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. Emily

    What good would hoarding food do if your house is flooded and the food ruined?

    August 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Dman


      August 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Jason

      honey will keep for centuries if kept sealed. Becks drinking again and heavy maybe Sheenish.(uh winning)

      August 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • monah

      Good one! Maybe they can build a special food storage shelter so if they have to evacuate they will have food when they are allowed to return? I agree we need to be prepared for disasters, but what good would all that food have done during Hurricane Katrina? Y2K comes to mind too.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  2. olga


    August 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  3. 66Biker

    What an idiot. The best thing Glenn Beck could do for the country is shut up.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  4. Tom

    I liken this to the preists in Inca's and Aztec culture that would use the predicited phases of the moon and eclipes in order to control the masses.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  5. Beck your Brain

    The name of the article is a bit misleading, but make no mistake Beck has fallen so far out of relevancy that it takes "sensationalist" headlines and "Irrelevant" arguments to even get people to read the things he says. Rather then use his voice to hallmark the tragedy or tell people how exactly to stay safe/react Beck's sensationalism takes over & he says things like "Its god sending us a message, stockpile food!" when he could have been saying things like "So & So website can help you find shelter if your in Irenes path, etc". I wonder if those who lost loved one's in this Hurricane think it was a message from God or a horrible natural disaster? Glen Beck belongs in the Onion he is so laughable, It is the mark of a desperate/failing media figure when the majority of your speeches turn into religious rants, For Shame Beck, Go Home & Stay there.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  6. Kolob

    I agree with Glenn Beck, like Romney and all Mormons know that you are told to stockpile food for these emergencies.
    I also have lots of kids to assure me when I die and go to planet Kolob Joseph Smitth and Jesus will grant me my very own planet to rule as a God as promised. I also have stockpiled a large collection of secret, I mean sacred underwear to prevent infidels from harming me. Adam and Eve used to stockpile all there food when they lived in Missouri just like Joeseph Smith said and we should learn from that.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • RightasRain

      Ha ha ha ha ha

      August 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  7. AC

    This is not hate speech... Quit thinking irrationally and emotionally. I know search and rescue units that went to New Orleans a week after Katrina. The government can be so inept that it took them nearly 5 weeks to deploy these teams after they arrived. Some of these guys were the first doctors on the scene. So issues where the local government can't get their head out of their asses when its there responsibility to act and then blame the federal government, it leaves you and I the citizens to fend for ourselves, possibly for weeks at a time while the officials blame one another. Take it our leave it but don't live your life allowing someone else to hold your hand. This is what Beck is trying to say, nothing racial, nothing right wing. Just learn to take care of yourselves and others and quit politicizing this and learn to take care of yourself. I see alot of the comments on these posts and some of you are saying that it is time for revolutions, so Glenn is telling people to play it safe!!! And one last thing, God Bless America!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  8. Jesse Hyde

    i know when what he comes from, but he want to israel, did the world watch what he SAYS!?!?, why he irene is a "blessing" my friend to his show, u know, jack*** tacking ****in time bomb 5, 4,3, 2,1

    August 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  9. thes33k3r

    Hmmm... Could it be that Beck is a religious idiot and unabashed manipulator? No way, right?

    August 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  10. KoopaTroopa6

    OH MY GOD. What an idiot. Calling a devastating storm a "blessing". Go ahead, say a Category 1 hurricane isn't devastating, but it is to the families who lost loved ones. Just three words. Oh. My. God.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  11. needanothermeme

    Dear CNN, I know that this is a 'religious blog' – but can you please stop giving this man the media oxygen he needs to survive. Glenn Beck's world view is in many ways analogous to that espoused by the Florida preacher who proposed the burning of the Koran. The main stream media realized that if they simply ignored this gentleman his bigotry would remain marginalized – and it largely worked out that way. The same is true of Mr Beck. At the very least please take the reference to him off your home page – his contribution, (ill informed rants), to the daily living of ordinary people does not warrant that degree of validation, attention or publicity.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  12. Glenn Beck's Gin Bottle

    Dear Pope Beck: I hate to break this to you, but right now, we are in the middle of hurricane season. So, maybe, just maybe, this is not a warning from God to help you sell whatever it is that you are peddling now. It could be that it is just a hurricane that is happening... during hurricane season. When we start getting hurricanes and tropical storms on the east coast in the middle of winter (aka not hurricane season), then you might have a smidgen more credibility with the whole warning from God thing, okay, Glennie?

    August 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  13. Daniel

    Glenn Beck, Palin, Bachmann, etc... please stop paying attention to these cancers, so they will go away.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  14. wesley Harding


    August 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  15. DD

    I agree with the Boy Scout motto. "BE PREPARED"

    August 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  16. Linda

    This guy is insane- how can anyone care what the hell he has to say? He is nothing but a liar, a hate monger and should not be allowed on OUR PUBLIC airwaves

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


    August 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  18. braden

    GLENN BECK – Did not say the blessing comes from the Hurricane. The blessing comes from the REMINDER that NATURE(GOD) is in control and you should be prepared. Another point for our mainstream media taking things out of context and stirring up hatred.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • scott

      "this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing." He does go on to say it's a reminder, but he specifically names the hurricane as the blessing, not the reminder that it supposedly brings.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • goz

      "If you’ve waited, this hurricane is a blessing." That is a direct quote. You, like Mr. Beck, enjoy stirring up the hatred. How many people in our country has he compared to the Nazis? I believe he himself has even dressed up like one. He is a confused and delusional person and if you are a follower I suspect you are too.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  19. jdunc

    I had hoped that this guy was done. Even the anti Obama news station, FOX, couldn't deal with him anymore. He makes Father Coughlin likeable!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  20. NotYourAverageIntellect

    For a college drop out, Beck sure gets a lot of attention.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
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