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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  1. kita

    Mr. Beck is probably very rich to pay for his own radio show so he could preach his brand of race and stupidity.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • John

      Fidel Castro is also a rich capitalist, worth over 1 billion dollars and his public has not seen one penny of that! Remember that!

      August 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  2. waterfall

    Hai Beck, God told in Bible Don't worry about food or Dress or about tomorrow. Then which God you are reffering for food that also for three months. You are doing Blasphemy.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  3. ACustomer

    Beck's a moron

    August 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • John

      Is castro a moron too?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  4. stanton


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

      We may have some screws loose but your whole brains are loose when you rather side with marxism and gangs and people like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. I am sure they are your true heroes, especially when they are funding all the terrorism like the FARC, ETA, and Islamic to kill us all off – now there is someone with real screws missing!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  5. CaptainM

    I was stuck in the epicenter of the Queensland, Australia floods this last January. An area the size of Texas went under water. The towns and cities became chaotic. Homes were being robbed and supermarkets were ransacked. I was unprepared. I befriended one of these "Mormon" families who took me into their home and fed me until the freeways into town were reopened three weeks later. I now have my own supply. Its good advice. Take it or leave it but have no regrets in the desperate hour

    August 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  6. Eddy

    Glenn Beck is a genius! He made millions connecting things that no sane person could see. He doesn't even believe his own hype - have you seen the video on Youtube of him putting drops in his eyes to make it look like he was crying? He was perfectly sane when he didn't know he was being filmed. But once the lights go down and the cameras are on, the show begins.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  7. Doug Howard

    Yes, a blessing to those who lost power and could not hear your dribble.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  8. Dick

    I think it's a blessing that God created Glenn Beck because we have in this man the very definition of everything the Bible tells us not to be.
    He's arrogant (and the meek shall inherit the Earth) , filled with vituperous speech amounting to castigating abuse towards others who are not of his liking (Judge not, lest ye be judged), and he loves half-truths where he bends or colors situations to his particular bent of thought. He's elitist without being elite. I know he would not have been the valdictorian of his class unless it was a very crass class.
    I think he's an idiot with an even bigger idiot following.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • John

      Viva your hero Che Guevara! Viva Revolution now! Viva Marxism!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  9. nytw

    God is causing a drought in the state of Texas. Maybe she is trying to warn us not to support Rick Perry.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • asrael

      Maybe She's trying to teach her boy a bit of humility, and he ain't listenin'...

      August 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  10. Ben Trexel

    Glenn Beck is a blessing to Democrats.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • John

      So is Castro and Chavez, their heros!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  11. CSnord

    Dear Humans:

    You are on your own now. I am taking a powder. Good luck!



    (5 minutes after Adam and Eve got evicted.)

    August 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  12. Raffaele Zuccaro

    How many wives should we offer home to? How nany young women should we gather for future mother hood? Its wonderful to have teacher like Joseph Smith, B Young and Warren Jepps !!!

    August 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  13. Truth

    Why is anyone listening to this idiot....

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

      Why do people gawk at car accidents?
      Why do we want to hear about murders?
      Why are we obsessed with Charley Sheen?

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

      You don't have to listen to him. You can go back and hear speeches by Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez on how to kill your own people by food starvation! and get used to it in America when Marxism, your ideal way of life, takes over and all markets close down!!!! Happy starvation!!!!

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


      "Happy starvation!!!!"

      It doesn't get much more ridiculous than that. So Beck and his sheep are the only people with smarts enough to get ready for a storm. Pure delusion.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  14. Nick

    Does food storage really count as self-reliance if you're buying it all at the grocery store, where it was produced and marketed by multi-national corporations?

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

      You wish you would have a market in a few years after your Marxism takes over! Happy food rationing!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Ah C'mon already

      Take your meds John and let the next patient at the asylum use the computer.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  15. j0eschm0e

    .... I put a message in here and they didnt display it, .... guess I hit a nerve

    August 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  16. stanton


    August 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Albert Mustafa

      Caps lock broken? Unless you're a troll like me, the answer is "no".
      And the Tea Party hasn't been around for 11 years. You would know that if you wer to consult your local, friendly, Wikipedia once in a while

      August 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • John

      question – Fidel Castro is not a moron? Is he a hero? Rationing of food and starvation is nice?

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

      @A.Mustafa 11 Years ago SATAN took direct control of the GOP when Dick Cheney convinced that Dope in Office that it was Just Fine to kidnap Teenage Boys and SKIN THEM ALIVE in Secret CIA Dungeons in Egypt. The TEA PARTY is just the Latest INCARNATION of The Beast of The Apocalypse that HOWLS HATE and FEAR for its Minions to sing Praises to SATAN.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  17. oneSTARman

    Isn't it TIME for some Loyal Patriot to Exercise their 2nd Amendment Right with this piece of Dog Dirt?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • John

      Why don't you go out and do it yourself? You will be a hero to the vast majority of criminal communists in this land...the new Che Guevara! Do it if you have a pair!!!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  18. Albert Mustafa

    Hello everyone

    Look at your comment. Now back to mine, now back at your comment, now back to mine! Sadly, it isn't mine, but it could be if you would just learn how to copy and paste. Look down, back up. Where are you? You're n@ked if front of your computer reading this ridiculous statement. Look again! This comment is now spam! Anything is possible when you're a troll.

    I'm on a Macbook Pro.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  19. CarolB

    Glen Beck has a simple message "Be Prepared." It has nothing to do with people who died or any or the other silly comparasions that have been made. You may not like the messanger ... but the message is great. It can never hurt to be prepared.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • John

      Carol – sad to say, the majority who write here want Beck and all Conservatives dead – it is the new communism – the new ignorance who would rather side with killers like Fidel Castro and gangs than decency. They would rather see murders like in Mexico all over than to be able to enjoy a nice walk down any neighborhood. Sadly, America has become the land of the criminal thanks to the lunacy of the left and ACLU!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • mary43

      You're absolutely correct. The liberal communists are those who will pay dearly someday when a severe natural disaster hits. You can't expect too much from their small minds since they are also the ones that call faith, the Bible and Christianity hogwash. Too bad for them. ;-(

      August 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • sybaris

      The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

      And no, it's got nothing to do with ones political persuasion. It's all about susceptibility to fear and gullibility, coincidental traits of Beck and his followers

      August 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • duh

      Neither one of you have any idea what you're talking about.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Observer



      It's your side that calls 15 dead, 3 million without power and flooding in New York a blessing. God must be so proud.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  20. Joe

    Has someone told this idiot to look at the bible and check whenever something like this happens, hurricanes, tornado, no rain etc. it is a warning from God before the full wrath of god hits us because of our sins. This is a time to reflect and change our way, this is a warning sign from GOD.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • oneSTARman

      What is SO REMARKABLE is that How Many Warnings HE has given us – Texas is on FIRE – The SOUTH is in a Forever Drought – The Mississippi Floods – Tornadoes wipe out Cities and STILL we Listen to MORONS that Listen to the HYPNOTISTS paid by the Coal and Oil Barons that try to convince you Global Warming isn't Destroying our Grandchildren's World.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
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