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. Sarav Chidambaram

    This guy is nuts. Someone drop him in the center of Hurricane Irene. If there is really a god, he/she would have takencare of modern Hitlers like this guy. He is has paranoid Schizophrenia. Why do CNN have to publish what this Idiot says? Does it make any sense to anyone and why publish garbage.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  2. RJP3

    CNN please stop covering this FAR RIGHT WING POLITICAL OPPORTUNIST ... yes I know Time Warner/CNN you help CREATE his popularity on Headline News. What Liberal Media?

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

      We need to know what the nutjobs are up to. This is called "information".
      I want to know what the far right is doing, but I'm not going to spend any time on Faux News.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:21 am |
    • gbhicks

      I agree with Twiddly. I want/need to know how wacked these wackos are.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  3. Nick the atheist

    This self-serving lunkhead is slipping further and further away from reality. I see a lunatic asylum in his future

    August 28, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  4. George

    The only thing sicker than this freak is the fact that he has a measurable audience

    August 28, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  5. gremlinus

    I'd like to know what he thinks of all the hurricanes that Fl, TX, MS, LA, and GA get then? I will admit that if a hurricane manages to actually hit the Midwest, churches will be full that day.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  6. Glauco Ortolano

    How oft have I called upon you by the mouth of my servants, and by the ministering of angels, and by mine own voice, and by the voice of thunderings, and by the voice of lightnings, and by the voice of tempests, and by the voice of earthquakes, and great hailstorms, and by the voice of famines and pestilences of every kind, and by the great sound of a trump, and by the voice of judgment, and by the voice of mercy all the day long, and by the voice of glory and honor and the riches of eternal life, and would have saved you with an everlasting salvation, but ye would not!

    August 28, 2011 at 9:11 am |
    • JT

      Psalm 137:9 – Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

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

      Is that from the Book of Mormon? Can you please give us a reference? verse and chapter – that would help.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:14 am |
  7. ElijahJC

    If he didn't sound like such a religious nutcase he could've actually made sense.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  8. Patty Alexander

    I suppose it's a blessing when one tragically loses a child, spouse, parent, loved one, friend, etc., too. I suppose famine and war are a blessing if one follows this nut's thoughts. He's just out to make money under the guise of religion, like so many others.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  9. Dennis

    I knew it... this lunatic is a member of the Westboro Baptist clan... Tell the survivors of Irene that they have just been blessed by Glenn "A******" Beck...

    August 28, 2011 at 9:08 am |
    • Hockeyn109

      Stop your hating and read the words you dolt. He's not saying the devastation is a blessing, it's what you need to do to be prepared in these cases is the message. It's people with low intelligence with tendencies not to comprehend what they read that causes a drift in our society. I have stockpiled food, water, and emergency items, why? Because I care for my family and should a natural or manmade catastrophe occur, I will be prepared.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • ldean

      Hockeyn . . . Me thinks you are incorrectomundo. RTDT... quote "this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing." unquote.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • ldean

      oops . . . P.S. "RTDT" means read the dam thing.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  10. JT

    I always like to see Christians ridicule others who do not share their faith/delusion as nutty. Now you know how people who do not believe as you do view you. All of you believers in talking snakes, zombies, spirits in the sky, etc. have a lot more in common than not.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:08 am |
    • ldean

      Mormons are not christian. They are a cult. Christians do not believe in the Book of Mormon.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  11. Steve


    August 28, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  12. Adam

    I wish all the close minded religious idiots in our society would kill themselves. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Mormons.etc etc.. You people are the problem. Go die so the rest of us can live in peace.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:08 am |
    • What?

      Tell me about it.

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

      A M E N to all that well said

      August 28, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • twiddly

      I would rather they just got a clue. Suggesting death is too close to the crazy stuff they spout.

      While I understand the anger or frustration in your words, the only way to make things better is to educate the people around us; and they won't open their minds unless approached calmly and without rancor.

      Let's work on getting those around us out of these religious cults, one person at a time.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • gbhicks

      Not all religious people are nuts.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  13. Jennifer

    It would seem more "Christian" or human in general to contribute food to the needy/starving. Not hog it.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:06 am |
    • George

      Yes you are right, why this lunatic, crazy, liar Mormon Beck don't help all the people that is dying in Africa for hunger ? why he doesn't use part of his millions he made in Fake News ( Fox News ) to help the people in need? I'm sick of all those liar religious people that have millions but don't help people that is in need. that make them liars and hypocrites, Hypocrite lair nuts Beck. All those Christian churches that make millions of the people that give them money , why they don't help people that need it ? Hypocrites, and the worst of all , they don't pay any taxes of all those millions those churches make

      August 28, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  14. Erik Osterrieder

    What a crackpot – no evidence to support his ramblings. He just loves the limelight and raking in the money.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:05 am |
  15. PulTab

    I'm surprised that Beck isn't telling people that they should stockpile gold.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • seneca

      In a round about way he is telling you to stock pile gold, because if he can convince you the end is nigh and you will need survival gear 'aka food, guns and gold' he makes a mint in advertizing for gold. Stupid people who believe what he says are his gigantic piggy bank and the more he can strike fear into the populace the bigger his mansion gets.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:07 am |
    • PulTab

      Good point Seneca.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:08 am |
    • Maddy

      That is most likely because he is the one stockpiling the gold.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:17 am |
  16. twiddly

    Beck is just as wacko as Bachmann, Palin and Perry.
    The scary thing is how close these nutjobs are to running the country.
    And they all think that god speaks directly to them.
    If they claimed it was an alien from arcturus talking to them, they'd be locked up.
    But the mystery man in the clouds... yeah, that's perfectly fine. What a [sad] joke.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:04 am |
  17. JD

    These are natural disasters, not acts of God. We know how earthquakes happen and how hurricanes form. His church, the Mormon church, is really big on preparing for trying to survive an apocalypse that their God will lovingly bestow on them. They suggest having one year's worth of supplies on hand.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • ldean


      August 28, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  18. Canaan

    Glenn Beck is out of touch with reality. No doubt about it. But just once in a while...just once in a while...God uses people to get his message through. This is the first time that I must say that everything Beck has said I agree with. The historic hurricane and earthquakes taking place in the same areas that this nation was born (East coast) is a sign. A warning. Read Mathew 24.

    God bless you Glenn

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

      Are you Cookoo for cocoa puffs? Yes you are!

      August 28, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Ron

      Canaan maybe you should read Chicken Little or some other written works on that intellectual level in which you operate. I can draw the same conclusions from the story of Humpty Dumpty as you are from the bible. Come On

      August 28, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  19. K

    Beck's comments are no doubt insensitive, thoughtless, and untimely. At the same time, he should not be confused as an official representative of the Mormon church. Emergency preparedness and food storage are practical ideas and are indicative of the church's mantra to support members not only in their spiritual lives but in their day to day lives as well. Hopefully CNN will also cover all of the Mormon church groups who will organize to help their neighbors recover from this disaster, the official relief efforts funded by the church, as well as the individual families who didn't rush off to the grocery store in a panic because they were already prepared.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:02 am |
  20. rosa, b'ham al

    Glen Beck is a Mormon? NOw that is a blessing, It should make him lose some support in the south and among the real crazies that represent his base.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:02 am |
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