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. Dms

    proof once again that lunatics are allowed to roam free and spread their Non Christian filth on America.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • Observer

      What are you specifically talking about?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  2. Jen

    Being prepared makes sense no matter where people live.

    After Mr. Beck has volunteered his time and talents to clear out the broken trees, picked up garbage and other debris, comfort those who have lost a loved one in the storm, and has disposed of decomposing dead animals, maybe he will remind us of how the stormhurricane was a "blessing."

    August 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  3. rob167

    what an ignoramus-or maybe, just maybe, he likes headlines.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  4. studdmuffins

    He's out of his gourd.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  5. ADAM99


    August 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  6. CNP

    People should take time to prepare, but calling this storm a blessing is stupid and insensitive to those who have lost. When is someone going to knock him off his block, he just preaches nonsense and fear.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  7. John

    Hey Glenn, God told me to steer clear of you, you nimrod

    August 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  8. Ravenlynne

    While I wouldn't call this a "blessing from god" and I'm not at all a fan of Glenn Heck, people should be prepared for emergencies.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  9. Kris

    This guy has gone over the edge and he needs to go away. What gets me is that people listen to him.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • Darrin

      Agreed. He used to be somewhat entertaining, but since joining the cult of Mormanism, he's completely gone off the deep end.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  10. CarolB

    I'm not particularly religious. I'm not particularly a Glen Beck fan. I can't see anything wrong with the message " be prepared." People should be prepared. Unprepared people depend on prepared people tp bail them out. I see it as stupid selfishness. I get a pie and give you seven eights. I save my small piece for dinner. You eat all your pie up before dinner and then at dinner you want half of mine. You want more and more and more until your consumption takes everything ... because you hate the simple message "Be Prepared."

    August 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • Observer


      So how many deaths is this worth? If Katrina didn't teach a lesson, how many need to die to get the message out?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  11. erik stancofski

    it would have been a real blessing had the eye of irene hit right smack in your face.
    Now go backtrack, apologize and say "it was taken out of context" you moron

    August 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
  12. JohnRJ08

    The man is so self-absorbed and delusional that he has become detached from reality.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • CNP

      And has people drooling over ever word he says, which is extremely dangerous.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  13. ifti

    He is an 1diot and his followers are super 1diots. A person storing lots of food means he don't believe in God at all. And earth quakes, storms , hurricanes are never a blessing.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  14. Phillip Morgan

    Why do we even gives someone like this the time of day?

    August 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  15. Carl

    Nowadays, anything is a story.. the entertainment keeps coming and coming......

    August 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  16. david

    He's a piece of crap....

    August 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      With all due respect to the honorable excrement, such an important bodily function...

      August 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
  17. erik stancofski

    why don't you just go away for good glen beck

    August 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  18. Mela

    When is this moron going to go away?? Enough already!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  19. IceT

    Good one CNN ..for using his own words to make him look foolish .. that'll teach him for jumping CNN's ship!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Beck and Faux was a match made in hel^H^H err, heaven. They were made for each other. All parties involved were better off after his departure.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  20. Ramon F. Herrera

    There is an undeniable, uninterrupted ideological line from the Nazis/Fascists all the way to the far right (today's far right). Check Generalissimo Francisco Franco, for example.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Ed Galbraith

      You mean Mr. Crappants is a descendant of Franco? I did not know that.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Many Nazis escaped from Germany (in submarines and whatnot) to South America, where they proceeded to establish RIGHT wing dictatorships: Vidella and all the Argentinian Generals, Pinochet, etc., etc. Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, Somoza in Nicaragua, etc. The right should at least OWN to it, if they have intellectual honesty.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
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