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. Jeff Forbes

    Why do you give this idiot air time. He is crazy as an outhouse rat.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  2. raj

    somebody tell him the difference between curse and blessing!!

    August 28, 2011 at 7:58 am |
  3. Shawn

    Glenn Beck always succeeds at reminding us that American right-wingers are seriously the dumbest and most deranged people on Earth.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:58 am |
    • Tartaros

      Your not kidding.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  4. Bill

    Irene is and was bad but could have been much worse. I agree with Beck that the storm is a good warning to be prepared in case of more severe and prolonged disasters.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:58 am |
  5. gorddicnn

    Beck is nuts. Plain and simple. I cannot figure out what his angle is other than he has one to make money much like the other talking head wing nuts on talk radio. But in his case it might just be that he is indeed mentally disturbed as opposed to just greedy and heartless.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:56 am |
  6. Glen

    Glen Beck has turned into an idiot.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:55 am |
    • Isaac

      I think "Is an idiot" is better... when was he ever NOT an idiot.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  7. Cate

    Who is he? Never head of him. He is on something for sure. What an idiot in the greatest sense. What God doesn't need is some brainwashed evangelist sprouting nonsence. The world is aware that nature is chaos and man cannot control it no matter who they thinl they are. Equanimity – it is as it is, let it be.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  8. JasonP

    Oh the Mormon religion says essentially the earth is here for us to plunder, consume its resources and do with what we will. Sickos.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  9. Friedman

    Glen Beck's god is the god of Joseph smith not the Bible. When will Christians understand he is preaching a false Gospel?

    August 28, 2011 at 7:54 am |
    • Roguewave42

      The Mormon God is merely one of a vast number each of which rules over their assigned plane according to Mormon legend and teachings. No word on who or what does the assignings, but we are assured that we can ascend to that lofty position somewhere as long as we play by Mormon rules and are not female. I guess our assigmed God-in-Heaven sends warnings. Others may not. Lucky us.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  10. John

    Why Is It all These Idiot that have spread hate and Is Racist , and all the bad thing he had say on Is radio talk show. All they think they have to do Is saying they find a church to go to and everything Is all right. This man should be taking off the Radio and keep out of the news, Because this man Is a Racist IDIOT. I can't believe anybody would even listen to this man.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  11. PaulC

    Glen Beck's 15 minutes of fame is over. He has made his millions so he should retire and give us a break. ...Please?....
    We have 6 gun Perry to entertain us now.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • Wendell MacKenzie

      You mean yosemite sam don't you?

      August 28, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  12. BugsMalone

    Glen is a entertainer just like the TV preachers and other talk show hosts, they all want the same thing, your money. They never let any bad situation go to waste to take advantage of the gullible. The only thing I would agree with is that people do need to prepare for emergencies better and not depend on Uncle Sam to show up to help them.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  13. Andrew Gilbert

    I am not sure what makes me sicker, the fact Glenn Beck said it or that CNN decided that he deserved any sort of coverage. It's really a tough call

    August 28, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  14. Rob

    Oh yeah, he's a real nut case. What sane person would think being prepared for disaster is a good thing???? We should all just rely on FEMA right? What a nutjob to think God reminds us that we do not dictate what nature does or remind us that our feeble efforts could be erased in a moment and we could have to start over. Why don't you all look at Joplin? CNN and all of your leftist drones are the morons. You hate so strongly that it blinds you from truth.

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

      Ya, hurricane a blessing. Destroying peoples lives and causing billions of dollars in damage just to remind everyone to listen to what Beck has to say. I think he has blinded you dude.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  15. jnpa

    In all my years, I have never heard such nonsense!

    August 28, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  16. carlos

    See the problem with STOCK PILING food is that people would just eat it before the day was over. Those stock piling food are for the most part morbidly obese american's that aren't able to withstand to go without eating for more than 30 minutes. Why not stock pile on health food and exercise equipment and actually use it 😉

    August 28, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  17. Terry

    Why is Glenn Beck on CNN??? If he's gonna be stuck on TV please put him on one of those religious channels with the rest of the crack head psychos. His ill-conceived and inconsiderate ramblings do not make him a leader but rather just another village idiot....and ANYONE that believes natural disasters that destroy and take lives are blessings is also an idiot. Religions were created by people...that's why we have so many conflicts over religion...because misguided morons like Beck continue to antagonize the world so they can keep religions alive.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:47 am |
    • Blenn Geck

      You are a horses Bass!!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  18. rowan

    you know usualy i love to take articles like this one on. but for some reason this is just too absurd. a hurricane blessing. i wonder how much property he owns in the hurricanes path? how much of it was damaged? and if hes lost any family members to it yet? for the people that have lost these things i doubt they see it as a blessing. as for being prpared,if it is a true catastrophy thers no way to prepare. it happens fast. theres no time. and im guessing that for some reason poor people cant be blessed in this way. if youve no money and no car youre not going to be ABLE to get things together nor are you going anywhere.. that was alot of the problem in n.o.. lots of poor people lived there. they had no way to get out of the way. and the city officials couldnt decide whether to use the school buses or not..the poor depend on the good will of the rich( not much good will there these days) and the government. fema is one example of what depending on the government gets you. as for glen beck? lets see if hell give you a ride out on his plane.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  19. NukeTim

    Glenn Beck is an idiot, and an embarassment to radio show hosts everywhere. I wish God would put HIM out of OUR misery.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:43 am |
    • carlos


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

      He is doing what all people who want to be rich and famous do. They real idiots are the people who follows him and believes what he says.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  20. pablo

    a real nut case.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:41 am |
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