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. McGuffin

    What's the definition of insanity again? Is it celebrating things that hurt people?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  2. AC

    Be adults and don't listen to him or don't let CNN and others minipulate your minds....

    August 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  3. Kobbe

    Hey Glenn, stop making us the laughing stock of the world. Kindly move to a 3rd world country like Afghanistan where you will find likeminded people, just with a different religion. Same crap, different god.

    Man made god, not the other way around, that's why there are more gods than washing powders at the supermarket.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  4. Glen Beck Sucks

    Someone needs to put this lamer out of his misery. Ask the people who died during the storm if it was a blessing...oh that's right. Glen Beck, you're a loser.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  5. Sure thing

    I'd be willing to bet that Mr. Beck doesn't have a bag of beans OR wheat in his house at all. Common sense comes into play with anything. A thunderstorm usually lasts 30 minutes, a tornado maybe 5 or 10 minutes, a hurricane – a few days. We're not in control of the weather or the seasons. Do what you have to do to survive.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Jason

      he looks red in the face .....i bet hes got some wild turkey or moonshine on him

      August 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  6. Glenn Becks Dad

    Im sorry people... My son is a retard.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      I have no problem with the retardation part, Mr Beck Sr: It is the hate that I hate.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  7. monah

    I checked the Fox News website and couldn't find anything on their website about Beck and his "blessing." Googled Beck and his "blessing" and found many sites about this article but none were from Fox News. I know he no longer has his show on Fox News but apparently they really severed their ties with Beck big time. Even Fox News knows he is a lunatic nut job. I love reading all the comments!

    August 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  8. BJ Bell

    Glen Beck makes me want to puke - and to think that people will support this lunatic is just reprehensible.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Jason

      awe , hes drinking again.........end of story

      August 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • monah

      Jason, I'm not so sure he ever quit.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  9. william

    WOW Jesse, your English is horrendous. I suggest not commenting in English on the internet until you have learned to be comprehensible.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  10. anotherjohn

    Wow...are there human beings who actually listen to this verbal defecation? It's hard for me to believe that Beck takes his own words seriously but I have not found a qualifier that tells me that it's just a show. Beck is nothing short of a witch-doctor where he will share a page in history with the likes of McCarthy. A mention that will embarrass anyone who shares the name Beck today, and in the future.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  11. fed

    Glen? This is the Rapture. Would u please, as a compassionate Christian, send me the location of yr storage silo? I´m going to be stuck down here with the rest of us sinners and i´m going to need something to eat for the next seven yrs, waiting of course for you saints to come back and rule over us. If i were u i wouldn´t say no... it would not look very Christian in front of the Lord, u might be left down here, and we sinners might be forced to commit a few capital sins on u. Your brother in Christ.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  12. kd

    what an effin' idiot.

    Put your book of Mormon down and breathe, Glenn.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  13. Michael

    Just goes to show you what idiots thoes mormons are and now they have that crackpot Beck as thier show badge.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  14. Jessi

    I hope everyone had 3 months worth of corn and beans to get them through the one day storm... LOL

    August 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  15. Observer

    The blessing just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

    13 dead.
    3 million without power.
    Hudson and East Rivers overflow.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  16. Ramon F. Herrera

    With Maher, Steward and Colbert, the act begins with jokes, until you realize they are serious.

    With Beck, Palin and Bachmann it is the other way around.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • McGuffin

      Nice. Very true.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • fed

      That the perfect statement. Should be carved somewhere.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Thank you, fed and McGuffin. I have received lots of "Likes" when I post this (made it myself) 🙂

      August 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  17. honestjohn

    Another "blessing from God", huh? Perhaps Rick Perry could pick this complete moron to run on his ticket.
    Perry prays to his "God" for rain and it doesn't rain. He wants to secede from the country and now wants to
    run to be it's President. One thing we don't need in this country is either a Mormon or a born again Christian, make that
    hypocrite, for it's leader. We don't need them or their God to inform us as to how to live our lives.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Jason

      unrealistic, like or not Perry seems to be front runner, Becks drinking again.look I dont know any of these political figures. his record as gov seems ok look Chi senator vs Tex gov. Point Perry ....Latino vote

      August 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  18. Dman

    Matthew 6:34 ~ "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."

    August 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Jason

      well done , Amen

      August 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  19. Goody

    Uh, what this article doesn't mention is that Glenn Beck has one of these food storage companies as an advertiser – and knowing him, he's got a financial stake in it too (like his goldline crap).

    August 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  20. MaoBinHitler

    Dear Glenn,
    move away to Utah,
    and never speak again.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
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