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. BDawg

    I thought Beck was recovering from severe brain damage. Now I see he is not recovering.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  2. Debra

    Jeez.....just what we need, another hypocritical religious zealot. MORON

    August 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  3. god

    Buy Gold! Specifically the gold endorsed by Glenn Beck so that he gets a generous comission.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Laughing out loud

      I know, right? How dare someone who ownes their own business promote advertisers to help pay their bills. What an evil man. Oh, and gold is up to $1,827.36 per oz. I guess they were wrong when they said it would go up.

      Get off your high horse.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  4. David

    Is this a slow news day? Why would anything this turd has to say warrant an article on CNN or any reputable news site?

    August 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Debra

      The key word being reputable.....which no mainstream news venues can claim anymore....

      August 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  5. David

    Glenn Beck wrote the idiot book for idiots.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  6. MJ

    15 people dead, Only this Narcissistic- Psychopathic-Megalomaniac would call that a blessing from God........ Freedom of speech is both a blessing and a curse.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Agent Smith

      Glenn Beck is a disease!

      August 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Sara K

      Isn't " Narcissistic- Psychopathic-Megalomaniac" the definition Republican?

      August 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  7. Maude


    Mormons own La Quinta hotels. It is well run and managed. Very impressed as how they conduct themselves in society. The moochers, lazy and misfits are with the other demonitation.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Ramon F. Herrera

    I just did a quick research and found zero evidence of the link between La Quinta and the Mormons. The Corporation is based on Dallas. Could not find anyone graduated from the Brigham Young University. I am afraid you are confused or was lied to.


    August 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |

    here is your evidence son ! god loves you

    Source: Mormons Today, 17 Oct 2000 ... CEO, La Quinta Properties, Inc. With more than 330 Inns and Inns & Suites in 33 states, La Quinta® is a leader in ...

    August 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |

    August 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  8. Sonja

    How is that any worse than saying Irene will help boost our economy? People in the media have been saying that all week... this is a non-story.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  9. el condor

    Crikey, mormon....that explains the delusion factor.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  10. PhD

    How about the 4 people who died and hundreds who became homeless, is that also blessing/warning from God?

    August 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  11. Hali

    Idiot! You are going to be blown away along with all your stored food.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  12. Julie

    So what?
    Isn't there ALWAYS some mental deficient squealing about God warning or punishing someone for something every time anything that can be contrued as bod happens to anyone? The only thing worrisome about this is the numbers of people who actually listen to people like Beck – it doesn't say much about our intelligence.
    If anyone wants to do anything about some dystopian future then we need to make real changes in how we do things and what we expect from life now. We need to be serious about population control. Environmental protection. You know – stuff that's hard to do. Individuals stockpiling food is stupid – first off – you can never stockpile enough to keep you your whole life kids. Second – the family with a big food stockpile will just be a nice fat target for everyone else – and guns whon't save yu either b/c everyone has them. If you're worried about future food – tehn go out, buy some land and become a farmer. And don't have so many mouths to feed.
    God doesn't do things to people. God just lets things happen and watches to see how we manage it. THAT'S our test. If you wish to fail that test – just keep on following to people like Beck.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • Laughing out loud

      Mrs. Julie, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Seems to me that Julie makes a lot of sense — and is at least addressing the topic instead of just handing out insults.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • egz

      Julie.. I don't normally respond..love reading people's opinions

      i saw the mean comment under your post.....must have been a govt. official trying to discredit your clarity....

      i'm a lawyer.... everything u said was spot on...like population control..read about that eariler. unfortuantely...as u have noted....that is much to difficult for us, mankind, at the moment.

      Keep posting sanity...maybe oneday..u will reach the dumbed down masses....or govt. officials who do not like your posts.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Delmar H. Knudson

      Psalm 26: v 4 I do not sit with worthless men. "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head."

      August 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  13. Adam Smith

    Dear CNN,
    Glenn Beck should go choke on a bucket. What a freaking a*hole.

    Regards -Adam

    August 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  14. factsOnly

    Attn: Glen
    This is God speaking!

    I want you to stick your head in a blender.
    That is all.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • noly972

      Uh, you forgot to tell him to turn it on. Just trying to help out.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  15. Andrew

    Glenn Beck Read Your Bible! Job 34:10: Far be it from the true God to act wickedly, and the Almighty to act unjustly!
    The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one: 1John 5:19. The world reflects the personality of the invisible spirt creature who is : misleading the entire inhabited earth Revelation 12:9. Satan is hateful, deceptive, and cruel. So the world, under his influence, is full of hatred, deceit, and cruelty. Time and unforeseen occurrence: Ecclesiastes 9:11. In a world with out the True God as a protective Ruler, people may suffer because they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  16. jev

    This blowhard needs to have his mouth stuffed with C4.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  17. socalpimp

    Why dont you start reporting on some of the left-wing idiots also? Stop being so damn biased

    August 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Sigh

      You clearly missed the article on the front page last week about whatever stupid thing Ed Schulz said last week.

      While I wish reputable news companies would completely ignore Beck, Limbaugh, Schulz, and the rest of the hysterical street preachers, the persecution complex owned solely by the right is hilarious. They take every opportunity to brag about Fox News's ratings and how conservatives dominate the radio waves but the second anyone points out something stupid or offensive said by one of the right's propaganda bullies, they scream "mainstream media bias" and "left wing conspiracy". It's an effective way to minimize your opponent's message but it's wildly inaccurate and a great way to create partisanship during time when we could use a little less of it.

      Semi-legitimate news agencies like CNN don't pick on Beck, Limbaugh and the rest because they're conservatives... they pick on them because they're more famous and more popular than their liberal counterparts. Hence more advertising clicks and eyes on TV screens when people talk about them. It's purely a money/ratings/clicks issue.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  18. Erik

    Dear CNN,

    Glen Beck is not news.

    Thank you.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Right

      Not true. They think reporting every word said by Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin will help Obama's chances in 2012. It's really pathetic, considering how many important stories there are out there, but it's true.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  19. Maude

    I agree with you Chumlee. Beck whould run for president. He is truly a genious.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  20. Rob

    Beck is unparalleled in his ability to take good advice and make it sound idiotic.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Laughing out loud

      Now that, Rob, is an intelligent response. Thank you.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
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