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. j0eschm0e

    wow fall off a cliff looks like. oh chicken little and the sky is falling. the sky has been falling for over 2000 years. yawnnnn, oh what happened to may 21st 2011? NOTHING.... what about dec 2012? it will be NOTHING. just like 1999, nothing happened....... lets ride the band wagon of doomsday trumpeters.... NOT......... things happen, you dont know when. its all the percolation of the sun and the earth, in a sense. you never know when the next volcano blows, or the next earthquake. as far as glen beck, I used to listen to him a little, entertainment I guess. but to jump off the perverbial cliff like this? wow dude, good luck. wonder if its a ploy to get away from the news channel obligations. Simular to Joaquin Phoenix
    of the cast of the movie Gladiator. jumps off the deep end for some reason and no one wants anything to do with him anymore? Odd way to do it.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • CarolB

      It's unfortunate that people attach dates to doomsday messages. It gives credence to those who encourage disregading preparation ... and then comes the 'Unexpected." Always good to be prepared ... just sayin'.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  2. Brenda Jo

    I just know Glenn is shaking in his shoes at the comments from everyone on here. I had to read the article, just because of the header and the picture, I knew it was going to be another Progress Lib attack. Words he said taken completely out of context of what he was saying. But you know, don't listen to him...don't be prepared for whatever comes, natural disasters, or war or whatever...dont' be prepared, but don't come crying to my door when you're hungry...find your buddy Obama to save you, he is the savior right!!!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      "Words he said taken completely out of context of what he was saying."

      But what we have written here are completely within the context of Mr. Beck spreading FEAR (hate too).

      August 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • Observer

      Beck apparently believes that Katrina didn't get the message across.

      How much larger a disaster do you want in order to get the message across?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • CarolB

      Ramon speak for yourself "we have written here" is a collection of different opinions ...many which disagree with the unsupported attack against Glen Beck's message of "BE Prepared. Glen Beck isn't a hater and isn't a fear monger ... he has identified situations and forcasted the outcomes if change didn't occur. Glen Beck has been right ... and that has been frightening. Truth is truth ... you can't hide from the facts forever. The hater isn't Glen Ramon ... sadly, it appears that the hater may bein your mirror.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • CarolB

      Ramon, what Glenn has said about gold is that "it may or may not be right for you." Just to clairfy that you have mis-stated how Glen represents one of his sponcers ... Goldline, I believe. Incidently, I have personally utilized this company (not because of Beck, but my own research) and couldn't be happier with the result. You really sound foolish to anyone who has even limited exposure to investments.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Dan

      This supports the fact that we as a country are becoming more ignorant in the sense that people are more willing to let the Liberal Media control their thinking and fool them into thinking that the Government will save them. Look how that worked out during Katrina. Beck is giving good advice whether you care about the religious aspects of it is one thing but at least he has the good sense to say something and people should take heed.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • Dan

      Americans are dumb enough to blame Bush for Katrina as they are to blame him for 9/11 both of which we had no control at the time they happened. You don't hear a peep out of the fools that voted for Obama and is running this country into the toilet with his policies. You can't have it both ways, wake up America or become a third world country with their disparit economies of rich and poor, just look at the Middle Eastern countries and the tyrants that let their people live in swallor while they eat off their gold plates. Fools, lemmings......

      August 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  3. Ramon F. Herrera

    Hey folks! Don't forget to buy gold. It has been proven to be very nutritional!
    -Signed: GB

    August 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Mr Trololol


      August 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera


      Beck has some sort of partnership with a company that sells gold (as in "be VERY scared, paper is worthless, only GOLD is valuable. Be VERY fearful"). That is the clear motivation behind the "food stockpiling". The right's mission is to spread fear and hate.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • CarolB

      I take it from the sarcasm ... you didn't invest in gold. I take it from your previous comments that you are unaware that gold has increased about 300% .. since Glen started "touting" it. I take it that you are also unaware of the food storage or that Glen beck "touts" it as well. The message is to "Be Prepared." As I said previously ... it's clear you don't now or maybe have never even listened to Glen Beck, but really some of it is just common sense.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  4. drewski74

    I am surprised he isnt talking about a secret space ship behind Haleys Comet yet. This is what you become kids when you do not go to college!

    August 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Mr Trololol

      I'm not surprised

      August 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  5. Woody Talley

    "God is in control".....so why should we stockpile food??

    August 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • arthur uzo

      America product. Mad dog. How do people give ear to the mad dog.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  6. dbla

    Wait a minute; the LDS website has a food storage calculator? And it let you calculate the storage for a family of four??? Four?? What kind of sinner would only have a family of four. I'm surprised that the calculator doesn't have a minimum family size of 14.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Mr Trololol

      Hows ignorance going for ya? Some forms of birth control are approved by the church.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • dbla

      It's not ignorance, it's bigotry. You would be in denial of the facts (i.e. ignorant) if you claimed that mormon families aren't larger that average U.S. families. I'm accepting that fact and making fun of it. Therefore, I'm being a bigot.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  7. Mr Trololol

    Actually, this kind of makes sense. If we stocked up on food, the stores wouldn't be empty every time there was a disaster. why not?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Observer

      How many deaths is it worth to have such a blessing?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  8. Hojo

    That's all fine and dandy but what happens when the flooding ruins that stockpile? Yeah, there's not much you can do when mother nature wants to rip you a new one. Seriously.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  9. cgold

    What an embarrassment to have such nutballs make America look like the land of kooks. Or maybe we really are the land of kooks. But having a little food on hand for earthquakes and storms is good.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • Dan

      Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would have you standing in a line waiting for a government voucher with no where to spend it, hope people can create an interesting recipe for their paper voucher.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  10. Paul

    if anything, God will rid us of the idiots ... so Beck, you 'd better start finding a really good hiding place and shut up so God can't find you... you'd better start hiding right away .. you never know ... thank you

    August 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • asrael

      Once God shows "his" hand, there won't be any further need (!) for spokespersons like Beck; one should live so long...

      August 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  11. Baruch

    Why does this psychotic get media coverage? Hey CNN...how about a month of no Beck on your site?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      The following is contained in the CNN Forum FAQ:

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


      August 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  12. coldtallbeer

    The real blessing will be when Glenn Beck is off the air and out of the press

    August 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • Mr Trololol

      The real blessing would be if trolls left cnn.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • Scott Barber

      Yes and amen to that. Get that two faced wind bag off the air.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  13. beevee

    This guy has pig manure for a brain inisde his skull. You cannot be prepared enough to go against the will of god. Mr. Beck pl. stop this BS

    August 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • Mr Trololol

      Why is he pig manure?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Dan

      This type of ad homenin remark contributes nothing to the conversation, if your trying to be funny well your not, it really just shows how ignorant you are. Get serious about whats happening to this country or please butt out, at least he's trying what are you doing to improve our country outside of making idiotic meaningless comments on a blog.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  14. Salty Bob

    Nothing but pure hate for this snake oil selling quack Glen Beck, please go away we are done to death by your slanderous tongue.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  15. Terry Brookman

    This guy dosn't have a clue.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  16. ajm

    The man is a total nut job!!

    August 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  17. GovernmentIsGod

    Glenn Beck is cuh-razy!!! I know that Barack Obama and the government will take care of all my needs in case of a disaster.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Mr Trololol

      really, rellying on the government for everything? thats the source of many of our problems, people like you.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Dan

      The knuckle heads in New Orleans during Katrina thought the same thing, you can thank Jimmy Carter for that debacle. A country that becomes over reliant on the Government will become a slave to that very Government.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  18. Gbird

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Glenn Beck is a carnie.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  19. Wes

    Beck is an up in coming Cult Leader. True Christians would not follow him, only people who hate anyone different form themselves would. If you look back in history all Cult Leaders who became nut cases started like Beck. Give it a few years and we will see more hateful and crazy statements from him. People who follow him will be living in so much fear they will be killing themselves in the name of God Beck

    August 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  20. Steve

    And here I was, all prepared to be upset with Glenn Beck for yet another crackpot statement but this time I was surprised. I actually agree that people should have at least a small store of provisions for when the power goes out or the water supply is interrupted. I feel that most people don't fully understand how fickle mother nature can be and how utterly dependent we are for our day-to-day supplies on a network of human cooperation that could easily break down in the face of catastrophe. Just look at any major episode in the past (Katrina?) and it's easy to see why having a stock of supplies for emergencies is a good idea.

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

      Thanks to Steve for the reasonable post...

      August 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Dan

      Its good when logical common sense prevails over the lemmings that live their lives according to the Media.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
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