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. FuadRamses

    Sixteen deaths a blessing from God? Even if one of those deaths were Glenn Wacko, it wouldn't be a blessing. Another screwed-up Mormon... y'know, Jesus told us to SHARE our food, not HOARD it. This is why I'll never vote for a Mormon for President.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • West Valley Dave

      No. I believe you wouldn't. But you were fine voting for a socialist muzzie loving community organizer with no experience doing anything. Weren't you?

      August 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • PatriotVeteran

      @West Valley Dave – none of us will. Obama is a better leader and a better human being than anything you TPers and "mormons" can offer.

      You and Glenn go tell the families of the dead that this was a "blessing", genius.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • Rabia Diluvio

      Something you apparently didn't notice: he didn't suggest that the deaths from the hurricane were some sort of blessing–the hurricane had not even approached landfall at the time. There are plenty of reasons to dislike the man, but there is not really anything wrong with the above–what he was really suggesting is that disasters like this can teach us preparedness, not that the disaster itself and the loss and grief associated with it is a good thing. In fact, I suspect very strongly that everything he said above was actually part of an advertising pitch. (Companies selling "preparedness kits" are springing up like cancerous growths across the internet–I bet serious cash that this was a segue to a sponsor ad and not seriously related to anything he was talking about that day.)

      August 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • PatriotVeteran

      @Rabio – oh. Well then next up we can expect little Glennie and his deluded followers to praise child abuse because it teaches us to "prepare" for such things, eh?

      Geniuses. Real geniuses.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • Rabia Diluvio

      "Patriot" since when did anyone praise child abuse? Deluded?! Pot meet kettle–you're BOTH black.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Observer

      Rabia Diluvio,
      "Something you apparently didn't notice: he didn't suggest that the deaths from the hurricane were some sort of blessing–the hurricane had not even approached landfall at the time"

      Something you obviously didn't notice was that the more deaths and destruction, the stronger the message. If this storm caused no deaths and damages, do you really think it would have a significant impact on preparations in the future? Think it through this time.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • Sir Craig

      No, Rabia, he called Irene a "blessing." Death and destruction are never "blessings," no matter how much religious mumbo-jumbo you wrap it in. Preparedness is a good thing, yes, but you don't call reminders of that need a "blessing." This is what everyone here is trying to say and what you and the other Beck enablers seem to be completely missing. PatriotVeteran was correct in his example: Why call a tragedy a "blessing" simply because it demonstrates the need to be prepared? My family and I get hit by a drunk driver—is this a "blessing" because it demonstrates the need for DUI laws, insurance coverage, and funeral homes? (No, that last example did NOT happen—just another attempt to demonstrate by such "blessings" are nonsense.)

      August 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  2. kayaker247

    glenn beck is a scam artist to biblical proportions. sheep follow this clown not people that can think for themselves.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  3. Seriously?

    A. I'm not a Mormon but food storage is common sense. It's what everyone did before FDR taught them to depend on the government to fix everything. Only in the last 50-100 years did people stop storing food, and only in the last 10-20 have people started saying that it's crazy to do so – and THEN those voices come mainly from the US and Europe.
    B. Whether you like someone's politics or not – sometimes they're right. This is one of those times. He's right, get over it, ignore it if you feel the need, MOVE ON.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • Liz

      Um, it's the calling a hurricane that killed 15 people a blessing. Furthermore, it's the audacity of Glenn Beck to pretend that he is tuned in to God and can interpret his words to us. You're missing the point by focusing on the stockpiling of food issue. But I suspect that many of Beck's fans or followers just like you have selective hearing.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  4. Reasonable1

    Glen Beck is a religious conservative, dishonest and insincere.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  5. Atheistnumberone

    Stockpile 3 months of food?, guess the Donner Party was a hard lesson?

    August 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  6. Androscoggin

    No Palin or Bachmann comments to report, so CNN had to go to Plan C: Beck?

    August 28, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      You are in the RELIGION section. If you want to read about Mrs. Palin, click on the ENTERTAINMENT section.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  7. Mickey

    Frankly, I doubt The Lord is reminding most of you of anything. The science in these pages is about as brilliant as the vitrol against a man or diety. I think I'll continue to think for myself and tune out of the hate discussion. Wow – sleep it off folks

    August 28, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  8. sarah

    I wish that the Mormon church would cast him out...Like Fox

    August 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  9. maeve

    Do we really need to see a "huge" picture of a wacko on the CNN page? The double whammy would be Palin and Beck. Did Beck call God and ask if this was one of his blessings? Glenn needs to be quiet. He speaks and says nothing.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  10. Ramon F. Herrera


    August 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  11. Androscoggin

    Apparently no one cares but CNN.com

    August 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      The following is contained in the CNN Forum FAQ:

      "Anybody who disagrees with the CNN forum policies or editorial lines can go to Faux themselves":


      August 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  12. George

    Why is this news?

    August 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Because you clicked.
      Signed: CNN

      August 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  13. Ramon F. Herrera


    August 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  14. ummm

    this is god reminding us he is in control? what a jerk

    August 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  15. Trollmanjack

    Sala kuta maki chaud. Akhe laath mari ga lund fhat jai gee !

    August 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  16. Real christian Perspective

    It's totally amazing to me that anyone would listen to this nut job..

    August 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  17. jatodog

    No, a blessing would be a hurricane toppling a tree onto Beck.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  18. Eli

    And Paul Krugman was upset that damage from the East Coast earthquake was not significantly worse.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  19. Ramon F. Herrera


    August 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  20. spoo

    from now on a new definition for idiot, glenn beck

    August 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
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