Stuart Shepard, of the evangelical group Focus on the Family, called on Christians to pray for "abundant rain, torrential rain" on the night of Barack Obama's speech. Now, on the eve of the Republican Convention, a major hurricane — Gustav — is heading for New Orleans and might crash the Republicans' party.

If I believed in God, I would say God is telling Focus on the Family to focus on the family, not on the weather and Republican politics.

Marc Perkel

San Bruno, Calif.