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

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  1. Brett Stokes

    Here's a clue for you clueless people, if you live through a hurricain or earthquake, consider it a "blessing from God" If you have no food or shelter, don't ask a follower of common sense or Glenn Beck for food from their food stockpiles or shelter. Suffer with your family for your stupidity, Consider it a "blessing from God" you're alive to suffer and maybe learn a lesson.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  2. Ted

    All donations will be gratefully accepted................................

    August 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  3. cschembor

    who is this guy? and why does CNN or anyone for that matter still make articles on him? glenn beck is a bubbling idiot full of hot steam...he got fired 2 months ago and most people on both sides of the aile (left wing or right wing) know he can't be taken seriously

    August 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  4. JBob29

    First of all Glenn Beck may be a Mormon but he is not a spokesperson for the LDS church. I'm sure he's not saying these people's deaths are a blessing from God so all of you who are freaking out about that need to calm down. How can anyone say that its a bad idea to be prepared for emergencies, whether natural disasters or otherwise? And btw the LDS church will probably be one of the first organizations there to help those in need after this disaster is over. They prepare for times like this. Some of you may benefit from their help someday if and when something like this happens in your area.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • Dan

      Sure, the LDS flocked to help Katrina victims and the tornado victims......oh, I guess those weren't big enough for the LDS church

      August 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Heidi

      @Dan You are very mistaken if you think the LDS church didn't help with Katrina and other disasters. Groups that traveled all night Friday after work and school, sleeping in car, Working all day Saturday and most of Sunday, driving back home for work and school. Chain saws, clearing debris. Groups went to Joplin too. "As of Sept. 13, 140 truckloads of commodities and supplies, about 5.6 million pounds or 2,800 tons had been shipped into affected areas; with thousands of LDS volunteers giving 9,204 manpower days helping 1,606 Church members and 3,226 people not of the LDS faith, according to Garry Flake, director of Church Emergency Response. In addition, some 3,500 volunteers served Sept. 10-11." from http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/47826/After-Katrinas-fury-relief-on-a-grand-scale.html That is just some of the relief offered. If you have a disaster in your area, you do want their help.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  5. terry wrist

    i used to listen to Glenn beck until he started crying like a preschooler. in my thinking i believe in some way people like this want the world to fail, want tragedy and mayhem,because this world is just too boring for them, and things like 2012,the Mayan calender and all that,just gets them too excited. my theory is that when the end comes there wont be any warning or signs,it just happens.i believe Glenn just needs to up his dosage.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  6. Benzin

    While he may have a good point about being prepared for emergencies, calling any loss of innocent life a blessing is very low, even for Beck. He will say anything for money or attention and this is no different.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  7. maria

    When the end comes it won't be like a silly hurricane or any other thing we've experienced.
    God is warning us, yes, but not by sending hurricanes that kill people. This man is stupid.
    God is warning us through the gospels where Jesus spoke of the signal of his presence and the end of this system of things, and also through the book of Revelation. It's there for us all to read and be prepared, but.. in a spiritual way.
    Do people really really think that they'll be saved just because they keep themselves in a bunker with food suplies? Do people think that they can sin and not repent and behave ungodly and still be saved through the real Armageddon when it comes? People are so arrogant. Read and change the way you live your lives. And tell others about the coming end of this evil system we've created. God's action is coming, and whoever resists untouched by this world will see it, and will pass through it unharmed, to a new world. Then will all begin again. But not becasue you listen to some worldy preacher whose teachings are not from God but from man will you be saved...

    August 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • JB

      I can see where you're coming from... but I also think your beliefs are crazy.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  8. Rob

    Awwww. That's so cute.
    I've been wondering what Glenn was up to since he got fired.
    Guess he's found another propaganda network to market his drivel.......the church.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  9. JB

    So basically he's saying hurricane Irene is a sign from god and that god is warning us to prepare for the end of the world.

    Good lord... Obviously Glenn has never heard of the term HURRICANE SEASON.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  10. emunadate

    While I don't agree with his interpretation of what G-d wants of us, because how would he know what G-d wants unless he is a prophet. That being said, I do think that a lot of what he does is good like standing with Israel...http://emunadate.blogspot.com/2011/05/glenn-beck-i-stand-tonight-with-israel.html

    August 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • tony

      Anybody who support Criminal Trerroist country Israel dooms to fail.baby killers IDF rot in hell...Aman

      August 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
    • tony

      Any American who support murders terrorist IDF they got blood on thier hand.Glenn is nothing but Idiot does he knows that jews says openly that Marry is a hore and Jesus is a basterd child. becouse he hate Muslim thats why he love Israel.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  11. Vince

    That's awesome! I love how this man is attacked for warning people to "be prepared" even though time and again he's been proven right and nothing bad could come from having extra food, water, etc. Even the Federal Government says you should. But, the Government says only 3 days. Why is that? Why attack someone for saying you should stock up? If NOTHING ever goes wrong then you have extra supplies for that "surpise guest". But, who here doesn't know someone that's gotten sick, lost a job, or had a power outage? I know I have and having an extra 6 monthes of food made my unemployment so much easier! It was one less bill for my family to worry about!

    August 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
    • Observer

      Pay attention. Here's why he is being attacked:

      "If you’ve waited, this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing"

      At least 19 dead; 3 million people without power; billions of dollars in damage.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • johnnieg

      BECK .........AA nut job!

      August 28, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • Tim

      if all you get out of Beck's rantings is to "be prepared", then you're either the most positive person in the world, or you aren't paying attention. Thn again, ranting about being prepared for bibical disasters is still a pretty high rank on the crazy-o-meter. That said, this guy is a worthless POS that creates problems in the world. The fact he has this influence and ability to speak to such large masses of people is something that should not be okay. (not anymore thn someone trying to incite a riot). Yes, I have a problem with an uneducated, irrational lunatic that's so politically biased that him and his network work hard to pit Americans against their governemtn and to pit citizens against each other and view them as the enemy all because they aren't an extreme conservative that buy into fear and political bias to the point that it's damaging to the country itself. Admittedly, it is a great way to distract the idiots that listen to him and his network of goons from what's going on in the world, so they can get their political ties in office to have more power in what happens in the world to benefit them and their friends. That's all it is, these fools don't even believe in what they claim anyway, and they have their ignorant sheep do their bidding, which only harms the sheep and benefits them. How dumb can you be? You don't know what problem people have this this half wit? His listeners are quarter-wits, at best.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  12. Jack elwood

    Glen beck Is an idiot. If you are a fan of his you're an idiot too.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  13. Hoovervilles

    A blessing?

    Let us all pray that Glen Elmer-Gantry-Tartuffe-PinchBeck be this blessed.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  14. RS

    The man is a total media ho and if he could make more money by being a left wing nut he would no doubt do that. But this time he makes sense. I learned it the hard way after Hurricane Hugo when my power was off for 3 weeks. Unless you live it you have no idea what I mean..but if you ever do, you will never again be without a long term food supply.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • Observer

      Did it take 19 deaths and billons of dollars to teach you the lesson?

      August 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  15. Lion

    This dog Glenn Beck needs to be thrown in a den full of hungry lions. THAT WILL BE A BLESSING!

    August 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  16. Me

    I guess the hurricane must be a blessing for his followers, others that are homeless and could not save up for this, or the rest of us who did not think of his complex idea are idiots and I guess we deserve to die or have our houses blown away. Thank God for people like Beck who know how to take any event and shed light on themselves. Next time a an event like this hits, and if he did not tell you ahead of time to prepare, that means its not a blessing, its a message of punishment.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  17. Csliforniagrl

    All these people that dump on Glen Beck, do they ever actually listen to him? They go on with the hate and the fear and it's not what he talks about. He talks about God alot,yes, and family and is pro-Israel(which i gather is verbotten) he does occasionally put his foot in his mouth but he isn't a hater by any means of interpretation. All the hype on this storm, you would have thought is was a SyFy Saurday Night movie, anything that happens on the east coast is immediatly more
    Important than the left coast but he was right, you learn to be prepared, is that so wrong?

    August 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • Observer

      "he isn't a hater by any means of interpretation"

      Read some of his comments about President Obama (racist, etc.).

      August 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • geekgirl42

      A nutball with a microphone is just a loud nutball.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • Tim

      He's an uneducated, ignorant lunatic, this has nothing to do with him talking about God or being prepared, even though he does so in an exceedingly crazy way.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    • Jms

      With all do respect, he seems to want attention, like most others in the spotlight. They want to keep their names going so that they may work on their next "money" making project or political campaign. I actually have watched a few of his shows years ago and came away feeling he was very wrapped up in himself and I found his views undesirable though I kept an open mind. In any event I personally do care for his way of doing business but if you enjoy him all the more power to you! I'm sorry you feel that anything that happend here on the East Coast is immediately more important then anywhere else. I live 15 miles or so from Manhattan here in the NYC burbs and I have seen peole comment that the we always get so much attention when there is a problem. I think we should but things into perspective – over 8 million people live in NYC, over 18 and 1/2 million live in the NYC area. NYC is the largest city in the U.S. and has the largest metro population in the U.S. Also NYC is home to Wall Street and most of corporate America (the greedy guys so of course they will get a lot of airplay) and NYC is also home to network news. If you look outside NYC you have other big cities like Philly and Boston and of course D.C. So if you combine the Northeast corridor from Boston, NYC, Philly, Baltimore, D.C there is an estimated 49.6 million people living in and around all of those cities.Compare this to the next largest population center Southern California which has almost 22.5 million living in the LA, San Diego area. This maybe why it may seem the Northeast gets a lot of airtime. But thinking to past storms I have seen a lot of airtime given to Miami or souther Florida during hurricanes.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  18. Ray from Bisbee, AZ

    At least seventeen people are dead, and that's a "blessing" . . . moron . . .

    August 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  19. Roelof

    I think it's sad that Glen uses disasters for his own "truth". I do hope American are social enough to help eachother rebuilding all that has been damaged by that storm.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  20. Scott

    This D-bag will use any excuse to promote and self aggrandize. His legions of followers are the worst kind of sheep.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
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