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

Filed under: Mormonism

soundoff (3,354 Responses)
  1. mbal

    What an idiot.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  2. Observer

    Is the caption for the photo: "I'm gonna tell a whopper th-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-s big"?

    August 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  3. fred bazzeeda

    Anyone who takes this can of rubbish seriously deserves to be taken like a can of rubbish.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  4. Roadkill Johnstone

    Our father thou fart in heaven Forgive who tree ass against us. Father kill and maime all from Salem Oregon. Father, starve out all from country time buffet, Father, give us our daily thread amen

    August 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • JOregon

      You got a problem with Salem OR?
      Maybe you spent too much time at the prison?

      August 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  5. SB

    He's insane.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  6. Kirk

    This guy has achieved great heights in Mormondom.... he will now be given the official Joseph Smith badge for false prophesying and will be one rung closer to Kolob

    August 28, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  7. Chris

    The sole purpose of this article is to try and make Glenn Beck look weird or crazy and try to alienate him from the base of conservatives who are mostly traditional Christians who don't accept Mormonism. Come on CNN aren't you supposed to be better than this? Anyone who listens to Glenn's show on a regular basis knows its filled with mostly common sense, conservative opinions. The liberal media always attacks popular conservatives on a personal level and try to discredit them because they know who they are as people and their viewpoints ring true with most Americans. America has always been and is now a nation filled with people with conservative ideology. Its a shame that such a few amount of people have gotten control of the American media and unfairly influenced people.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Observer

      "The sole purpose of this article is to try and make Glenn Beck look weird or crazy"

      Nope. He did it all by himself. CNN didn't force him to call a deadly, expensive hurricane a "blessing". Read the story.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • fred bazzeeda

      Hello Chris, Glenn Beck and Common Sense in the same sentence?
      Are you completely and utterly mad?
      It has nothing to do with conservative or liberal or whatsoever.
      Pure logic is escaping this guy and is spewing totally biased propaganda for the religious-holier-than-thou-smarter-than-thou-regime.
      Please, I kindly ask you to see thru the smoke and mirrors.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • John

      Chris – go back to Fox news and read the lies as you like them to be told to you. If you don't like the facts and think it's just the liberal media then keep on reading and listening to those bogus sources that tell you what you want to hear stop complaining about the truth because you don't like it.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  8. Anna

    Honestly, he only says stuff like this because he knows it gets people to talk about him just like we're doing now and maybe buy his books. Same with all the other political pundits, of which, I could name a hundred. They say this crap because it makes people watch their shows, buy their books, or go see their seminars. Nevermind the fact that families lost loved ones, or their homes, he's using them to make a buck. Yes, people should be prepared for a natural disaster. Good thinking Einstein, why didn't I think of that. Now go tell the mother who just lost her 11 year old son that, I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • fred bazzeeda

      yes, you hit it right on the head Anna. he got us talking about him.
      but i will say this, i will not be purchasing any book from this rubbish spewing self loving holier than thou religious hate monger.
      ok, there is my rant with a quick description.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  9. apathy

    He scares me. Tunnel visioned conservatism with a mix of ancient mysticism .......

    August 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • John

      The problem is he's just one of the nut jobs out there and he's got a media outlet to call to arms the rest of the nut jobs.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  10. Ryan

    Apparently Glenn Beck thinks he's some sort of Messiah. What a crazed lunatic. Just because you warn about something and it comes true doesn't make you a divine prophet. I could warn of aliens attacking for years but until it happens I would just look like and idiot. How many other claims has he made that were absolutely wrong?

    August 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  11. hb

    One of Sarah's exceptional idiots

    August 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  12. Jesus Christ

    Behold my followers, this man...is an idiot. Why can't you all just get along? Religion and faith are personal tools for yourselves, not to be abused and forced upon others. Your faith is your faith, it does not have to be the faith of others. That is ok, there is plenty of room for all people of all beliefs to live. Just don't listen to fanatics like this. Religion and faith are what you make of it, not what others say it is.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • bill

      dear mr. jesus, sir. how can you explain this 200 year blight on humanity called republicanism. please liberate us, and protect us from their wickedness.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Roadkill Johnstone

      I ok and u are ok doctrine will not work with me. If you believe in Christ, he is your only god. Rest of this sub-humans are no more or no less than animals. Christ is the only savior, beleive and repent your sins before its too late.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  13. Arthur

    Nothing shocking here.. Beck has demonstrated many times over his elevator does not go to the top. I guess stockpiling is being prepared for the Socialist-Communists sent by Obama invading from the north..lol Beck's certifiable.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  14. Gauntletwielder

    Glenn Beck is a contemporary court jester...sans entertaining qualities. Only this fool could be selfish enough to turn a deadly natural disaster into a meritless "I told you so." It's a shame he and Ann Coulter were not killed by Hurricane Irene...then Irene might have truly been a blessing.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • Observer

      Chill out. Your comments certainly don't make you look any better than them.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  15. Robert

    why would anybody with any brains listen to a idiot like this. this idiot belongs in a mental hospital

    August 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Chase

      Yeah, it's so stupid to use this hurricane as a learning experience on why we need to be prepared in case a MAJOR natural disaster cuts people off from food and water for an extended period of time. Beck is such a fool....

      August 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • McCy

      @Chase, that's not what Glenn Beck is doing. He's proselytizing. And he sounds like a maniac. Teaching disaster preparedness is not his job, and he's certainly not qualified to do it. However, there are many people who are qualified to do it, and I assure they have done it in those areas affected by these storms, and to a much greater quality than Beck could ever hope to achieve. Attempting to defend Beck on these grounds is both disingenuous and hypocritical.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  16. Cracked Pie


    August 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  17. zeroza

    I'm going to hang myself and is your fault, thank u cnn...

    August 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  18. EddyL

    Big storm = Bad, Big payouts by insurance companies = Sad – new jobs created for out of work construction workers +Good!

    August 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  19. Ramon F. Herrera


    August 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • dgkdgk

      Beck is that blowhard cousin you, thankfully, only have to see once or twice a year because they know everything about everything, feign humility and smile to your face while stabbing you in the back. Yep. Nailed it.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  20. becool

    A non sense comment of Beck adding to that he's mormon too!! Double nonsenses!!

    August 28, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
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