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.

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soundoff (3,354 Responses)
  1. Ramon F. Herrera

    "Some people say the we should build a bigger tent (ie attract minorities to the GOP). I disagree. What are we? A circus?"
    -Glenn Beck in The Conservative CPAC Conference

    August 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      "All they're talking about is: 'We need a big tent. We need a big tent. Can we get a bigger tent? How can we get a big tent? What is this, a circus?" Beck asked."


      August 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  2. mhklein

    I think Beck is right but he doesn't express himself very well. This is the way I would put it. Ultimately, nothing G-d does is for the bad, everything He does is for mankind's benefit, althought sometimes this can be very hard to see. We can't understand how G-d operates. However, when He presents us with difficulties, such as hurricanes, they can be opportunities for personal growth. We can learn from Hurricane Irene the importance of preparing for the future. Perhaps this is what G-d wants us to learn from this.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • WingKnight

      I would give Beck credit for being right. But considering his sponsors do packaged emergency food packs and such you really have to question the motivation.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  3. John Richardson

    Beck has said much stupider and much, much creepier stuff than this and this article mostly serves to keep him in the limelight he craves.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  4. Brigham

    His show? I thought he lost his show...why can't he just go away already? Why doesn't the media just let him go away?
    BTW, "clearheaded" the doctrine of AA is a belief in a higher power as you choose to define that higher power and not Jesus specifically.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  5. Wowzers

    Store up food? There's nothing Biblical about that. Read Matthew.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Alex

      ya sure you are as bad as him
      the way he said it, he is trying to be a prophet
      and a Mormon one

      August 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  6. Kyle Carney

    I find it funny that people will complain about atheists... but then they spout of nonsense like the hurricane is a blessing from god. Who is the evil one here?

    August 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  7. Mike

    What a FREAK!!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  8. Tripp

    Beck is a nutcase. The only "god" in his pocket is the money he makes off from other stupid people who think his drivel is truth.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  9. Ramon F. Herrera

    "IT'S NOT JUST GLENN BECK: FOX News Has Lost 21% Of Its Audience This Year"


    August 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      The number of advertisers in Mr. Beck's show in England are now ZERO.


      Long live free enterprise!

      August 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  10. Sane

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha! ... I needed a good laugh.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  11. snakeoil

    austin is in man love with beck..how sweet,come out the closet Austin.It's ok now to be gay.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  12. modmike

    Hey Glen, would you call it a blessing from GOD if Irene killed your loved ones...Don't think so. Please watch what you say.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  13. Sierra Mike

    Irrelevant wackadoodle

    August 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  14. Ramon F. Herrera

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

    "Barack Obama is a racist and hates America"
    -Glenn Beck

    August 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

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

      I refer you to the 300+ companies that had Beck fired from Faux:


      August 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  15. Chris

    I don't see why people are trying to negatively spin his words. He basically says be prepared and be there to help others.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Are you even remotely familiar with the subject?

      August 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • snakeoil

      he's only out to help himself.He'd drive his escalade over you if you were having a heart attack then sue because you scratched his paint.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  16. Rabeenhood88

    [Why isn't everyone calling this "Noah" wannabe the Anti-Christ?] Storing your food, good idea. But when mobs of hungry people smell the aroma of your divinely-inspired, delicious ,hot meals seeping through the cracks of your windows and doors, and come storming into your home, will you do the right Mormon/Christian/Muslim/Jewish thing, and share your blessings? Or will you open fire with your Glocks and AK-47s? Or will you barter your food for gold? The options are simply riveting!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  17. NamCbtVet

    If Irene was truly a blessing, Beck would not be around.

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

      That's one of the best comments I've read so far.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Danette

      Best comment ever. Indeed if god was involved he could do us all a favor by sending some locusts over to fox.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  18. Derangedcowbrain

    He is a pestilence; a divisive, little, smarmy shade of a man.

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

    Leaving Beck's insanity out of it, disaster preparedness is a good idea. Self reliance is a good idea. If you live in a flood plain, hurricane zone, or earthquake zone, it makes sense to prepare for the possibility that a disaster will happen. Yes, he's crazy, but in this case, he makes a good point.

    Think how dumb you'll feel if there's a natural disaster in your part of the world and you're caught with your pants down because you didn't like the messenger. That's also crazy.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • CrazyBut

      Flood plane, of course.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Jeff S

      You had it right the first time, "flood plain", and I totally agree with you. Can't stand Glen Beck or his often un-American, anti-Christian views, but anyone who points out that people should prepare for disasters, is correct. The United States had a stored food supply of at least 100 days. During the Bush administration, this shrunk to less than 3 days. It hasn't come back during the Obama administration. Plan ahead, that way at least there's a chance if it is needed.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • Justsayin'

      It would be a good point if it were his. He stole it and is using it in a way that it was not meant to used. This man is vile.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  20. Andrew

    Its people like him that make me wonder if drinking alcohol while pregnant should be illegal.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
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