And now with the weather, here’s Charlie Crist

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Oh, for the days when Pat Robertson could claim credit for diverting hurricanes from the Eastern seaboard at will … Robertson, it seems, has some new competition: Flordia Gov. Charlie Crist, who is musing aloud whether the main reason the Sunshine State has been hurricane-free is that God is answering his prayers. Yes, people, this […]

  • taad

    So let me get this correct. A so called religious news site, makes fun of someone who prayed and may have had his prayers answered? Am I missing something here? Where is the lack of bias in that? Someone should charge you with false advertising!

  • G-Man


    First off, this is not a “religious news site”, its a news service that covers religion through a critical lense – the good, the bad, the ugly. If you want to know what happenened come here. If you want to know why it happened and is important, come here. If you want to be made to feel all warm and fuzzy about an image of Mary in a piece of toast stopping an earthquake, I suggest you go to a certain type of religious site, not a blog for a secular news service.

    So the story above:
    a. Charlie Crist wants people to think his prayer has stopped hurricanes in Flordia.
    b. This happened because he is courting religious voters for his potential run as president of the United States.
    c. A major presidential canidate either a) believes his prayer has altered the climatic forces of the tropics or b) wants potential voters to believe that he holds a faith similar to theirs and will therefore vote for him due to religious affinity.
    d. If a: Voters should be aware that Crist believes he has this ability and judge him and his candidacy accordingly.
    e. If b: We live in a secular country and explicitly reglious appeals to voters go against what has held this country of various faiths together for so long.
    f. Blatant religous appeals in a political context with dubious substantiation (i.e. blocking hurricanes for two years) should be open to a little ribbing on a blog.

  • Phil

    It seems that Charlie Crist is NOT claiming that HE caused weather to be effected, but rather that GOD did it in response to prayer. I don’t see this as him bragging about himself but him touting the power of Almighty God. What’s wrong with that?

    That is, after all, the whole point of intercessory prayer…to petition God. Why does that seem so outrageous to the writer of this little article, I wonder?

    If you believe, as anyone does who holds anything approaching traditional Judeo-Christian views, that the Creator of heaven and earth can indeed do whatever He wills in the cosmos, then what exactly would make you think that He would not be able to alter His own creation? To deny God the ability to alter His own creation is illogical.

    The writer of this article, and certainly the response by “G-Man”, seem to confuse the difference between a human being wielding supernatural power and GOD wielding supernatural power upon hearing the prayers of Christians. If you don’t understand the difference between those two things, then you really shouldn’t be writing for anything called “”.

    Oh, and one other thing: How is it that “G-Man” knows the inner thoughts and motivations of Charlie Crist upon reading a short op-ed piece? THAT sounds like someone who feigns supernatural power.

  • G-Man


    Actually, no, I do believe that God does wield supernatural power and I don’t deny him the ability to alther his own creation. However, I am highly wary of politians who claim to have a direct line to Him when it comes to weather control on a hemispheric scale. And I am even more wary when then they use this claim in the political sphere. I guess that’s what struck me the most. I seem to remember a passage about praying in private and not boasting about it if God answered your prayer.

  • G-Man


    The more I think about this, the more questions arise. My primary one would be do you honestly believe that because Charlie Crist placed a prayer in the western wall of the temple mount in Jersusalem that God altered the meteorlogical patterns of the tropics in the western hemisphere for the past 2 years so that hurricanes would not strike the state in which he was governor and now senator? Does it not seem in the least bit presumptious of Crist? Does it in any way seem politically calculating? I ask these questions with the best of intentions. I find it really interesting how people can see the same event and come away with such different impressions. Thanks.

  • Kevin Eckstrom

    My apologies to anyone, including Charlie Crist, who was offended by my post. The intent was never to offend, or as Taad said, to “make fun.” We actually take religion terribly seriously; that’s why we have an entire news service dedicated to coverage of religion.

    That said, you cannot be a politician in this country and wonder aloud — even half wonder, or being only half serious — about your ability to work side-by-side with God to control the weather and not open yourself to criticism, questions or outright ridicule. Exhibit A: Pat Robertson.

    If Crist weren’t so obviously running for president (eventually), this would be less of a story. There’s obviously nothing wrong with having a believer in the Oval Office, but when that occupant doubles as a sort of divine meterologist, people should know what kind of believer they’re getting.