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. Observer99

    Is Beck allowed to go out in public without a "keeper"?

    August 28, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  2. The Dude

    The only sign from god I care about is the heart attack that will kill this fat loony retard.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • Punisher2000

      I am with you all the way. I do hope this fat thing has not yet reproduced.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  3. Noo Yawkah

    The only blessing that can come from this is if Fenway Park is destroyed.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • jo


      August 28, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • Allean

      Then we will just build a bigger and better Fenway Park.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  4. travis

    what a f'ing psycho!

    August 28, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  5. Ed FL

    If GOD were real he would have decapitated Beck long ago.God maybe leaving him around to teach us a lesson about hate and lying.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  6. haha


    August 28, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  7. EddyL

    What an idiot!

    August 28, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  8. jb

    sadly, a bunch of people are going to take this idiot's ramblings and turn them into some tirade against the mormon church. believe me, if i could shut him up...i would. but the people who say they "really" know about the mormons and how crazy they are...first spend 40+ years in (and a few out) of it, then come talk rationally about your issues. i dare say that most of you would find my family (and most of my mormon friends) to be utterly normal and even a bit left-leaning....not the sheep these people tend to portray knowing personally. no hate here toward anyone, just despising the irrational ranters on these types of forums.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  9. Perryboy

    Why does some idiots listen to this nut? Does he have any bla ck listeners other that Herman Cain?

    August 28, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  10. dj-MD

    The only reason that Glenn Beck continues to have a platform for his stupidity and hatred is that the media continues to cover every word he says. Why?

    August 28, 2011 at 10:35 am |
  11. Brian

    Glenn Beck suffered a sudden attack of appendicitis, not bad either

    August 28, 2011 at 10:34 am |
  12. rjacobsen

    Is he back on the bottle or weed?

    August 28, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Walker

      I've heard that Meth has that effect...

      August 28, 2011 at 10:34 am |
  13. Walker

    I would not normally say this, being a Christian Atheist, but the only possible blessing I can think of relating to Glenn Beck would be his death. Religious/political ultra-radicals, like him, were responsible for 9/11...just keep that in mind.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Eric

      You're either a Christian or you're an Atheist. You can't have it both ways. (By definition) 😛

      August 28, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Gene

      What's a Christian atheist?

      August 28, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  14. natrldiver

    While social conservatism is acceptable and has some very good values; conservative lunacy is certafiably crazy. Preaching fear is a tactict that the far right and far left have been doing to sway the public. Just as we are now politically aligned to the far left, the lunacy of the far right scream louder that we are going to be the next Sodom and Gommorah.

    When breaking down all the media hype only fuels those on either side and only the independent thinker who does not play party politics is left to wallow through the garbage to find a morsel of truth.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • 101er

      While I agree with the basic premise of your post, I'm not sure where we are exactly currently "politically aligned to the far left" in the US. The current administration is run of the mill Corporate Centrist Democrat (much like Clinton), and far from the political left wing, let alone the far left.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  15. Eddie

    Yes, he's a nutjob, but having supplies at home is actually a good idea, of the things for which to call Glenn Beck a nutjob, this ain't it. "In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil."

    @Norm Autrey: "evangelical Mormom[sic]" - no such thing. Mormons are not evangelical.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:33 am |
  16. No gods


    August 28, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  17. gunner st. james


    August 28, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  18. mark in nyc

    this man must have a VERY small penis.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • George

      And a small brain too.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:33 am |
  19. AC

    Sorry, just a stiff neck. Guess there ain't no God.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  20. ralph

    please go away we are tired

    August 28, 2011 at 10:30 am |
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