First up from the God Machine this week is a look at evangelical Christians who attended the Republican National Convention, some of whom believe they successfully moved a hurricane away from Tampa.
This clip originally ran on TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, featuring Jesten Peters of Keys of Authority Ministries.
It's worth noting that Robertson, a former Republican presidential candidate and prominent Republican activist, also claims to have the ability to move hurricanes, a power he says he's used more than once.
Also from the God Machine this week:
* Hundreds of Muslims attended a Friday prayer yesterday in Charlotte, in advance of the Democratic National Convention, hoping to mobilize Muslim-American voters and get them engaged in political discourse. A Christian group called Operation Save America protested and the story has received attention from Fox News.
* The president of the Sikh Society of Central Florida was invited to speak at a Republican National Convention this week. Some in the religious right were not at all pleased.
* Father Benedict Groeschel, the director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, wrote an opinion piece for the National Catholic Register suggesting child victims of sexual abuse are partially to blame. As Groeschel sees it, the minor victims played the role of "the seducer" with convicted child predators like Jerry Sandusky. The National Catholic Register has since taken down Groeschel's piece.