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. omega

    People do need to have an emergency prepardness kit however I dont think the 15 people who died and the countless more that lost millions of dollars in property would call it a blessing.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Columella


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

    this guy has always had a broken wheel, he's just starting to show his true colors more and more; why do morons like this seem to get all the air time? radio is spiraling down the toilet faster and faster.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Tammy

      Watch the whole clip from another source besides CNN.... and read what he said from beginning to end...verbatim. You will see they took a tiny piece what he said out of context and exploited it. Right is right and wrong is wrong.....and I have to say....regardless of how I feel about Beck....that the writer of this article was wrong. It is one thing to disagree with someone when you use full context.....and can make a sound case based on the actual words and meaning of what someone said. That is not the case here.

      How can Americans raise honest children in a world where lies and deception are the norm? Smearing someone using deception is wrong.....plain and simple. Even if it is your worst enemy.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  3. GK

    Yes, the storm is a blessing from God.
    Also, Glenn Beck is a curse from God.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  4. John

    Glen Beck –

    Islamic terrorism is a real danger to America (but death penalty to Beck for crimes against humanity).
    Hugo Chavez trains terrorists like the FARC, ETA, and Iranians (but death penalty to Beck for crimes against humanity).
    We are in danger of another 9/11 attack (but death penalty to Beck for crimes against humanity).

    Oh wait – I thought the left was against the death penalty?????? Um!!!!! ok, let's go on with Americans today –

    Fidel Castro –

    I am the worlds greatest leader and has the best health care system (everyone loves Castro – he is not a liar)
    I have never killed any person and Cuba has more food than anyone else (everyone loves Castro – he is not a liar)
    Cuba has more supermarkets than anywhere else (everyone loves Castro – he is not a liar)
    Those Cubans in Miami are all criminals and liars and traitors (everyone loves Castro – he is not a liar)

    Che Guevara –

    I have happily killed over 100 people of the opposition with my own gun and logged every one (Che – America's hero)

    August 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Shane

      hmm... you aren't too smart are you

      August 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • CW

      If this is what you actually believe the Left thinks, then you're completely brainwashed and there is no hope for you whatsoever. Please cite your sources for everything you've just said.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Gonzo

      Good to see the crazies have a place to share their thougths.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • John

      Shane – I can see you are one of the ones brainwashed by Michael Moore. Good luck to you!

      CW – you have a misconception of what communism is. Communism is NOT taking away from rich people and redistributing it to the poor – it is taking away from everyone who has a business and YOU will not get a dime – plus all stores will close and only a few will remain open UNDER rationing system like Cuba where most people starve to death. You will also be rationed electricity and water and will not be allowed to go with the opposition. Fidel Castro is not a hero. He has killed perhaps more than Hitler and Stalin combined. Che Guevara was not a hero. He was an Argentine revolution killer who murdered over 100 people himself. Please read history before you listen to Oliver stone or Michael Moore....it will be good for your well being in the future....believe me. Miami Cubans are not crazy for saying what they have said in the past.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Tammy

      John you are so right. My sadness is that people watch one source and believe it without looking to see if it is actually true. Both the left and the right are guilty of this...but more so the left. It breaks my heart that this is what has become of our country.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Tammy

      In the old America, one could disagree with the government without fear. In the new Amerika those who disagree are labeled by the WHITE HOUSE as a threat to national security. In the old America the left and the right worked together....which secured freedom for ALL Americans. In the new Amerika....if you disagree you are told to go to the back of the bus, publically humiliated, smeared using deception.....and called a domestic terrorist. It is not just the media trashing the opposing political party....it is the GOVERNMENT....beginning with the President of the United States.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  5. Ramon F. Herrera

    "Glenn Beck Compares the Norway Victims to Hitler's Youth":


    August 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • John

      Viva el Che! viva Fidel! Viva MS-13! Patria o Muerte Venceremos!!! Fuera los piti yanquis!

      August 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  6. careworn

    Earthquakes and hurricanes, tornadoes etc are more likely to be the work of Goddess Gaia.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  7. Marianne

    How can he say that when there ar at least 15 deaths? I'm not a religious person, but I'm going to take 5 minutes to pray that God puts some sense into this idiot.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  8. Twin Tiger

    Seriously, is anybody even listening to him anymore? Why does he still make news like he's saying something important?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • John

      Why do you still listen to Fidel Castro?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • clearfog

      I listen to him. He amuses me. A lot.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Observer


      Having trouble staying on topic?

      Any proof at all that you aren't just MAKING THINGS up about Castro?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      John: "Why do you still listen to Fidel Castro?"

      Have you stopped beating your wife?

      (check "fallacies" in Google)

      August 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Twin Tiger

      Fidel who?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  9. Deb

    What a whackjob.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  10. Al

    The world needs more G. Becks and Rush Limbaughs dumped into the worlds septic tanks.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      What! Why us!? That's UNFAIR!

      -Signed: The World Septic Tanks

      August 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • John

      What about Fidel and Hugo and gangs in America? Answer me that??? You liberals never point that out – or is it because gangs are nice things and Castro is a hero? One of your heros is also already in the septic tank – Coward Che Guevara!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Observer


      SInce you are losing these arguments, must you try to switch subjects?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  11. oneSTARman

    Glen Beck is The DRAGON of MARDUK – The BEAST of the APOCALYPSE – THE HIGH PRIEST of MAMMON – THESE are The GODS of The Tea Party which is Just another MASK of POWER and DOMINATION of The Powerless of GREED and The DEPRAVITY of the Worship of SELF over GOD.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • John

      Viva Che!!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • SeeQue

      You, sir, are a shining example of collossal ignorance. Please stop wasting oxygen and leave it all for the same ones of us in the crowd.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  12. Columella

    I am sure the Taliban will believe God send the hurricane and the earthtremor to "punish the infidels". The difference however is that Beck does not promote violence. Extremist believers have much in common. Which is not a valid argument aga/inst religion as extremist communists who were supposed to be hard core atheist were equally horrendous Remember Cambodua or Stali or, among non comunists, Hitler?

    August 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  13. Vaman

    Glen Beck is an idiot. His warning is like a baby farts. No one even care about this right wing nutZZZ. Get a life you stupid loser. If this country one day goes down, You and your stupid tea beggars are responsible for it. Keep in mind.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  14. stanton


    August 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • sybaris

      There's a function in your set-up to make text easier to read.

      Have your great-grandchild come over and set it up for you.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera


      August 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • ThunderRoad

      Stanton, if you hold down the Ctrl key and hit the + key you can "zoom in" to see text better. Ctrl – makes it smaller.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  15. sybaris

    So what does Beck say when a severe natural event occurs in an uninhabited part of the world?

    That his god missed or was just practicing?


    August 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • clearfog

      God hates voids. Remember Genesis? That is why god created the light, the earth, etc. Next, god is going to have his way with the inside of Beck's skull.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Batz

      Oops maybe?

      August 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  16. John

    Why do we allow the religious right to continually drive fear into those that are unable to make their own decisions. Why are they continually pushing their agenda ? FINANCIAL BENEFIT !!!. I have no issue with people of faith, I have issues with them jamming their views down my throat.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • piollet

      If there was an online equivalent of a standing ovation I'd be giving it to you. RIGHT ON!!! I have no problem with people of faith. I just wish they'd keep it to themselves!!!! Right on, John. Right on.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  17. Pruitt Emerson

    Beck should be assessed by a competent shrink and locked up for his own safety. He is a genuine threat to the ignorant people of the US disseminating all this Mormon BS. Clearly Beck is a bloody NUT CASE.

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


      August 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • REMMI

      Glenn Beck is the functional “Delusional Psychotic Personality” Poster Child; James Jones People’s Temple Archetype. He’s White Trash airbrushed with a religious shade.
      What’s more scary, he has devotees who eventually may be asked to drink Earl Grey tea laced with Cyanide. Pinky up!!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  18. Dick

    Personally, I've never hit anyone in my life: but if I ever saw him, I would attack. I detest him that much. I'd rather go on his radio show to show him just how obfuscated his stupidity truly is.
    Plato had a disdain for people who weren't about the truth. He called the group of people whom mde arguements for their own political sake "sophists". Glenn Beck is a Sophist for morons, idiots, and imbeciles, because only such a person with a narrow mind would not allow a discussion weekly on his show. But he needs to pick someone who can trip him up on his own beliefs and subjects.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Let's not forget who is the Beck audience: older folks, fearful by nature, afraid to see the world changing and they can do little about it. Even such audience, however, are getting sick and tired of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf". As a result, Mr. Beck was fired from Faux.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Austin

      Well said. Completely agree with you.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • John

      So you criminals would rather side with the new world (gangs, communism, terrorists, etc) than the older world (decency, clean America, no drugs etc)??? Come to my neighborhood and try to spread your gangs here and you will see what will happen to you!!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Tammy

      You would hit him because he has an opinion? I thought we were free to speak and express our opinion? Oh wait, that was in the OLD America. I keep forgetting we are in the new one. You do not have to agree with him....but let me say that if you looked deeper into what they are saying he said.....you would probably feel pretty dumb. The media took a single piece of what he said...and twisted and exploited it. What happened to honesty? What happened to truth? What happened to America? If you look deeper and see what he REALLY said.....and still disagree...that is one thing. To believe what someone said he said.....is stupidity. Dick.....I have been raising my children to respect differences of opinion. Thank you so much for your wake up call....I should be teaching them to hit people they disagree with. Silly me.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  19. klarg

    Lots of FRUITCAKE.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  20. Ramon F. Herrera

    Here's the real motivation behind the stockpiling:


    August 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
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