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. neverquit

    Yes, God is saying. "Yep, I really want to kill all of you, but here's a little warning, so you can stock up for when I REALLY try to kill all of you bad humans....yep, heed my little storm warning and STOCK UP ... (while patronizing Glen Beck emergency supply advertisers and sponsors, of course)"

    August 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  2. Alpha Tango

    Mr. Beck oh Mr. Beck...

    August 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  3. pastmorm

    Um, actually CNN didn't fire Beck, Fox did. CNN would never hire such a nut. And it's his crazy religious beliefs along with simply being insane that's leading him to say words that he's going to be eating after the death toll from this storm are counted.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • Nick

      Ummm, actually, CNN fired him first.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
    • Brett

      He was on HLN for a year or two prior to being fired and moving over the Fox.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
    • Tom

      Umm..actually before Fox he worked for Headline News (an extension of CNN)

      August 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • j

      shut up, Im not mormon, but they have it right.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • sharon laduca

      Glenn Beck is a royal idiot and those who listen to his dribble and uninspired rants, need to find a better use of their time.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  4. ghm

    Beck's statement doesn't seem newsworthy. But if this article gets people thinking about preparedness, maybe it is a blessing. Anyway, here's a small point of clarification regarding food storage guidelines. The food storage calculator on providentliving.org is designed to help plan a longer-term (not 3 month) supply of food. For a 3-month food supply, the website says, "Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet. One way to do this is to purchase a few extra items each week to build a one-week supply of food. Then you can gradually increase your supply until it is sufficient for three months. These items should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage."

    August 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • ghm

      edit: "maybe it [the article, not the hurricane] is a blessing"

      August 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  5. Lost

    SD&SU (sit down and shut up)!!

    August 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  6. Pat in IL

    Tell the families of the 8 people who have died so far in this storm that it is a blessing, idiot.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • j

      your the idiot

      August 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  7. Brett

    Apparently God wants Glenn Beck to stay fat during times of mass attrition. That's the only interpretation I can divine from his latest blathering.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • Dandini

      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 9:20 am |
  8. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    I think the rest of us should pray that this idiot gets some kind of illness that makes him permanently lose his voice. Oh, wait, too bad: prayers don't work. Darn!

    August 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  9. Majestic_Lizard

    Even a broken clock is right at least twice a day. People should always have a cache of food in case of an emergency, but not because they believe demons are coming to eat their babies, like Beck is saying.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  10. Downeestah

    Well sure, anyone who can should prepare for hard times as much as possible, but Beck fails to mention that the intent behind their (Mormons') preparedness is to be able to help your neighbor afterwards. BTW, the only "god" involved here is Mother Nature, and she reminds us every day.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  11. SemperP

    If there was any example that Glenn Beck is an unbalanced, self-centered, "it's all about me" disturbed individual it's this comment. He has totally lost it and all should see that clearly.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  12. El Flaco

    Glen Beck is the Martin Sheen of Conservtism.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • Leslee

      Um....don't you mean Charlie Sheen? LOL!

      August 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Duane

    Beck, doing his usual stuff...... Trying to boost his ratings!!!!!

    August 27, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  14. Jay

    awww, glen bleck slowly drifting into oblivion again??....(insert ridiculous headline grabbing remark)...stop quoting scripture that you obviously sift through to suit your chalk board topic of the week...ass clown

    August 27, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  15. Peace2All

    From the Article quoting Glenn Beck:

    " … 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. "

    Well, regardless if you are a believer of a God who is sending you 'warnings' as Mr. Beck suggests, some of the better advice in that quote is, again regardless of whether you are a 'believer' or not..." Sometimes you are 'not' in control. Things can and do happen. Be prepared and be a resource for not only yourself but for others when disaster strikes. "

    Looks and sounds like reasonable suggestions to me.

    However, no God is necessarily needed to decode the natural events that are happening.



    August 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  16. david

    Glen beck are you Devil? you think, act as Davil does. If I got a chance I will kick your ass Glen.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      Please, give him an extra kick and let him know it's from me. This guy is willing to expose his on emotional shortcomings just to grab attention (and money, of course). On second thought, make that two extra kicks.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  17. 21k

    damn, what a great religious businessman! yes, i am envious of how such a life-long loser can make that much money, doing... nothing. kids, drop-out, become a stoner for a decade or so, divorce your spouse, be abusive to your kids, and then channel all that lost life into being a preacher.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  18. Peter E

    Is there any human disaster, people suffering or dying that this guy wouldn't have the galls to twist into his own message of "goodness?"
    But it's not only him. Right-wing pundits and preachers of every kind have been praising American deaths for years. From Pat Roberts' praising of 9/11 and Katrina through Ann Coulter's wishing for terror attacks on more New Yorkers to Karl Rove praying for another terror attack on America during elections (yes, you can look each of these up!) right-wingers will stop at nothing to push their control of people and curtail the freedoms of others.
    And at the end of the day they still dare to say with a straight face that they "love" America...

    August 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • Dave W

      Thank you! 🙂
      You are absolutely correct on your insights...

      August 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • Leslee

      Awesome post!

      August 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  19. Dave W

    Why is it that so many of these "spiritual" radicals take delight in the death and suffering of others? I'm starting to think that ALL of the desert based religions take joy in the killing and suffering of others.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • Loche

      Not all who believe in Mormonism believe in the destruction and death of others as a blessing from god. Unfortunatly the only Mormons that are in the media and speak their minds are extremists.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • me

      I don't think that is the point of what he is saying. No takes pleasure in the death and suffering of others. The food storage thing is more about being able to self sustain in the event of disasters and I think he trying to tell people the blessing is that we have for warning of some disasters and it's a good idea to be ready for them in every way. God forbid something happening to destroy peoples ability to take care of themselves, disaster, jobs whatever the problem is. "Be Prepared"

      August 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  20. Alex

    What is totally unacceptable is that he gets air time and that CNN regurgitates his garbage. He is a delusional cry baby who madly connects dots irrationally. I vote for surgical removal of his blow horn and heavy sedation- if not for him... then for the rest of us who are subjected to his insufferable persona. Viva Jack Daniels and a pack of Camels! Looking forward to Glenn "Jack Mormon" Beck... then I might have a bit more respect, or at least patience, for his silliness.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
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