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'Rain man' apologizes for anti-Barack Obama video (but his cause remains alive)

On the one hand, Stuart Shepard repented.

Earlier this month, the official with the political arm of the Focus on the Family religious group sparked controversy with a wry — but provocative — video that urged viewers to join him in praying (literally) that Barack Obama gets drenched on the night of his nomination acceptance speech in Denver's football stadium.

Many of the comments — including from some Focus on the Family adherents — were unfavorable. The video was nixed from its website, and Shepard responded with a new one, "Mea Culpa" (see below), which is worth watching to the final scene.

On the other hand, Shepard's hope for divine meteorological intervention as Obama prepares to speak before a huge outdoor crowd in Denver has been taken up by another.

Wiley Drake, a one-time official with the Southern Baptist Convention, earlier this week posted a release on ChristianNewsWire.com, expressing regret that Shepard's first video had been pulled and urging prayer "to ask God to bring on the rain."

One thing we can count on — every cloud that drifts across the typically azure Rocky Mountain sky on Obama's speech day will get carefully scrutinized.

— Don Frederick

 
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ONLY DEVIL HERARS YOUR PRAYER BUT HE CANT BRING RAIN FOR YOU BUT TAKES YOU TO HELL WITH HIM. BECAUSE YOU JUST TRESPASSED IN HIS TERITORY.

God definitely has a sense of irony. Hurricane Gustav may rain on the Republican National Convention's parade, instead. It has been reported that RNC leaders are thinking about delaying the opening of next week's Republican National Convention in Minnesota. Apparently, RNC leaders fear that partying at their convention while Gustav wreaks havoc in the Gulf region would make them look very foolish and insensitive.

Meanwhile, the DNC enjoyed heavenly weather in Denver on Obama’s superb night of coronation. Now you tell me who does God appear to be favoring?

Shame on you Stewart Shepard for using God in your evil practices. You should look in the mirror and ask where do you really stand with God and is he pleased with your evil intent toward others. You are still very scarcastic in this video. I don't think you are sincere in your apoligy. Your curse on the democrats has been reversed to the republicans. Sound familiar.

Signed,
Independent Thinker

Amen, BL!

In time-honored, Christian fashion, events shed more light on the mindset of these fanatics than they do on the "will of God."

Stuart Shepherd's God is a weakling. It's glaringly obvious that their "god" does *their* will; not the other way 'round, as they're so fond of trumpeting. When the rain comes to the GOP convention--in spades, I might add--it's just going to be "one of those things." You know: Don't forget your galoshes, and all that.

Experts agree, and ask: Where's their stupid little "god" hiding now?

To bad it didn`t rain!
Bless u Buddy!


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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