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Aug. 25 2009 - 11:52 am | 39 views | 3 recommendations | 4 comments

Did Charlie Crist’s prayer kill a 7-year-old girl?

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Does the law of unintended consequences extend into the realm of  prayer? If so, we might hold Florida Governor Charlie Crist personally responsible for the recent death of a 7-year-old New York girl who was swept from the rocks in Maine while admiring the heavy surf caused by Hurricane Bill. Crist, you see, credits notes he placed in Jerusalem’s Western Wall—requests to the Almighty that Florida be spared His wrath of wind and rain—for the conspicuous lack of hurricane activity to befall Florida since he was elected.

Speaking to a group of real estate agents (a Florida group who God is apparently quite unhappy with), Crist explained how his prayers have not gone unanswered. Via the AP:

“Do you know the last time it was we had a hurricane here in Florida? It’s been awhile. In 2007, I took my first trade mission. do you know where I went?” said Crist, a Methodist, referring to a trip with Israel.

He then told of going to the Western Wall and inserting a note with a prayer. He said it read, “Dear God, please protect our Florida from storms and other difficulties. Charlie.”

So, maybe God decided to spare the state from hurricanes. But, perhaps, as a way to keep the world in balance, He decided to unleash the real estate crash on Florida in exchange. And what with the invisible wall of protection in place, those hurricanes have turned away just like Crist hoped they would. The most recent skirted the U.S. coastline, before brushing up against the state of Maine, where a 7-year-old girl was taken by her parents to watch monster waves at Thunder Hole. Were it not for Crist’s extraordinary connection with God, one could argue, that girl might still be alive today.

Before Crist employs his monkey’s paw wishes next time, he might consider Newton’s Third Law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.


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    I pray everyday for the stupid and intolerant and greedy and prideful and pious to reveal themselves before God and Man. I am never disappointed.

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    Sounds like you have a very efficient deity.

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    Great analysis. This naive notion of a god who takes sides.

    (But honestly, living in San Francisco area, crowds always rush to the beach when there is a tsunami warning, is there something one can say about people who have no understanding of the power of the sea?)

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    It is hard to understand why the ocean is taken so lightly. I’m not surprised that Crist thinks that God can just stop hurricanes.

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