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. sad

    With deaths and devastation all over the East Seaboard, caused by this hurricane, thats a blessing, Beck lost his mind many years ago, is it true that he did try to commit suicide years ago??

    August 29, 2011 at 2:10 am |
  2. Xenia

    Mr. Beck is a good American and he must be right. 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. Calamities hit everywhere as our planet is a fallen world yet mankind destroyed it too much and the time is running out.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:16 am |
  3. Reality

    From p. 72-

    The gods would not tolerate the stupidity of Beck thereby proving there are no gods.

    August 29, 2011 at 12:33 am |
  4. louise

    Beck is such an outragously sick person;;;;Nobody should ever take him serious....

    August 29, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  5. demoncat4

    figured as nuts as glen has sounded over the years sooner or later he would finaly go off the metal deep end. and now saying hurricane Irene and other hurricanes are gods memos. showes glen is crying for some metal help. real bad for if god uses hurricanes as memo.s hate to see what god decides is a text message

    August 28, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  6. PhilG.

    I really think that Glenn Beck is one the edge of a total mental meltdown and the people around him should budget themselves and Glenn some time for Glenn to get the psychiatric help he appears to so desperately need.

    Some of Glenn's recent grandiose statements mirror other mentally deranged peoples statements just before they walked into their places of work,following their own paranoid visions of people who they thought were 'after' them,pulled out a gun and started shooting.

    Folks,I am being serious here.

    Glenn has had issues in the past-he has a history of stress related mental issues.

    Just saying-Glenn might need some intervention here before something terrible happens.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  7. mikefmartin2004@yahoo.com

    F**ckin idiot, enough said.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • dan....

      what you care you gay perk–got back to your gay sites

      December 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  8. Jesus

    Glenn is just following Mormon doctrine. And that ladies and gentlemen is why we should NEVER vote for Romney or Huntsman...two devout Mormons.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Tami

      I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -Day Saints or Mormon and I can't stand either one of them. These two men are making a mockery of our religion and what we truly believe.

      August 29, 2011 at 12:07 am |
    • Patorishio

      Then we should never ever vote for catholics because of Hitler and Mussolini, or for protestants because of the KKK.

      August 29, 2011 at 12:10 am |
    • JBob29

      What Mormon Doctrine are you talking about – that God loves to make His children suffer? Don't be stupid. That isn't Mormon Doctrine. The only Mormon teachings he's following here are self-reliance and emergency preparedness and I don't know why you would think those are bad ideas. Don't just throw out blanket statements like that on a particular group of people. Just because Glenn Beck is a Mormon doesn't mean he is a spokesperson for the LDS church. The church wouldn't come out and say the same things he does, nor does it hold all of the same positions he does. Learn something about Mormons and their doctrine so you're not so ignorant.

      August 29, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • Martin T

      JBob, come on dude, the man is saying a heck of a lot more than just "be prepared" a boy scout he isn't..

      August 29, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • Petros80

      Not only should we not vote for any Mormon politician, we should also not allow Mormon missionaries to invade our society with their ideas of a staple food God.

      August 29, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  9. logical

    I am sure the people who lost family in this hurricane are all nodding their heads in agreement, and praying with Glen Beck for more blessings of this nature.
    The idea with food stockpiles to survive some kind of global natural devastation or Nibiru/planet x or whatever your flavor of the month disaster prediction is, is moronic. Does anyone stop to ask themselves what kind of world they are surviving their way into? If you are such a believer in god, why are you trying so hard to prevent a face to face meeting with the guy?

    August 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  10. ryan

    Religion says : live life in fear of the unknown and dont question the ju ju. Science says: live life with humility and wonder, and act with reason – question everything!

    August 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  11. TheAmerican

    Such a fine example of a nut job...

    August 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  12. God

    Was he born with that ridiculous microphone attached to his skull? I have never seen dude without it. Memo to Glenn: You look like a loser.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • A Theist

      Glen doesn't really listen to you, God. He just says he does. Plus he wears that mic for the ladies. You know, the kind of ladies that love mics that look like cancerous tumors that grow from your ear to your lips. Yeah, those kind of ladies 😉

      August 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  13. Refudiator

    Glen should be worried. He's the first one they are going to eat when the 3 months of food is gone. It's not his fault he is so soft and doughy.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  14. Ethan

    I don't really agree with anything Glenn Beck says but in this case he's right. Maybe not about it all coming from God or anything, but we really do need to wake up and start being more self sufficient

    August 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  15. In Reason I Trust

    So this idiot thinks God sent a hurricane to remind people. Hurricanes are God's version of a memo huh? How about God magically stocks my shelf with food? Oh yeah that's right, that would be infringing on my free will, but shooting hurricanes at me instead is ok.

    You have to be especially dumb to entertain this view of reality.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • Seamus McDermott

      If hurricanes are God's memos/reminders, I'd hate to see his faxes.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  16. 1043mabovethesea

    Thanks for the link to the food storage calculator!

    August 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • mm2011

      what a bloody idiot

      August 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  17. Ray

    I don't like Glenn Beck – but it seems that CNN has created a headline intended to please the Hate-Beck crowd that obviously rips what he was saying out of context. They then attempt to cloak the journalistic negligence that is the headline by quoting a longer version of the passage midway through the article. Looks like red meat for the left-leaning audience and cheap and easy points scored against a hated rival. This is the true ideological face of CNN.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • Martin T

      @ Ray, do you really think we need CNN to rip Glen Beck? I mean, come on, even the FAR Right can't stand the man, he is a fringe player at BEST. The man speaks more for the crazies than any sane people I know.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
  18. Martin T

    Glen Beck is self-destructing.. I have seen it before, he'll soon either kill himself, or acknowledge he's back on the sauce or drugs... mark my words... this man is unstable and dangerous to himself and his family....

    August 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  19. Nick

    Why is it such a crime to let people know the value in preparing for disaster? As long as I can remeber, even from kindergarten, we were taught to prepare. I grew up in the San Diego area, and for us it was preparing for earthquakes. I don't think it can really be said that this event in itself is a blessing. People did die in this storm. Maybe the blessing is actually that many people survived, and it should be more that a lesson should be learned by the survivors.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • Nick

      To say the hurricane is a blessing, is what I would consider insensitive to say the least. People who lost loved ones are surely not feeling blessed I'm sure. More likely thankful that they survived. I do believe though that blessing can come from hardships, and most often do for those that trust in Christ. As with any statement, I like to absorb the truth, and weed out the the unhelpful. Most people do have some validity wrapped up in their inevitably human statements

      August 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • Bionikwmn

      Nothing wrong with being prepared. Why did he have to involve God?

      August 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
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