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MondayâÂ?Â?s Religion News Roundup: Isaac v. Mitt, faith in Tampa, the NYT is liberal!

Will Isaac spare Mitt? Spiritualists in Florida are making no predictions, an Israeli rabbi prays for Iran's end, and the Vatican defeats porcupines.

Will Isaac spare Mitt? Things are getting biblical at the Republican convention.

And contrary to conventional wisdom — and those strip club stats — there is plenty of real religion in Tampa, as Lauren Markoe reports.

Whether Florida’s spiritualists will be any help to the GOP is another matter, the Washington Post predicts.

CNN has 8 other ways “faith will matter” at the convention.

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and a pastor who has ripped the Republican Party over its immigration stances, has had a change of heart: he will give the opening benediction at the convention on Tuesday.

Democratic strategist James Carville says that instead of Cardinal Dolan, who is to bless the Republican convention on Thursday, Democrats should invite Sister Simone Campbell and her “Nuns On The Bus” anti-poverty protest tour to their convention in Charlotte next week. Talk about a hurricane.

A prominent Orthodox rabbi and political leader in Israel is calling on Jews to pray on Rosh Hashana for the destruction of Iran and Hezbollah. Maybe he knows something we don’t?

Meanwhile in Israel, the familiar image of a woman on packages of Salit table salt has been removed, part of the elimination of women’s images from many advertisements and public spaces. When it rains, it pours, huh?

BREAKING: The New York Times is liberal! That’s the verdict of the paper's Public Editor, Arthur Brisbane, in his valedictory column:

“Across the paper’s many departments…so many share a kind of political and cultural progressivism — for lack of a better term — that this worldview virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times. As a result, developments like the Occupy movement and gay marriage seem almost to erupt in The Times, overloved and undermanaged, more like causes than news subjects.”

More proof that Macs are Catholic and PCs are Protestant: The Vatican publishing house has reached an agreement with Apple to make the works of Pope Benedict XVI available in formats like iTunes and eBooks and such.

Who says the Vatican is bumbling and inept? The Holy See managed to defeat an invasion of porcupines that had infested an ancient catacombs. It is still working “the scourge of the red weevil” that hit one of the four imposing palm trees of the portico of the papal basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls.

Get the CDF on the weevils and all will be fine.

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Photo: Hurricane Isabel from space, via Wikipedia