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. Trollmanjack

    if a tree falls in a forrest does anybody hear.... if glen beck farts in crowed mall does anybody hear.... does anybody care...

    August 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  2. Michael

    Why can't people keep thier religion to themselves?

    August 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • t-bone

      Why cant people keep their anti-religion to themselves?

      August 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • F1R

      t-bone: Because people can't keep religion to themselves. So those who believe the facts and not the fiction have to speak out also with as much force that those who try to force God into peoples lives instead of letting them decide for themselves (see Jewish parents and their children for details – why should the child be forced the same religion as their parents ? Why not have them forced to follow the parents political ideals as well.).

      August 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  3. miked77

    it's good advice anyone who doesn't stockpile at least 3 months of food and water is a fool.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • asrael

      ...God said...

      August 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • t-bone

      ...Common sense dictated. read it however you want. Show up at my doorstep because you didnt prepare and you wont need a single days supply ever again.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • miked77

      nothing to do with god, i'm an agnostic, just a realist. i think the entire system can fall apart at pretty much any minute. and when it does i'll be able to hunker down with my wood burning stove and stock piled food. while all the sheep go from shelter to shelter, fight for food and catch every communicable disease known to man.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  4. GlennBeckForPresidentofUtah

    Let's just remember that mormons are not Christians and his ridiculous rants have nothing to do with what the core of Christianity is about. He is fringe...unhinged.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • asrael

      "Ridiculous rants", right on. Mormons not Christians? You might want to research that a bit...

      August 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Mormons Are First Century Christians

      Mormons are First Century Christians, not Fourth Century Creedal Christians:


      Mormons have a better understanding of Christianity than any other denomination, according to a 2010 Pew Forum poll:


      11 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence (including several presidents) were non-Trinitarian Christians. Those who now insist on their narrow Trinitarian and salvation only by grace definition of Christianity for candidates for public office are doing our Republic an injustice.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:24 am |
    • herbert juarez

      Mormons are not Christian .Never have been.Full study of how the Mormon belief system came to be shows the obvious differences.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:24 am |
  5. Rick

    Glenn Beck is a troll

    August 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • God2

      Yup, he be trollin'

      August 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  6. Mickey

    The anger and name-calling are over the top. Unfortunately, if you don't agree with the open-minded these days and speicifically if one expresses a belief in God and dare I say it, Jesus Christ, the anger and insults come flying at you. Smirk away ole wise ones if that comforts you or uplifts you.. Why in the world do you care if someone believes in God and believes God is in control? Mr. Beck believes all of us are better off if they are informed and he rightfully can express his belief in God. You don't have to agree but why on earth does it make so many of you so angry that you rush to insults? And I hate to debunk your myth – many of us who are Christians and Republicans are also well educated, care for ourselves and others and look forward to the future. There is an old saying: Believe none of what you hear, half of what you see and all of what you say. Rumors vs. facts. Should the media and government be faulted for spreading the worst case scenario related to Irene? Are you mad as hell that it wasn't as bad as it could have been. I guess they were deluded and wanted to spread myths. Oh yes – only the weather man and the government know what is good for us.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • t-bone

      Many people arent christians either but are smart enough to understand the concept of the unknown. I have absolutely zero proof of where we came from. No one does. We all have beliefs and opinions. the person that name calls a believer is just as bad as the die hard religious nut that presumes he knows all. Lets see some proof people, until then keep your views to yourself

      August 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • J-Pap

      Alright. I'd agree more with you if he wasn't making millions of dollars touting his beliefs to the weak minded.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • t-bone

      He touted the boy scout motto " be prepared" and you read something else?

      August 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Observer

      "He touted the boy scout motto " be prepared" and you read something else?"

      Yes. "… If you’ve waited, this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing."

      It all goes back to reading comprehension.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  7. t-bone

    85 Million people in danger!!! wasnt that last weeks headlines? A HISTORIC STORM.....Obama? and you pick on a guy who says to prepare food to take care of your families.... Whose really fear mongering?

    August 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  8. Marshall

    This is crazy. If the Lord wants to remind me that I am not in control, he need not send a storm. In fact, he need only let an idiot like Beck have the floor.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • t-bone

      Why? its not like you would listen.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  9. Cleareye

    Beck's looney commentary is only covered because it draws flies. This is what passes for humor today. Beck, Palin, Bachmann and now Perry. They people are welfare recipients of the CNN dole. It's one thing for Fox to waste time on them, but it's another for the legitimate media to do so. Just ignore them and they will go away.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      "Just ignore them and they will go away."

      Your ostrich-inspired strategy was tried by US administrations on Hugo Chavez and Osama Bin Laden. It didn't work very well in either case.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • Victor

      Or, like in 2000 they will get elected. Do not under estimate the stupidity of the American People.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • t-bone

      Better be nice to Perry.
      Hes going to be our next President and you will see some real "Change" then.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  10. Ramon F. Herrera


    August 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  11. Ramon F. Herrera
    August 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  12. From the valley of many gods

    BECK – HE BELIEVES HE IS THE NEXT "JOSEPH SMITH". Another quack who duped people by making crap up and becoming "a martyr". Oh my – the MORMON church must be furious that this clown is exposing their horrific dogma. Brainwashing 101.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  13. Peter

    As usual, Glenn Beck just reinforces what an idiot he is, backing up something I came across last week. "Not all conservatives are stupid people, but all stupid people are conservatives".

    August 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  14. Always

    This is a wonderful example of idiocy and paranoia...Abnormal Psych Majors please watch and follow this man closely. Oh yeah, also have straight jackets ready. He is a danger to himself and others.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Marshall

      What an idiot. If God wants to remind me that I am not in control, he need not send a storm. He need only let an idiot like Beck have the floor.

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

      Why? its not like you would listen.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  15. trekfuel

    dudes a coocoo, problem is some people will agree with him.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • t-bone

      absolutely! what kind of idiot would prepare their house to take care of their family in case of an emergency. right?

      August 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  16. Jon

    What Glen Beck says has no solid foundation, there is no God and people need to accept reality for what it is. CNN – Let's stop giving idiots like Glen Beck, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump the attention they don't deserve. Let's talk about the real issues and the opinions that matter.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Kevin

      I like your opinion better than Trump's or Beck's. 🙂

      August 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      It is not the job of responsible media to create news, just to report them. Only irresponsible media creates news, the best example being the creation of the Tea Party. If you prefer media that creates/manipulates the news, feel free to go to Faux yourself (due respect):


      August 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • jon

      what planet is this glen beck from? I help feed the people in my community. This is a natural occurence the weather My thing is I believe there is a god and when he spoke he said to feed the hungry but I have a bunch of butt heads in my community that do not want me to do so, at our community center they prpose to be good catholics and also stated whe=ever we take our food distribution they will still come and get it, but yet not in our backyard. What creeps these two people are and they go to church every sunday? UMM
      Glenn Beck I do not know what to make of him as he does have some valid points maybe refer to our bibles and ppoint out wome of these things he so states?What are your thoughts?

      August 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • t-bone

      If you know for an absolute fact that there is no god please provide the proof. You could clear this up for the whole world and we could move on. However, i have a feeling that your "FACTS" are really opinions in which case you look like an absolute idiot trying to convince someone of the "No God" theory when there is no evidence one way or the other. People need to wake up and let people believe in what they want until one side can slap down no nonsense irrefutable proof. until then, opinions are like ***holes, everyone has them.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Jon

      Where is your proof that God exists? Has anyone ever come back from the dead to prove it? Absolutely not. It is far more likely that God does not exist than he does. All the evidence so far shows he does not exist. By the way, the bible does not count as evidence.

      Furthermore, evolution is a FACT. You can't dispute it anymore, and science and religion cannot coexist; there is no way. There is nothing wrong with being atheist, in fact it's liberating because you don't have to hide behind an illusion because you are afraid that one day you will be over. Accept that you have one life, in the here and now and make the most of what you can while you are here.

      Essentially, accept responsibility of your life. If you want to believe in God go ahead, I can understand how it comforts some. But why would you believe in such a sick God, one who has the qualities or a psychotic, vengeful serial killer?

      I for one am more comforted by the thought of there being no God 🙂

      August 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • t-bone

      Jon, why do you feel the need to repeat your opinion?
      I never said the bible was proof, i never said i had any proof of his existence. Evolution is actually a theory, i happen to believe we evolve to adapt as did Darwin. However, Evolution of a species does not explain the creation of all matter and the universe. And quite frankly, there is no ABSOLUTE proof that man evolved from a rock. I cant even prove that Aliens didnt come here and create us. But i am smart enough to know that i dont know and wise enough to admit it.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • Jon

      t-bone, there is no sense arguing with you. I was simply rebuttling to your post but you seem confused as to why I replied? I will reply no more, because if you cannot understand such a simple concept I will not endure the torture of talking about something so grand and general as the concept of life.

      Please go get an education and maybe you will find many of your questions can be explained by science, and if they cannot be answered you may find that things make more sense through a scientific perspective even if not everything has been proven YET.


      August 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • F1R

      t-boine: LOL, man did not evolve from a rock 🙂 Where did you hear that ? You've been watching/reading the wrong sources. Evolution is not theoretical. It is not called the Theory of Evolution because it is theorectical.
      There is proof of evolution too. Maybe not in Darwin's day. He could only speculate based on his findings and even he quoted after drawing the 'tree of life' he wrote "I think.."
      However... now we have DNA and DNA proves conclusively that Darwin was in fact correct. All living things on the planet are related, in that they share sequences of DNA with other species – even trees!. If you break us down to the elements, a lot of what makes us up are the same chemical compounds you find in stars. Organic matter. It is all over the universe.
      After Earths atmosphere was created millions of years ago, this matter fused with the electrical storms in the atmosphere and most of that went into the ocean. Some time later (a long time), basic forms of life formed eventually resulting in a single cell which over time was able to reproduce itself. Fast forward a few million years and here we are. Do some proper reading.
      Or stick to you invisible man in the sky story that made everything in 6 days about 6000 years ago. Ignore fossil and Neanderthal or dinosaur bones. Whatever makes you comfortable and helps you face death easier.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  17. rick

    What a total & complete idiot. I'm willing to bet if you could see what shoes it's wearing they'd be clown shoes. beck ain't got squat on Bozo.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  18. EL Sharpton Mohammed

    Alllah Ahkbar !

    August 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  19. h. Lauritsen

    What an idiot! I guess some people will listen to any nut. Remember they listened to "Joans" in Guana.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  20. Ramon F. Herrera


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