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. drinky

    Go away d-bag

    August 28, 2011 at 6:32 am |
  2. RandyC09

    Glenn Beck you are an idiot and a fool if you think you actually know what God wants.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:32 am |
  3. xnay

    Yawn. CNN gives their core viewers another chance to vent.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:31 am |
    • Johnny C

      So true, last time I saw this many disgruntled atheists I had to infiltrate a communist leaders group in eastern Europe!

      August 28, 2011 at 6:35 am |
  4. Levgre

    It is a blessing that 10 people have been killed? It is a blessing that the hurricane cost the US and its citizens billions of dollars?

    Glenn Bleck thinks it is a blessing when the US is hurt and when people are killed. He is a nutjob, and should stand outside in the hurricane for the duration if he thinks it is such a blessing.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:30 am |
    • Kevin

      I concure...what a ferak.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:33 am |
    • Johnny C

      I hear your local community college is offering very cheap reading comprehension courses, you may find them useful!

      August 28, 2011 at 6:33 am |
    • Levgre

      I have a university degree, Johny, although I hope your local CC classes are going well, perhaps you will soon be able to not fall for the ramblings of a mad man like Glenn Beck.

      It is inhumane to refer to any incident which causes great harm and deaths as a 'blessing from god'. Sure, lessons can be learned for unfortunate events, but to go so far as to call the hurricane a blessing shows his complete egomania, utter hypocrisy, and sociopathic tendencies.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:41 am |
    • Johnny C

      I am not here to discuss Glen Beck, I do not know enough about the man personally. I can say that I do not care for the man, which is on my scale an "8" of saying I do not like someone. I am commenting on the tone and hateful nature of most of the posters to the Article, it's also evident most of the posters didn't take the time to read the article prior to chiming in with their anti religion rhetoric!

      August 28, 2011 at 6:51 am |
  5. Cyndi

    All the stupid people mocked Noah too, but then wanted in the Ark when his prediction came true...you people are all idiots!!

    August 28, 2011 at 6:29 am |
    • bob

      fortunately these days we have guns. if noah wont let me on his ark, ill bu bustin cap in hiz azz. sho nuff!

      August 28, 2011 at 6:38 am |
  6. Victor81

    Thanks you GB. You can pick up where Pat Robertson left off in your new career. We live on a cooling molten rock that has developed patterns and cycles with respect to weather and geology. If you live long enough, and pay attention, these cycles will, at some point coincide. It has nothing to do with somebody watching over us, or the end of times, and EVERYTHING to do with science and nature. Stop drinking the iron age tea.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:27 am |
  7. Beck has FINALLY LOST IT

    So this is the first ever hurricane? Earlier this week we had the first ever earthquake? This is simply the planet doing the same exact thing it's been doing for millions and millions (not thousands) of years. I believe he was close in his religious conversion. He's converted to Moronism instead of Mormonism.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:26 am |
  8. Teufelsberg

    Part Robertson already said the hurricane is punishment from God because New Jersey made a pact with the devil in the 1700's.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:25 am |
  9. AJ

    It's a huge blessing to the media, that's for sure. First the media told us that people "survived" the earthquake. Now we're getting minute by minute coverage of a strong rain storm.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  10. Rancid V

    Glen Beck smokes too much crack...

    August 28, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  11. hez

    I thought the hurricane was a punishment from God on all the christian extremists like Perry Palin, Bachmann, the Tea Party, etc for treating other people, races, religions, so poorly and with such racist hatred. The hurricane is God's punishment to these Christian right folks for not respecting human rights, for their selfishness and greed.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:20 am |
  12. Linda

    "If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear." I often tell students that before major performances, tests, or opportunities that spring up around us.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:18 am |
    • Springfieldisdusty

      Didn't I see that on a box of condoms?

      August 28, 2011 at 6:20 am |
  13. Cassidy

    Ditto. And wouldn't that prove his 'sincerity'!

    Like anyone needs him to know this is one of the many increasingly stronger warnings delivered by Nature in consequence of the BAD SELF INTERESTED choices of our greed driven LEADERS ! DUH

    Hate this kind of people who manipulate others. They're no better than extremists in ANY country of this poorly led world.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:16 am |
  14. Springfieldisdusty

    The problem with far-right religitards like Johnny C. is that they lack any kind of objectivity. There are no real answers, just endless speculation and wild conjecture. Faith is a wonderful thing, but not as a blunt instrument. Check your "facts" again as to whom is in the minority, sir.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:14 am |
    • Johnny C

      The sad and most pathetic thing about these comments is that they are a gross misrepresentation of intellectual variety. Every time CNN posts an article about faith, all the anti religion shills chime in. You all are clearly driven by hate! Thank God you loons have no power if you did concentration camps would once again be implemented, ironically by those that veil themselves in "open mindedness"

      August 28, 2011 at 6:25 am |
    • John

      Johnny, as a devout Christian, I can definitely say you are going to hell.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:32 am |
    • Johnny C

      John, A true devout Christian would know better than to condemn anyone to hell, you are a shill and a wolf in sheep's clothing! Let God condemn man, you stay about your business of being a fool!

      August 28, 2011 at 6:38 am |
    • Springfieldisdusty

      The fact that you inserted a concentration camp reference tells me all I need to know about you and your pseudo-intellectualism. Don't even presume to understand the irony of which you speak. A belief in God is a far cry from the pontification of mortal men and the posturings of organized religions that have wreaked utter havoc on mankind since time immemorial. God may have a plan, but all of us are merely grasping at straws.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:38 am |
    • Johnny C

      Springfieldisdusty – Did you just learn what a Pseudo Intellectual is? I see you have used the same adverb about 20 times in your previous posts! Questioning someone's intellect without knowing 2 cents about them is disingenuous and typical of people with your world view!

      August 28, 2011 at 6:44 am |
    • herbert juarez

      Actually in the grand scheme of things,7 billion on the planet,the true atheist is in the extreme minority.The vast majority of human beings on this planet endorse a belief system,though not all correctly.Just a general comment on glenn beck. The belief system that beck espouses is not Christianity.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:46 am |
    • Springfieldisdusty

      Johnny C., you've contributed more than 2 cent's worth to this forum. I'll concede that you're probably an intelligent fellow, but so am I. Having said that, this is hardly the place for such a lofty discourse. Peace, out...

      August 28, 2011 at 6:50 am |
  15. Kevin

    Why does anyone take this self-serving weiner serious any more?

    August 28, 2011 at 6:14 am |
  16. Chad

    Glen Beck knows his TV show is gone, and his radio show is on the brink. Next stop, television evangelist. MARK MY WORDS.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:06 am |
  17. Springfieldisdusty

    It's a hurricane, Glenn. Not the apocalypse. Conversely, is fair weather God's way of taking a break amid all the so-called warnings? Wow, just....wow.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:05 am |
  18. Johnny C

    The problem with you leftist anti religious folk is you have no civility, you treat people of faith as if they were a scourge on humanity. Religious people leave you alone, they don't care about you, they don't force you to believe, yet at every opportunity you bash, dehumanize, mock and spend countless time focusing on their faith instead of your own. It's an easy game to play and the internet affords you that right. Just remember you are the minority for a reason, people see you are hateful and narrow minded, you offer no answers, no solutions and no recommendations other than being hateful and uncivil with your fellow man. Glen Beck may be a kook but I am afraid 90% of the posters on this topic are far further beyond the limits of sanity that Beck will ever be.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:04 am |
    • Tom

      Religious people blew up two towers, killed millions in its name and has lunatics like this one spouting complete utter nonsense, all because of religion. You all need medication for such a mental illness. There, a solution finally, psychotic meds to keep you loons at bay

      August 28, 2011 at 6:07 am |
    • Andrew

      Actually, most leftist anti-religious folks leave religious folks alone. Until the religious folk start saying and doing things that infringe upon our rights (and everyone elses's rights – including the rights of OTHER religions).

      August 28, 2011 at 6:10 am |
    • BillInLA

      No, Johnny, the problem is that you are the sort of fool who follows charlatans like this one.

      I revere the holy man in my family. He is a conservative Christian, too, but he's the real deal, a man who dedicated his life to helping the less fortunate.

      And he would never say such things as Beck says. You are stupid. You don't even know your own religion and its beliefs. Go read up on what Jesus said. Beck is one of the Pharisees he sermonized about.

      You follow a disciple of Satan if you follow Beck. He teaches hate.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:11 am |
    • Johnny C

      Spare me the idiocy Tom! Anti Religious people from Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Ceasescu, (I could add 20 more to this list) in the last 100 years killed more people than all of the religions in the world combined over the past 2000 years.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:12 am |
    • Chad

      Have you heard of Islam. What about Mormons or Jehovah Witnesses. Knocking on my door once a week isn't leaving me alone. An act of God isn't a hurricane in hurricane season sir. While I respect your faith, lets leave God's word out of a former shock jocks hands.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:12 am |
    • Johnny C

      Bill, I care for Beck about as much as I care for you! Nothing! I live in Europe, I dont follow the man, I dont watch his show. Dehumanizing someone which is something majority of you posters are doing is hypocritcal, narrow minded and childish!

      August 28, 2011 at 6:14 am |
    • BillInLA

      Well, Johnny, you have just admitted to being an ignoramus. Learn who and what Beck is before commenting on those of us who despise this cretin. He is a false prophet, a spewer of hatred.

      Get off your idiotic, rotten-economy butt and do some reading about the guy before you come to his defense. People hate him because he preaches hate and divisiveness, constantly referring to religion as he does.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:22 am |
    • Candice

      I can't tell if you're series or not. If you're being sarcastic, apologies. If you're being serious...two things: (1) what does "leftist" and "anti-religion" have to do with each other? They are wholly mutually exclusive. I think maybe you've been watching too many Glenn Beck reruns. Secondly, I completely agree regarding civility. Although, civility is due from all people on all sides if we are to live in a civilized society. Lastly, perhaps you would do well to consider that for centuries atheists have been the subject of such anti-Christian, deep-seeded hatred, persecution, prosecution, Christians purged Atheists from the earth during witch hunts and the holocaust, and Christians have run Atheists our of Universities, our political offices, etc. So you might consider being more Christ-like (tolerant) if on occasion they deal with being the must hated group in America, by laughing at the thing that has been so damaging. Atheism is hardly a choice. You don't choose to be unconvinced by a lack of evidence, you just are unconvinced. Religion is unconvincing. And, no religious people do not leave Atheists alone. It's everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Atheists aren't really the minority they're made out to be. They just aren't as vocal and hateful. And, most are closeted, living fear of people who claim to communicate with a sky wizard, and then make policies that affect everyone. Atheists, are the most educated (including the bible), the least incarcerated (0.25 of prison inmates are atheist), and the most compassionate (secular humanists / atheists donate 10:1 more time and money to causes for the 'greater good' than the religious). You clearly do not understand very much at all about atheism. It's also my experience that the vast majority of religious people haven't even read their own bible. Most atheists became atheists by having actually read the bible. Being atheist doesn't mean that we don't believe in anything (greater than ourselves for example), it means we don't necessarily attribute a substantially comprised and contradictory work of writing (bible) by ancient herdsmen, thrice translated, thousands of times transcribed, (all in great secrecy), that only ever even purported to be hearsay of events from another culture in another language (the earliest of which was 80 years after supposed death of a figure that history makes absolutely no reference, but whose story is oddly familiar with -plagiarized - Horus, Buddha, Krishna, Dionysus, Mithra...all born on the 25th of December (except Jesus, who wasn't claimed to be born then, until King Gregory wanted to better compete with the Pagan holiday on the same date), all borne of a virgin, died for "our" sins, and were resurrected 3 days later). You're an atheist too, actually. Presumably, you don't believe in the 5,000 most popular gods of world (http://lukeprog.com/religion/gods.html), I just believe in one less.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:32 am |
    • John

      Religious people don't leave other people alone. Your post proves it. Jesus deplored hypocrisy.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:33 am |
    • Johnny C

      Candice, You make some good points, then you veer off into the land fallaciousness by introducing controversial polls on who gives more time, money etc to charity. Here are the following polls that contradict your personally held beliefs.

      1. Atheists and Agnostics Take Aim at Christians The Barna Update, 2007.
      2. Religious people make better citizens, study says by Pew Research Forum, May 13, 2009
      3. Religious people are 'better neighbors' by USA Today, 11/14/2010
      4. Religious people make better citizens, study says by Pew Research Forum, May 13, 2009
      5. Religious people are 'better neighbors' by USA Today, 11/14/2010
      6. Religious people make better citizens, study says by Pew Research Forum, May 13, 2009
      7. Religious people are 'better neighbors' by USA Today, 11/14/2010
      8. Brooks, Arthur C., faith and charitable giving Policy Review, Oct-Dec 2003, p.2.
      9. Stossel, John and Kendall, Kristina Who Gives and Who Doesn't? ABC News, November 28, 2006
      10. http://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org/science-of-happiness/caring/caring-and-happiness-reviews/

      August 28, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  19. Dan

    I'm no Glen Beck fan. I find his brand of stand up comedy to be damaging to our welfare and for pure profit. But in reading the whole message here I think his "blessing from god" term was meant more as this hurricane is a "message from god" that we are NOT in control of such things and that we need to be prepared. In which case he is probably right. Oh, ouch, I can't believe I said Glen Beck was actually correct about something! Please, let's not take the baiting by the writer of this article and fly off the handle about something said until we understand what Beck meant. By the way, I find the Baiting by this writer to be pretty disgusting too. Way to go, huckster, you're no better than Beck or Rush Limbo.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:04 am |
    • BillInLA

      And where, exactly, in a million cramped New York apartments, are people supposed to find the space for three months of food? Where do all those who are struggling to make ends meet find the couple thousand dollars to put aside all that food?

      This is why we band together and form a government: to mutually solve problems together. The freaking crazy right wing is constantly trying to sell you on the idea that government of the people, by the people, and for the people is our enemy. What they are really doing is transferring wealth to the few, and hoping we don't notice.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:16 am |
  20. Dan

    If you look at a space view of the hurricane, it looks like the Flying Spaghetti Monster spinning in circles.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:02 am |
    • Dan

      Real spaghetti, or Chef Boyardee?

      August 28, 2011 at 6:08 am |
    • BillInLA

      If you look at an X-ray view of Glenn Beck's brain, you see much the same pattern, but what's flying around in there is packs of nargles.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:17 am |
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