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. Paul

    So he's a Mormon now? Honestly not surprised; they're like patriotic scientologists.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      He's been a Mormon for a while now.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      so how long has he been a moron?

      August 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  2. Wade

    His fans have deep, deep mental issues.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  3. Deamer96

    Ok so your saying that if there is a food shortage the general population is going to go the all the houses owned by mormons and steal their food supplies?....well if you think thats a good idea Glenn....

    August 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      Hmmm. Maybe I finally understand the insane obsession that right wingers have with guns. They need to be able to fight off the sane people when their vengeful god visits distruction upon the non-believers. Makes perfect sense now.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  4. Unknown

    Jon Stewart is coming back after next week Glenn, hahahahahahaha!

    August 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  5. James

    The only way this storm would be a blessing is if it took Beck and his ilk with it.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  6. Chumunky

    Has Beck ever read the Bible? Jesus called for his people to walk the world without even a bowl and trust in the grace of God to provide for the true believer. Do you know what this meant in Jesus's time? At that time, there were no extra serving plates, each person had his or her own bowl. Jesus was asking his followers to find some gracious person each and every day that would allow an unwashed stranger, talking of the messiah to, eat off of their plate. Remember this was a time of no utensils so it was the strangers' hand that reached into your bowl.

    Glen Beck thinks we should store hundreds of pounds of food in our homes to answer the call of God. It's fine to call Americans to store food to brace for the future, in the name of society and national safety but not in the name of Jesus Christ.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • Gumby

      Christians, Mormon or otherwise, rarely pay much attention to Jesus and his teachings.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
    • Irene

      I am going to blow his a$$ up

      August 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • Downeestah

      To Gumby > AMEN!!! You've got that right!

      August 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      Us athiests ain't so big on them teachin's neither.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  7. tallulah13

    I hope Glenn Beck loses everything in a disaster. That way he can be blessed, too.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  8. WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

    And, in the famous words of Jon Stewart: "finally, a guy who says what people who aren't thinking are thinking". Thanks, Jon.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • Spiffy


      August 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  9. NoHater

    So, is there anything wrong with his advice? Is food storage in case of an emergency a good or a bad idea? Does self-reliance help or hurt society? Just askin'.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • God

      I am sick and tired of this fking a$$ holes

      August 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • shawn

      I have yet to know anyone who stored food to be harmed by it .. but hey who am I ??

      August 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • James

      Great another sign from God. We didn't get the message when we got kicked out of Eden, we didn't get it when that meteor wiped out our friends the dinosaurs, we didn't get it when the ice age hit, we didn't get it when God forced Noah's family to repopulate the planet through incest, we didn't get it from the plague, we didn't get it after 2 world wars, heck we didn't even get it after Bush was elected a 2nd time. So how are we supposed to get God's message from a tiny little level 1 hurricane with the sweet name of Irene?

      August 27, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  10. Anise

    Yes, we're not in control, which means that Glenn Beck certainly isn't! He is in for a rude shock when he has to *actually* answer to God on Judgment Day. He'll find out that he never knew what was going on and never followed God's true teachings.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • NoHater

      Unless, of course, Anise, he's right and you're in trouble...

      August 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      My magic spells are better than your magic spells. My personal deity is the only real one and yours is fake. Got news for you my friend, when you die, you won't be facing anyone but the undertaker. "Isn't it enough to know that the forest is beautiful, without needing to find fairies at the bottom of it?" (-Douglas Adams)

      August 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  11. dwerbil

    Glenn Beck is the white part on chicken doodle.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  12. PatriotVeteran

    Here's the Tea Party folks. Here's a Republican. Enjoy.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  13. Insight

    Hurricane Irene is a blessing from God until it hits his a$$

    August 27, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  14. AGeek

    Beck is nuttier than squirrel turds and full of more sh-t than a manure cart. What a train wreck. The only thing that scares me is people follow him, which means they're *WORSE*!

    August 27, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • Lexisay

      Lordy mi, mio, I couldn't agree more than if I had said it myself. These religious wackadoodles make me want to throw up big time.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  15. Observer

    Maybe he needs to get some professional mental health services. Sure looks like he's going over the deep end. You know you've got some real problems when FOX thinks you're too wacky.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
    • Pat in IL

      Agree...I've thought for a while that he really needs some professional help. It's easy to call him wacko, but if you've been watching him from the beginning of his commentating career, it's easy to see that he has gone far from reality and needs help of some sort.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  16. Unknown

    Glenn Back lost his mind, or more like what's left of his mind.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  17. ohright

    I'd like to hear what the families of those who have died and will die in this storm have to say about little Glennie calling the storm a "blessing".

    August 27, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  18. Shawn

    Glenn Beck = Chicken Little

    August 27, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  19. Gumby

    What more proof does one need to be convinced that Glenn Beck is batshyte insane?

    August 27, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
    • NoHater

      Boy, are you right. If we didn't learn how to be prepared after Katrina, and to understand that The Gubmint will not save our butts in a disaster, what good is Irene going to do? You people who think Beck is nuts are worse than he is.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  20. Philip

    Mormon? I though he was simply another moron running loose in the woods.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • AGeek

      Bad editing on the part of Gilgoff. Somehow an extraneous 'm' slipped into the word, landing it in the religion blog. He *did* mean 'moron', not 'mormon'.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      Not a typo – just two variations of the same word.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • shawn

      please he does NOT represent the Mormons and does not speak for them one bit. he is a complete idiot.we may store food but for heck sure this hurricane BS is just that out his a– I am insulted by the man and I wish the church would simply kick this guy to the curb. he was NOT born mormon and has taken great advantage of many things How convinient for him. This guy is a maniac.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
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