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. Joseph

    Reporting and headlines like this are what make politics today so stupid and confrontational. What Beck said actually makes sense; disasters can be blessings when they bring people together as they help one another. But CNN knows the power of headlines and that no one is actually going to read the article, so you get the posts like we've seen in response to it. Everyone in this discussion, and especially CNN, should be ashamed of themselves for this.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Let's make a deal, Joseph:

      You don't click, we don't publish.

      -Signed: CNN

      August 28, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • Peter

      Why don't you go ahead and tell the families of the eleven dead from Irene so far how lucky they are that of the seven billion people on this earth, God chose them to be among the blessed.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      The following is contained in the CNN Forum FAQ:

      "Anybody who disagrees with the CNN editorial lines or forum policies can go to Faux themselves":


      August 28, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • Joseph

      And the replies this got pretty much proves my point.

      I would say "thank you," but this isn't something I'm particularly pleased to be proven right about.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  2. obbop

    Attended a local "9-12er" meeting out of curiosity.

    Around 15 well-indoctrinated non-rational, ill-educated, weak-minded citizen-sheep reaching out in desperation for a father-figure to grasp. clutch on to.

    Very sad as I observed what could only be described as a cult-like assemblage of blithering idiotic buffoons whose vote is as good as those of logical, rational folks who can think and ponder and leave excess emotionality out of their thought process.

    Those 9-12ers have at their center intense adoration for Glenn Beck and view him in a manner as some view a Godhead.

    Very scary, folks.

    Well, humans are a "pack" species and to 9-12ers Glenn Beck is their "top dog."

    If Beck was to appear at their meeting I wonder if the 9-12ers would run up, drop down and sniff his butt?

    August 28, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  3. Milf Biggenson

    What an effin' dummy. I'd say a bigger sign of the upcoming apocalypse is Glenn Beck himself.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  4. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    If it did not blow Glenn Beck out to sea, it is not a blessing.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  5. robert

    Glenn Beck is the American Taliban version of Osama Bin Laden.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  6. JoeG

    "I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire today." –on why people who lost their homes in forest fires in California had it coming, "The Glenn Beck Program," Oct. 22, 2007

    This dude is cruisin for a bruisin!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  7. Ramon F. Herrera

    The left hates ideas.
    The right, people.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • robert

      You've got to be kidding me.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Ed Galbraith

      And you hate saying anything that's measurable.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      "And you hate saying anything that's measurable."

      This is 100% measurable. You can stop being a bagger and the left will not hate you anymore (therefore they did not hate you). OTOH, how on Earth does a Black stop being black?

      August 28, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  8. Reality

    From p. 39

    If there were a god, he/she/it and/or spirit would not tolerate the stupidity of Beck thereby proving there is no god. Ditto for all others who consider natural disasters as being the work of some god.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  9. MistyG

    Well, Glen's usually right. He's just saying any disaster is a reminder to be prepared. Good grief ... get a grip. Did anybody buy gold when Glen forcasted the economic downturn. Anybody covering the correct forcasts of Glenn Beck ... makes a person wonder ... what's going on ... really?

    August 28, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Mike

      No, he's not. He's usually ranting like a loon. Sometimes he gets something right. But, then, if you make enough predictions some of them are bound to come true. The people who want to believe will focus on those and completely forget about all the misses.

      Saying "Be prepared" is common sense. He doesn't get Visionary points for saying it. He does, however, get Idiot points for calling a natural disaster a "Blessing."

      August 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  10. Jeff C1965

    Does this lunatic realize people lost their lives during this disaster? God help this country if they are listening to this demagogue and his ramblings. Wake up Americans!

    August 28, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • MistyG

      What's wrong with being prepared?

      August 28, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  11. Voiceinthewind

    This is one crazy stupid Joo who belongs in the looney bin.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Thanks for providing evidence (one more time!) that all the hate toward people comes from the right.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  12. Neil M

    I thought Glenn and his tribe disappeared naked into the sky when God smote us with his mighty wrath (it was wrath – right – not rash – if it is rash then we need to stockpile lots of ointment) – what do they need 3 months food for? Unless, heaven forbid, Glenn isn't a chosen one ... or he doesn't REALLY believe – what is it Glenn?

    August 28, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  13. Marty in MA

    The guy is in the entertainment business. It's his goal to be controversial to stir up interest.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  14. alan

    I learned that in the boy scouts!

    August 28, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Kat


      August 28, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  15. Mar

    Yes, and every Mormon will have a new best friend when that time comes...unless he owns a gun, but the other guy might, too!

    August 28, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  16. Allen

    Glenn is not a nut, he is just saying with all the stuff going on, it would be smart to get a food storage. yes we "young" bucks think that is nuts, (really food storage) I did ask my Grandfather and yes he and his dad did just that when he was a kid "canning" why is he nuts because he is telling you to store food. Keep in mind the place he is talking about is paying him. Now with that said do I think Glenn is right on everything no! But stand back and look at all sides of what he says and I think you will see he has been darn right on most things he has said was "coming."

    August 28, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Nice going Allen. Thanks for supporting Mr. Crappants who uses a god created from a 2000 year old rumor (created by desert nomads who were afraid of everything) to warn us about bad weather. Very adult of you.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  17. Old Fool

    A little bit of truth and a whole lot of BS. That's Glenn. Move along. There is nothing to see here.

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


      August 28, 2011 at 11:59 am |

    Ron Paul 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  19. dirigo

    Hey Dan, who gives a s&*t WHAT goes on inside Beck's moronic head?
    BTW, "you can't fix stupid" - Ron White

    August 28, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • dan

      To say Ron White was the man that popularized the saying of "You Can't Fix Stupid" shows your stupidity. Ronald Reagan used it frequently...and its always held true....

      August 28, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  20. Matt

    You don't have to be Mormon to be prepared for a natural disaster. I live in CA and this is what is "preached" from the media to do in case of an emergency. He makes sense to me. Natural disasters are out of our control, what is in our control is how we prepare for it. There are going to be a lot of people in food lines this week after the storm has passed and then they are going to blame the govt for not getting supplies soon enough. What the heck happened to self reliance? It is so wonderful that our country is becoming so dependent on our govt for everything including feeding us after a storm or earthquake!

    August 28, 2011 at 11:30 am |
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