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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  1. Mickey

    I have listened to Beck for some time and joined him in Washington. Those of you stating he is spewing hatred have not listened to anything except media rumors. Spreading more rumors is the lowest form of convincing folks of your "truth". The atheists and intellectuals who sadly can't decipher the message – have a little food, water and cash on hand in case there is another Katrina, Ike or Irene – leave doubt in my mind regarding their intelligence. I doubt they intend to take care of themselves anyway. They will blame the government, call of Fema and whine like babies. We were without power for 13 days following Ike. Frankly, the stored canned foods and water were a big help. ATM's didn't work and besides – there was no food, gasoline or sufficient ice close by. Ridicule will not fill your stomach. Aren't you folks also believing Al Gore's science? If so – you'd better store some food for the famines. Have a great day and God Bless You.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • ThePreacherTheTeacher

      Being prepared for the worst is simple logic, it is not a sign from God nor a sign of God. It also doesn't make Beck a prophet, it makes him a purveyor of the bloody obvious.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • F1R

      No-one is questioning his comments about being prepared for the hurricane. In fact I doubt people need him to tell them that at all. I'm guessming most can work it out for themselves without being hand-held by this muppet.
      The issue for 'atheists and intellectuals' (not mutually exclusive btw) is that he stated the hurricane was a blessing from this God figure that so many people seem to want to cling on to.
      As if he has a hotline to mythical deitys incorporated. Oh yes, only Glenn Beck knows it was a blessing and no-one else worked it out. He has the exclusive and must spread the news to the country. The man is deluded and that sentence about the hurricane being a blessing from God is proof enough. Telling people that a mythical being has sent a potential natural disaster as a blessing is like me saying the fairies are going to create a tsunami to clean the city of rats.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • t-bone

      TPTT – Exactly! look at the people that cant see the forest for the trees. They ignore the obvious message because they cant stand the messenger.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • T.L. Scott

      As I have said on here before, it's disturbing that I share the same blood line as this man...Listen closely when I tell you this man IS NOT stable. Many of our relatives on the same side were and are just as unbalanced. Please keep a close eye on this man. At some point he's REALLY going to snap and it won't be pretty.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • F1R

      t-bone: how typical it is that the religious always think they have the answers and can presume on those that aren't religious.
      This is not about no liking the messenger. If the God story was true, it would be brilliant. Much better than the fact that once you die you die and there's no one up above looking out for us. Unfortunately logic and scientific fact, not to mention evolution, kinda trump anything that was written in a book at a time when people still thought the Earth was flat and had no idea what a white dwarf star or a black hole was.
      And how curious that when a plane crashes and say 100 people die and 5 survive that the 5 think that God saved them and it was a miracle. No-one seems to be angry at him for killing the other 100.
      Don't delude yourself. Knowing there isn't a God has it's drawbacks because you face the fact that you have this one life only and atheists probably cherish theirs more knowing that. How many people have been killed in the name of God compared to that of atheists ? Religion has a lot to answer for. Your post is proof of how brainwashed you religion can make someone, by presuming that we don't like the messenger.
      Religion teaches you not to question anything. Science teaches you to question and ask why. I think I`ll take the general consensus that the Earth is almost 14 billion years old, life evolved on it over millions of years from organic matter that is found all over the Universe. To quote Carl Sagan.. "We are made of star stuff". DNA proves evolution too so what more do you want. Get your heads out of the sand and stop believing in ancient fairy stories written by uneducated people to control uneducated people.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • F1R

      ....unless you were talking about Beck 🙂

      Well.. if he was right it wouldnt matter if I liked him or not. Right is right. It's stupid to ignore the truth because you don't like the person who said it.
      In this case however, once you put God in the sentence it is already and untruth. Next he`ll be telling us that ghosts haunt his house and he has pixies at the bottom of his garden. It has as much credance with me as God does.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  2. Reality

    From p. 39-

    If there were a god, he/she/it and/or spirit would not tolerate the stupidity of Beck thereby proving there is no god. Ditto for all others who consider natural disasters as being the work of some god.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • Kevin

      Amen. Glenn Beck is the god of stupidity.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  3. DLW

    Ok, this guy may be a lunatic but thats not what gave me a giggle. The bottom of the story 'tags' "Mormonism" and "Natural Disaster" combined may be the most EPIC tags ever!!!! *sighs* I'm the niece (with firsthand knowledge) of a former bishop in the cult of mormonism and those two tags sum it up well.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  4. Sean T

    what would be a blessing is if CNN would ignore this ignorant tool

    August 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • Zaphod2000

      This lunatic is now becoming a quitter/pat Robertson third evil triplet. Who cares about what he says!!!!!!!
      For those of us still without power in MD he can go to heck!!!

      August 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      It is not CNN's (or any responsible media) to make news, just to report them. If you prefer irresponsible media that makes news, click here:


      August 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  5. LtButRt

    No worries folks it is just another epsiode of his histrionic/narcissistic personality disorders manifesting themselves. What an a******.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  6. dug

    It would be a blessing if this guy would just STFU.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  7. alex

    Unfortunately there are people who are drawn to this guy, who does more bad than good to the world, and he profits from the attention.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  8. Kansan

    Beck will be Secretary of the Apocalypse in the Romney administration.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Dave

      well said....hahhaha

      August 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  9. Ohio CAP

    Wow, the liberal/progressive media already has most of you drunk with lies & misinformation. If you do not listen to his program, watched his TV show or read his books.....HOW would you know other than to spew traces of hateful headlines.

    Ah, those pesty things like facts....The truth hurts, huh?!

    Leave it to CNN to put down a religion....How about slamming the radial Jihadists and not the Mormons....will your target be Catholics next...CNN...."Certainly Not News"! So biased....your ratings prove it!!!

    Glenn Beck has brought more attention to US & International matters and corruption by both parties than any other human being in modern days. Just becase he is great at it and makes the ultimate sacrifice to do so, makes you all so very jealous. We get it....we get you....WE surround you!

    August 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • Matthew

      speaking of being drunk with lies and misinformation... Hello pot, this is kettle, yeah guess what... you're black...

      August 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      "he is great and makes the ultimate sacrifice"

      Do you have a date for that? So of us would like to schedule a celebration party...

      August 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Dave

      Hey Ohio....did you marry your sister?

      August 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • pdiddy

      so you are saying that Irene is a blessing too? I am sure the families of the dozen or so dead would love to hear that "it's a blessing".... wow

      August 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • D

      It's not about putting down religion its about using religion as an exploitation to yourself your ideas and overall desperately trying to pad your 15 minutes. There has always been a difference, you see a man who is in charge of his church doing good and concerned about the well being of all, then you see men like Glenn Beck who seek to fearmonger and terrorize in the name of faith, and that is just wrong no matter what symbol you put upon it.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Tcflyer

      Beck is man with a long history of drugs, mental hospitals and yet he is still a nut case that is driven to make money and more money...he is a very poor actor trying "sell his nutty theories"..and his fan base took one heck of a hit when foxnoise told him he was no longer needed on their network..hopefully he'll just go off and never be seen or heard from again..

      August 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • asrael

      Ohio, the opposition to 13th apostle Beck has little to do with his religion, much to do with his self-delusion. You might want to spend a little time trying to separate the two...

      August 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  10. Ramon F. Herrera


    August 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      If you folks are curious about what happens when baggers inbreed, see minute 3:02 in the video clip above.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • pdiddy

      Well I guess the good news is they are only a few hundred strong against 300 million.... Seriously though, these people actually still exist in America? It's like a scene out of a movie, just doesn't look real, sad.......

      August 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  11. Mark

    My word...this man is a freak. Why do we waste time on this trash?

    August 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Because his followers have actual political power. Unlike the left, whose wackos hold zero political power, in the GOP the insane are running the asylum.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  12. Scott

    We know he touted gold then became a spokesperson for goldline. Now that he's touting survivalist foot storage we need another portfolio check.
    What a racket. Scare people and take their money.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  13. Zack

    You've spelled through as "thorough." If that is what Beck said, my bad.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  14. me

    Every day I don't have to see this empty headed, self-serving, deluded tool of satan in the news is a blessing.

    Thanks for ruining it, CNN.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  15. kita

    Any idea how much food Beck himself has squirrel away for a rainy day? Or is this another case of a right wing public figure engaging in do as I say while they themself don't follow their own preachings.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  16. Drew

    Once a freaking circus side-show nut job, always a circus side-show nut job.
    The ignorance displayed in the American peoples' affection for this freaking madman is just another appalling example of what you can do by de-funding education.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Ken

      As Hitler proved, desperate people are very willing to listen to a madman, as long as he can charismatically tell you that nothing is your fault. Beck's audience loves to hear that their lives' misery is due to gays, liberals, immigrants, atheists, and non-whites. That way they wash themselves of all personal responsibility for their failings.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • pdiddy

      Well put Ken

      August 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  17. SA

    ...will somebody please shut this guy up!?

    August 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  18. kbnj

    Look at the headline. Look at the picture. Read the article. I'm no Beck fan, but CNN, don't you have something better to do than bully every Conservative you can manufacture a story about? Believe me, there are plenty of Liberal targets to bully if that's your game.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • Observer

      "manufacture a story"? So Beck didn't really say the hurricane was a blessing?

      August 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  19. FabledRough

    I didn't know that FEMA and the EPA were part of the Mormon Cult, as that's where that site is linking to and the information given seems to be the same. We're REALLY in trouble now.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • Gerald Herrick

      Yes we are in trouble and its in our face.And yet we do nothing?Here it is the truth they are hear they have been here now its out of control WE have two governments bail and BLACK being man alien and the falling ones if you don"t know who they are get a BIBLE read the book of Matthew sense Adam to John they took parts of Heaven by force they black government i have seen them i say the truth look up the man that killed grays FEMA is part of this ALL so BP YES AND MANY MORE I LOVE YOU ALL good luck its on us now

      August 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  20. Patricia

    Who but a lunatic would think a hurricane that destroys and kills is a 'blessing'? Beck is a religious fanatic and an opportunist. And also in need of serious psychological help.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • cynthia

      Please read the article fully, Patricia. What he is sharing is simply that we need to be prepared in advance for emergencies in a practical way. I am in the Midwest and we are well familiar with storms. When the Joplin tornado hit, many people were able to respond to those people in need in a very timely manner. Mr. Beck expouses common sense, decency and civility. This world is blessed to have him as a part of it.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • Observer

      "This world is blessed to have him as a part of it"

      Is the world blessed to have fake tears and lies?

      August 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • Gerald Herrick

      Sorry that is two alien grays. and by the way get ready

      August 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
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