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. M

    I'll give him credit for being a very good performance artist. Though, that's all he is.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  2. realist

    What an idiot. Does he want to make his own prediction about the end of the world too?

    August 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  3. PreparedForAnything

    How is a positive thing like preparing for a disaster by creating food and water storage for your family, turned into a negative called food "hoarding"? Last time I checked, we lived in a free country where we could purchase as much food as we can afford and do with it as we please. I certainly won't be sharing with you media morons when we have another huge disaster, and food and water is nowhere to be found for months, and you are all starving to death. I was prepared. You were not. Sad for you. And by the way, how did this article turn into a religious bash? Im not Mormon, and I believe that preparation is key to ALL success, whether with a job, finances, and life in general. People just want to bash the Mormons bc they think they should. Get over yourselves!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • bee13

      Preparation, timing, and a bit or good luck all factor into success. Your views on this subject are down to earth and make good sense.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  4. Hg

    Worse than hurricanes is Glenn Beck who is making money out of people's fear to suffer and/or lose what they have built with so much sacrifice. What I don't understand is WHY CNN still gives credit to lunatics.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  5. Tom

    God does NOT send these types of things.... READ, and UNDERSTAND the bible. Perhaps if he learned what administration we are in (Grace), he and other Mormons might understand..

    August 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Dave

      Tom, how many versions of the bible have there been? Do you know what parts were left out of the New Testimate? The only difference between Warren Jeff's and Christ is about 2000 years . Except now we have technology to catch people like this. Before they convince people to drink purple kool-aid, or kill people in their name...

      August 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  6. -Z-

    "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."

    What is this, The Oregon Trail? Should we caulk the wagon and float away with the flood waters too??

    August 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  7. Karen

    Glenn Beck is an idiot.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Renae Mann

      I agree. He needs to just shut up. Why all of a sudden is he talking about religion.He was always trashing everything & everyone & if he would seek out real forgiveness he wouldn't be the way he is.He's just like some more confess his religion to get their way & then starts the crookedness & greed for money.That's not God's way.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • ButtFart

      hey speak for youself! he just wants you to have 60 elbows of legumes up in your hood so when Deebo start trippin you can slang and gang bang yo way to the Mormon Golden Gates in yo Caddy dawg damnnn

      August 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  8. D

    Reading the posts here, most are devoid of facts and full of vitriolic pack mentality comments. That explains CNN’s low ratings!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Observer

      "Reading the posts here, most are devoid of facts and full of vitriolic pack mentality comments."

      Ahh! But there's only one side that considers 11 dead and 3 million without power to be a blessing.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • braden

      The Media KNEW that they would be able to attract this type of rhetoric. Its so sad.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Bill

      This guy is simply nuts. All he ever does is attempt to cause panic no matter what he is talking about.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • D

      Observer and Bill: Thanks for proving my point!

      August 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Observer


      Here are the FACTS which you seem unable to comprehend.

      The MORE DEATHS and MORE DESTRUCTION the storm causes, the stronger the message gets across. The position of you and Beck apparently supports those scenarios.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  9. Da Professor

    Glenn Beck = Sick fool, right-wing extremist, blantant liar, fits right in there with Palin, Bachmann and friends..

    August 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  10. truth2power

    Beck panders to the idiocracy to fill his wallet and stoke his ego.
    Those who take him and anything he says seriously are fools.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  11. sana christ

    Mountain out of a mole hill, anybody?

    August 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • sana christ

      meaning – hurricanes happen, whether you are prepared or not is up to you. Why bring religion into this? Common sense, common sense. Give the loudmouth a platform and his words are going to become powerful.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  12. NotQuiteRight

    If disasters are "God's way of reminding you you’re not in control", why would he say, "God forbid" when talking about disaster striking? Instead he should be praying for the next disaster to occur as quickly as possible so we know what god is trying to remind us about then. Plus, why would Glenn Beck try to tell god what he can or can't forbid? Maybe it just happened, you idiot, and there is no connection to your stupid delusions.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  13. Andrew Hall

    Someone should tell Glenn to ask the families of the thirteen people who died if this was a "blessing".

    All the beans and rice and emergency stockpiles in the world are no use to those folks now.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  14. mike

    Saying the storm is a blessing is the same thing as saying that people dying and suffering is a blessing. He is a sick individual with a sick mind. He needs to fade off into the sunset.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  15. sevvie7

    I think by this statement Glenn Beck would be a great member for the Westboro Baptist Church. Only those types make comments like that. I realize it's not as hateful, but no, it is not a blessing. I'm sure he would think differently if he was in that situation real fast.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  16. Gay Hurlburt

    I am a Catholic, but i truly think that Glen Beck is right on base. The stock piling food, not so much! But I believe that God is letting us know who runs the show!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • mike

      I'm Catholic too. Seems like I have a different God than you though.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Dave

      please...the only person who is running the show is the person(s) your allowing to manipulate your mind. Wake up. Religion is the poison of the world...look at all those arab's killing each other saying god is great everytime the pull the trigger...you don't need a pretend person to watches you do things to be nice to one another...

      August 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • NotQuiteRight

      Yeah, god works in mysterious ways. I mean, he sent that nasty meteor to wipe out the dinosaurs. They must have really screwed up, let me tell you. And those Dodo birds, thank god he got rid of those, I can't stand them. Oh, and if you need more, don't forget the Antennae Galaxies are colliding right now, smashing into each other as we speak, obviously because god didn't like something going on over there either.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  17. K

    I guess in the old days, before the industrial revolution, etc., it would make good sense to encourage people to stockpile food. The threat of food strobe in those times due to drought, etc. was very real. But within the context of the western nations int eh 21st century? Very silly.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • K

      food strobe? LOL SHORTAGE auto-correct!!! 🙂

      August 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Craig B

      Really? Go take a look at the food at your local grocery stores, then think about the number of people around you. If those stores are cut off from regular re-supply, how long do you think that food is going to last? Watch Supermarkets, Inc on CNBC and you'll see that the typical grocery store depends on huge amounts of re-supply of food every day. The reason is more so they can survive on tiny margins, but the effect would be devastating if there were gas price spikes or weather disruptions.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • JohnDorian

      I, personally, like your new phrase, "food strobe". I hope it catches on, and makes you famous. Maybe you can supply a definition so that when the word police come, they can take it under consideration and add it properly to the dictionary of phrases.

      Good luck!

      August 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  18. Ramon F. Herrera

    All expressions of hate toward whole classes of human beings (not of ideas!) come from the right. Every single one of them.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • ScipioRising

      Except for you hate toward people on the right, right?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  19. Dave

    Anyone who believes in God is stupid enough to believe in this idiot. Religion is the crack of the world. You don't need a fake person to be nice to one another....

    August 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • ChiefOBoB

      Apparently, you are proof that perhaps people do need faith in their life, because your post is fully of nothing but hatred.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Polly

      Or maybe something is needed,so people like you,filled with hate,will stop spreading it around.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • seraphim0

      He's full of hate because he says that you don't need a God to be nice to people? Wow. Interesting interpretation.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Dave

      chiefobob...define hatred? I said idiot...without knowledge...which in your case fits

      August 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  20. Villageidiot

    Equinsu ocha!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
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