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. jondoe888

    How sad for this little ego-driven loser. My take? The hurricane adds to what terrorists, politicians and bankers seem driven to do – drive America to its knees!

    August 28, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  2. Norval Smith

    "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."
    A warning from God for ignoring Glenn Beck's advice!

    August 28, 2011 at 8:16 am |
    • Davie

      Ah Beck a "profit" from God

      August 28, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  3. fete

    *** Should read ,,,, Our sense of community might have been shaken, but possibly been reaffirmed, in some.***
    Trying not to talk to ambitious here ....

    August 28, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  4. Sam.P

    None of you Beck haters get it...if you listen to his radio program for a while then you wouldn't be making stupid remarks about this man. Wake up folks and open your eyes he does not wish bad things to happen to people he is only warning all of us the price we will pay if we are not prepair...quit calling him a nut because if he is a nut don't you wonder how he made it? he is got to be doing something right.

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

      Whatever... your also a nut.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • Isaac

      He sure has... he realized that ignorant mindless sheep will tune in and listen to the most ridiculous lies and nazi comparisons by the truckload. He knows that right wingers are THE most misinformed, uneducated, and lacking in critical thinking of all Americans and they will believe ANYTHING they're told so long as it says "liberal=bad". This man is a liar..... this man is a charlatan.... this man knows no more than you about things and yet you tune in and listen to his ridiculous rants and lies all the time on the radio. The willfully ignorant are their bread and butter.... and it sounds like they've got you right where they want you.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • CMH

      We call him a nut because he's a nut. I've listened to him in TV and the radio and the amount of tin-hat insanity coming out of his mouth is frightening. This is especially true because we have people who think he's making sense. I even read one of his books. It should be have been in the comedy section, because the kind of 'proof' he had to support his theories had to be some kind of parody of what real writers would say.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  5. Hawkeye1012

    "Protect us, oh merciful God, from this evil hurricane that you unmercifully sent us, in your divine mercy..."

    August 28, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  6. eve8769

    especially for the people who lost their homes or even died this storm is surely a blessing... oh man, really sad how low one can go, what a lunatic 🙁

    August 28, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • Gedwards

      Yup. That's "only fitting." At least according to Roland Martin's CNN opinion piece.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:14 am |
  7. Anon

    So many hateful comments toward this guy, you're probably all obama voters but don't care that Obama rubs shoulders with Bill Ayres though...such a double standard


    August 28, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • Isaac

      yeah he rubs shoulders doesn't he? probably has him to the white house every week to discuss how to destroy america huh? Wow you simpleton sheep are SO..... FREAKING.... PATHETIC.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • eve8769

      and what exactly is obama's role on this topic ? no brain, no decency but a lot of tea it seems...

      August 28, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • George

      Yes, it is a lot of negative comments against this loser lunatic, Mormon crazy , guy, because he is that a lunatic, racist, right wing Mormon repub guy, freaking man. He is not even a religious , he is just a luny freak

      August 28, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • George

      I don't know who is more lunatic, or you or this lunatic, crazy, liar , Beck , did u forget to take your medication? You continue posting the same lame lies from fake news ( Fox News ) Pathetic

      August 28, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  8. Isaac

    You can't stockpile supplies... Obama won't let you it's now against the law..... Wake up and save Amurica!!! Palin 2012-2014.5!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • Amberglas

      So you're telling me Glenn Beck is encouraging me to go out and break the law? Shocking! What the heck are you putting in your tea...

      August 28, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • George

      yes continue dreaming you crazy right wing freaks , I don't know who is more crazy and freak you , or the crazy lunatic Beck, Palin is not running she is just getting all the money she can from people like you all moron, ignorant right wing people

      August 28, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  9. DS

    Something tells me the Lord frowns upon booze, drugs, and divorce...but not when you're Glenn Beck... Ah, a la carte religious beliefs...

    August 28, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  10. sma

    Having your house stocked in case of any type of disaster, for any of the seasons, is just common sense. It has nothing to do with religion. Why leave your home in dangerous weather when you don't have to. It is all about thinking ahead.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:09 am |
    • Isaac

      and no one is arguing that having supplies at the ready is a bad idea.....

      August 28, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  11. fete

    Having extra food in storage is something my Mom always practiced, with raising 9 children and 2 that weren't hers, it was a necessity. Common sense should tell you to do that sort of thing, not just Church, or a change of weather.
    I'm hard pressed to understand how any natural disaster can be deemed a "blessing". People have died. Homes and businesses have suffered loss from this storm. Our sense of community have been shaken, but possibly been reaffirmed, in some. I do not need anyone to tell what course of action to take here, it is most apparent or will be, as events unfold.
    What you do is up to you. How you do is up to you. If you can help others...do... Life is short, live it as long as you can, the best way you can.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:08 am |
    • Gedwards

      The same way Roland Martin says "it's only fitting" that they happened this week.

      But the left lazily and hypocritically views one as extreme and ignores the other.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • terrorofthedeep

      It's a blessing because Beck believes that God uses natural disasters to remind us that he's all powerful, and kills innocents to remind us of his love for us.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  12. Victoria


    August 28, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  13. AC

    Ah God, all powerful and almighty. You would have thought that if this is the case, he would have appeared in person. And yet he sends wind, rain, frogs (look it up in ye Olde Testament), boils and the like. Hmmm. Perhaps a plague of pedophiles would right us! (hmm, no, Catholics). What about bearded women haters? (hmm, no, Islam). Ah ha! What about a bunch of folks who chop off the tip of there kids penises ( hmm no, Judaism, didn't work). Ok what about about a Sci-fi writer and call is hmm, scientology. Yup! good enough for me. Now, on to hinduism.....

    August 28, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • George

      Go away you hypocrites religious people, you ar the same the use the Bible to spit hate and division , you don't love God, liars , how you can love God when you hate your neighbour , the Bible that you are preaching here in hypocrite comment says that too, so shut up and go away, hypocrites

      August 28, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  14. fritz

    He sounds like he's drinking again and fell off the wagon from up on "high". Maybe the US should hire the Libyan rebels to come and remove Beck from all public podiums. What a nut job! Fox News. Glenn Beck. Al Qaeda. Who's worse?

    August 28, 2011 at 8:03 am |
    • George

      You are 100% right, Beck is a lunatic, hypocrite liar Mormon guy

      August 28, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  15. reddog

    Beck had better stock up on toilet paper because he's full of sh**.

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


      August 28, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • Isaac

      HAHA!!! I wish there was a "like" option for comments like this.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • George

      A M E N

      August 28, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  16. Steve

    My god is better than your god because he's the "correct" one to worship.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  17. Rufoscoe

    Moron to Mormon without skipping a beat.

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

    Glen, the only way I can consider the hurricane a blessing is if it had washed you out to sea.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  19. alan thigpen

    CJ- Charity is given without expecting or working for a return. The money in aid for the needy the LDS church spends is in efforts to gain converts. Everything the church does is in efforts to grow larger and to gain greater power and influence. It is a self serving organization. I am writing from inside knowledge and experience.

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

    Remember, voters. Glen Beck is one of the Tea Party's favorites. What a nut!

    August 28, 2011 at 8:00 am |
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