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. Greg

    This guy gets freakier and freakier by the day. It's no longer about country and politics. This man is trying to create a cult and masquerading it as love of country and his faith. This must be his Pat Robertson moment. I'm surprised he didn't blame it on liberals or the gays. Be afraid of this man, be very afraid. People have murdered for him.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Old Fool

      You are correct. Well stated.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Lorraine

      So well said... he has lost what every mind he may have had... Or if feels this is the only way he can have his 15 minutes of FAME.. if we what to call this fame

      August 28, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Kat

      Well said. This being prepared stuff is just common sense. But when you credit any common sense idea to GOD and act as the spokesman of the Almighty Creator of the Universe, you become one very frightening individual. Have you ever been to the Mormon tabernacle and museum? I have and it's one of the creepiest/looniest/weirdest/bizarre etc etc places I've ever seen. And they BELIEVE that this is the ONLY faith that the Almighty Creator of the Universe and the almost SEVEN BILLION human beings are supposed to believe! It is beyond me. Argghhhh. Our country is soooooooo f***ed UP!!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  2. steve

    i mean just look at this...............never mind.i think hes stored about all the food he needs for quite awhile,on his own body.it wasnt that long ago that this man was being taken seriously by ALOT of main stream people.that says volumes to me about folks.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  3. Adam

    There he goes blabbing about God again. Anything else you want to add Beck or is that as far as your "intellectual" rambling can go?

    August 28, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  4. Mr Phil

    Oh, thank you Glenn Beck for bestowing upon us your wisdom disguised as mere common sense. Of course everyone should be prepared for various emergencies. "God" has nothing to do with it.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • tomwyble

      and furthermore, some people are in control and that is exactly why millions of people don't die because of a storm. This guy is nothing more than a money -grabber (i.e. Sara Palan)

      August 28, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  5. Eric

    The scariest part about this is that people actually believe him and will following what he is saying. And the REALLY SCARIEST part is that if we are not carefull the presedent of the United States could be saying the same thing!!

    August 28, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  6. Mark

    Glenn, I know this is tacky, but the real blessing will be when a lighting bolt hits that head piece you wear. So the Lord sent a hurricane with death and destruction to prove the point of a right-wing political hack? Hmmm, must look into Atheism.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  7. bigdoggie

    Who is this Glenn Beck?

    August 28, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      You may ignore him at your own peril.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  8. Brian

    He didn't say convert or burn. He didn't say get right or get left. He said be prepared for an emergency, a notion not too unfamiliar to our grandparents and depression era Americans.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • tomwyble

      shut-up idiot

      August 28, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  9. Enrique Pagan

    This guy is still alive? and he still talking the same old thrash? why can't you people just throw out the garbage? if this was a minority person he would have been told to shut up a very long time ago, but since he's white he's allowed to go on and on with the same bs, but times are about to change and you people that cover this guy will be remembered have no illusions.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  10. Wilson

    Most of you need to have the hell beaten out of you.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • 12-year old girl


      August 28, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  11. AJ

    Oh... Mormonism...my error... I thought you said Moronism.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  12. Richard


    August 28, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  13. Mindstorms

    I wonder if Glenn is naturally ignorant or does he have to practice.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  14. Proud to be Canadian

    When will the US media stop giving right winged, religious wackos like Beck, Limbaugh, Palin etc media & press coverage??? They are full of and preach, nothing but hate and are idiots. Their 15 minutes of "fame" were up a very long time ago. They should all crawl back under the rocks they came from.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  15. D

    WE'RE SPENDING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON THESE WARS!! Yet we can't figure out where to cut from in the budget, great! both sides are corrup

    August 28, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  16. Anon

    beck is a clueless moron. the people who listen to him are even more stupid. Sad state of affairs that this idiot even gets press.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  17. ChuckB

    Maybe Beck can help sell all the nuclear fall-out shelters built in the 50s and 60s, many probably containing an emergency supply of food provided to tide one over while someone (heaven forbid it would be the government) rebuilt civiliztion. If a disaster occurs requiring a three month supply of food, it probably will be so severe that the stockpile will only delay starvation. Beck has to hope that the apocalypse precedes the shelf life of teh stored food.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  18. mdmooser

    When Beck realizes, or excuse me if Beck realizes what he seems like out here he will commit suicide.Glenn who? Oh, yeah Beck, the guy who is mentally deranged and has an audience. I guess if your faith is strong you buy a Giant supermarket (Winn Dixie, IGA, ACME, Safeway depending on where you are ) and then turn it into a bunker and you are self reliant and following God or the word or something. Oh yeah, security to keep out thy neighbor would be paramount.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  19. chuck

    Bottom line he is menatlly ill.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • CP

      Since when is being prepared mentally ill??? You've obviously decided long ago that whatever Beck says is crazy. Beck's no prophet but throughout history the masses thought most if not all the prophets were mentally ill... it's mentally ill NOT to be prepared.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  20. D

    Quite frankly, Glenn Beck reminds me of Barack Obama in many ways

    August 28, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • mdmooser

      Yeah that's a balanced statement, you scare me more than all the nut jobs, OMG, I guess I will go to somewhere to advocate your....................................salvation......................demise.........something!

      August 28, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • Jake

      Quite frankly, that is even dumber than most posts.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • kevin

      really? He reminds you of Obama? How?

      August 28, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • D

      both of them support endless wars overseas because of their moral convictions.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Really? The Pres. is like Mr. Crappants.? Doesn't look like him. Doesn't sound like him. Doesn't have religious nut cases following him and has a better jump shot.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • D

      both Obama and Beck are hopeless idealists. "Hope and change!" "America's best days are ahead of us!" "Yes we can!" "America is a land of opportunity and a beacon of hope!", etc. It's laughable

      August 28, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Jake

      By your incredibly poor logic, it would be equally valid to claim that every person on the planet you disagree with is similar to Glen Beck in ways. This article has nothing to do with Obama – try to focus.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:32 am |
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