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. Brett

    This level of stupid should be banned.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  2. KMAC

    Glenn Beck, by not understanging the bible you are causing many problems for christians and non-christian. You make it sound as if God is in control and causing these disaters as warning to mankind. Since the beginning of the New Covenant, God has not YET brought one disaster upon mankind , but His wrath will come. Those who blame God for the woe's we have now do not understand there Bible. And it's people like you who twist the words of the bible that give christians a bad name, and non-christians a reason not to believe.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • Mel

      I'm on a spelling crusade: note "their bible" (not there bible) and "woes" (not woe's).

      August 28, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  3. Profit Prophet

    He is echoing a well known survival tactic of maintaining a supply stock pile for emergencies, smart advice for anyone. Glenn Beck is an opportunistic snake oil salesman and he uses any natural disaster, political rhetoric, financial turmoil, or mythical religious fear to try and make himself look like a future seeing messiah or a divine prophet of the gods.... and many people eat it up. He is not the first, nor will he be the last, snake oil salesman, as long as there are buyers, there will be sellers.

    So, heed the advice of being prepared, and ignore (or blindly follow, if you want) the rest of what this magic underwear wearing self professed prophet of the gods is spewing on his for-profit circus side show.


    August 28, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  4. Nicolas Gaudry

    Do you succeed to beleive yourself when you say stupidity like that Mr...... Beck.....I think.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  5. John

    I wish I could get paid a six figure salary to sit around and make idiotic statements.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • BADGUY-

      I though when Fox kicked him off we'd heard the last of this guy?

      August 28, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  6. Jay

    Beck thinks he is a profit, that is why he feels he can issue warnings from God and expect people to follow him

    August 28, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • Michael S.

      No prophet, he merely sees personal profit in it. Beck is just one more fear mongering slimy worm hoping to rake in money from the gullible.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:33 am |
    • Mel

      Don't you mean a prophet? He can make a lot of profit, but he can make out he is a prophet.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:35 am |
    • PJinChicago

      Perhaps you opine "prophet", you pinhead.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:37 am |
    • bob the dog

      He is going to make a profit by pretending to be a prophet. Have you seen his gold ads?

      August 28, 2011 at 8:38 am |
    • Mel

      Glenn Beck is an alcoholic, who got taken seriously. That's kind of dangerous.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  7. Michael S.

    Beck has clearly lost it. As if God would act to validate HIM or his silly notions.

    I think the quotes about the Mormons feeling that God left this planet for Man to despoil should warn any thinking person away from them or from any candidate with ties to them.

    Man needs Earth but Earth has no need of mankind. Nor has She any real reason to love Man as a species given the damage he has done to Her ecosystems to date out of sheer ignorance and monumental arrogance.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:27 am |
  8. BuzzMann

    This guy just shows more of his azz every day,pretty soon he will be butt naked on tv.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:27 am |
  9. myklds

    72 hours kit.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  10. willy murray

    Remember the old SNL shows when they would say "Francisco Franco is still dead " . That's all we need from you CNN . Once in a while make a post to remind us . "Glen Beck is still crazy"

    August 28, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  11. bpayment

    If GB has such a direct line to God- why didn't he get God to keep his show on Fox?

    August 28, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  12. Harry

    Beck is an idiot, and his "followers" fools.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  13. ELH

    More proof that Glen Beck needs to be fitted for one of those canvas jackets with long arms that tie in the back.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  14. James Tola

    Glen Beck "made it", because he instills fear! He constantly preaches "us" against "them" and those who thrive on that mentality are drawn to messages that reinforce that those not just like "us" are the enemy. Jesus surrounded himself with diversity which is one of the reasons he was so dangerous to his contemporary religious community. If someone starts ranting about "us" versus "them" they have already played their card and it is called FEAR!

    August 28, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  15. Possum

    The foul stench of the hot air that speweth from Glenn Beck's mouth is a warning from God to put wax in the your ears, lest ye be consumeth'd by the idiocy of a sideshow snake oil salesmen.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  16. Gedwards

    Roland Martin: Hurricane Irene "only fitting"

    See. I can do it too.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  17. Keven

    Tell that to the millions without power and dozens who died. This man is not only an tremendous A$$, he's just downright evil. Maybe he is the Antichrist some of you believe in.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • Jay

      i agree

      August 28, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  18. IceT

    Years ago I kind of enjoyed listening to GB (for entertainment only) but now he's just a dangerous freakshow!

    August 28, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • Possum

      Yeah, exactly. I used to watch him now and then because I thought he was amusing and had some comedic points of views but my, how he has devolved into evangelical nonsense of Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and that whole lot of loonies. It's been sad to watch Beck fall apart.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  19. Larry

    I finally agree with Glenn on something: Our God is very powerful.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:18 am |
    • Keven

      Your an idiot

      August 28, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • palval

      Keven, at least Glenn is literate.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  20. KAJD

    I think Glenn Beck has a brain tumor that is affecting his frontal lobe where sense of reason and ration are formed!

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

      no, he's just a dumb a**

      August 28, 2011 at 8:24 am |
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