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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  1. Irene

    How much stupidity American's have to take?

    August 28, 2011 at 8:48 am |
    • Keyser

      No, it is just whack-jobs like Glenn Beck... What, you do not have crazy people in your country too???

      August 28, 2011 at 8:56 am |

    Glenn Beck is the reincarnation of Jerry Falwell

    August 28, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • ldean

      only worse . . . at least Falwell is a christian.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  3. ew jili

    "By their fruit you shall know them" and by their comments also are they known.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • ldean

      are you saying that a nut is a fruit?

      August 28, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  4. Gail

    Toss this idiot into the eye of the storm and be done with him.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  5. Charlie

    As an atheist and someone with a functioning brain, I consider Beck to be a complete lunatic. However, he has a point here(although for the wrong reasons) that it's good to keep a good supply of food, water, emergency gear, etc., around for hard times. It's not a nutty idea. Our grandparents knew enough to can food and keep supplies so that they could survive whatever came their way, be it unemployment, depression, or hard winters. Guess what folks? We're in a depression.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • Rabia Diluvio

      Exactly my point. There are plenty of reasons to dislike Beck, but this statement isn't really a big deal to me. He isn't exactly wishing hurricanes on people, he is only suggesting that it is a good idea to use what you learn from the experience to be prepared for disaster. I also suspect very highly that this statement was made in the context of a commercial pitch (as for one of those companies springing up like mushrooms on a dung heap that supplies pre-packed "emergency rations.")

      August 28, 2011 at 8:51 am |
    • ldean

      ... maybe YOUR grandparents, but not mine. My grandparents canned food to have food in the winter... no grocery stores. They were NOT preparing for the Apocalypse. Good grief.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:57 am |
  6. reason

    I used to listen to Glen, but he is starting to be quit annoying with his wierd comments of late ! He seems to think he is a Messiah or Prophet ! Think before you speak.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:42 am |
    • Mike

      Interesting though how CNN points this out but if you look at Olbermann, the radical nut job Bill Mayer and Rachel Maddcow with comments far worse than this, you wouldn't see it as a headline on CNN> Gotta love the bias.

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

      In the Mormon church, he IS a prophet.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  7. wendy5

    i read a study the other day here on cnn that says idiots are the ones that are not going to church all educated college degreed people go to church; so i dont pay attention to the idiot athiests anymore they have been exposed for who they are uneducated idiots; so when your not prepared athiests dont come looking for handouts; glenneth is correct food prices will skyrocket the market will magically make it so;why because it harvest time and corps are being detroyed as i type; gas will skyrocket why because the refiniers are shut down; so like my mom used to say he who laughs 1st laughs last ; those that laugh do so at your own peril

    August 28, 2011 at 8:42 am |
    • realist88

      @wendy5 – that is one of the most ignorant statements I have read in awhile, hahahaha, thanks for the laughs, this explains a lot.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • Shepard

      I really hope you're not being serious.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • Dutch

      I am actually an educated athiest. I was raised in a church, thought it might not be for me, read the Bible, the Koran, the Book of Mormon and other religious texts and decided religion was not my thing. Along the way, I got a college degree.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:48 am |
    • steve

      If you are trying to say you are educated, I am not buying it. You must be an exception to the rule–as am I, but for the opposite reason.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:49 am |
    • PlayNice

      Wendy, judging by your spelling, you didn't get a college education. Do you think maybe you're the only zealot without one? Yeah, that must be it.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:51 am |
    • steve

      no, wendy... 98% of the members of the national academy of sciences are atheists, and these are some of the smartest people out there. people who believe in the bible – especially those who take it literally – are surely the dumbest, most gullible people out there. christians are like children believing in fairy tales...

      August 28, 2011 at 8:51 am |
    • Meg

      I think someone should go back to grammar school!! I understand the point you are trying to make. However, when it is so POORLY written it is hard to be taken seriously. Obviously grammar is not one of your strong suits. But then again, this culture of texting has made the proper use of words and punctutation a thing of the past. This type of thing makes me just as crazy as Glenn Back's rants!! A lot of the times it is not what one is saying it is how it is said. Perhaps in your haste to get your point out grammar was left behind. Next time proof read it. But then again if you don't know any better.......

      August 28, 2011 at 8:55 am |
    • notogop

      Are you drunk, on drugs, a relative of Beck , functionally illiterate, or is this meant to be sarcasm? Reading something on CNN and causing it to be your (spelled correctly) life's building block, isn't the brightest move one can make. Think rationally for a minute, try real hard now, can you inagine how much food and water one would have to "lay up" to see them through a true world-wide, food shortage. If fuel prices soared like is "prophesized, one couldn't afford to store and preserve the food stuffs necessary to see them through even one season of famine. Beck is a wacko, always has been, always will be.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:14 am |
  8. Sue

    God, please save us from the likes of such delusional and irrational republicans as Glen Beck! Deliver us from the rhetoric spouted daily by tea-partiers and republicans day after day ad-nauseum! And give us a President in 2012 that can heal the divisiveness that is taking place in this country -HINT: NOT ANY REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE THAT IS CURRENTLY RUNNING! AMEN.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • Mike

      Sue, glad to see you are acknowledging the Obama has failed.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  9. Buffalo2002

    Anyone posting about this topic is a moron ( including myself) because you're only acknowledging and glorifying this idiot, which is exactly what he wants.

    Are any of us that stupid to think that he really has such ridiculous views? He does it for ratings which puts dollars in his pocket. It's that simple

    August 28, 2011 at 8:40 am |
    • ldean

      I'm afraid you are mistaken. He is merely stating Mormon belief.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:53 am |
    • notogop

      You need to study Mormonism. They truly believe this and do actively keep food reserves. There are special stores in Utah that specialize is these products. But Beck is simply crazy and trying to capitalize on fearmongering. He didn't quit drinking soon enough to avoid permanent brain damage.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:22 am |
  10. Mike

    How bout some balance. Lets see some front page radical quotes (there are plenty) from the idiotic Bay Mayer, Rachel Madcow and Keith Dolbermann. Never happen with a left wing organization like yours.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  11. Doug

    It would be nice to buy a three month supply of food, I've seen days lately where I didn't have the money for one day's worth.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  12. munir EBEID

    This man is sick!!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  13. Newstracker

    No worries, Icarus eventually burnt his wings after flying too close to the sun and fell. This is generally the fate of those delusion of grandeur megalomaniacs – they typically lose touch with reality just before the grand finale. Another silly man empowered by ratings.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:37 am |
    • ldean

      . . . or, perhaps another silly man empowered by Mormons, not ratings.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  14. marty

    Actually this hurricane could have been a blessing, but sadly no trees fell on you.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  15. ANNA

    A lot of people only have enough food for a meal so how can they store food. I can not imagine a normal person being caught up in his insanity.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:36 am |
    • J Stewart

      It is simple. Stop watching this moron, don't give him your dollars and put it towards your grain storage funds. This way, you'll have 3 months supply for yourself and this idiot will be out of business. You really can hit two targets with one shot.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:48 am |
    • BBell

      While I don't think any weather event is a warning or message from God, the food storage message is completely sensible. Even Beck's broader context (which CNN did not report) was that folks should be prepared for disruptions so they can help themselves AND their neighbors - perhaps those who can't afford to stockpile food, Anna. I'm in Florida, and we've had hurricanes knock out power for days, flood areas near us, etc. The sensible thing is to store some provisions if you are able, at least a couple of week's worth. I can't even understand why that is controversial. I was even out of work for a period of time once, and having saved in advance made that nearly a non-event. Prepare for the worst; hope for the best. Makes life much easier!

      August 28, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  16. Mikey

    The only blessing Irene could bring would be if it blew Beck far out to sea!

    August 28, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  17. Anthony in Maryland

    Glenn Beck is trying to remain "Relevant" in a world which allows for his stupidity to exist. Who cares what Glenn Beck says!

    August 28, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  18. hank

    Glenn Beck is not qualified to speak for God. He is an alcoholic rodeo clown Mormon.

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

      Just curious ... who is "qualified" to speak for God?

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

      I have quite a few friends that are LDS – they don't claim Beck.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  19. Ed Galbraith

    Prophetic words from Mr. Crappants.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  20. Reality

    From p. 33-

    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 8:33 am |
    • Reality strikes Beck

      I am with you on that one!

      August 28, 2011 at 8:54 am |
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