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. M

    Glenn Beck do us all a favor and shut up, if I want to be scared of ordinary natural phenomena, I'll watch "The Day After Tomorrow". Don't bother me about Hurricanes unless they are category three or above.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • JW

      Maybe God meant for it to be a Category 3, but our man-made preparations (global warming) helped take away some of that control and reduced it to a category 1?

      August 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  2. Russ

    Why is he on CNN? Just ignore him, and maybe he'll go away. Folks, get off of this CNN crap and go to the New York Times, for very unbiased reporting...this CNN website is fluff, crappy journalism. And, no, I don't work for the New York Times.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • Ruhlmann

      And yet you are here.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • Henry

      Completely agree! CNN is amateur hour. They don't report the news, they create silly stories that are meant to draw viewers. Their hosts are not biased; they are simply incompetent. Nice people but not very proficient. The problem I see with these "anchors" is that they really think they understand the background behind the events they report while in reality they have no idea. Sad state of affairs.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  3. alicia de najera

    GLENN BECK IS A TOTAL 100% IDIOT!!! Pleeese-don't give him any space on any kind of media-that's ridiculous!!!!

    August 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • clearfog

      What, and miss out on all the fun. Beck amuses me. A lot.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  4. TCnDC

    So far, 5 deaths have already been attributed to this hurricane. Go ahead, Glen, keep talking about your 'God', 'religion', and 'faith'.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  5. clearfog

    Who's a bigger blowhard, Glenn or Irene?

    August 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  6. CH

    As crazy as he may sound....an earthquake and a hurricane on the east coast in the same weeks sounds like a legit warning to me too.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • bill

      2 nuts is not so uncommon.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • clearfog

      There is an old adage: Great minds think alike. It is apparently also true of minds that are not so great.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Yes. You are now warned that the plate tectonics are still a factor in shaping the planet, and that weather systems exist. I hope you will use this knowledge wisely.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:54 am |
  7. Degeral

    *sigh* Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets , Beck has finally gone completely crazy, Irene is a natural phenomena, my prayers go out to everyone in the path of this storm.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  8. bill

    bullcrap makes the grass grow and glen beck makes it overflow.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  9. herbert juarez

    blessing# 1.
    glenn will be conducting mormon "baptims"on the 75th floor of his n.y. office building if irene cooperates.
    Blessing # 2
    glenn can sell way more of his "food hoarder" sponsors product if he can generate enough fear
    Blessing # 3
    glenn can surf 5th ave.
    The REAL blessing
    If Irene gets nasty enough , she could knock glenns show right off the radio. alley oop

    August 27, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  10. Andrew

    Ladies and gentlemen, the Antichrist.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  11. Mike

    He needs to start drinking again...

    August 27, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      preferably the waves of irene.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  12. Vicky

    What a Muppet!!!

    August 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  13. Meg

    Compared to Glenn Beck, Hurricane Irene is a blessing ...

    August 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  14. LouAz

    "Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.” – Heinrich Heine (1797 – 1856)

    August 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • Meg

      Ahh, you are so right LouAz... Brilliant!

      August 27, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  15. Sam

    If the hurricane is a blessing, so what a Tsunami would be?

    August 27, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      nothing his sponsors don't work the pacific

      August 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
    • Delagrace

      loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool to the reply

      August 27, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  16. Joshua Ludd

    Leave it to conservative christians to describe a possibly major natural disaster as a blessing.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      beck isn't a Christian.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  17. telrider

    This guy has nade idiots look good.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  18. Paul

    It's a pretty tame warning. Again, the fear mongering over this glorified tropical storm is absurd!!

    August 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  19. Jared

    Dear Nutbag, please tighten that tinfoil hat of yours, take your meds and return to the loony farm where you escaped

    August 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  20. Spiffy

    What a horrible man. What God would kill an 11 year old just to give us the message that we need to stockpile food? How can he be so out of touch with reality?

    August 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • just right

      What God would kill his only Son to save you from for your sins? One that is more merciful than I.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      if there was a spiffy i might agree with him on this one.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • Spiffy

      You are a god? That is interesting and blasphemous. You defiantly sound like Beck's crowd.

      But anyway God is being merciful by killing children? Please explain that one.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
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