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. GDJ

    The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to me soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God (Luke 12:16-21).

    August 28, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • Jon

      This teaching is against storing things for years in order to not have to work anymore. The mormons only teach to store up food for a few months in case of emergency.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  2. Scientificpoetry

    I wish someone would put a cork in Glenn Beck's mouth. He is an embarrassment to the human race. It's a shame that there are many people out there that believe his delusions. The scariest thing is that their vote counts as much as mine...

    August 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • annie

      What is scary to me is that he doesn't get embarrassed at what he says. It's a sign of a serious personality disorder or mental illness.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  3. Tex71

    Maybe Beck's home will be destroyed in a disaster so that he can have the chance to call it a blessing.
    How typical of a right-wing extremist to display such callousness at the losses suffered by the less fortunate.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  4. Loki

    hear he has a large supply of cocoa puffs–he's coo coo for them

    August 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  5. BK

    Glen Beck: The man who was such an idiot that even Fox News couldn't stand to have him around any longer. I bet they are glad they made that decision now.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  6. Cookie Monster


    August 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  7. Ramon F. Herrera


    August 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  8. Lisa McKenzie

    This from a spokesman of the people, who believe they inherit Mars upon their death.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  9. Tom

    Mormon = MORON!

    August 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  10. jessica

    This guy is an IDIOT.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  11. Fabjan

    Ever hear of Sodom and Gomorrah?

    August 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Observer

      Did you?

      If so, you know what the Bible said was "the sin of Sodom". What was it?

      August 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  12. diridi

    this idiot Glenn Beck is a curse to the nation....any one know this???????

    August 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  13. Glasslassie

    Do you really believe this??? I mean Really? Where is your source for this statement. What publication, book, newspaper, person professed this belief. Is this just something you made up?

    August 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  14. bluemax77

    No such thing as bad publicity and he’s milking it... move on ..!!

    August 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  15. Ramon F. Herrera


    August 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • bluemax77

      How does America with it’s mandatory schooling manage to produce just a dumb-Sh$t as Palin and why do we give a crap...? You gotta wonder...!! I do..!!

      August 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  16. bluemax77

    Poor sad little putz...!!

    August 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  17. nathan

    Wow what happened to this guy? I was never a fan of his politics but he has gone off the reservation. No wonder Fox dumped him.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  18. A.Yazdan

    Man, true blessing would be for this guy to get sane

    August 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  19. Mike

    I think that Glenn Beck makes a lot of sense. I'm going to immediatley begin storing up food, emergency supplies and ammunition. Thank you GB for the suggestion.

    You never know when a single large storm or terrorist attack will disrupt you and your family's lives. I opt to be prepared and take care of my family. This is America and you can choose to not be prepared, but I choose to be prepared.

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

      This guy is nuts!!

      August 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • keylargo

      Is this the first time you've considered the possibility of a disaster? If so you must be either very young, very sheltered, or a bald faced liar!

      August 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Tea-bagger

      Way to go Mike, our family is right there with you ! We will be prepared for when our country is bankrupt further and prices sky rocket and people can't afford food, your family and our's will be sitting fat cats while the Libby's wait for the broken, screwed up government to bail them out again, HOWEVER, that won't be able to happen, then riots will erupt ! Ignorant people on here looking to bash Glenn Beck. BASH OBAMA instead, waste your energy on SOMEONE who can do something and WON'T because OBAMA HATES America !

      August 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • Observer


      It's easy to see you are a Beck fan. Your totally unproveable statement about Obama hating America is a symptom of your level of fairness.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  20. Andrew

    Religion is dangerous. This man has proved that point. No man, woman, or child should have their own broadcasting platform if they want to spew the age old fairy tale to the masses with it.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • El Jefe

      It is so naive to discount the guidance because it got associated with a religion. Isn't it just good practical advice to be ready for an emergency? If the same message had come from FEMA or others, it wouldn't be newsworthy nor would you have attacked it.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
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