NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Carlie Shiner always believed in the saying that "faith can move a mountain," and over the weekend that statement proved true. Shiner, a life-long resident of New Orleans, always had a love for the beauty of the mountains, but also loved her native city and state, totally devoid of any natural elevation above 600 feet. She moved back to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to rebuild her home and start over. But her love for the mountains never left her, and she longed to be inspired by their beauty and awe. So she began to pray.
"I believe what the Bible says when it says that faith can move a mountain" said Shiner. "So I started praying for a mountain, literally. They're beautiful and awe-inspiring, and New Orleans needs inspiration right now. We need something to lift our spirits."
But Shiner was very specific in her requests. She did not simply ask for just any mountain, but one in particular. Having visited Seattle, Washington in 2004 to spend time with friends, Shiner was struck by the majesty of Mt. Rainer.
"Mt. Rainer is amazing" she said. "I've seen beautiful mountains in the Carolinas and Tennessee and other places, but nothing compares to Rainer. I knew that was the mountain I wanted. That was the mountain New Orleans needed."
So beginning in December of 2005 she began to pray, daily, then hourly that Mt. Rainer would be "moved" to Louisiana, believing that one day she would open her curtains and there it would be.
"People thought I was nuts" said Shiner. "But I knew better. I just needed to have more faith and then my prayers would be answered. So I started praying, and fasting even more."
Finally, this past Sunday Shiner's prayers were answered, and now, as she revels in the beauty of her conquest of faith, the entire country is in shock.
"We are still working with the government to try and figure out what's going on here" said New Orleans Mayor, Ray Nagin. "The whole city, state, and country are just in utter shock over this. We've received calls from the State of Washington, and sure enough, Mt. Rainer is no longer there."
In addition to simply being baffled as to how this occurred, scientists are also deeply concerned that Louisiana's warm climate will not be able to sustain the mountains glaciers, and that a sudden melting of them might bring about massive flooding in the below sea level area.
"Those glaciers are going to melt within 3 months" said geologist Michael Hardgrave. "That's going to be a massive amount of water that is suddenly released into this area. Mass flooding will take place unless something is done."