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. Ramon F. Herrera


    August 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  2. RichardSRussell

    Isn't there a word for people who hear God talking directly to them?
    Oh, yeah, "paranoid schizophrenic"!

    August 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      Isn't there a word for people who say there is "a"(as in one) word then give you two?Oh yeah ...stupid.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • Guest

      Dewd, that's 2 words! Cantcha count?

      August 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  3. Stop talking about god.

    God has nothing to do with anything. its a freaking hurricane. nothing more than nature. Food storage and all that, do it if you want to, but leave god out of it. god and politics dont mix. the only blessing would be for a earthquake to create a big hole under Glenn becks home along with a few others. Don't listen to this religious jibberish its all nonsence. I mean storing food is a no brainer if you want to be storm prepared. but as far as god is conserned you have nothing to worry about. Have a great day! I am going to go outside and wait for god to stike me down with lightning, Hope i dont go to hell.. i'm scaaared. get a grip people.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Guest

      God works in mysterious ways. So do I! Where you at? I'm going to try to strike you down with lightning!

      August 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  4. Georgina

    What? Glen I've listened to you live and you were great. Now you're just another nut job.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  5. keltari

    Glenn Beck is the devil

    August 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Jeffbaseball

      You've got that right.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • will7370

      The devil wouldn't tell you to prepare. He'd want you to be caught off guard and suffer.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Wade

      Why is telling people they should be prepared make him the devil exactly?

      August 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  6. jack spratis

    This man is a totsl jerk and should be ignored as such !

    August 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  7. StormeeATL

    A true blessing would be if this idiot would just shut up!!

    August 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • Carol

      Amen to that.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • will7370

      And what's wrong with being prepared? If a boy scout told you that, you would think he was wise.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Tessa

      If a boyscout told me to be prepared because of some "global food disruption", I'd still think he was crazy.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • Marcus

      Don't kick Beck to the "curb" just yet. He is not the only one who thinks America is in for a REALLY HARD TIME. Several years ago George W. Bush Senior, bought over 100,000 acres of land in Paraguay's northern "Chaco" region. The Bush land is close to a new U.S. military installation,and near a huge tract of land purchased by Rev. Sun Myung Moon. This land also sits astride Latin America's largest water aquifer, the Guarani aquifer. This covers any "drought" problems associated with Global Warming. The Paraguayan Senate voted to “grant U.S. troops immunity from national and International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction.” and immediately afterwards, 500 heavily armed U.S. troops arrived with various planes, choppers and land vehicles at Mariscal Estigarribia air base.


      August 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  8. Omen

    A warning only for the east coast...and what about the rest of the USA and world? Idiot beck.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  9. K

    I don't need to know any god to know I'm not in control of the natural disasters on the Earth. In fact, Mr. Beck, I never had that delusion to begin with.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  10. Wayne

    I think he makes a point. Come on, people live in New Enlgand and they don't have flashlights and batteries? There is nothing extreme or crazy about people having Common Sense and being able to have a basic emergency plan. I think Beck is right on this one.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • will7370

      You're absolutely right. Instead of knee-jerk reactions because he tells you something you don't want to hear, everyone should have the humility to admit they could learn something from everyone.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • Guest

      Should be prepared for NATURAL disasters, yes. What does this have to do with god?

      August 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  11. Dub1045

    Very weak storm for a Hurricane. Cat 1 or less. Too bad we will now have to listen to how the government is going to make it all better for the next year. What in New Jersey could possibly be worth a billion dollars let alone 10s of them. Scam central is about to begin kiddies. If you want to see why we want smaller government watch what NJ does to get our tax money to rebulid something that was not there to start with and will not be there when the money is gone.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  12. Sam

    This is why I'm an atheist. Because people like Glenn Beck are results of a moronic childs' storybook called the Bible and it spews hatred and nonsense.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • will7370

      Most children being disciplined by their parent think the parent is spewing hatred and nonsense. If a loving Heavenly Father is trying to get our attention, what does he have to do to get it?

      August 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  13. JoJo Coyote

    Why does anyone care what an alcoholic, ex-Zoo Keeper record spinning comedian says about anything?

    August 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  14. leelee

    MORON-ISM not mormonish. why does the press give this moron a voice – you should give him a straight jacket.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  15. Trollmanjack

    tum mera lund chooch chooch kai ga ! Moo me pani agai hay !

    August 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  16. saty

    Ahhh.. look at the all the lonely people!!

    No one is there to bless, destruction/death is nothing to feel blessed about. Moron.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  17. Ramon F. Herrera


    August 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  18. maxhedroom

    The true blessing would have been for God to wash away this hateful sick man with hurricane flood waters. His vitriol poisons the minds of the weak with anger and prejudice.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  19. T in Alberta

    Is Glenn Beck relevant?

    August 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Well, his rating fell badly and was fired from Faux. He keeps the most loyal followers, wackos among the wackos.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  20. Another mormon "prophet"

    Why does Glenn wear a bullet-proof vest when he prophecies? Here's an idea. Maybe the GOP needs to get rid of Fox news and just start their own televangelical TV station? It would at least make Beck, Palin, Bachmann, Angle, and all the other religious whacko GOP candidates look more honest.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
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