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. zarmet


    August 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  2. DRSA

    This guy is a serious nut case. Don't know who can listening to him or how somebody can instigate hate this way and keep talking on air..

    August 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Walter Weinzinger

      There is no instigation of hate here. Shame on you for trying to instill hate of the man in others! Trying to get people to prepare for adversity is done out of a concern for their wellbeing, not out of hate. But your comment shows the hate that is in you yourself.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  3. Rick Perry

    He's so right, just so dead on accurate. Those people were so blessed, they died. I wish I were that blessed.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Glen Beck

      Amen brother, Amen !

      August 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  4. Roadkill Johnstone

    A recent comprehensive study suggest the following:

    Americans are eating too many banana's and it is detrimental to thier health. On the average, American's will consume 12,000,000 banana's in a single day. As a result, the American's are turning back the clock and reverting back to their ancester's "the common ape". When compared to the early American's one can notice , in today's American, ape like appearances. Thick forhead, long arms and hair all over the body. The main personallity shift is that they chatter like a chimpanzee 24 hours 7 day's a week.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • mikocat

      You made my day. I am still laughing for what it is worth. I will continue to agree that he (Glenn) is a truly egomaniac on a truly off-kilted destiny toward been a martyr.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  5. Bobby Jean

    Twits will always rant when in the spotlight. The real question here is; why is CNN giving him the spotlight, and free of counterpoint? I'm embarrassed for you, CNN. Journalism is beyond you.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      Let's make an agreement, Mr. Jean: You don't click, we don't cover. Deal? Mr. Beck is ALWAYS welcome to reply.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      "why is CNN giving him the spotlight"

      Because it is not our job to decide who is newsworthy. We do not make the news, we report them. If you want a media that makes the news (the Tea Party being a prime example), yo may go to Faux yourself:


      August 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  6. Ramon F. Herrera


    August 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • MP

      Please do not confuse Libertarians with Christian nut jobs

      August 29, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  7. BCA Newark DE

    Will he even have the balls to visit the families of those who were killed and tell them that their deaths were a "blessing"?

    August 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  8. Ron Nader

    can you say FALSE PROFIT????

    August 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  9. Isabella


    August 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  10. MP

    Oy Vey Zmir Meshugana

    August 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  11. lacyelle

    guess he's got plenty of storage area in the house in Dallas he rents for $20 thousand a month, ya think?

    August 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  12. bruntlive

    White America you should be ashamed of yourself for making this guy rich. Stop financing and following people who you think will put Obama in his place. It's still comes down to elections not sound bite, fast talking and loud assumptions. Just stop it, the civil war is over.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • JarrodS

      To assume that an entire race is behind the makings of this man.... thats pretty racist. I'd almost have to put you in the same class as Mr. Beck.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • White america

      I'm white and revolted by Glen Beck, but especially these comments. I read your comment and was revolted by you.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • dgkdgk

      Woah woah woah woah woahhhhhhh – do NOT put all white people behind this azzhole. He's a disgusting pig, everyone knows that no matter what color their skin is. And, next time you go to play the race card, just know that you're as guilty of it as the person you're accusing.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  13. Nova Man 999

    Even more of an idiot is the person who listens to this 'whacko'.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  14. Yawar

    This guy makes me sick. What a jerk.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  15. roc1

    Beck is a Grand Opportunistic Putz, laughing all the way to the bank with his salary based on advertising. Best thing we can all do is not listen, not discuss, not respond, and most importantly, not buy anything advertised on his "show".

    August 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  16. RedRabbit

    Blessing? Fifteen people are dead because of this storm. It was obviously no 'blessing' to them.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • T Rose

      It sure was a blessing to those who lost their lives for they are with the Lord now!

      August 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  17. jimzcarz

    He's a FearMonger....

    August 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  18. Mike Houston

    It's incomprehensible to me why so many people spend so much time wondering about "God". Whether there is or is not a
    divine creator makes absolutely no difference to ANYTHING...EVERYTHING will go on with or without God, Allah, Yaweh,
    Jehovah, Moses, Christ, Muhammed, Budha, the Dalai Lama or the Pope. All the priests, rabbis, mullahs, monks, shaman,
    or medicine men in the entire world cannot "pray" away or "pray" into existence ANYTHING....All the time that is spent
    "wishing" for something that is "different" from what "is" or "is going to be" is a total waste of mental activity...That's time
    that would better be spent eating or drinking or sleeping. Gods, religions, edifice building, and praying is a total waste.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • pigfarmer

      You are absolutely right but there's so much money in it.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  19. jimzcarz


    August 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      You forgot hate, hate, hate, hate, etc.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • dgkdgk

      Yep ... fear, fear, fear ... better prepare, better prepare, better prepare ... ohhhh, and look at that, I (Glenn Beck) just happen to sell survival kits on my website for the low, low price of $199 (+ shipping and handling.) Thief, fraud, crook, mentally ill, deranged, sadistic madman who is more destructive to America than any ten hurricanes combined.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  20. imfedup2here

    Glen Beck is a moron, go fiqure. I knew this many years ago before he joined the biggest cult in america.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Mike Houston

      Glen Beck would be a moron whether he's in or out of any cult (whether its the Mormon's or any of a number of other cults).
      Seems to me Beck wants to spend his life at somebody's wailing wall and it doesn't much matter whose as long as he gets
      a bunch of people to pay attention to him...and to pay him financially.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
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