until they find crap and then throw it on the air. I will say HE knows hes an act but the idiots that watch him are too stupid to know that. Hence an unlimited audience in this country because there is NO shortage of IDIOTS. You keep hearing this is the "greatest country" of something. Well the "something" is this is the greatest country of IDIOTS! Nice jobs FOX of feeding the idiots. You are the zoo keepers of the morans!

    August 28, 2011 at 5:22 am |
    • Hof

      When you say "zoo keepers of the morans," are you referring to the Congressman who represents Northern Virginia?

      August 28, 2011 at 5:24 am |
  3. jim mraz

    All this from a GUY who needed a BLACK BOARD to teach his Audience what he was saying. Thats saying! S-A-Y-I-N-G good very good gold star now you all following along! no chowing gum at the back there. tut tut.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:21 am |
  4. Brownstain

    Glenn Beck-amerika's answer to Daffy Ghadaffi.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:20 am |
  5. gupsphoo

    I hope people who lost loved ones to Irene are all fans of Glenn Beck.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:18 am |
  6. FU

    FU GB

    August 28, 2011 at 5:17 am |
  7. jim mraz

    Its funny God is annoyed at gay people and lets rip 4 times in the bible about it, But not as much as he hates FAT people mentioned 39 times in blistering attacks. All Im saying is gene Simmons is less offensive to God than this FAT moron Glen Beck.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:14 am |
    • rob g

      good call god, good call Jim

      August 28, 2011 at 5:22 am |
  8. Johan S

    Ahh, by claiming natural disasters are blessings, he's craftily positioning things so that he himself would be considered a blessing.

    A brilliant move.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:09 am |
    • Sarah


      August 28, 2011 at 5:21 am |
  9. whocares

    If we're all God's children, what's so special about Jesus?

    August 28, 2011 at 5:05 am |
    • Random

      How many people have you died and resurrected yourself for?

      August 28, 2011 at 5:06 am |
    • Francesc

      More, or less, like Jesus himself = 0!

      August 28, 2011 at 5:14 am |
    • gupsphoo

      Jesus was a cult leader who tried but failed to fulfill a Old Testament prophecy. He should have renamed himself Emmanuel.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:14 am |
    • Keysmaster

      Its really more of a oneness type of deal. In life, our individualities are reflections of that oneness.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:18 am |
  10. oh please

    PSYCHO!!!!! anyone who "believes" in a creator is a freaking idiot PSYCHO.

    GROW UP and realize there IS no God....we only have PROOF of US, NOTHING ELSE is REAL. There IS No God...GROW Up.
    Think there is an EASTER BUNNY too????????

    August 28, 2011 at 5:03 am |
    • Marky doo

      Wait, there is no easter bunny?

      August 28, 2011 at 5:08 am |
    • Random

      Read Immanuel Kant. I personally have no proof of your existence, only my one

      August 28, 2011 at 5:10 am |
    • Random

      sorry one =own

      August 28, 2011 at 5:11 am |
    • Dieyoung

      Random, that comment was brilliant. haha

      August 28, 2011 at 5:12 am |
    • Keysmaster

      I too, am all that is real.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:15 am |
    • Tim

      Don't let wackos like Beck, Palin, etc. that try and create fear to control people, somehow make you think all people that believe in God are conservative psychos, but I don't exactly blame you for thinking that. There are normal people that believe in God, but you typically only see or hear the extremist, lunatics. As for Mormonism, yeah, that's pretty freaking out there.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:17 am |
  11. stubbycat

    Beck is desperate for attention. As for the myth Mormonism, Beck's nonsense is a warning to the world.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:02 am |
  12. Angel

    They'll fill your head, until you're dead.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:58 am |
  13. Quack


    August 28, 2011 at 4:56 am |
  14. Sam Smith

    Zookeeper play ... Alanis morisette.... ty

    August 28, 2011 at 4:55 am |
  15. Growski

    God, Santa & the Tooth Fairy are roommates in insane peoples minds..

    August 28, 2011 at 4:55 am |
    • stubbycat

      The GOD who is Principle is one with the universe.You are already filled with this supreme reality. You couldn't lift your baby finger without GOD. But the gods of Mormon theology and making Jesus into a god are illusions, dreams.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:09 am |
    • Dan

      Almost as insane as the atheistic theory on the beginnings of our Cosmos: "AT FIRST THERE WAS NOTHING, AND THEN IT EXPLODED". As humans we evolved a mere blink of the eye ago, and now some of us monkey men claim to have it all figured out, and that there is no god. We have one grain of sand on a vast beach we have "conquered" (I call it more like an infestation) and suddenly we know everything. Open your eyes to the incredible possibilties. I think if humans survive long enough as a species that we are in for some major surprises, some of them we may not like.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:46 am |
  16. kro

    Going by the logic, 9/11 was a blessing.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:55 am |
  17. Julie

    It is very interesting that Mr. Beck all these holier than thou statements and passes judgement. I find it especially interesting because the man that preaches all the stuff lies about who he is. Beck is not his birth surname. His name is Glenn Vanderbilt. He pretends to be someone he is not. He has never had to miss a meal due to poverty. He's never had to forgo medical care because he has no insurance. As a member of the esteemed and very wealthy Vanderbilt family, he has no idea what it is like to be like the rest of us.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:54 am |
    • imanomo

      I'm no fan of Mr. Beck, but he was born the son of William and Mary Beck. Try a little fact checking before making such a foolish statement.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:05 am |
    • KB

      Glen Beck is NOT a Vanderbilt. He's a moron. Anderson Cooper, who is NOT a moron IS a Vanderbilt.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:06 am |
    • Doug

      There is plenty to hate about Beck without resorting to lies.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:11 am |
    • Keysmaster

      Yeah- I'd like to give a shout out to Anderson Cooper on that note; quite the amazing life he's led.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:12 am |
  18. Keysmaster

    Not untill you all realize that you in fact, are God, will you have any sense of true peace in this life. Jesus was the son of God, as are we all.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:48 am |
    • Peoples Hernandez

      And as Jesus said...buy Gold. Buy a lot of Gold...from Jesus' sponsor. Amen.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:55 am |
    • Anonymous

      Although I agree, a more philosophically correct statement would be "God is you." The absolute takes precedence over the singular.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:58 am |
    • Keysmaster

      Agreed. God is you.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:03 am |
  19. Peter49

    @ Diaz.....you are a hypocryt and an idiot....yeah go follow that moron Glenn Beck, he too is an idiot, he don't know what he is saying.......the stupid fool is making money out of his dumb prophecies and his followers making him rich, so he can drive around in an expensive car that you and me can't afford, I bet you he has his house well prepared for any destructive weather outthere and stocked up to the rim with supplies and a generator. And he probably isn't paying his taxes, like all the other socalled preachers of the Good Word or Bible........it seems to me that you are an uneducated person, the way how you are saying to keep my "filthy scientific theories" to myself. They are not filthy and not theories, it is the truth, the Bible is and was rewritten so much times that people believe what's in it.......it is a book written by MAN!!! It has an author, it doesn't say: Written by GOD!

    August 28, 2011 at 4:46 am |
  20. Jacob

    Honestly, who cares, let Glenn Beck shout out his opinions and ideals at the world. That's what he does for a living. That's how he makes his money. We all have our own thoughts about how everything works. Whether or not you believe that God is a factor in this Hurricane or not, everyone should come to a common ground. Come together for those in need. I don't wish the Hurricane any harm on anyone. But, it would be best to just help others when it strikes... Spread the Aloha.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:44 am |
    • Tim

      100% agreed, except the part about no one being harmed. I'd be amused if the hurricane stalked Glenn Beck.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:19 am |
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