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. George

    Beck is a loser, crazy, lunatic, liar man, has he done something for some one in need ? the answer is not? people can have piles of food and things , but if your house is taken away for a hurricane or a earthquake all those piles of food go away with it,

    August 28, 2011 at 9:37 am |
    • bud

      And how many people showed up for your rally?

      August 28, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • Colleen

      Uh, Bud? His own hometown BOYCOTTED one of his rallies. That should tell you something right there. They are not proud of him.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  2. Dave Sheets

    Ah, the Internet. Where you can always find people who will shout abuse (AKA Liberal "Tolerance") at anyone who shares an opinion that they feel threatened by. lol

    August 28, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • Dave

      Only Glenn Beck would say that a hurricane that killed 10 people, including children, was a blessing. Some holy man. Hurricanes suck, and it sucks when people die. Please don't let Glenn tell you otherwise. He's still and entertainer. A loud, opinionated, calculating, willfully ignorant entertainer.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • Byron Jones

      Yessiree, Dave. Poor GB wore his tinfoil hat shiny side in.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • Moe Smith

      pot, meet kettle. dude, shut up. your inane rhetoric on here makes you no different than Glenn Beck. You're spouting self-righteous nonsense simply to jag yourself off to. go drink draino and stop wasting oxygen.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  3. Byron Jones

    And don't forget your tinfoil hats!

    August 28, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • jeb

      shiny side out or in? i never remember. don't wanna fry my brain.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:39 am |
    • Byron Jones

      Good point, thanks. Always shiny side out. If in, your brainwaves bounce back in and fry your brain, especially the prefrontal cortex, you know, the area most affected by chronic alcohol.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  4. StuCop

    Oops...you must have just forgot to mention that a couple of his advertisers just happen to be a survival seed company and freeze dried food storage company...both post-apocalyptic fear mongers for his crazy listeners. I'm sure that was just an oversight.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  5. Daniel

    There are going to be much worse hurricanes and earthquakes to come just by seeing the pattern that's happening around the globe.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  6. Norm

    A weird thing that author Dan Gilgoff call him "conservative" radio host. The other weird thing is you put this article in your
    "Belief" Section. Glenn Beck belongs to a new section called something like "Odds and Ends" or "Loony Tunes".
    Even some of previous admirers are dropping this nut job like a hot potato.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  7. Just.The.Facts

    Glenn Beck's policies seem in good company of Jerry Falwell, Fred Phelps and Jim Bakker

    August 28, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • William

      You forgot the white salamander as well...

      August 28, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  8. Just.The.Facts

    Glenn Beck's policies seem in good company of Jerry Falwell, Fred Phelps and Jim Baker.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  9. midav

    will someone shoot this guy in the forehead already?

    August 28, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • wesson

      woah, mule! save the ammo for the stockpile!

      August 28, 2011 at 9:37 am |
    • Byron Jones

      And deprive us of the entertainment? For shame!

      August 28, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  10. jb1963

    He needs a bolt of lightning up his @ss.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  11. Larry L

    Primitive peoples cowered in fear at the eclipse of the sun or the rumblings of a volcano, certain it was God's punishment for their sins. We've changed so little. Rather than striving to understand the complexities of science and nature we still try to associate events with divine intervention. Religious men of every era created theology to guide the ignorant or fearful through the turmoil that has always been life. Today, as always, people live in fear of their own insignificance or an absolute mortality. This weakness we share causes strife across the globe, with religious folks killing others in the name of their own "loving" god. John Lennon's song "Imagine" said it all...

    August 28, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  12. Dandini

    How many watched what happened when Katrina came ashore?

    How many times do Americans sit around while being warned by their government to prepare for a hurricane,

    then being advised to evacuate.

    Then when it was too late, they complained it was the government's fault that they have nothing and need more...


    A lot of undereducated posters,

    and it is obvious that many posters here do not believe in the Bible,

    or if they do they seldom read it.

    Nothing different than laughing at Noah for building the Ark.

    Or laughing at Egypt storing up grain for 7 bad years.

    Why scoff/ridicule those whose faith teach them it is important to be prepared for disasters...

    so they can be better prepared to help their neighbhors?

    August 28, 2011 at 9:29 am |
    • midav

      why would I believe the bible? It's made up nonsense...

      August 28, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • Tut

      May I ask how the ark is coming along?

      August 28, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • Noah and the Flood story was a typical common Near Eastern myth

      Preparing for natural disasters, and doing one's due diligence has nothing to do with faith in a mythical being who is said to control everything, and "has a plan for you", and in fact does NOT. Your self-righteousness is sad. Hope it makes you feel better and safe.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • Moe Smith


      August 28, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • David

      Hate to rain on your parade, but most educated posters do not buy into your Noah's Ark myth. If there has been no evolution since the Flood, it would be impossible to corral up 7.7 Million species of animals, fresh water fish, birds and microbes, that would not be visible, and keep them alive for 5 months on the open sea. There would have been species from parts of the unknown world like Koala bears whose only food source is eucalypsus leaves, and anteaters that eat, uhh, only ants. I doubt that the Desert Turtle from the Mojave and the Giant Sloth from the Amazon could have "caught the boat". But the pat creationist answer is "but the Bible tells me so." You should be reading National Geographic along with your Bible.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  13. Dona Ana

    Another BIG bowl of crazy for breakfast? One Pat (psycho) Robertson is enough.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  14. Scott Briant

    Is this guy warming up for his version of Waco, TX? As time goes on, his manners disturb me more and more... he's out of control!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  15. Michael Adams

    As a boy scout, the motto was "Be prepared". As an adult, I'm always prepared. Food, Guns, Ammo, Dogs, House on High ground, NOT a low lying flood prone area, Family, Electric Generator, Gasoline and Diesel fuel, NaturalGas wells, Water well. I do NOT live in the city, but on 75 acres in the country. I realize most people are just sheep and depend upon the government for their very life. Not my choice.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • Zeus

      I admire your considerable stockpile, sir. Texas?

      August 28, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  16. Dave Sheets

    "Liberal tolerance". Noun. Definition: Wishing death and destruction on those who are not part of the Liberal left.
    (Scan through the comments and try to disprove it.)
    "But Glenn said..."
    So? I don't care what he said, there's no excuse for your reprehensible behavior.
    "Then you're just a.."
    (See definition)
    I'm a Democrat, by the way.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • Moe Smith

      i'm not "a liberal" and i wish he'd catch a bullet between his eyes as well. the guy is a waste of oxygen and a disgrace to the conservative platform.

      Your high horse, get off it before you break your neck.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  17. stevie68a

    He thinks he has direct contact with god. People need to know that the invisible and the nonexistent look very much alike.
    Imaginary beings won't solve the world's problems. Mormons are nuts. Catholics love plaster statues, and often hate people.
    This bronze age mentality must come to an end. It is delusion.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  18. Moe Smith

    See! I told you we'd get really bad weather and should be prepared for it. See! No one listens to me. I been saying for ever that bad weather is going to happen on planet Earth and no one was listening. Now look at you. all wet! uh huh, that's what you get for not listening to me when i said that the planet Earth was going to get bad weather.

    what a self-righteous fnktard.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  19. ecommenting

    What are we going to do with rice and grains...that is so strange. Go for canned foods that can be readily eatened. I would need water to make those items edible. Canned fruit, canned tuna, etc. would be better if at all. Storing some water is good, but my mom did something in a crisis.....took the water out of the back of the toilet and boiled it. It really is fresh water if needed.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  20. Jack Taraz

    What is a Sarav Chidambaram? And, WHERE does it come from? Obviously a country with NO FREE SPEECH. Not saying I agree with Glenn Beck, but he has a right to say what he wants.

    Storing extra canned goods, etc. is not a bad idea. As long as you rotate stock. Not sure about sacks of rice and beans. I think bugs would get in that. But, overall, never hurts to be prepared for a disaster. They taught us that in Boy Scouts. So, for people making a big deal about Beck's Morman thing, they look foolish.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:25 am |
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