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. Ramon F. Herrera


    August 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  2. kita

    Beck for president 2016. Right wing voters are very good at voting for the biggest idiots they can find for instance Bush.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  3. Bobby

    Beck is nothing but an entainter just like most of the "insane" folks on MSNBC and Fox. He makes his money by being controversail and loud. How and why folks actually believe all the stupid and insane crap that these folks spew is beyond me.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  4. MauiBear

    It's just beyond belief that a guy like this can actually think he speaks the truth. And, what's worse, there are idiots out there who actually LISTEN TO HIM. Very sad

    August 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  5. patty

    this guy is a total idiot... he has no clue what he is talking about... he need to crawl under a rock a stay there...

    August 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • cd

      Patty would you be talking about Mr OBAMA and the worthless Photo-op yesterday or the mind-less planned speach for today while the Nation "wait's with with baited breath" for his "JOB SPEACH". Would that be the idiot who crawled from his warm Vaction "Rock" which he spend's more time than his "JOB ROCK"!

      August 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  6. Mike

    Look at you hatemongers. The message is to be prepared but you can't get past your partisan hatred. And, of course, preparing for a disaster is "crazy" huh? Do you hear yourselves?

    August 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • john

      you're as nutty as him.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  7. john

    good Lord, he IS losing his mind.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • A Concerned Person

      Losing? Try "lost". Someone should destroy his house, then yell out "Enjoy your blessing!"

      August 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  8. Louis

    I used to support him but he's going way over the edge lately.. just be careful when he tells his followers to drink the Kool-aid to join him in Heaven ala Jim Jones....

    August 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  9. Patricia

    Poor Glenn – he's a lunatic but we continue to encourage him by giving him press coverage. Why is that?

    August 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Karen

      Because that's how media see us. Completely idiots.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  10. aNON

    He is a converted mormon and they do this mass food storage. whole basements of it and daily they often eat less. The LDS church distanced themselves from him earlier this year. I think he has lost his mind.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  11. Tillie in Texas

    Who's Glen Beck? Never heard of him.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Karen

      You're blessed.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  12. Dan Ari

    Stock up on tinfoil hats, and turn to Crazy 101.5, where it's all psychosis all the time.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  13. cuckoo

    cuckoo for cocoa puffs, cuckoo for cocoa puffs..........

    August 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  14. god

    Sorry about the deaths. I was just trying to scare people into buying Glenn Beck's products. Saturday is usually my day off so I wasn't really paying attention to where I was throwing those trees.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  15. Jimbo

    Always knew he was nuts, not this just reinforces that. Unbelievable the number of people who trust what he says to be the gospel. He makes Rush look liberal.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • Howzit

      How is that crazy? He's making millions from the old ladies and other crazies sending him $$$

      August 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  16. Ed

    Why doesn't someone put him out of his missery. Another screwed up Mormon.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • mikel

      Maybe someone should put him out of OUR misery! Not that I'm advocating harm, just seclusion for his own benefit.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  17. BENJI

    So I guess the kid who died when a tree fell on him is a "blessing" also? Beck and his ilk need to go away.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  18. IndyagainstOblahblah

    Why do you libs get so upset about Beck, Palin, and Bachman? A different opinion, whether right or wrong, should not cause such hatred and fear. As Beck himself says, don't take my word for it...research it yourself. Oh, arming yourself with knowledge would require some intelligence. Never mind, just keep pointing out all the "right wing loons" parroting the talking points of the state run media! Meanwhile,Obama, Biden, Dodd,

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

      Here's some knowledge for you about Beck's integrity:

      FACT: Beck fakes tears
      FACT: Beck lied to his hypocritical "Restoring Honor" people by claiming he held Washington's speech
      FACT: Beck said he almost died from poor healthcare and then said it was the best in the world when he tried to trash Obama.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • M

      One doesn't to be liberal to see idiocy.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • John/kc

      Liberals get upset at Glen Beck because he is the type that would yell fire in a theater.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  19. el_incr

    Glenn Beck is a foul scourge in the media and I'm conservative!

    August 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  20. Yvonne

    The very system of hoarding food stuffs would just have meant more to throw away in this case. Tell the families of the 14 folks killed so far what a blessing the hurricane is. There is a special circle of hell for those who try to gain profit from the pain of others.

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

      It woukld have been a blessing if it would have hit the FEMA command center
      about the time Oblahblah and Napfatlitan got there!

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


      Yes. Obama was actually at FEMA. He wasn't like Bush who partied while Katrina was hitting and then ignored dying Americans for four days. Bush then praised the incompetent that he had appointed to FEMA.


      August 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • F1R

      Don't the Americans hoard food by default anyway ? I believe they call it 'shopping'. Seems to go hand in hand with obesity and I guess if you're big enough the storm won't blow you away. A neat solution.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
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