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God’s will and praying for rain

Posted by James McPherson on August 31, 2008

A brief but disturbing post: Do you suppose that Stuart Shepard believes that God intends to punish those affected by Hurricane Gustav, including the more than 75 people killed so far? That Pat Robertson-style idea seems to be Shepard’s message with the latter part of his recent edition of “Stoplight.”

Incidentally, I agree with the GOP decision to scale back its convention because of the hurricane, and with Barack Obama’s call for his supporters to volunteer help the victims. Oh, and Stuart, in answer to your question: Yes, what you were proposing would be wrong. And unlike a few wackier liberals, as I wrote a couple of days ago, I had hoped the GOP convention would be able to proceed without problems so the Republicans could get their message out. I’m convinced that message, if heard clearly, will be what keeps most American voters from casting ballots for John McCain.

Below are Shepard’s video (since pulled from the Focus on the Family Web site) and a CNN video that provides a bit more info about it.

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4 Responses to “God’s will and praying for rain”

  1. Tige Toe said

    Hey Focus on the Family why dont you stop beating your family which it seams most christains do

  2. And yet, weather at the DNC was quite non-torrential, wasn’t it? Turns out, Gustav hits as the RNC was about to get under way. God’s a jokester, ay? By the way, I’ve enjoyed your books.

  3. James McPherson said

    Thanks for the comments and the compliment.

    One cautionary note to all: As you can see from my next post (https://jmcpherson.wordpress.com/2008/09/01/lies-left-and-right-kos-drudge-and-little-green-footballs/) I don’t think gross overstatements serve progressives any better than they serve conservatives in the long run, unless the goal is to weaken one’s arguments while generating sympathy for the other side.

  4. […] praying that Hurricane Isaac will reduce Americans’ exposure to official GOP ideas, just as Hurricane Gustov disrupted the GOP convention four years ago. If that does happen, perhaps Pat Robertson and […]

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