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. Alden Ford

    Glenn Beck IS stupid. Downing religion is also foolish. I don't care what you believe in, but downing another human being because of their personal beliefs is just wrong. Challenging a person's intelligence because of their beliefs is even worse and it makes you the bad guy.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  2. Charlie in Maine

    Dude where is my comment?

    It did not even need "moderation"

    August 28, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  3. DrBongo

    It might have been more effective if God had arranged clouds in the sky to form words: "Stockpile your food" ...i'm just sayin'

    August 28, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  4. toof987

    Glenn Beck's got issues.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  5. Howard Fortran

    If he really believes it Glenn should personally let the families of those who died in the storm know that Irene was a blessing.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  6. Matt

    Whilst it is sensible to keep some foods in stock (plus torches, batteries, etc) keeping a hundreds of pounds of wheat, pluses, etc, is not a good idea. After all, you need to rotate such stocks or they go mouldy and you do NOT want to risk wheat with ergotomine contamination!

    Also, if the experts determine that you need to evacuate your home, you'll need to leave your food supplies behind you. They do not want people turning up at an evacuation shelter with 300 pounds of out of date wheat or contaminated flour!

    August 28, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  7. Carol

    Why do religious extremists always infer bad weather is sent by God to be a blessing or a curse? Beck has missed his calling he should have been a Mormon Priest. The Christian Zionists are so lucky to have him.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • joe

      you must have missed your call to graduate the 3rd grade, mormons don't call their leaders PRIESTS, they're bishops...it's great that you think he's retarded, just be accurate about what you're saying...for you that may be hard...but at least try

      August 28, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  8. Lynn

    CNN – why report on this man? Just STOP.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • toof987

      Because they know you'll read it and post a comment. They know exactly what they are doing..

      August 28, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  9. Litmus

    This guy's a disaster, should we all buy ear plugs and gouge out our eyes?

    August 28, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  10. x55


    Dr. Paul 2012!

    August 28, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  11. Kelly

    Seriously CNN, how you even consider this news and worth reporting? Perhaps if you focused on more important things that reporting on hubris such as this, the discourse in America would be a little more civil and mature.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  12. P Barga

    Thomas Jefferson said, "And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have lost the only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? I tremble for my country when I realize that God is just; and that His justice will not sleep forever.” [Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781]

    CNN can certainly spin. Wow...has godlessness actually become the mantra of CNN? Right under this area to post is "My faithlessness..the atheist way through AA." Putting the God thing aside, what Beck (or anyone else actually looking at the current economic situation with their eyes open) will see is a need to prepare for the worst. If you really think it's not coming, fine. Don't "prepare" – even Aesop, however, gave us a "fable" about the ant storing up for days of adversity. This isn't "fearmongering," it's good sense. All Beck is doing is noting that we are being "warned" to be ready for disaster. That's smart...what's your excuse?

    August 28, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  13. Zach

    He's starting to sound like the Phelps family.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  14. Paul N Destin

    CNN...is a fecking joke as well as 90% of you obama waterboys. The joke is on you.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Sam

      Yeah, sure is

      August 28, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  15. Clyde

    The only reason that Beck is getting slammed is because he is expressing a common sense idea with a religious overtone. I believe that being prepared is a common sense thing for any responsible family to do to ensure their own well being. If someone you respect said the same thing you would consider it. Just because it is Beck and just because it is a tenant of the Mormon philosophy do not discount it's value. A good idea is what it is no matter who presents it or how it is presented. Plan for the worst, hope for the best.

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

      So you don't think it has anything to do w/ Beck making millions from http://www.foodinsurance.com?

      August 28, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Thanks Clyde. Now go back under a stone.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  16. CFONYc

    oh boy! just when we think Glen couldn't say anything more stupid, there he comes to surprise us again...
    he happens to be a very entertaining idiot, always good for a few laughs
    the only idiots bigger than him, are the ones who actually take him seriously

    August 28, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  17. jsolloway

    Any network who gives this guy one second of airtime is out of their collective mind. He is
    off his meds, its quite obvious he is a certified loon.Why do fundies have to tell you about their delusions is beyond me. An 11 year old boy was killed in Newport News from a downed tree and thats a blessing ,his mother thinks otherwise. Glen Beck is an inconsiderate nitwit.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  18. Anon

    Glenn Beck is just plain STUPID. Why does the media ever print what this lunatic says. He is making a fortune by trying to stifle the middle class of our country. STOP PRINTING WHAT HE SAYS AND HOPEFULLY HIS BIG MOUTH WILL DRY OUT.

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

      What's so stupid in being prepared for a disaster? I'm not a Beck fan, but your comment is less than convincing.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  19. Sam

    The sad thing is people actually listen and believe in this foolishness

    August 28, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  20. Canadian

    Perhaps Glen should mention that blessing to the family members of lost loved ones due to this storm.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:59 am |
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