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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  1. Carol McLean

    Glenn Beck SELLS FOOD STORAGE programs. He says Irene is a "blessing" because it encourages people to buy his foo program and make him rich. He is a Mormon (as am I) whose reigion encourages everyone to have a one-year food storage. The difference here is that Glenn is so Christ-like that he's figured a way to screw everyone out of their money. When you look up "Anti-Christ" in the dictionary there's a picture of Glenn Beck next to it.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  2. Brandon

    Clearly, Glen Beck is up there along with Nancy Grace and Andrew Breitbart and the stupidity scale. What a total moron. Extremely uneducated and irresponsible.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Mike

      Yup being prepared is irresponsible!

      August 28, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  3. carl

    2012 dummies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  4. Erin

    "Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance..." Abundance? Tell that to the people starving in Somalia.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  5. tmare

    I would have to agree with those who say that the media should STOP right now any coverage of this lunatic. If even FOX news is done with him, why can't everyone be done with him?

    August 28, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Goodgold

      Okay, so you're a liberal and think you can dictate what everyone else should do. Well, listen, I don't give a rat'$ a$ s about what you think. If I want to listen to Beck, I will. Go listen to Obama and Alinsky.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  6. John

    Nuttier than a fruitcake.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  7. Joe

    He's such a positive person!

    August 28, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  8. Mike

    Oh please . . . You people need to read between the lines. He's reminding people that they should always be prepared for any eventuality and having adequate provisions on-hand is NOT CRAZY . . . It's called LIVING CONSCIOUSLY. All you people see is hate and you may be right but Beck's message here is sound. Go ahead bury your heads in the sand and pretend that natural disasters don't happen . . . Wait . . . They freaking do . . . I imagine some of you live under a rock on the corner of denial and hatred. Do yourselves a favor . . . At the very least, get some extra water on hand for u and ur families! Or is that just crazy?

    August 28, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Erin

      3 month stockpile? That's not living consciously. That's living in paranoia over an impending zombie apocalypse.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Mike

      You may be right but could you even last a week if there was some type of disaster that blocked access to food and water? So three months is too crazy for you how about two weeks at least!

      August 28, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  9. RH

    So let me get this straight, Glenn Beck says that we should all stockpile three months worth of food. Then, 'God' just so happens to send a hurricane for the express purpose of reinforcing Glenn Beck's points. Also, in order to drive Beck's points home 'God' decides that this storm needs to kill at least a handful of people so that the rest of us will listen to Glenn Beck. Pretty sound reasoning, for a delusional maniac. Congratulations Glenn, even though Fox won't air your show you haven't become any less crazy.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  10. Jan

    misguided freak.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  11. Danielspea

    I agree with Beck's sentiment, but maybe not his delivery. It is very wise to have a storage. Irene, while causing 11 deaths so far and displacing huge amounts of people, was not as serious as it could have been. It was an excellent test run for our emergency preparedness. We, as usual, fail. Beck coddle's to the ignorant, but occasionally there is truth in what he says.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • Mike

      People r so blinded by their hate, they don't see the soundness of preparation . . . You are correct on questioning the delivery but it wouldn't matter how this guy delivered this message . . . The posters here would reject the advice of being prepared no matter how this guy delivered it. Which is a shame give the effect of gravitational pull with the alignment happening . . .. Ha . . . A little conspiracy

      August 28, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  12. Reality Check

    So, the possibility does exist that "God" is mad and sending a signal, but I would be more inclined to believe that Mother Earth is sending a signal that she is tired of mankind abusing her.

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

      I'm more inclined to say that hurricanes are a normal occurrence, and were well before any so called abuse took place.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  13. AnnMarie




    August 28, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • rufud

      please seek medical attention immediately

      August 28, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • the mig

      i hope you do not have children

      August 28, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • mk

      you said that with a straight face?....best laugh today....careful following false prophets (profits). God wouldn't like that!

      August 28, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • dan

      He's a delusional moron. Grow a brain.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Thanks for honoring Mr. Crappants.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  14. James

    If people would only think, there would be no Beck. Too many don't think so will willing follow and believe what they are told.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  15. Punisher2000

    We all hear his words, but they are unimportant.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  16. Sandy Toes

    Beck has 8,000 pounds of Cocoa Puffs stored away... he's cuckoo...........

    August 28, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  17. John V

    It seems to me, if you are the one person in thousands that has food during some sort of disaster the food will actually become more of a liability than a 'blessing'. Remember, the strongest survive, and when the word gets out that you have food, and the rest of your street doesn't, you will have an angry mob on your hands....

    August 28, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • Guest

      well dont let the word get out. what a thing to say. and if you have food stored and nobody does then share!!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  18. Dave Sheets

    Glenn was right; it IS like arguing with idiots.

    "Hey, I have an idea! Let's bring death and torture to all those who disagree with ME because of the 300 million or so in this country, I am the only that's 100% correct about everything 100% of the time. No one better disagree with me OR ELSE!" – Liberalism in a nutshell

    August 28, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • John V

      I think you have liberalism and conservatism confused. By definition conservatism is a belief in older methodologies, and resistance to change and new ideas. In contrast liberalism (at least according to modern political philosophy and mr. webster) is a philosophy advocating the freedom of the individual and ensuring governmental guarantee of individual rights and civil liberties (at least from a political perspective.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  19. Beck's a freakin' fraud

    Glenn Beck: "Irene's a blessing". Me: "Glenn Beck's a dick".

    August 28, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  20. Michael

    please quit giving him a forum to speak.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • Bob

      These God worshippers are this planets biggest problem..not the weather. we have weather forecasters "you idiot" that gives us plenty of time to get out of the way....I didn't hear your GOD whisper one word.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:06 am |
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