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. Walker

    Anything for publicity. He is just sad. And very misguided. He should go back to being a morning zookeeper on radio.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  2. Wendy

    WHy should any of you prepare for anything, the government is supposed to do that for you.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  3. gary davis

    well its time to say good buy to yet another nut job . time for Beck to move off planet so we can live nornal lives take Palin Bachmann Perry Ryan and several others with you . then we will be able to move forward as a nation . oh sorry I forgot McCain and chnney

    August 28, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  4. Glen Draws aBlank

    Finally, Glen B has figured iit out. Doing pseudo news commentary is way tooooo much work, it's lots more lucrative to be in the preacher business. One doesn't have to watch current events and come up with hateful commentary.
    Instead, squeeky clean pseudo godly image, the message is always the same, the money comes flowing in.
    On top of it, tax free, not accountable for anything. He can say whatever he wants since he's now in direct contact with the pseudo man upstairs. Priceless.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  5. Someone

    Why, oh why, do we have nut jobs like Beck – his message makes sense in this instance – whether you agree with Mormonism or not, it's always a good idea to be ready for the unexpected – but when wing nuts like Beck say it, reasonable people just ignore it.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  6. Bill

    If it was Glen Beck's house getting flooded, I bet we wouldn't be hearing about it being "God's Blessing".

    August 28, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  7. Ingersoll

    I just bought three months of food and gave it to the people out there that not only don't have the room to store three months of food, but can't afford one week of food to feed their families right now. I can't wait to see how many families I can feed with the three months of food I bought.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  8. rumpledforeskin

    Beck is an ignorant tool.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  9. Funkymonkey

    With all of the mentally disturbed people in the world, why does CNN choose to focus on the rantings of this one?

    August 28, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  10. ThsIsNotReal22

    @ Everyone =========
    I get that Beck's "blessing" comment is offensive, BUT, 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 9:19 am |
    • krussell25

      I think Beck needs a sidekick.
      You may just be exactly the irrational alarmist he needs next to him so he can seem reasonable in comparison.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  11. Mcjeffster

    Beck is just jealous that Irene blows as much as he does .

    August 28, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  12. notasheeple

    If Glenn Beck is a mormon, he believes in magic underpants, and he is insane. If Glenn Beck believes that 3 months worth of food will be enough to last forever in case there is a natural disaster of epic proportions, he is insane. Michele Bachmann said in February of this year that Glenn Beck could solve the economic crisis in this country. She is also insane. These people also believe in imaginary beings in the sky and talk to these imaginary beings to get things they want. Believing in them is one thing; trying to insert these ridiculous beliefs into our schools, hospitals, government, homes, and especially bedrooms is entirely another, and it must stop now. Gods are imaginary and people who believe in them to the point of forcing those beliefs on others are insane.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:18 am |
    • krussell25

      Let's not go too far here.
      If you had ever seen my girlfriend in her black lace thong, you would beleive in magical underware too!

      August 28, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  13. Gary Brubaker

    This is why CNN has lost its way. Do you need to step down to the clinically insane and hire them to go on your station, and dare to call your channel ‘news’?

    August 28, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  14. Glenn

    Let's cut to the chase and call this buffoon what he is: a hateful opportunist who preaches fallacy to those on the lower end of the achievement roster.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  15. Jonathan

    What bothers me is ready.gov and these morons telling us we need to prepare for a terrorist attack like we prepare for an earthquake or hurricane or flood. Um, no we don't. See, hurricanes, earthquakes, and the like are "natural disasters" or "acts of God". Terror attacks are "MANMADE disasters" or "acts of MAN"! Terrorism is entirely preventable here in this country. It's called STOP DOING THINGS TO INCITE IT!!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  16. fritz

    This idiot sounds more like Fred Phelps and his West Baptist knuckleheads than ANY American I can't think of at the time. He's not playing party politics, I think he's equally hated by everyone!

    August 28, 2011 at 9:17 am |
  17. Charlie in Maine

    Glen Beck has made the trnsfer from idiotic annoyance to public danger. His arrest would be a blessing. I understand that we have free speech on our country and I am glad for it but this individual poses a "clear and present danger" and therefore his speech is not protected.
    There is no blessing in a hurricane. I don't feel the drought in Texas is "a blessing" just because I don't agree with their politics. It is proof of glbal climate change, but a blessing? it ain't.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  18. ron brooks

    I think his popularity is going to his head over inflating his already massive ego. Like most bubbles, he will burst eventually and we will see the end of his BS.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  19. Meg

    I in NO way EVER agree with Glenn Beck- EVER. I do understand what he is trying to say in that we should take more responsibility for our own lives and that we should be more prepared. However, his usual delivery of wrapping it up in God and self righteousness taints everything he says. I hate the fact that someone like him is given a platform to spew forth CRAP and hate. The fact that he can hide behind the 1st Amendment makes me crazy. Just because one can say something doesn't mean they should. Everytime this guy opens his mouth I cringe. And what makes me even crazier is that seemingly rational intelligent people listen to what he has to say. Argh! People are so hungry for real leadership that they will cling to just about anything. And I am in no way slamming religion-so don't get on your high horse and say I am a God hater etc... I have my own spirituality but do not need things wrapped up in a "God Bow" and self righteousness and have it shoved down my throat thank you very much.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • Alex

      This huricane along with other natural disasters is God,s way of punishing New York for recognizing GAY Marriages which are completly sick and discussting........................ nothing more than an abomination and severly discussing perversion of some sick nasty people who choose to live in filth and complete perversion that brought forth diseases such as AIDS. Even animals know better than this..........IT IS COMPLETELY DISGUSTING and more punishments will come against everyone city and state that supports this act.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:25 am |
    • Bob

      AIDS came from animals, monkeys in fact, not gays you idiot.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:32 am |
    • Meg

      Alex- I don't know you personally and don't know why you would feel such hate for your fellow man- but that is some of the most ridiculous CRAP I have ever read. Why don't you educate yourself before you spew out nonsense. Read a book man or even get a life perhaps!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  20. Shank

    Beck is a lunatic. Unfortunately his comments resonate with lot of people out there!

    August 28, 2011 at 9:14 am |
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