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. Jack

    GB, go to the beach in New Jersey and then hurricane Irene will be a blessing.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  2. Linda

    Why would a loving God want to destroy any thing?

    August 28, 2011 at 7:01 am |
    • Robert

      So a loving parent won't punish his/her child ? Since when has love meant never punishing ?

      August 28, 2011 at 7:24 am |
    • jp

      Robert, Wake up ! That hurricane has already killed children ! If you believe in God, then your God is responsible for the killings.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:34 am |
  3. Craig Shearer

    Glenn Beck is very "progressive". Progressively getting nuttier by the hour. He must have mad cow or something.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  4. garcia

    This idiot, the more many he earns the more stupid he gets. And to think that there are idiots out there listening to him.
    Americans are such a group of weird people. Jeesh!

    August 28, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  5. Cooper

    It would be a great blessing if Beck would be sent out to sea with her, never to be seen or heard from again.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  6. stumyp50

    CNN, I wish you wouldn't give this moron attention. The moronic statements that flow from his mouth are not news.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:55 am |
    • NickO'Teen

      it is really bad that such retarded egoistic and narcisistic liars get attention from the mainstream media..

      August 28, 2011 at 7:02 am |
  7. Alan


    August 28, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  8. Rupert

    They are all of the same school,
    Look at Benny Hinn, welcome to your club Glenn Beck!

    August 28, 2011 at 6:53 am |
  9. Tom

    Why is this even news to begin with? The man needs medication fast. Antipsychotics could of done a world of wonder for religious people who have killed themselves in the name of religion or acted in any manner such as this, as well as a whole lot of other terrible tragedies.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:52 am |
    • Frankie

      A lot of medication is needed. His followers need the medication more. He can be a con artist. The blame is on the sheep!

      August 28, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  10. Anne

    As much as I have found British politics annoying and out of touch with people at least they dont have religious nitwits spouting bullcrap and running for office. Maybe if people didnt follow the Palins and becks like sheep to the slaughter this country may not be the laughing stock of the rest of the world. So much for tghe separation of religion and state when people will run for office based on their religion and not on what the can actually do for the people that vote for them.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:51 am |
  11. Gedwards

    Similarly, in his CNN opinion piece, Roland Martin says "it's only fitting" that the earthquake and hurricane hit this week.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:51 am |
  12. Netty

    Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man (Glenn Beck); and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:50 am |
    • Satan

      hell yeah i love iron maiden

      August 28, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  13. Brian

    This imbecilic professional mouth might not realize this from his ivory tower but real people will lose their lives because of this "blessing",millions will lose hard earn money in business and wages and costs, not to mention millions of dollars from already cash strapped local governments will go out the window in damages an lost tourism. Anyone who employs this jerk can't seriously call themselves a news organization even though his comments are editorial in nature they are out of touch and insulting to the point of being irresponsible when so many police and emergency people are risking their lives to encourage people to stay safe. If you really want to blame someone though for this idiots garbage then blame the millions that buy his propagandist “books”.Dear Mr. Beck maybe you should go back to drinking, the world was better off.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:45 am |
  14. Tom

    Johny C So two wrongs make it ok then, I get it...

    August 28, 2011 at 6:44 am |
  15. Reality

    If there were a god, he/she/it and/or spirit would not tolerate the stupidity of Beck thereby proving there is no god. Ditto for all others who consider natural disasters as being the work of some god.


    August 28, 2011 at 6:42 am |
  16. Chuck l.

    It it nut jobs like this one and Palin, Bush, and all his Republican cronies that makes me so proud to be Canadian. Had I been born American, I would have commited harry-carry.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:42 am |
    • Kevin

      Get off your high horse. Most of us Americans think he's crazy too.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:53 am |
    • keef

      you're a tool just like the guy in this article.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  17. Rodney Hinds

    Glenn Beck's god strikes again, kills people on east coast and causes property damage in the billions. Do we send the bill to Beck or his church?

    August 28, 2011 at 6:41 am |
    • Mimijean

      He is not a Mormom. He is a Moron.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:52 am |
  18. Chaiah

    Glenn Beck is G-d's example to all of us of what NOT to be.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:36 am |
  19. Ken

    Many people mocked Noah when he was building the Ark. Beck is not Noah but the leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has the same authority as Noah did and thus we should all pay attention to his warnings. He and other previous leaders have never given any order to cause injury to anyone (although they did have to protect themselves in many cases). Many mocked the Savior also and did not believe who he said he was. Those people are paying the price. Those haters and nay sayers who mock the truth will also pay the price. They don't want to know the truth because it would make them realize that they have to change their perverted life styles. It is better to mock others than to take a look at themselves.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:35 am |
    • Chaiah

      You believe the entire planet was covered in water, that it actually rained for forty days and forty nights, and that Noah supposedly took two of each animal onto the ark don't you. Yoohoo! It's a story. It's just a story. Oh, and FYI, Beck and his ilk are the ones who are perverted.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:40 am |
    • Pliny

      You mention Noah.

      I knew Noah.

      Glenn Beck is no Noah.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:42 am |
    • AC

      Why did Noah save roaches? And where did he keep them? And what did he do about the termites, which presumably were munching away at the ship?Nom nom nom. And what did he do with freshwater fish, for that matter, since it was the seas that rose?. All the freshwater fish must have died unless he had a huge aquarium. Perhaps he fed them to the termites. God, not very smart, eh?

      August 28, 2011 at 6:42 am |
    • Ken

      God is definitely smarter than you and he was the architect for creating the earth unless you think that a big explosion happened and created order. If you can logically explain to me how an explosion built this planet then I will explain to you how roaches survived on the Ark. Good luck!

      August 28, 2011 at 6:48 am |
    • AC

      What about ducks? I mean why would they care about a flood? And why would God choose to kill off all the ducks anyhow.? Do they worship satan these ducks?

      August 28, 2011 at 6:50 am |
    • herbert juarez

      Mormons are not Christians and Christians are not Mormons!Lots of people use the name of Jesus Christ every day, that does not make them Christian.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:51 am |
    • jameriqueen

      @Ken: Beck is a convert to Mormanism, but when did he become a "Leader" of the sect? Did I miss the memo?

      August 28, 2011 at 6:57 am |
    • Xolo

      Mormon leaders never gave orders to harm anyone hey? Ever heard of Montain Meadows? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Meadows_massacre

      August 28, 2011 at 7:00 am |
    • Ken

      All I see is haters and name callers. Those who say that Mormons aren't Christians are exposing themselves as non-Christians themselves. Be Careful! They are sounding like the Pharisees in the Bible because they knew that Jesus was the Christ but they were concerned about losing their power position and facing their hypocrisy. You can jump up and down and scream all you want however the truth is that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lord's restored gospel on earth. All you have to do is have a REAL desire to know the Lord and he will reveal this truth to you by the Spirit of the Holy Ghost.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:00 am |
    • AC

      Hi ken.
      How do you know that God is smarter than me? I assume that you are backed up by God with your arguments, and that God could at least beat me on a debate. But if this the case, surely he would have shut me up with a great one liner about ducks. But He is not doing so good. Maybe God exists. you may be right. But it could well be that he is an idiot. right?

      August 28, 2011 at 7:05 am |
    • AC

      People mocked Noah because he was an idiot. No space for fungi which cannot live in water. Anyhow, what did God tell you about ducks? Surely he must have explained that to you, so you could convincingly explain it to me, so I could become a true follower. Go on, convince me. The power of Christ compels you.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:10 am |
    • Ken


      Your comments make that obvious. Still waiting for the Big Bang explanation. Apparently that makes more sense than Noah and the Ark. Let's hear it Mr. Smarter Than God.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:10 am |
    • Ken

      So AC, you actually believe in Noah and the people who mocked him because he wasn't so smart. Interesting. Then what is the rest of the story according to AC. It looks like you exposed yourself. However, the CNN commentary page is waiting. Bless us with your intelligence.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:15 am |
    • AC

      I never said I can explain the big bang theory. I don't actually believe it. But I might be wrong. But what about God and ducks? And what about root vegetables? Where were they grown?

      August 28, 2011 at 7:24 am |
    • Ken

      Where did everyone go? No new story about Noah from AC. No explanation of the Big Explosion! It seems OK to mock others but when you have no valid theories or truths of your own that you are willing to defend then I guess that's what you do. If you are interested in Real Truth go to http://www.mormon.org.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:28 am |
    • AC

      Explain root vegetables and Noah, convince me only on this point and I will believe all you say. And as a plus, you will save a soul!!. Give it a shot. Root vegetables and the flood! God will give you guidance, I am sure of it. Save me from eternal damnation, forget the penguins and ducks. Convince me that carrots were saved from the Flood, and I am with you. You can do it!

      August 28, 2011 at 7:29 am |
    • Ken

      Thanks AC for proving my point! Let me help you out. THERE WAS NEVER A BIG BANG!! It maybe a good TV show. When is the last time you saw an explosion that created some sort of order? The earth was CREATED from material that already existed in the universe. God didn't make something from nothing. Matter was ORGANIZED by a higher intelligence. Hint: If that is true, which I believe it is – then the earth is made of material that could have existed for millions of years. Thus when scientists try to determine how old the earth is – they are likely measuring material that has existed way before the earth was actually formed. Now if the Lord could do that, then he could figure out how to have fresh water fish, ducks or roaches.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • Ken

      AC, do you stay up all night thinking about these things? Carrots and root vegetables, ducks, fresh fish and roaches? And somehow you feel you can be "saved" if someone could explain this to you? I have news for you...........there is NO WAY to explain all spiritual things on this earth. However, I can guarantee you that once you leave this earth, all of those things will be of little significance. What will be important is the relationships you have developed with your family, your friends and the Lord. Education is very important because you will be able to take your intelligence with you. However, what you learn on this earth makes a difference. Useless knowledge will be of little benefit. You could begin with spiritual knowledge by going to http://www.mormon.org. This is a good start. Have a great day!

      August 28, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • Ken

      One last thing AC and then I have to go and get ready for church. You will NEVER be converted to anything of spiritual significance through strictly reasoning. Something may make sense but that would not be enough to convert anyone to the truth. True conversion is only possible when there is a sincere desire to know something specific (spiritually) through the power of the Holy Ghost through sincere prayer. If someone is truly interested in knowing the Lord, then they need to go to the source of all truth and I guarantee it will be revealed to you. The question is "Are you truly sincere about knowing the truth?" if the answer is yes, then go to http://www.mormon.org for additional information.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • Chaiah

      @ Ken. Sorry. I was busy making breakfast for my family and taking care of my dogs. I am a pervert, you know. Now, why is it somehow exhibiting less faith to believe in the Big Bang Theory (which science does support) than to believe that G-d somehow created the earth in 6 days (which is not actually literal, by the way). Why, if there is a G-d, is it so wrong and impossible to believe that G-d could not have created a universe which worked logically? I am not going to bother spending my time explaining the fundamentals of the Big Bang Theory to you because you don't really want to understand it and I won't waste my time explaining something to someone who wants to continue to be a fool. It would be like talking to Glenn Beck... a complete waste of infinite time.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:14 am |
    • Andy

      Lol @ Ken. His "holy" book written by an idiot pretending to read things out of a hat... lol ... No we're the ignorant ones.... lol

      August 28, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  20. John

    Well Mr. Beck, are the hospital rooms of Children's Hospitals throughout the country that are filled with little girls and boys dying of cancer also a sign from God that we're not in control? Is that another blessing from God, Mr. Beck? You're nothing but an absolute jack-ass. The only blessing from God that would be appropriate is if you and all the other religious crackpots were to suddenly disappear without a trace, out of our lives forever.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:32 am |
    • jupiter522

      Well spoken and absolutely true

      August 28, 2011 at 6:37 am |
    • Chaiah

      Well said.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:41 am |
    • Ken

      If you have no understanding of where we came from, why we are here and where we are going, then it is easy to be critical of the tragedies of this earth life. If you would like to have a much better understanding of these principles and doctrines of life then I would suggest that you visit http://www.mormon.org. It won't make the sickness of these children any better but it will help you to more clearly see and understand the "big" picture.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:42 am |
    • rjacobsen

      Beck is a first class IDOIT

      August 28, 2011 at 6:47 am |
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