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. Leo

    I always knew this stupid ass was an real ass but i had never thought he would stoop so low F him MF

    August 28, 2011 at 6:00 am |
  2. beicime

    Another end of the world !!!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 5:58 am |
  3. Springfieldisdusty

    Wonder if Beck is willing to die for our sins? I'd back that to the hilt.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:58 am |
  4. Cassidy

    Sir, you're a moron, and a big MANIPULATOR
    You're using people's fears to peddle your church.
    Nature is giving the warning!
    It's not the first not the last, but YOU Sir, have no business calling a flock to yourself, on account of your claims about God!
    Isn't it obvious that MOTHER NATURE is showing MANKIND what happens when exploitation has replaced harmony ?
    Men like you are just using events and scriptures to manipulate others and gain some kind of Power.
    You should be ashamed OF THE SMILE ON YOUR FACE IN THE PICTURE! YOU'RE HAPPY PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING? You're happy you can pretend you're 'right'?

    August 28, 2011 at 5:57 am |
    • Amy

      Well said, Cassidy... couldn't agree with you more! Nature is what it is - take it at face value (and it's face value is VERY powerful). Nature on this earth will keep on churning with or without the presence of any one person's God. It goes in cycles, it can bring us peace and it can teach us to be prepared and it can remind us that we are only human. Sounds like a pretty good religion to me, and FREE too. No guilt, no manipulation, just facts. And as for manipulation, that is, sadly in SO many cases, what religion is doing each day, manipulating people in order to "stay in business". And Beck? Yep, egomaniacal moron. Isn't gloating ("I told you so!") kind of anti-religious? Jesus never gloated. Seems pretty anti-religious to single out & punish (or at the very least, ridicule) someone who has simply not stockpiled beans & grains. A hurricane is a blessing? Lord help us.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  5. Brau

    A country whose people believe in Adam & Eve and crooks like this guy, simply is not in a moral position to lead the world. OK, we all know it's the jewish "gardians" who pull all the strings but still... Enough already !

    August 28, 2011 at 5:56 am |
  6. Josh

    I stock pile my food at the grocery.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:52 am |
  7. dgkdgk

    There's no hurricane that could do the same level of damage to America as what's done every time this dooshbag, Glenn Beck, opens his mouth. WAKE UP, Glenn Beck worshippers. Your idol is a fraud.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:50 am |
  8. AC

    The way to finally finish off this blight on humanity called "religion" is to simply treat it as we would with any other claim that must be proved in a court of law. This still allows people to "believe" (lets face it, it is simple brainwashing), what they want. But the moment they ask for money, or promise things such as everlasting life, positive effects of prayer ("Pray and get rich!" "Pray and cure cancer!" , heaven and so on, simply sue them and have them proof what they say in a court of law. If they cannot, don't jail them, simply make them pay damages. And if God exists, he should have no problem turning up in a court to proof it. After all, why wouldn't he, if he is real?

    August 28, 2011 at 5:47 am |
    • AC

      yeah and I made some typos. God made me do it.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:49 am |
    • guest2

      While I disagree with Glen Beck, I love how you speak with such authority about God.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:52 am |
    • Steveo

      So I guess you think when you die that's it than? No afterlife man that's depressing so if that's so why does it even matter? Do you believe in the wind? You can't see it? You do see the effects of the wind. Well I see the effects of Christ even though I may not physically see him. Its not for me to judge my brothers or sisters but hopefully you won't always be blind to the truth quit being angry and ponder on that for awhile.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:57 am |
    • AC

      So I guess you think when you die that's it than? No afterlife man that's depressing so if that's so why does it even matter? Do you believe in the wind? You can't see it? You do see the effects of the wind. Well I see the effects of Christ even though I may not physically see him. Its not for me to judge my brothers or sisters but hopefully you won't always be blind to the truth quit being angry and ponder on that for awhile.

      You are right, Steveo, I cannot see the wind. But I can prove that it exists in a court of law. And that is the whole point. I cannot prove that unicorns exist. I imagine you believe that too. But I can show that they is no evidence for them. If you sold my innocent mother a unicorn, I would sue you, and take all your money (unless you could bring the beast to court).

      August 28, 2011 at 6:04 am |
  9. puplaiz

    So according to this beautiful logic, any natural disaster is a blessing? War is a blessing? Debt ceiling is a blessing? Moronic congress is a blessing? One could go on and on .....

    August 28, 2011 at 5:47 am |
  10. rchnpdx

    A male Sarah Palin.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:46 am |
  11. Beth

    I loathe Glen Beck as much as the next person, but he is right that folks should be prepared for adversity and often aren't. We DONT need to prepare for a future of "food distribution centers" and socialist Orwellian regimes, but generally speaking Americans should be better prepared to help themselves and their neighbors in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. Basically I agree with his suggestion, but not the premise for how he got there. However Beck calling Irene a "blessing" is horrible and a perfect example of how out of touch this nutbag is. People died and property was lost because of Irene. To call other people's suffering a blessing shows how truly sick this man can be.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:45 am |
  12. Springfieldisdusty

    It astonishes me just how much valuable time is wasted on such far-right, religious, fringe b.s. that oozes from the pie holes of such derelict monkeys. If God wanted to bless us all, he'd strike Glenn Beck mute.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:44 am |
  13. Apul M'Dkeek-Aoud

    What a weener!

    Why does anyone listen to this man? Next he'll be procaliming the return of Jesus...he'll be staying at Glenn's house & playing racketball at the club.

    A blessing? Loss of life, property, etc. is a blessing?!?

    I am very corn-fused.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:43 am |
  14. lj

    Nice, Beck. How about the 11 year old boy that was killed when a tree fell on his house? was that a blessing, too?

    August 28, 2011 at 5:40 am |
  15. Dan

    From an european viewpoint... This is hilarious!

    August 28, 2011 at 5:37 am |
  16. BevoTexas

    Glenn Beck's death would be a blessing.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:32 am |
  17. ttuff

    He was right about gold!

    August 28, 2011 at 5:31 am |
  18. SKyle

    What a kook.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:31 am |
  19. marlon


    August 28, 2011 at 5:26 am |
  20. Nick

    Americans need to wake up and march to FoxNews headquarters, and take all these crooks, liars and criminally insane people to hell where they belong.


    August 28, 2011 at 5:25 am |
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