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

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  1. Thomas Jefferson Barque

    WHAT DO BECK, BACHMANN, PALIN, PERRY, EDDIE CANTOR, BOEHNER, AND JOWLS MCCONNELL HAVE IN COMMON? They are all praying to THEIR god that the US fails; they pray that they can have the power to ATTACK THE WRONG COUNTRY, such as another IRAQ; they pray for power so that they can AWARD DEFENSE CONTRACTS after THEY ATTACK THE WRONG COUNTRY; they pray that they can get their hands on OUR MONEY so that they can SEND THE ECONOMY TO A DEEPER PART OF THE OCEAN THAN DUBYA DID; and they pray that they can please THEIR god, RICHARD CHENEY!!

    August 30, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • Reality

      Some elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 99,901 – 109,143 Iraqi civilians killed as of 3/3/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf
      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.
      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.
      The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

      – the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      – Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011

      August 30, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      What does your comment have to do with a story on natural disasters?

      August 30, 2011 at 7:15 am |
  2. Tom in the Great NW

    Glenn, Glenn, Glennda – POP ANOTHER PILL, HAVE ANOTHER DRINK, and ASK FOR FORGIVENESS, YOU FANTASTIC IDIOT – PEOPLE DIED...............................................and YOU ARE STILL HERE!!!

    August 29, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  3. LolWoW

    Wow this guy is freaking nuts.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • Kirk

      Agreed. Seems most Mormons are.

      Though advising others to be prepared for emergencies seems to be sound, practical advice. When you look at it, it is not so unusual for religions to include advice of a practical nature in their doctrine to provide a sort of social service to the faithful. For example, washing your hands after using the bathroom is good practice for obvious reasons. Including something like this into a religious doctrine just helps enforce this good practice through fear of eternal damnation or what have you.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • JBob29

      @Kirk – So you say Mormons are nuts...yes some of their beliefs are a bit different from what you grew up learning about, but so many people every year seem to see something in Mormonism. It is still one of the fastest growing religions in the country and the world and for good reason. If you really tried, with an open mind, to learn about what LDS people really believe in and practice you may discover what so many millions already have – that they definitely have truth.
      I know someone will just find someway to mock this statement but I really don't care. Haha, those of us in the LDS church have pretty thick skin. We hear about how "nuts" we are all the time.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  4. John


    August 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • ....

      SPAM garbage, don't bother viewing click the report abuse link instead to get rid of this TROLL.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  5. Kirk

    Wow! What arrogance! So Glenn Beck knows the mind and will of God? To believe in god is one thing, but to claim that this is a blessing and a warning from God is pure and simple arrogance. One may very well wish to take this as a wakeup call that natural disasters can and do occur and that it is prudent to be prepared. What does God have to do with it? Financial advisers have always advised to have a certain amount of funds put away in case of emergency. It only makes good sense to be prepared. This has nothing to do with religion or god. I am offended and appalled by Beck's arrogance.

    August 29, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  6. ochea

    oo yeaaa

    August 29, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  7. ochea

    these damn conservatives are a bunch of freaks and want to turn everybody else into freaks like them, alot of hypocrisy especially coming from a former COKEHEAD AND ALCOHOLIC, wow, real conservative right here, also a real idiot if a hurricane destroys his home or any of the barren crackhead tea party redneck states, and people like this wouldn't joking or saying any thing illogical or irrational (although they'll probably find something else to comment on)

    August 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  8. Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

    Glen Beck's only hope career wise is to become a preacher and he is on his way.

    August 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  9. christian

    tsk-tsk people, lets show some semblance of knowledge...perhaps we should start by showing belief in something other than self image.

    August 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  10. George Parker

    I wonder if alot of fine individuals will be singing the tune that Beck is nuts when he preaches prepardeness.You know;food, clothing,personal cleaning supplies,a little cash,fuel,etc.Lets see is Beck nuts or does he have an alterior motive like say to save lives or at least remove a little stress from an otherwise bad situation.When was being prepared or preaching about it such a demoralizing and blasphemas thing to say or do.You have a family?You going to run to the great uncle for help along with everyone else.How long did it take people to recieve assistance when Katrina hit?Do you have enough for 3 days or a week?You fine and wonderful Americans can't get off the tet from the great uncle to fend for yourself or for your family.Anytime or anywhere.And you will be the first to scream for help.Apparently this hurricane didn't have enough damage for anyone to blame it on Bush.OOPS that four letter word again.I am prepared and protected from you wonderful people!

    August 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  11. Reality

    From p. 84

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

    August 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  12. Clark C

    Way to go, Beck.

    August 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  13. Mark D

    What a fine example of liberal "tolerance" this thread is. As Inigo Montoya of "The Princess Bride" once said "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." People, please consider this: hating haters makes you a hater. Being intolerant of the intolerant makes you intolerant. Think about it. Please.

    August 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • A Theist

      Hey! I used that exact same quote on an earlier blog! Great movie by the way. Mine was a reference to people misusing the word Amen (you'll see a few on here doing that as well). Well said Mark. Very well said.

      August 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  14. Tracy

    Hey liberal haters, I got news for you...We don't hate Beck for suggesting emergency preparedness. Of Course people who live in Earthquake/Hurricane/Tornado zones should have a larder. 3 months, is a bit extreme if you live in a one bedroom apartment, but a little forethought makes sense...
    But, that is where the good sense stops and the Bat guano crazy starts. The man makes money keeping people scared, selfish and nuts." OOOO.Beware!!! The world and everybody in it is out to take everything from you... "
    The future he promotes is dismal, awful and wrong....and sadly, some of you love it. Sure there are bad people and situations out there, but we,as a society, have a duty to help our neighbors, not arm ourselves against them for fear they steal our precious canned soup.

    August 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Darcy

      Let me begin by stating that Beck is a moron but he is correct this time (what's that saying about a broken clock being right?). 300 lbs of wheat and 60 lbs of beans and or lentils should fill about three large plastic bins.. I sy it's well worth it to have dry stocks to provide for your family. As I type this people are spending 250 bucks on an HP touchpad that just a few days ago you could get for 99. Imagine how expensive food could become, if you can find any.

      August 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  15. Srsly?

    I don't understand how people become so ignorant and out of touch with reality that this guy doesn't look absolutely unethical and insane. Has everyone gone crazy? What gives? Is it just the "Tea Party" crowd, who would follow Satan himself if he waved a flag and told them that all of their problems were because of the gays, or the mexicans, or the liberals? I am seriously confused. I don't remember people being such mindless tools twenty years ago.

    August 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • CJinCA

      kind of reminds me of the Nazi tactics...all the problems are due to the Jews. Follow us and we'll get rid of them...

      August 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  16. Diebold

    I'm thinking the left looks a little crazy on this one. Wasn't it Barack Obama who claimed that he was going to stop the seas from rising? That's actually claiming god like powers. Seems I never heard a peep out of you people on that. It sounds like a lot of you people are being petty and nit picky because you don't like Beck. So instead of looking weird by criticizing the man for one sentence just be honest with yourselves and say I don't care what he says because I hate him on ideological grounds. It makes you look less like you have a case of the crazies

    August 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • Adam

      Provide citation for your assertion, or take your calumny and remove yourself from the conversation. Thank you.

      August 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Fuzzybottoms

      Sir/Ma`am, you seem to be trolling. Provide a source of this proclamation.

      August 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • doc workday

      filter, dude. nothing you said has ever happened. think first. then filter. then analyze. then speak. learn in school....

      August 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  17. Smit

    So liberals are outraged because Beck said it was a blessing that the hurricane wasn't a disaster. I mean, I just can't wrap my mind around that type of insane argument. Is it that we have nothing to be thankful for because 24 people lost their lives or is it that they'd rather have had a category five demolish eastern seaboard.
    I'll tell you one thing all the people here taking swipes at Beck are cowards and hypocrites because they wouldn't dare say a thing if some Muslim Imam said that God was giving us a message. That's the selective outrage that I'm used to seeing and it's staring to make the left look like a buck of demented crybabies

    August 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • A Theist

      If you define "liberals" as anyone who is to the Left of Beck, then I'd say at least 95% of the nation are "liberals." I'm fairly conservative in most cases, but this guy is four corners short of a square. The outrage is directed towards WHY Beck calls this a "blessing." But let's be honest here, it is a little strange to be calling it a blessing at all. Yes, blessings may have out of it, but the hurricane itself is not a blessing, it's a natural disaster–by definition.

      August 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • doc workday

      woweeee. it's insane TO YOU that anyone (liberals only apparently??) are aghast that Beck has claimed divine action here and that it is good? YOU CAN'T wrap your head around the outrage over this? let's see. how to help you. where to start..... if you are the Bible lovin' follower that Beck caters to, then you know that God said he'd never lash out in 'divine nothin' ' against the species of the world again. so no, no big flood to teach lessons here, dude. your post in general is SO out of touch with reality or common sense.

      August 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  18. j.song

    @punkass-your name suits you.............now take your meds and go back to sleep

    August 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  19. Clover Girl

    Hey where can I get some food to stockpile? Oh, that's right, Glenn Beck sells boxes of it.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Trust me, they're not all like that...

      Assuredly I say unto you, the profits Beck receives will be a blessing of their own. And when America is finally prepared for the Grand Disaster God has been preparing for–instead of helping missionary families and supporting underground Chinese churches–we can party with Moroni on our individual planets with Joseph Smith and the White Native Americans–who were invaded by Israelites–all dancing 3 feet from our person–can't let Jesus's brother Satan get too close after all!

      August 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  20. TheLazyComic

    I'm going out on a limb here... but Glenn Beck needs to go back to drinking his hooch. At least then, he had an excuse for sounding like a moron. (That's funny too... He's a Mormon... remove the second M in Mormon... and what do you have)?

    August 29, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
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