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.

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  1. Someone who has been there

    As a devout Mormon woman, I must say that I am profoundly embarressed by Glenn Beck. He does NOT speak for the LDS Church even when he quotes the Church's website. My feeling about the Church's policy on food storage is that is fading out and it should. What we need these days is not food storage, but an education and money in the bank. I have lived through such natural disasters as hurricanes more than once and I have to tell you that food storage does not do much good in that situation. If you evacuate, you won't have much room in your car for food. If you stay put, the chances that the food storage will be washed away in the storm surge is very high. I have seen it happen. Moreover, I have long been bothered by the idea of stock piling food for some future, uncertain disaster which may never happen when so many go hungry every single day. I think it was FDR who said, "This is not a time to prepare for a rainy day. This is a rainy day." I know we are not in the middle of a Depression, but we live in a world where people have their own personal Depressions and stand in need of our help. For so many believe in stock piling food, I echo FDR, "This is not the time to prepare for a rainy day. It is a rainy day for someone close to you. Stop hoarding your food and give to the food bank!

    August 28, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • gremlinus

      Well, thanks to you for all your good works. I think all you can do is continue to live like you feel is best an hope that people look to you instead of Beck for an example of a real Mormon.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:09 am |
    • Sarah

      @ Someone who has been there -Well thought out post. Thank you for taking the time to make this post. It's true, when your house is in ruins and there's water everywhere, food storage (any food you've stored) probably won't be available to you.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • ldean

      Why do you deny your beliefs if you are a "devout" Mormon. You believe that hoarding a year's worth of food is a belief that is "fading out." Lucky for you web chats are anonymous – you risk excommunication for speaking against your Church's prophesy by trying to convince Gentiles that Mormonism is mainstream.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  2. CJP

    How is people dying and property being destroyed a blessing from God??? I love the Christianity of the New Testament. But all of these offshoots of Christianity (with all of their stupid man-made doctrines) are a curse and give true Christians a bad name.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • ldean

      Let's clarify this. Mormonism is NOT an Abrahamic Christian religion. It is actually closer to the Church of Scientology with their beliefs. The 3 Abrahamic religions are Jewish (the believe in the Old Testatment), Chrisitians (believe in the old and new Testament) and Muslims (believe in the old testament and the Koran). Mormons believe the Book of Mormon trumps the Bible. They do not believe in the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Ghost). They believe God and Jesus are mortal, flesh and blood – not eternal and omnipotent as Christians believe int he Trinity.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:10 am |
    • Joe in Georgia

      @Idean... you are crossed up. Mormons do believe in the Old and New Testament, however, they believe that the Book of Mormon is an "additional" testament. They believe that Christ died for our sins and he is the Savior. They do not believe in the Trinity per se, however, they do believe in the Godhead (God, Jesus, and Holy Ghost) as pre-Counsel of Nicea. And, yes, they believe they are Eternal!!! Also, they believe in the Abrahamic Covenant.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:29 am |
  3. ldean

    Mormons are encouraged to store a YEAR's supply of food, not 3 months. I'm not too worried about the Apocalypse myself. WE all know where the food is if we need it. Just get your gun and head toward Utah.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Bobski

      ....and then you'll discover that the Mormons also have a storage of ammo to go along with the legumes! I was out there one fall and discovered that they actually close school for the first day of hunting season.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  4. Chris

    Fck you and your god Glenn Beck and all those that believe that God exists and controls everything on this planet and the billions of other planets.... Idiots.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • CJP

      Careful now. Those are not very nice comments. You don't want to be as harsh and unloving as those who are glad that people are dying in this storm.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:05 am |
  5. reason

    I think these comments are for ratings, or he is a total idiot ! I ould like him to tell this to the families that this was a blessing from God, the loss of their loved ones ?

    August 28, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  6. Bill Cote

    I don't see what's so controversial about these comments. The majority of us are pitifully ill prepared for emergencies and completely at the mercy of electricity and our local super market. This hurricane can serve as a great wake up call – a blessing – to wake us up and remind us that we need to be more self reliant.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  7. Kerri28

    Just a practical question. With power and water supplies cut how do you cook dried wheat rice etc. But he did call the kids murdered in Norway Hilter Youth so can't expect too much knowledge or sense.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  8. MassiveMarbles

    who ever elected this man or is planning to deserves an electric chair.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • ThsIsNotReal22

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. He is a radio talk show host and he is not running for office. He was npt elected and no one is planning to. lol.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • theXcop

      As far as I know he hasn't been elected to anything...other than maybe "troop leader" in his neighborhood scout regime. Let's fry him for that!

      August 28, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • Bobski

      @ Marbles...

      Glenn Beck was never elected. He was a minor radio commentator until CNN hired him. Since then he's been on Fox and on some speaking circuit.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  9. breo-saighit

    hmmm, so this is god's way of reminding ppl to stockpile food? Just too bad that He seems to have overlooked the death this is causing. If this is a reminder from up above , I rather stay ignorant than have god give us earthquakes, hurricanes , tornados and the like. For anyone to say this is gods work I just have this to say ...you've got to be freaking kidding me . If this is the so called Father in heaven , he would serve time or receive the death penalty ...for killing off HIS CHILDREN.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:56 am |
    • ldean

      but in Beck's mind, the only people who will die during "God's blessing" are the Gentiles . .. that what they call non-Mormons.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • PulTab

      Well said.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  10. abaddon

    Beck is a major league a ss clown and psychotic too.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  11. diego

    This blog should be called the bash catholics and christians blog. Look at the stories, athiest, accusers, gay marriage all demonize catholics and christians. There is a nice story on Ramadan, go figure

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

      How long throughout history have the Catholics and "Christians" demonized everything THEY didn't subscribe to, such as science, logic, and observation?

      August 28, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • Severinus

      I've got news for you. Catholics are Christians, and the only person being bashed here is Glenn Beck.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  12. indigo

    This man is an idiot...who the H$LL listens to him anyway?!!!

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

      He is a scary guy. He's just in it for the money.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:04 am |
  13. JG

    If there weren't so many stupid and unobservant people in the US, Glenn Beck and his ilk would simply disappear.

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

    Maybe we should stockpile Glenn Beck so we don't have to hear him.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  15. Scarlett

    In a sane world, Beck would be placed under psychiatric evaluation and given the medical treatment he so desperately needs instead of being allowed a platform to rant and rave for our amusement. I'm no fan of his, but clearly this man is mentally ill. Does he have no one who cares about him enough to see that he gets help? That is very sad.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:52 am |
    • ThsIsNotReal22

      Question for you: How much food do you have prepared for the coming Global economic collapse? Do you understand that when the dollar fails, your paper money will not be able to buy you hardly anything?

      August 28, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • Scarlett

      I take it you've never read Matthew 10:27–31. As a Christian, why fear death? It finds us all eventually. We do not store up treasures on this earth for our treasure should be stored in heaven. I do keep a reasonable amount of food on hand for an emergency supply, but if you have a true stockpile, you are going to have guns to protect yourselves from those who will take it once civilization breaks down. I prefer to live in the present rather than cower in fear over a future calamity that may never come. And, if I truly have faith, I have nothing to fear even if the global food shortage causes my death.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  16. Richard Cheese

    Could someone just shoot him already?

    August 28, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  17. Donnie the Kommie

    Glenn...do your faith a favor and stop these silly end of days delusions. Any, and all Mormon candidates need a semblance of normality. Mitt certainly does not need your insane religious delusions as a an election placard. in his campaign. Some say, "shut your pie hole."
    This is not the end of days, dude...it's the earth, in all of its fecund profusions.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  18. demonfeed

    Seriously, Beck. Go peddle your BS in another country. We disown you.

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

      Uh huh. This isn't even a story, its CNN's way of trying to make Beck look bad. What about stockpiling food is a bad thing? Moron

      August 28, 2011 at 8:58 am |
    • Marge in Georgia

      Beck has done a good job making himself look bad. Jump off the fanboy bandwagon and actually read what he said.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:04 am |
  19. Joe in Georgia

    Putting the religious aspect aside, the food storage is a "must do" since we do not know what mother nature or war could bring. Food storage starts one piece at a time, it is not to stock pile all at one time. My neighboorhood did not have water due to a water main busting, however, I had bottle water to bath, cook, etc, while others did not have any. What is wrong with being prepared.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:50 am |
    • Marge in Georgia

      It's not the issue of being prepared, but the fact he is calling the storm a blessing. He is one step away from Westboro Baptist Church in that line of thinking. Very scary that anyone would rejoice in something that has the possibility of causing harm to other people.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:00 am |
  20. Francis Antony

    How can he says this is God's wish. God will not harass us.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:49 am |
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