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. jude

    The creepy little dirtbag just wants the attention. He was too crazy even for Rupert Murdoch's Lying Circus. He gives the Mormons a foul name.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • Emily

      Dirtbad indeed! So if his god is dirextly responsible for this and it is to be seen as his/her warning, then he must also be to blame for the deaths? What an idiot Glen Beck really is. guilt by association... if you're in the Tea Party, you must be a dirtbag too!

      August 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Nick


      August 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  2. Tammy

    Hey liberals....lets go ahead and silence the right. Shut us up forever....okay? We should only be ruled by the left....and with an iron fist! Then what will you do when YOU disagree with the left?

    You won't do anything because you will be silenced too.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • J.W

      Liberals arent as oppressive as conservatives. They dont try to silence people. They are open minded.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • PopeJon

      Tammy, I think you have the word liberal and conservative mixed up....

      August 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • Angus001

      A.W. lives in the beautiful world of the brainwashed. Who wants more control (i.e., Laws and government involvement)? Liberals and if you have to look hard for evidence then you are brainwashed.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Main difference:

      The left hates IDEAS.
      The right, PEOPLE.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • J.W

      Oh yes Angus I am brainwashed. Somehow the left brainwashed me not to want to give tax breaks to the rich while cutting programs to help the poor, as well as cutting important programs such as education. They brainwashed me not to want to legislate their morality as well.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  3. Bill


    August 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  4. Lori In La Mesa

    Glenn! Stop being such a blow-hard. Keep your religious cult blather to yourself, and go home to your family where you belong.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  5. Sven

    God just doesnt exist. One day even you americans will finally know it...

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

    a national catastrope to be considereded as a blessing –
    this man is mentally retarded

    August 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  7. THomas J. McCarthy

    Beck is a prime example of why we need to eradicate 95% of all conservative thinking in the world.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • baatman74

      Then with only your view, we would be better informed? Wow, I get it!

      August 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  8. Pontalba

    : a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power

    August 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  9. Jim Ryan

    No wonder Fox News took this guy off the air. For those of you who think Chis Nostradamus Beck really believes what he spouts, well think again. The only thing that's a blessing is his bank account.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  10. peterT

    Mental disorder....

    August 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  11. somasiri

    a national catastrope to be considereded as a blessing – this man is mentally retarded

    August 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  12. Ellen

    There are people who, by their acts and words, serve to elevate the human experience. They speak kind words, lend a hand when they are able, and use their lives to be forces for decency, kindness, and compassion. And there are people, like Glenn Beck, who, by their acts and words, detract from that experience. They spew vitriol, encourage hatred, selfishness, and cruelty, and generally make the world a less desirable place to be. I can only conclude from Mr. Beck's behavior, that he is a miserable human being who has no regard for the emotional or physical well being of others, which, by extension, means he has no regard for his own. I hope, for his sake, that he finds happiness and learns to use his pulpit to better the world rather than trying to destroy it.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • THomas J. McCarthy

      Why would anyone like Beck try to make the world a better place for everyone when he makes so much money off of idiots who make him wealthy while he destroys it?

      August 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  13. maryellen dow

    This guy is the biggest ass going. I can't believe he has a following. People are just so gullible and stupid at times.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      He has a DYING following. He's like The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • baatman74

      Dudette, Jim Jones had a following, David Kretch at Waco, etc. We got nuts all over, luckly there are more more of us than there are of them, so I say, big deal. besides, we need these idiots to compare, right?

      August 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • ArizonaYankee

      I totally agree, and worse yet, look how they followed the toxic, narcissistic, racist, liar Obama...We certainly need to get our brains flushed, if this is the best we can do......

      August 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  14. Chris

    Some people are just weird, Mormons and Scientologists the weirdest of all.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Lori In La Mesa

      Ditto that Chris.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • greg

      La Mesa is weird.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  15. baatman74

    BINGO!! Ever notice how the truth 'is in the pudding?' There is an agenda here, check it out in the prayer for the morman teaching; third paragraph from the bottom; ".... should adversity come, we can care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others!" SUPPORT BISHOPS, that's it! Years ago, fisherman were having trouble, the pope asked catholoics to eat fish on Friday to help them out. Same thing as here supporting bishops.......... Not that it changes my life, I'm the perverbial Atheist in the fox hole!!!!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • greg

      It doesn't mean support the bishops as in pay their way or give them your food for their own use. It means to give any extra to the bishop to provide for the other members of the congregation who aren't able to take care of themselves. It means to help the bishop fulfill their responsibility.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  16. Observer

    Conservatives must be in really bad shape to need their thinking to be done by an ex-alcoholic college flunk-out who fakes tears.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      They took the House and lots of states with that technique, though...

      August 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Observer

      That was when the U.S. had a triple-A credit rating.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  17. Normal

    I remember the Y2K freaks who ran for the mountains with their food stuffs, guns and bibles.
    I'm glad freaks like Glenn Beck aren't hiding in the closet... I suppose Beck wouldn't want to hide because Jesus is going to recognize him when he comes down on Jerusalem in the not too distant future. Glenn wouldn't want to miss that. Hope he takes his picnic basket... or wait... Jesus will take a loaf of bread and feed them all. Gosh... I wish I was a friend of Glenn's.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  18. Not impressed

    It's amazing. Just out of curiosity, I opted to read through a few pages of these posts. It seems that a lot of people are so emphatically against Glenn Beck's opinions. Why CNN allows such immature rantings and ravings of things you have no intellgent understanding about is beyond me. As far as all the Biblical references......why not just people believe what they choose to believe and not feel the need to criticise. I choose to believe. If you don't, that's your choice. When we all take our last breath, we'll know one way or the other whether it's been a waste of a lifetime to believe it all .....or wish we'd believed instead of undermine.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Normal

      I have no problem with people's choice to believe in a religious tradition. I have a problem with opportunists like Glenn Beck... he's scary and has a following – kind of like a modern day prophet. Beck opens his mouth and creates panic and fear and divides. Not a team player which the world needs these days.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • PopeJon

      Not impressed, its called freedom of speech. Learn it, live it, love it... Besides, you chose to read all these posts, no one forced you to. Yet you'd still rather have these posts suppressed. Now read your own post again and see why for an F-ing hypocrite....

      August 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  19. Richard

    Beck is a MORON!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  20. Rex

    He is a prime example of what drugs can do to one's mind as he was once an addict himself. Yet, believe it or not, sooooo many people in America eat up everything he says. Times are indeed strange and sad in the US.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
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