Don't be alarmed by that sudden atmospheric shift. It's only Mitt Romney opening the hearts and minds of the voting public. Or, it's Rev. Jesten Peters and her Keys of Authority Ministries: THE lean, mean praying-machine that single-handedly saved Tampa, Florida - and the Republican National Convention by default - from the ravages of Hurricane Isaac. By keeping her congregants a prayin' "around the clock," it seems as of the latest weather bulletin that Peters and company outsmarted Poseidon himself.
"[A]fter you watch from the very beginning where they were saying it was coming and now where they say it is going, then it has really moved out of the way for us," Peters mused for the Christian Broadcasting Network's (CBN) cameras. "We appreciate God doing that and moving it for us."
I'm certain the fine folks of New Orleans aren't too traumatized to appreciate Peters' miracle though as Isaac sails straight toward them; roughly seven years to the day Hurricane Katrina changed everything. God truly does work in mysterious ways.
Blame it on the weatherman! It's what you need to know:
- Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, the archbishop-elect of San Francisco, has steered himself into trouble with a higher authority. Police collared Cordileone early Saturday morning, driving through San Diego's College District, after they suspected the Prop. 8 architect had more than holy water on his breath.
- The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) believes they've found their spokesman in a North Carolinian minister so adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage, he's stated that it's "normal" for other blacks to react violently toward homosexuals. Now NOM hopes the anti-gay gospel of Dr. Patrick Wooden inspires African-American voters into turning upon the country's first black president.
- Snoop Dogg, AKA Snoop Lion, clearly can't keep his species straight these days, but the West Coast musical artist at least understands that it's time for the hip-hop scene to embrace openly gay rappers.
- Nearly two years ago, the suicide of Tyler Clementi - a gay Rutger's student - opened up a broader, national dialogue about anti-gay bullying. Now Tyler's parents, Joe and Jane Clementi, are experiencing an epiphany that's delivered them from the anti-gay teachings of a church they claim contributed to their rejection of him.
- Perhaps if the Evangelical Free Church of Yucca Valley had spent as much time minding their own members as they did the marriages of California's gay and lesbian couples, then maybe longtime volunteer Caleb Douglas Hesse, 52, wouldn't have molested "numerous underage boys" participating in their overnight youth group outings for the last 30 years or so?
- Common sense meets fashion sense at Thailand's Council for University Rectors after councilmember's agreed unanimously to allow transgender students to wear what outfit fits them best while graduating.
- It's an unfortunate myth that gays and lesbians "recruit" others into their fold. But, it's a fact that President Barack Obama does. Now the first sitting U.S. president to support same-sex marriage is pitching himself in an official campaign video directed at LGBT voters as a friendly reminder about progress made on everything from DADT to DOMA and hate crimes to hospital visits.
- Four years after Barack and Michelle first fist-bumped in the Oval Office - and to much outrage, might I add - illustrator Barry Blitt appears at it again, giving the Romney/Ryan "bromance" a colorful spin for the New Yorker's latest cover art.
(Hurricane Christ graphic via Photobucket)