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. zack

    I I thought it was Bush's fault???

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

      No! No! Clinton!

      August 28, 2011 at 7:32 am |
    • jasnikil

      Yes it is Bush fault. He named each days bombings in Iraq Shock and Awe, Little Boy etc. How many cluster bombs ?? We can all pray together to save us from the punishments.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  2. Frannk.

    I took Glen's advice months ago. My family was able to stay in our house with plenty of food and not on the streets where a number of people have been killed by falling trees.

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

      You needed Glenn Beck to tell you to stay in hour house during a hurricane? Wow. You owe your life to this deranged idiot fanatic!

      August 28, 2011 at 7:31 am |
    • Davie

      Shawn relax – these are just the kinds of people that bow down to Beck and would never think for themselves. Every newscaster from the Bahamas to Maine has been staying for the last ten days to stock up and I believe the Mormons keep a stock of food as a matter of course

      August 28, 2011 at 7:40 am |
    • Bilbo Baggins

      I usually just wait for a hurricane to give me the opportunity to hang out "on the streets"

      August 28, 2011 at 7:42 am |
    • Jeff

      I guess Beck must be master of the obvious. Just exactly what else are you supposed to do in a hurricane? This Hurricane was no different than any other... and yet the media has hyped this up to be the hurricane of hurricanes... Did it cause damage, probably so... that's what hurricanes do. It's a category 1...definitely the weakest out there.. and if you live in Wilmington NC, you probably wouldn't even bother to evacuate. Hey.. I just came out of the Hurricane.. lots of wind, rain, a few trees fell.. and I didn't run out to the grocery store and buy a ton of milk and bread. In fact I grilled ribs Saturday afternoon...

      August 28, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  3. George Marshall

    The truly astounding thing about Glenn Beck is not that he is an absurdity but that so many people have paid attention to him. He reminds me of nothing so much as Elmer Gantry the hypocritical religious huckster in the classic novel by Sinclair Lewis.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  4. shawn

    God "blesses us" earthquakes and hurricanes (thanks jerk) to warn people they should listen to Glenn Beck. Mmmkay, then. There is no end to the wonders of the Midieval conservative mindset. These people are wackos and a total embarrassment to our nation and all humanity.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  5. mommaearth

    Maybe it's time to get the news somewhere else.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  6. ljf88

    So, God makes disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes to warn us to stockpile food for the next "God-made" disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane? Is it just me, or is Glenn Beck's God kind of a sadist?

    August 28, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  7. Paul Crumpler

    Dear Glenn
    Just wondering if Pink Floyd wrote "Brain Damage" about you.
    Got to keep the loonies on the path.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:20 am |
  8. Poor Person

    This guy is sick, he needs help.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  9. Marl

    This latest hurricane and earthquake are terrorists acts and the taliban and Al Queda are responsible, just google it!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 7:16 am |
  10. twistedpuppet

    Glenn Beck is a moron and a fear-monger.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:16 am |
    • fete

      Misspelled that – article states quite plainly he is Mormon.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:27 am |
    • Gregory

      No, fete - twistedpuppet's comment is quite clear and properly spelt. One can be a Mormon and a moron simultaneously.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  11. ANN

    please stop breathing

    August 28, 2011 at 7:13 am |
    • Mrs. Bee

      Haha! Yes! He's a hateful, awful man. That anyone listens to him is a mystery to me!

      August 28, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  12. doc77

    Beck continues to be an idiot. He has no credibility any more.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:12 am |
  13. Sue Ann

    The way in which he involved the potential disaster in making his point is foolish, but the idea of having a backlog of food available in case of need is a good idea. My parents lived in the farm country in northern Illinois in the 1930's, when snow could block the way to town for at least a week, and had little or no money due to the Depression. Food storage was wisdom then, and it is still wisdom. Genn Beck's way of pushing it is regrettable.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:12 am |
  14. Emmet

    Glenn most likely is highly invested in 'Food' stocks and futures.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  15. Richk

    I am not fan of gb, but the CNN headline takes what he said out of context. When will this silly partisan lunacy cease, when???

    August 28, 2011 at 7:08 am |
    • Gregory

      In no way did CNN take Glenn Beck "out of context." It quoted his exact words. Question is, when will Glenn Beck cease his silly partisan lunacy and eschew making millions off of it?

      August 28, 2011 at 7:30 am |
    • jp

      He said its a blessing. What else do you need to declare him an idiot ?
      That hurricane has already killed a few people.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  16. David

    How about that. Someone found a way to put 'Glenn Beck' and 'blessing' in the same headline. Kudos.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:07 am |
  17. marc


    August 28, 2011 at 7:06 am |
  18. Mary

    To hear this Godless sunovabigh talk about "blessings" is a true blasphemy, since he lives to serve Lucifer.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:06 am |
    • Cyphonix

      I presume you got that memo from lucifer himself? Or better yet, you heard it through your church? (same thing, isn't it?)

      August 28, 2011 at 7:19 am |
    • the gray lensman

      Mary, that will be 10 Our Fathers, 10 Hail Marys, and a good act of contrition. Calumnies are sinful. Naughty, naughty little girl,

      August 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  19. John Pitonzo

    Scientists working around the clock with the CIA, FBI and National Weather Service have discovered that Hurricane Irene has been caused by excess wind coming out of Beck's backend. Will someone please lock him in the bathroom and give the winds a chance to die down.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:05 am |
  20. Jo

    Why does CNN put crazy people on here?

    August 28, 2011 at 7:04 am |
    • Gregory

      Because when crazy people gain such stature and power in politics and social issues, they need to be exposed.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:27 am |
    • Amanda

      It is crazy to be prepared for a disaster or to be prepared to help others during a disaster?

      Americans are happy to be able to do this, aren't we? What is crazy is the suggestion that this is weird, or fanatical, or somehow the "fringe" of Christian idealogy (or American idealogy in general).

      It's also crazy that CNN is alright with religious bigotry so long as it's directed at someone whom they don't particularly view as "on their team". Harry Reid is a Mormon. Is he just as "crazy" as Beck in your eyes, just because he's a Mormon? Does CNN and their parade of Regressive bloggers ever scrutinize his actions in terms of how they relate to Mormonism?

      I am not a Mormon. However I am sickened by the constant and blatant double standard. One can go too far with hypocrisy, at which point it begins to turn the public off en masse. You either respect differing religious/political/personal beliefs or you do not. You cannot profess to and expect people to believe you when your continuous behavior demonstrates otherwise.

      August 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
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