by Chris Bodenner

A reader writes:

Your post on Crist was spot-on and you owe no explanation. He was obviously implying that he "asked" God to protect Florida from hurricanes and that God complied. This whole thing is an obvious ploy for Jewish votes in Florida [Crist is running for Senate next year]. Where Crist really screwed up was announcing/showing the prayer note. These are not supposed to be read or broadcast. Each year they are removed and buried on the Mount of Olives. This was said when Obama's note was removed and published last July:

"The notes placed between the stones of the Western Wall are between a person and his maker. It is forbidden to read them or make any use of them," he told Army Radio. The publication "damages the Western Wall and damages the personal, deep part of every one of us that we keep to ourselves," he said.

Another writes:

Before Crist regaled real estate agents with the story of his prayers, or displayed his written prayers to press photographers, did he pause to consider Christ's teaching on prayer in Matthew 6:5-6?

"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."

"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."

Hmm. Which reward is Crist really after?

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