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.

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  6. Criag Holm

    Well it takes all kinds I suppose. Apparently there are two thoughts as to how devistation will come to us in the near future: Apocalyptic disaster brought forth by the grace of God, or climate data which has been continually compiled and interpreted by climate scientists since the 1960s. Personally I'm inclined to believe the latter, even though when disaster strikes the Bible thumpers will tout their foresight and declare that climatologists never new what they were talking about. And blizzardo – I appreciate your altruistic dispositions, but when dealing with people like Glenn Beck, "Fair" is little more than a four letter word starting with "F."

    October 22, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  7. alph ray

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    October 2, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  8. augustghost

    He's pulling a Sarah Palin.........just say something outrageous to get attention so you can sell more books and get paid to do interviews.....just another pathetic right winger

    September 25, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  9. 1under

    it's amazing how many people follow this guy religiously. i bet deep down he thinks he's christ resurrected. he knows he's not god coz that would just be too obvious, but he probably believes he's the true voice of god. and people believes him. so pathetic. if he actually had the balls like david koresh, he would've started his own cult. oh wait, he did, and it's called the Tea Party.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  10. Hoovervilles

    @dont[sic] be a sucker

    Apparently Glen Elmer-Gantry-Tartuffe-PinchBeck has not read the following, or maybe this is one of those passages that is not to be taken in-errantly or literally.

    Proverbs 17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished

    Have a good day!

    September 11, 2011 at 10:08 am |
    • max

      the end result of the message is not a bad one. we eventually will have some kind of global crisis. any economist worth anything will tell you that, in a crisis, having resources close is something that will be critical. if monetary systems collapse, a food garden becomes more important than cash or credit cards. a source of clean water becomes far more valuable than gold.

      having said that – what the hell does it have to do with Irene? This BS is always a message from God, except for the bad parts. That was the work of the Devil. After all, God loves you!

      Its kind of comical that many of the people that deny global warming want to give god credit for changing weather patterns...

      September 11, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  11. Slash

    Worthless, pathetic excuse for a human being.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:59 am |
  12. alex

    How is this news? Why is this guy's opinion even relevant? Does he have a direct hotline to god? Why did I even read this article? Come on, CNN! Stop giving wackos on the fringe (like Beck) any attention! It's just what he wants!

    September 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  13. KC Jack

    Someone put this man in an asylum.

    September 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  14. Mapleking

    I live in Central Vermont and if someone considers this (Irene) as a blessing then come on up and I'll show you a blessing or two. Mr Beck , I think you are a very twisted personality ....

    September 5, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  15. sosad

    It is really sad that the Media cant do its job. And its really not that hard to do.
    Report the facts. Thats all. But you dont. You look to create controversy where there is none.
    You report that Glenn's Restoring Courage event in Israel was protested. Finish the statement CNN, by fringe left-wing socialist groups that repeated slandered Glenn with untrue accusations. Thats what happened. But CNN (et al media) did a great job summarizing the message Glenn gave...NOPE you didnt. Zero mention of the Bill of Responsibility that he shared with the crowd. And then in this story, your approach is sensationalized and biased. If you were honest you know exactly what he was talking about.
    Wow, this storm could have been a lot worse, hopefully it will be a blessing in your life, because it will serve as a wake up call to be prepared.
    Thats not controversial, its common sense. But once again you reveal who you are, and it is the reason that your ratings continue to suffer. Your journalistic integrity is a joke.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • Nils

      The news media's job, which by the way Mr. Beck is a part of the media, is to report the news. It is not the responsibility of the media to be a mouthpiece for whatever topic/assembly/rally/person they are covering. If Glenn beck was having a rally in Israel, its not the medias job to spread the message of his rally, its their job to report interesting facts having to do with the rally, the protests being one such example. If they are going to label the protesters as fringe left-wing socialists shouldn't they also label Beck as a fringe right-wing fascist? There is no way Beck could possibly be considered 'middle of the road' so please refrain from even trying to justify such a claim. This piece is only sensational to the extent that it is reporting on a sensational claim. If you consider this piece sensational but not the claim that a hurricane is a message from God perhaps your time is best served running for the GOP nomination.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • Hoovervilles


      Apparently Glen Elmer-Gantry-Tartuffe-PinchBeck has not read the following, or maybe this is one of those passages that is not to be taken in-errantly or literally.

      Proverbs 17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished

      Have a good day!

      September 11, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  16. morris2196

    Would Beck characterize Irene as a “blessing” if he was among those who lost loved ones in it?

    September 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  17. Iconoclast

    The only blessing would have been if Irene had wiped Glenn Beck off the face of the earth.

    September 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  18. dont be a sucker

    From the article -> … 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."

    Would CNN care to included the WHOLE sentence, maybe from the beginning perhaps ?...Instead of the obvious snip starting with Dot Dot Dot

    Nahhhh !....that doesn't fit in with CNN's left-wing-propaganda-pretending-to-be-neutral routine

    September 2, 2011 at 1:40 am |
    • blizzardo

      I dont think theres anything that you can put in front of that quote that would change the meaning of what he clearly intended. If youre a fan of his why would you want to change the message that he wanted to convey? I think this article represents what he intended. The only part that anyone would find controversial is that he says these things are the act of god. If anything this article is meant to add to the larger story that some politicians and pundits are bringing religion to the conversation. Although that maybe controversial I think Beck stands by that. Anyone that knows anything about him knows that those are his beliefs. If this article did anything to represent it differently they would be watering down his message.
      Im not a fan of his but I dont find anything here that puts him in a negative light unfairly. In general he thinks religion should play a part in these events and I happen to disagree if that starts to seep into government policy etc. But I dont even think this excerpt goes that far. Hes talking about religion being involved with something personal, being prepared... I think thats a good place for religion to play a role, if youre so inclined and I think being prepared is very smart. So take it from someone that doesnt even support this guy, if this was as extreme as he gets I might even pay more attention to him.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • blizzardo

      ps- calling it a blessing is a little edgy but he clearly means that in a certain context and I think its fair for an entertainer to start the conversation with a statement that grabs your attention this way. ....am I actually defending Beck now? I believe being fair is paramount

      September 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
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