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. DrPete

    The only blessing I'm waiting for is for God to take his child Glenn back to wherever he came from.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • Beck's a freakin' fraud

      lol, what God? That's funny, man!!! 🙂

      August 28, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  2. Chris

    Beck, the blessing that is missing is your ability to write or talk was not taken by Irene.Ya get it.. Dam shame your not displayed by flooding or your home washed away. Man your more of a lame media seeking idiot than I thought.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  3. Punisher2000

    May the Lord, the most merciful, the most wise, send a bolt of lightning to you left rear cheek.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  4. wotsit

    stockpliling three months supply of food makes no sense. It takes a great deal of space to stockpile this amount . Only as few people will have enough space to do so. The rest of us will supposedly starve to death. Then after we have gone and the stockiles have been consumed what miracle is going to happen to restore the chain of supply . Ah yes! ten million farmers , supermarket staff , truck drivers, electricians and of course waiters will suddenly descend from the sky and Glen Beck and the survivors will be able to dine out once again.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Gene

      A country boy can survive. Ever heard of gardening?

      August 28, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • Punisher2000

      One thing is for sure. Beck will need help to grow food. Far too stupid to do it on his own.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • Stephan

      Glen Beck is crazy. I guess he reads the magazines that tell us the world will end soon! Yes , I think you should prepare for disasters, but to stock pile tons of food, Why?????? If it gets that bad, you will not be able to get gas, electric, go to work, etc. The world as we know it will come to an end. And if that happens, we won't have much control over anything. Lets worry about helping one another with the economy, feeding the hungry, provide medical to one who need it, and lets get the United States back on its feet.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  5. tatanka

    I've heard his name and don't know much about him. Its sort of like the neighbors two year old... says a lot of things, but I don't pay too much attention.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • Punisher2000

      Buffalo, you are right. May the Great Manitou take him away. Soon

      August 28, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  6. us1776

    Beck is clearly a paranoid maniac.


    August 28, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Please...please...don't call Mr. Crappants a paranoid.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  7. Gene

    People make fun of Glenn for recommending food storage but if things go to pot and you're roasting rat over a fire you might wish you had listened.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Thanks, Gene. Now go back under a rock.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  8. Mete

    Talk about look on the bright side lol. He takes it to a whole new level! Crazy Level!

    August 28, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  9. Dennis

    The only blessing we get from Glenn Beck is when his mouth is closed.His mind already is!

    August 28, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  10. jo

    Seems reasonable to prepare for food storage. His advice is good, whether you believe in God or not, we should be prepared for disasters.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  11. Terese3

    Wow this guy really has changed since I use to listen to him in Nashville, he found a following and they are just as crazy as he is. What is pathetic is the fear mongering. Look I don't know about you but if anything serious happens in the world, catastrophic I wont to move on up.. and off this planet I won't be able to live without my toilet, bath and bed, sorry. Plus if God take me so be it and if I am left here and had stockpiled my food there will be others I have to give to because they didn't, thats the Christian thing Glen not hoarding and certainly not being afraid. Okay Glen you were wrong anyway because now the storm is downgraded to a tropical storm. Such a sad case for a human being.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  12. sarah

    The only thing he has done is get airplay.What Glenn is ,is a menace.he plays and prays on the emotion of people who believe that everything in print is the truth,and on T.V..Give it up Glenn, Fox doesn't even want you

    August 28, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  13. Verus

    Did God bless those children that died during hurricane Irene also Glenn ?

    There is one word for someone that claims to know what God wants and that is INSANE.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  14. Bill

    what a f@#$%ing nut case, why does anyone listen to this jerk

    August 28, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  15. The Dude

    Good story. Now I know when the sheet hits the fan, raid my Mormon neighbors homes for food. Thanks CNN.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  16. Matt

    Glenn Beck needs to come out of the closet.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  17. JC

    Good advise, in any event. I only wish they'd have run those idiots out of Utah, too. Golden tablets, my ass.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  18. Damien

    Thank God we'll never have a mormon in the White House.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  19. DennisF

    Every time Glenn Beck opens his mouth God reminds me that Glenn Beck is an idiot.

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

      🙂 Very well said!

      August 28, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  20. Ed the Prophet

    Buy GOLD, then buy some more GOLD. Store 3 months of GOLD to eat. Build an Arc of GOLD to survive the floods. Build a bunker of GOLD. Whatever you do just buy GOLD!. This message bought to you by the over inflated gold market hyped by Glenn Beck. "I Glenn Beck, approve this message. Oh yeah, BUY GOLD'

    August 28, 2011 at 10:40 am |
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