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. Daph18

    Can any reader that follows Glenn Beck give me a reason for doing so and why?

    August 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Daph18

      The guy is an idiot

      August 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  2. Wills

    Well, the storm is past. So the loony tunes had better start handing out their stores to the poor pretty soon or it will rot in their basements. Either that or they'll all be eating beans for three months – which will produce almost as much hot air as Glenn Beck himself. I can't believe anyone gives airtime to this fool.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • Xenia

      America's immorality makes everyone thinks that calamities upon America is a blessing to America. Secular Americans should get that point. They are slow, as usual.

      August 29, 2011 at 1:12 am |
    • Dandini

      You sound like one of those liberals who love to live off of someone else's efforts, rather than preparing yourself and then being able to help others...


      This is not an official Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints web site.

      August 29, 2011 at 9:24 am |
    • Dave

      Right wingers don't share, that's socialist!

      August 29, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  3. mars C

    GB is looking for attention where he could get it , desperate souls. GB you are a loser.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  4. Glenn Dick

    And you should be blessed you live in a country with freedom of speech because 240 years ago you would've been detained for being such a swindler and a loudmouth.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  5. Nelly

    the bottom line is...........CNN gave this creep a national voice.............

    they dumped him to FOX, who dumped him to radio. But in the big picture, it was CNN who started this nighmare

    August 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  6. Hoovervilles

    A blessing?

    May Glen Elmer-Gantry-Tartuffe-Pinchbeck be truly this blessed.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  7. The Asian Glenn Beck


    August 28, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
    • tony

      when Glenn was young he look like you dum a...s go to USA SOME IDIOT WILL LIKE YOU...LOL

      August 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  8. Michelle

    God wants you to stop using his name. You are a discrace to him and to those that are real Christians.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  9. tony

    Glenn is a geek who support him they all looser.why some Americans are sooo stupid.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
    • Dan

      Why do you think he is a geek? Why are people who listen to him loosers?

      August 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  10. N. Naik

    Instead of telling others to do it, why wouldn't mormons give out this stockpile to people in return for conversion? I would convert to mormonism or MORONism for 3 months. To keep me a MORON they would have to pay me every three months in terms of filling up my stock pile. ROFL... Idiots and they actually have followers!?!?!?!?!

    August 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • nobody important

      And you sound like you're 6 years old.

      August 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  11. Geez

    People who believe in the supernatural are REALLY creepy

    August 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
    • Walter Weinzinger

      People who don't believe are missing out on so much because they have only experienced life through their five senses. "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Corinthians 2:14)

      August 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  12. mfr

    who cares about GB? The guy is a loser.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  13. AC

    So if the crap hits the fan, who will be a tools then always thinking the government is going to save you! Anyone know the fable of the ant and the grasshopper. (I.e. Conservatives are the ants and liberals are the grasshoppers) Always needing to be handheld and saved. Whether its someone elses money through taxes, blaming the rich for your problems, or from a natural disaster. You all come crying for help because none of you plan to take care of yourself.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  14. huxley

    Has he been tested for pain killers lately? He was probably tripping balls when he said all this.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  15. Fundie

    Nope, not buying it. Had Hurricane Irene destroyed D.C. and spared every other place, though, that would be a different story.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  16. Walter Weinzinger

    How much spiritual growth do we go through when we're coasting on Easy Street? If you're honest with yourself, you'll realize that the times of real growth in your life (as a human being, as a family member, and, if you're a believer, in your faith) came in times of trial and tribulation, not when you hadn't a care in the world. I believe, when we get to that review of our lives, that we'll recognize that it was the trials and tribulations that helped us grow and learn the lessons of life and that because of that, they were truly blessings in our life. Likewise, for most of us, our times of ease and comfort will have done little for us as human beings. Unfortunately from our puritanical background, we say that if someone is really wealthy and prospering, God must be blessing him/her immensely. And if someone is really going through a rough patch we say, "Oh, they must have done something really bad that God is punishing them for." WRONG! This life was never intended to be a Garden of Eden. We're here to learn and grow and we don't do that very well cruising on Easy Street.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  17. caldy

    As a (non-mormon) resident of SLC, UT, I have seen the basements full of food. Frankly, I would rather die than spend a year eating grains, pulses and ramen noodles. Then there is the aftermath to consider – all the reasonable humans have starved and you're left with Beck and his cronies.

    I prefer to have the house well stocked with booze – is there a calculator online to help with that?

    August 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  18. Jay

    Glenn Beck thinks he is a prophet and gets upset when no one follows his orders. what an idiot

    August 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  19. Lizzy10

    I'm no biblical scholar, but I'm pretty sure that he is infering the end of the world and if that's what he is getting at, 3 months of supplies isn't gonna do it.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • Walter Weinzinger

      Wrong. He's not inferring the end of the world. He's teaching preparation and self-reliance.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  20. kaustein

    Lord, please protect me from your followers!

    August 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
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