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. Clearheaded

    Let's not forget this guy used to be a DJ on a Morning Zoo radio show and also a recovering alcoholic. The doctrine of AA is to believe in Jesus. Bottom line is he is in this for the money and headlines...nothing more. For all those out there who actually believe him...it is a sad commentary on the U.S.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • CeeJaa

      AA teaches humility - meaning you are not God! Belief in a Higher Power is suggested - not mandatory. In my humble opinion, Glenn Beck does not represent true sobriety or recovery~

      August 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  2. Eyebrowsraised

    Call me stupid – but what is so strange about having a supply of food in your cupboards – regardless of the reasons you do it? Actually, it's not such a bad idea, because when there is something that comes along you are not left with nothing or fighting to get down town to raid the stores like a million other people. All you people loading criticism on Mr. Beck would probably the first ones to accept a handout from him if you needed it. You all just don't like him for his politics and religion – but even the government tells people to get prepared for natural disasters, so you aren't such a burden on everyone else. Makes sense to me.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • PopeJon

      Yes you are stupid. "Everyone should make sure they have enough supplies for at least a week or two before the storm gets here" is what beck should have said, that's it, nothing else, no "blessing" or the word "good" should have been used. Now do you get why so many people are pi$$ed at him and brain dead people like you?

      August 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  3. Loubo

    Here is this alcoholic who preaches from a nonchristian faith claiming what? Nada, zero, zip. It's all about him lining his pockets.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  4. tonyl

    Hurricane Irene is a warning for Beck from God to have his head examined before his head blows up from internal pressure. This man has now completely lost his brains. He now only appeals to a fringe which is considered lunatics. He seemed promising when he first started on CNN but as he got more press, he kept getting more fanatical and creepy. Now he has lost all the credibility and become insane.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  5. GaryOwen27

    Typical conservative...wow, we are lost.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Sean

      He's not a typical conservative, he's just a freak. God will not save you, YOU will save you. If you blame your intelligence on god, you have seriously underestimated yourself.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  6. Peach

    Those of you who don't get it, just go back to your television and vidiot games. It's okay. Don't bother yourselves with all this boring disaster preparedness stuff. And stay away from my place when something does happen. If you come around here, you'll just be more bored by my food, water, and fuel because I don't have televisions. Stay plugged in to all that entertaining stuff. Don't worry about what you'll do if the power is off for days or weeks. The government will provide, yeah. Just sit there and whine.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Observer

      Except of course for those who have already died during this blessing.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • BeckBlows

      Change your screen name to "Preach," Fhead.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • cardog

      Peach, here's a memo for you...we live in a world that is full of dangers and God has nothing to do with stock piling. If you live in a flood zone, maybe you should move and not rely on God to protect you. If you live on the coast in Florida, maybe again you should move. Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes are all part of natural occurances on this beautiful planet of ours.
      Get your head out of the bible and live in the real world. As for your friend Beck, he left the real world some time ago.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Jeff

      Another loser.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  7. Jeff

    Whack job, pure and simple. What do you do with whack jobs, you wack'em.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  8. Claudia Sullivan

    He will say anything for attention. Truly, one of the biggest morons of our time!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  9. Chelsie

    A quote discussing the importance of being able to help ourselves and our neighbors in case of an emergency and pages of comments bashing and hating....sad.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      "He who kills by the sword, dies by the sword"

      He started it. Has no one to blame but himself.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Jeff

      Oh get a life, loser.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Observer

      A quote saying that the death and devastation of a hurricane is a blessing. Pathetic and ignorant.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • jules

      surely god helps those that cannot help themselves (the real quote) so they have nothing to fear

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

      Never said it was a blessing that people died are were injured....NEVER. If you read it he said it was a blessing in the it reminds us that we are no in control of natural disasters like this, and that we should be prepared in order to be able TO HELP EACH OTHER.

      Thanks for the "loser" comment. Not necessary and incredibly rude. You're free to call me what you want, but how sad.

      I'm just happy we can all discuss this freely, even.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  10. Mario

    He's a psychotic pig. Beck has no shame.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  11. Andy Foster

    isn't it probable that Mr Beck profits from all of his "buy gold, invest in the future" and "stockpile food" warnings? He is a businessman at heart, as is the LDS church to be truthful, and most of the gold mines and food shortage businesses you see attached to his website and brand are in fact tied to the mormon church. let's stop lining the pockets of the warmongers with our cash!!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  12. Matthew

    Idiot. Punishment is not a blessing. It's not the time to rejoice. Beck is not a Christian. He is a Mormon, which is considered a cult among Catholics and Protestants.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      "is considered a cult among Catholics and Protestants."

      That is probably the reason Rick Perry passed Mitt Romney so quickly.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  13. older bull

    I tell you- this guy is unhinged...He is like a teenager with his emotional nonsense and poor impulse control..

    August 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  14. Ramon F. Herrera

    I disagree with the esteemed posters who call Mr. Beck names like "idiot", "moron", etc. The man is very clever, just like Mrs. Palin or Bachmann. They have narrowed down to a science the technique of spreading fear (and hate in a subtle manner) for their own benefit.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • older bull

      He is indeed an opportunist cut from the same cloth as Bachman, Palin etc....but still unhinged!

      August 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • FullofChristianLove

      Ramon, what exactly did he say that was hateful or instilled fear that isn't accurate?

      August 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  15. olga

    Oh my god, look at him with his hands straight out! He thinks he is Jesus Christ! What a WACKO!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  16. Blue

    And idiot! Don't forget idiot!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  17. Cindy

    How does anybody take this man seriously? Please make sure he stays South of the border!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      We don't want him, either.
      -Signed: Mexico

      August 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  18. mommaearth

    What does his opinion have to do with anything,he's an idiot.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  19. marcia P

    Why doesn't somebody put this man out of his misery for real

    August 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  20. Howie76

    Wow! I think they need to Baker Act him it sounds like he is losing it.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
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